LiveEdu 3.0: The Biggest Update Until Now, Project Channel and Premium Content

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Finally, our new update is live!  We have worked hard on user feedback and made multiple big changes improving the end-user experience.  We value knowledge and learning, and the new update is on the same lines.

So, what’s big? What are the changes that you will see? Let’s go through them one by one. We will also discuss some of the important features that are going to be released in the big update.

Two big highlights from our new release are Project channel and Premium content. Both are curated according to the needs of the end-user and to maximize the benefits of using LiveEdu as a learning platform. The new features will act as tools to enable learners improve their skills and career prospects.

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We have already stated the changes that will come in LiveEdu. You can check them here. We will cover the changes in more details so that our reader know exactly what to expect.

Project Channel

As announced in 2016, we are moving from channel page to project page. Going forward when you think of LiveEdu, imagine project pages instead of channel pages. With the new project page approach, each project has its own URL. When viewers visit a project page, they will see the live channel and also the past video playlist under the same URL.

E.g. project URL: https://liveedu.tv/muhammad/ROxv7-data-analysis-with-python/

This huge change has three big benefits. First, viewers can swiftly go through all old videos related to a project, without manually searching for each. Second, streamers don’t have to do manual work to create project playlist anymore. Third, each project page serves as a portfolio.

You can read more about this change in the update article we published last year, Moving from Normal Channel to Project Channel and Video to Project Playlist.

Read How to move your old videos to new projects to learn how to manage your old videos.

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Premium and Free Content

As already announced in 2016, to highlight quality content from the average and crappy content, two labels are used to visualize the quality of each content on LiveEdu — premium and free. The livestream directory page and project directory page will showcase content based on their quality, so that viewers would get to know what to expect.

Premium label is mainly assigned to live and on-demand tutorial projects that are of high quality. They are presented well by the streamer and are easy to follow by viewers. LiveEdu content team will suggest selected streamers, sample premium projects to stream or current projects on the site which are suitable for premium. Premium live, and on-demand projects are paid content, and the user needs a LiveEdu Pro subscription to access them. There will be a revenue share for streamers who create premium content.

Free content comprises of everything that is not Premium content. Users don’t require a LiveEdu Pro subscription to access the free content. Streamers can make money from Ad revenue.

Read How do I become a Premium Project tutorial creator on LiveEdu? to know more about it.

Blog and Tutorial Project

Since we have moved away from singular channels, a streamer can create multiple projects on LiveEdu, and each project will have its own URL. When creating a project, a streamer can choose to create a tutorial or a blog project.

Tutorial projects are projects where the streamer is in full teaching mode and includes a project overview, resources that viewers can download for practice. These live project sessions are educational, interactive, and engaging, e.g. “How to create Flappy Bird on Android platform.”

Blog projects are projects where the streamers are working on their projects and not primarily interested in teaching. In a blog project, the streamer wants to share his project and connect with like-minded peers. For blog projects, streamers can enter into their project diary a description of what they plan to work on in each session. Basically, the project diary enables viewers to know what the streamer is working on or had worked in the past.?

Read “What is the difference between a “Blog project” and “Tutorial project” on LiveEdu?” to know more about their difference.

Uploading Project Files

To make learning easier for learners, streamers can upload project files to the tutorial based project. Right now, only tutorial based projects have “upload file” option. If you are interested in sharing project files for the blog-based project, you can share the GitHub, BitBucket repository with your audience.

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Read, How to create a “tutorial project” on LiveEdu? to know more about the feature.

Adaptive Bitrate Streaming

A smooth viewing experience is important for viewers to enjoy watching a livestream. Not all viewers on LiveEdu have a high internet download speed above 2.5mbps. These viewers have frustrations when they try to watch a stream or video because the player shows as an offline message for them or plays slowly due to their low internet download speed.

To ensure a smooth viewing experience for these users, just like they watch Youtube videos, we have launched  Adaptive Bitrate Streaming(ABS) to solve this issue.

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You can check more about ABS and how it works in this article, “Time for Adaptive Bitrate Streaming”.

Learn how you can change video quality here.

Project Diary

Blog projects use a project diary to explain the different stages of a project. For blog projects, streamers can enter into their project diary a description of what they plan to work on in each session. Basically, the project diary enables viewers to know what the streamer is working on or had worked in the past.

For streamers, project diary acts as a motivational tool or a way to convey information about the project to the viewers.

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A streamer can also focus on using the diary to keep track of the changes he is making. A project diary has multiple uses depending on how the streamer want to utilize it.

Project diary is only available to blog projects. The project diary can be used for adding valuable information to a project and also useful for developers who like to write blog posts about their work. In short, it can be used to share anything interesting that is worth reading.

Do you want to share an intriguing explanation of how Java exceptions work? Just use the project diary and share it with your audience.

Premium Content Creators

Streamers will have a chance to become “Premium content creator”. There are endless opportunities for streamers who can work on a project and enable viewers to learn something valuable that improves their skills and career.

To keep the quality of content high and satisfactory for the Pro users, we will take extra care in choosing premium content creators. There are tons of requirements when it comes to becoming a premium content creator. To keep it short, the core requirements are as follows.

  • Streamer must have at least 20 hours of streaming content on LiveEdu. The content should be good.
  • All his previous streams should have a detailed stream description. The description should be clear and simple enough for everyone to understand.
  • The streamer should be proactive in explaining what he is working on and also participate actively addressing viewers’ questions.
  • Streamer has to use a microphone during the stream. A silent stream will not be considered at all.

Read, How does LiveEdu selects projects as premium projects.

Final Thoughts

We are working hard towards a future where anyone can learn anything by following a project. Be it tutorial based or blog based, each of them, has its own importance and offers invaluable knowledge to the viewers. With this update, our focus will shift from quantity to quality, as it will help anyone learn much faster.

Do you have any questions regarding the new update? Comment below and let us know. We are listening.

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  • Jeroen Martens

    A nice post. But some things still remain “unrealistic”. Content should always be premium. No one wants watch “crappy” content. As a streamer we try to interact with the viewers as much as possible. And ask the audience what kind of content they want. Premium content is what viewers like and want to see. ( youtube red for example).

    My thoughts:
    – Remove the “forced” registration for people that aren’t logged in. (After 2 streams viewers are forced to register.) Content should be accessable for everyone.
    – The 480p and 1080p video quality behind a premium membership is “stupid”. A stream should be viewable on any quality a viewer wants to view a stream. Quality is created by content. Not video quality.

    Regards Jerome

    • Livecoding.tv

      Unlike Twitch we are in the education space and not entertainment. We can not monetize mainly through eye balls/users (advertising revenue). As announced on blog we are moving to focus on premium content (LiveEdu Pro) as we have to cover our operational costs and also pay good content streamers for creating quality content.

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