YOUTUBE AS UNIVERSITY
Since its internet debut in late 2005, Youtube has become seemingly universally accepted as the world’s go-to location, for storing, sharing and viewing video content. There are other hugely successful video sharing websites, such as Vimeo, which is the preferred service for media professionals. However, none of those alternatives can quite come close to Youtube, with regard to the scale of its userbase, and the breadth of video content it serves from, and to, that userbase.

One of the most interesting phenomenon, and one of the most exciting, to emerge from that vast userbase and the content it offers, is that of the tutorial.

It seems that, whatever subject you may be interested in finding out about, there is an in-depth youtube tutorial series dedicated to it. And, it seems also, that everyone I know makes use of tutorial videos.

My Brother-in-Law watches harmonica tutorials. My Nieces watch Minecraft tutorials. My friends watch gaming playthrough tutorials. And, right now, I personally am watching Unity game development tutorials, Secure PHP website tutorials, Piano tutorials, Drawing tutorials, and more.

And, what is endlessly surprising to me is the sheer quality of tutorials on offer. They are FullHD, with good sound, and the information being imparted is clear, logical and in-depth. And, if you don’t like a certain tutor’s approach, not to worry… There is another tutor right there. And, it’s all free.

These people, tens of thousands of them, are putting these University level tutorials out there, simply because they want to help other people to learn. They rarely earn money from the tutorials, and yet there they are, offering us all the information we need to move forward in our chosen subject area.

And, every week new tutorials are being added to the pot. Think of all of those people, learning new skills... I think it is not hyperbole to suggest that youtube, and it’s culture of the free exchange of ideas and information, is literally changing the world.

We can log in to the site, and learn new skills every day.

I ended my College courses in 2002. But, I feel that today, in 2016, I am actually learning more each week than I did in those Full-Time College courses. And, the skills I am learning, are instantly applicable in my work. Youtube, and it’s users, are essentially contributing to the increasing quality of my work, through video tuition.

Who could have guessed that one of the most exciting things to emerge from Youtube would be a free, open and global University?

What a valuable resource, for those of us who never tire of learning.

Stay hoopy, Froods!

By, 00000042 on 2016-05-26 15:41:37.
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