Thursday, April 9, 2009

YouTube EDU . video training on demand

My colleagues and I where just contemplating the use of YouTube to post-host our training video materials outside our own media portal as a way to market our training courses, when my brother in Melbourne let me know that YouTube EDU is an education specific sub-section of YouTube with channels of mainly US college lectures, promos and students antics.

This idea isn't new, see apples iTunes U for example, but most people are familiar with using , and most ARE using the popular YouTube video portal. This means the EDU initiative will have legs.... if you want to read more about YouTube EDU this story is worth a read.

To become a YouTube Edu partner you need to register at this site, and if you don't fit the criteria of a partner you will get this message as I did.

Thank you for your interest. Based on an automated review of your account it is unlikely that you will qualify for the YouTube Partner Program. Applications are reviewed for a variety of criteria, including but not limited to the size of your audience, country of residence, quality of content, and consistency with our Community Guidelines and Terms of Use.

Read the guidelines for partnership first, but unless you have original content that is view by thousands of viewers, don't bother. Australia is now included in the approved countries, and if you do really well you can monetize your channel. Maybe build your audience first then apply.

I think that if your a partner or not, people will still stumble across your channels in the common section through the global search tool. That said, YouTube EDU is a shot in the arm for flexible delivery and points towards a future of portable learning becoming the norm.

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