Google's Youtube is planning to invest $20m to expand the YouTube Learning initiative as the company strives to make YouTube even better for educators and learners.
Youtube has already completed the first round of investment in some of the most respected names in online education like TED-Ed or Hank and John Green's Crash Course. Youtube is also supporting many of our emerging EduTubers like Socratica and Linda Raynier. Creators who are interested in applying to the Learning Fund can sign up for more information here.
In addition to investing in EduTubers, Gogole is also developing new YouTube Originals focused on learning like Mind Field: Season 3 from Vsauce creator Michael Stevens, and a new series with Vox Entertainment which was announced earlier this month.
YouTube is also launching a new channel called Learning, where major partners like Goodwill and Year Up are contributing curated playlists highlighting videos that teach career skills. The channel will make it easy for users to find tutorials, DIY videos, explainers, and skill-based playlists.
Youtube is partnering with online learning platforms, like edX, a non-profit offering courses from the world's best universities and institutions, and OpenClassrooms, an education platform based in France. Together they will bring their most popular video courses to YouTube.