How the Move to Annotate TED Talks Could Change Everything About Video-Based Learning

From a small startup conference in 1984 to a learning powerhouse in 2016, TED leads the way when it comes to shaping opinions and sharing ideas. Basically, it’s L&D pro’s dream, making thousands of bite-sized, hyper-digestible videos available for free to help round out courses and make eLearning possible.

There’s been one glaring issue with TED Talks as learning tools, however, and that’s with the problem of citation and annotation. Many TED presenters don’t cite their data and the material moves so fast that in order to discuss the subject matter, teachers and students must be face-to-face and physically pause the video to talk.

TED’s new website addresses one of these problems, allowing for presenters to add footnotes based on video time for better citations and improve post-video reading. Still, the ability for a facilitator to annotate a TED Talk at key points throughout the video is a function not yet available. Still the move to citations makes us hopeful for a platform that allows instructors and facilitators to offer these key benefits through annotation:

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