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The launch of YouTube EDU

Last week YouTube launched a new education channel at http://www.youtube.com/edu with a fair amount of publicity.  The channel, which is a product of Googles famous 20% time, features video content from a large number American colleges but as yet does not represent content from Europe (in fact as Laura pointed out the Open University YouTube channel has many more viewers than most of these US colleges).

The channel is actually pretty well done, with a clean, ad-free design that feels very different to the normal YouTube experience and it also offers the chance to ‘Apply to YouTube EDU’ which is sure to add even more content from Universities and Colleges.

It was particularly fun to see that the most viewed video on the first couple of days was the Science of the Watchmen from the University of Minnesota – thats the sort of fact that warms the heart of a comic book geek like myself!

This does rather ask the question about how the likes of Academic Earth are going to compete?  Its hard for any video sites to compete with YouTube, especially with the added benefit of results in Google searches.  It also looks like the hard fought relationships that Google have built with many Higher Education Institutions over the last couple of years have come into play here judging by the levels of ‘official’ endorsements coming out of the community.

As an Englishman it is my instinct to support the underdog so I’ll be rooting for Academic Earth and the other smaller start-ups but life certainly just got alot tougher.

1st public outing of new Jiva …

1st public outing of new Jiva app HTH on Thursday – office is noticeably quieter than usual as last minute bugs get squashed :)

RT @petef Great meeting at KWM…

RT @petef Great meeting at KWMC, looking good for first whitelabel HTH project

new Jiva site is live – looks …

new Jiva site is live – looks lovely and probably the 1st thing the current team has released in the wild – well played @stefangoodchild

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