EduTube is inspired by the enormous learning potential provided by the thousands of excellent free educational videos on the web. Two key problems in finding good educational videos are:
EduTube was launched to provide a solution to these two problems. EduTube is a platform launched in April 2008 which organizes the best educational videos, making it easier for you to find high quality educational videos in your areas of interest. Unlike other educational video websites, EduTube focuses specifically on videos which are very popular, highly rated, and of high educational value. Therefore, it does not aim to organize all the hundreds of thousands of free educational videos on the web, but only the cream of the crop. Currently around 1200 educational videos are organized and ranked through EduTube. Videos are assigned an EduTube index, which generally ranges from 0 to 7, and combines quality (likes vs dislikes), popularity (views per day) and educational value. For popularity, views per day is more accurate than the commonly used total views. This is because the number of views is dependent on the submission date of the videos, causing older videos to be considered as more popular as they have accumulated more views. Most of the videos on EduTube are considered very popular because they are viewed hundreds or even thousands of times each day.
EduTube also has a unique system for organizing and tagging videos, to make finding videos as easy as possible. Videos are searchable according to education-relevant search criteria - category, educational level, video type and duration - and are further categorized according to language, relevant tags and copyright. For an example of the way tags are used to organize videos, see: Animal Taxonomy. EduTube also has a powerful system for finding related videos thanks to the strict and elaborate taxonomy through which each video is classified.
There are several reasons why traditional video search mechanisms do not allow one to easily find high quality educational videos in our areas of interest. The first is that they are often inadequately or poorly classified (such as by tagging videos with keywords which are not relevant). Secondly, they do not provide indicators to easily judge the quality of the videos. And finally, because of the sheer quantity of videos, it can be difficult to find the 'gold nuggets' within the vast ocean of videos of widely varying quality.
EduTube provides a download link for each video, because sites such as YouTube are often blocked in schools and other educational institutions. If you are a teacher, for example, you may wish to download several of the videos at home and then display them in the classroom using the free VLC media player. Please check though if this is permitted by the video license. For example, see Section 6.C. of the YouTube Terms of Service to see the conditions of the Standard YouTube License under which most videos are licensed. See also the list of educational videos with permissive and copyleft licenses.
The EduTube index combines three measures into a single value as shown in the picture below. Currently the EduTube index is only assigned to videos hosted by YouTube, as it depends on the YouTube API to obtain the number of likes and dislikes, the total number of views, and the submission date of the video. It uses this information to calculate the number of views per day, the number of likes compared to dislikes, and in addition includes a subjective evaluation of the educational value of the video according to EduTube moderators. Videos with a high EduTube index (around 5 to 7+) tend to be popular, highly ranked, and have a high educational value. The EduTube index can therefore be used as a reliable indicator of the quality of educational videos. Of course, this is just one way of ranking videos, and videos with a higher EduTube index are not always better than videos with a lower EduTube index.
Each video also displays the average number of views per day for YouTube videos, which enables you to judge the popularity of the video. This is different from the more commonly used total number of views, which as discussed above is biased towards older videos.
You may have noticed when searching for educational videos on sites such as YouTube that your search returns many irrelevant results. It can be difficult to find what you are looking for, because videos often have tags which are not related to the video but which help drive traffic towards the video. With EduTube, only relevant tags are permitted, and moderators make sure that videos are correctly classified. This enables you to find educational videos more easily and efficiently and not waste time browsing through pages of irrelevant search results.
EduTube is community-based and anyone is very welcome to contribute. You can submit a video to EduTube and help us achieve our objective of improving search for educational videos. If you choose to join EduTube, you can also start your own group on a particular theme, edit your own submissions and no longer have to fill in the CAPTCHA with each submission. For an example of a group, see the Robots Group.
EduTube is based in Australia and is managed by a group of volunteers from Australia, Kenya and the Netherlands. If you are interested in joining our team please contact Frank van Cappelle. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding EduTube.
Please note that all submitted content is moderated. It your video is spam, advertising or non-educational, it will be rejected. If it does not meet the EduTube educational and quality standards, it may also be rejected. Please see also our rules and policies for further details.