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Teach Yourself Anything: 3 Ways To Create Your Own Learning Playlists

Saikat Basu 23-12-2013

The Internet is a fire hose. Whether it’s a casual browse or a conscious one, getting “drenched” is almost given. Fortunately, the same fire hose of information can quench your thirst for learning a new skill. Learning playlists are nothing but an organized way to collect the right resources in the form of articles, videos, links, images etc. in a semblance of order. Think of it as tying together all the information you find into a thread that helps you grasp it from the beginning to the end.


Learning playlists are just as useful for flipped teaching as they are for learning anything on your own. From learning a new language How To Use Chrome To Learn A Foreign Language While Browsing The Web One of the more natural ways to learn anything is to immerse oneself in that environment. In fact, if you stay in a foreign country for any length of time, you naturally pick up some... Read More to coding software programs Which Programming Language Should You Learn For Software Development? When starting on the path of programming, it’s important you invest your time wisely in choosing to learn something that will both benefit you in the immediate future with visible results on your platform of... Read More ; from comics Top 6 YouTube Channels For Learning How To Draw Comics YouTube is full of such tutorials for anything from a smiley face to complex characters, but many of them are hard to follow or just plain bad. How can you know which channels to focus... Read More to drums Learn To Play The Drums With These Websites & Tools Who doesn't love a skilled drummer? Beats are the heart of music and a great beat by a great drummer can absolutely transform the spirit of a song into something transcendent. I've tried learning how... Read More , nothing can stop the enthusiastic learner. All that’s needed is to find the best content, and then make sense of it. This is where a learning playlist helps you handpick the best knowledge from the Web. Here are three free tools to create your own learning playlists and share it with others as well.



Gibbon comes from Netherlands and is one of the latest startups on the learning scene. You can sign up for free and start curating learning content into learning flows. Learning flows are made up of chapters. Each chapter is an article, blog, or video that you think is the best resource for the subject of the learning flow. Gibbon lets everyone be a teacher and a student.

As a teacher, you can create learning flows and share it with others. As a student, you can pick out chapters from one or multiple learning flows and create playlists out of them. As you go along through the playlist, you can mark items as “learned” or “skip” them altogether for later. You can also suggest chapters by recommending with links and explaining why it should be added. Earn badges as you continue to contribute to the learning platform.



Noteworthy features:

  • Any learning flow created is automatically added to the Library.
  • Start learning immediately from the topics curated by Gibbon in the Library.
  • Customize the length of a playlist according to time in hand (10, 20, or 30 minutes per day or week).
  • Use Gibbon browser plugins or bookmarklet for Chrome, Firefox or Safari to curate content with a click.
  • Organize chapters by dragging and dropping them in the correct order.
  • Share learning flows on Twitter and Facebook to gather “followers” for your course.



In July of this year, I went into the complete process of how you can create your own stylish magazines on Flipboard Create Your Own Stylish Magazines With The Flipboard Browser Bookmarklet The news reading and content curation scene is a dog-eat-dog world. One of the reasons for the widespread popularity of Flipboard has been its momentum to add new features. One of the recent but not-so-little... Read More . All it needs is the right content and your click on the Flip It Bookmarklet. You can also use the “+” button on your iOS or Android Flipboard app.

The Flipboard Editor is where it all comes together – manage your magazines by rearranging, adding, and deleting content and setting the right cover before you share it with others.


Noteworthy features:

  • Create a more collaborative magazine by inviting others to share content.
  • The browser bookmarklet, and the mobile apps open multiple ways to browse and add interesting content.
  • Allows for proactively sharing articles and stories directly with friends.
  • The Flipboard apps are also available for Kindle Fire and NOOK.

MentorMob [Broken URL Removed]


MentorMob Edu comes close to Gibbon with its method of creating structured learning playlists for both educators and students. The idea is the same – map the best learning from the millions of webpages and social media content. The learning playlists on MentorMob resemble a slideshow which makes you move through the curated content in steps.

MentorMob offers a few extras that help you create flipped learning lessons. You don’t need to register to browse the learning playlists on the site. An earlier review of MentorMob How To Learn A New Skill Systematically With Collaborative Learning Playlists Wouldn’t learning benefit from playlists? It could be a neat way to make sense of all the knowledge out there, by keeping the best learning bytes on a playlist. We can progress step by step... Read More takes you deeper into the site, but here are the salient points after the video…


Noteworthy features:

  • Playlists can be Academic or Recreational.
  • Keep the playlists private or open to the public.
  • Easily make playlists of embedded YouTube videos only.
  • Aside from pasting hyperlinks, also add content by writing your own or uploading files.
  • Create collaborative playlists for others to contribute content.
  • Set skill levels for completing the playlist lessons.
  • Test learners with self-created pop quizzes.

Better Than Bookmarks

Most of us have a lifetime of bookmarks. But managing bookmarks How to Manage Years of Browser Bookmarks: 5 Steps to Tidiness Have hundreds or thousands of bookmarks that you need to get under control? Follow this step-by-step process to get organized. Read More is like swimming in the deep end without the shore to guide you. Learning playlists are a more deliberate way to focus on anything you want to master. Collaborative learning playlists have the added benefit of crowdsourced wisdom…something you should never disregard. I haven’t really touched upon the value of learning playlists for flipped teaching; maybe that’s a topic for another day. Today, it’s all about self-education.

Do you see the value of learning playlists? What’s your tip for a DIY learning mindset?

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  1. Rajit D
    April 17, 2014 at 2:41 pm has something similar. A more structured approach, but less variety as of now.

    • Saikat B
      April 18, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Thanks for the really good link. Bookmarked for future reference.

  2. Angela A
    January 9, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Great tools. I should probably try out Gibbon soon, huh?

  3. Mute
    December 24, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Gibbon link not complete

    • Saikat B
      December 24, 2013 at 5:12 am

      The site seems to be temporarily down. The link is fine.

  4. Computermorah
    December 23, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    [Broken Link Removed] also lets you organize web content but will explore these other tools, too. Thanks!

  5. Francisco D
    December 23, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    I was looking for something like this for a long time! thanks!

    • Saikat B
      December 24, 2013 at 5:16 am

      Glad it helped. Let us know the topic of your learning list :)