Last updated: 15.01.13

Plymouth teacher's e-learning a hit on YouTube

An ebook launched by a Plymouth school teacher has been downloaded more than 5,000 times since its release via YouTube on January 1st.

Head of English at Lipson Community College Andrew Bruff created the free revision guide, which serves as an online learning aid for students studying GCSEs in English, English Literature and English Language, the Plymouth Herald reports.

Mr Bruff has also set up his own YouTube channel with colleague Ollie Hayne and the pair's series of uploaded videos have received almost half a million views across more than 170 countries worldwide.

The guide - which first went live on New Year's Day and features no advertising - offers advice on how to answer exam questions, provides examples of past high-scoring work and includes analysis of major themes and texts.

Speaking to the news provider, Mr Bruff stated: "I am delighted with the success of the ebook, which proves there is huge demand for such a text. I am sure it will make a difference to the students who have downloaded it."

The educators' YouTube channel has so far attracted the attention of 1,550 subscribers and received more than 410,000 views, while a host of education leaders, authors, schools and teachers have praised the ebook.

Lipson Community College is currently exploring the incorporation of social media site Twitter into online learning and is reportedly planning to allow students to take control of the project and manage it themselves.

This comes after a Welsh institution in Newport announced it is also using Twitter to improve standards among its pupils, by communicating with young people via the network and co-ordinating a number of English, Maths and Science classes online.

Not just an important aspect of education in schools, businesses can also develop the skillsets of their workers by rolling out digital training within their company, which they are able to access in at a time that is convenient to them.