Second great news for educators coming from Google today. YouTube is starting to integrate the Google Moderator tool into the platform which will be a huge thing for educators.
It will enable your viewers to ask questions which can then be voted up and down by other viewers of your channel. This way you can really see what your audience is interested in. Google Moderator was launched in 2008 already and is a tool for feedback and crowdsourcing. People can submit questions or other feedback and those submissions can then be voted up and down by the community and of course they can be moderated by the channel owner. The idea is to bring the best question / idea / answer on top.
The audience can interact with you by text and / or video submissions. This is a great way for educators to interact with their audience, let them ask questions, get feedback and ideas so in general to make the experience more sticky and interactive. I simply love it and will use it for my channel for sure.
First interesting example comes from Stanford University where you can ask a specialist for heart diseases your questions. In two weeks he will upload a video with as many answers as possible. As soon as I have set up something with this new feature I will give you an update on how it actually works.
- TechCrunch: YouTube Integrates Google Moderator
- Mashable: YouTube Launches Platform for Crowdsourcing Suggestions