Publish at September 08 2022 Updated September 08 2022

Twitch - Interactive livestreaming courses

Live as a learning relationship

What is it?

Twitch is a live video streaming service, which like YouTube, allows anyone to be able to create their channel.

Viewers can watch the videos for free and can comment on them in real time, thanks to a chat room that is attached to each live stream. This allows the channel's host to see the messages and react to them. This interactivity is praised by the platform's users.

How does it work?

On the creator portal you'll learn everything you need to know about learning to stream on Twitch.

Namely, from basic tips to the most advanced tricks. The different categories covered are:

  • introduction to Twitch,
  • starting live,
  • branding and statistics,
  • building your community,
  • monetizing your content,
  • music on Twitch.

In particular, you have a quick start guide to launch a live stream in minutes using a cell phone, Mac or PC.

In the following tutorial from the Networking Lab, you'll learn how to stream easily and quickly on Twitch with Twitch Studio when you're a beginner.

For what uses? 

- Benjamin Vest

Teacher-researcher at the Institut d'Optique Graduate School of the University of Paris-Saclay, tells us in the following interview how he set up fully online flipped classroom courses during lockdown, and the elements he reuses in his face-to-face courses today.

- Lukas Rass-Masson

Professor of Law and Criminal Sciences, also director of the European School of Law at the University of Toulouse 1 Capitole, explains in a Campus matin article why he has been conducting courses on Twitch rather than on the traditional platforms made available by his institution.

The academic explains that he thus began his first courses on Twitch in September 2020 so that his students, whether they are in quarantine or at home due to half-measures, can thus attend the teachings. But that his reflection precedes, it, the health crisis as he explains us then. He was then looking for a tool that could allow students from Toulouse to follow his courses while they were on the move, and as all the media had talked about Twitch, he was naturally interested in the platform as a media tool. And finally, it proved to be quite easy for him to use, he tells us.

In addition to his courses, he explains that he also organized conferences with guests on the platform. These lives were then accessible in replay to all, students, enthusiasts or law professionals as he explains in the presentation video of his Twitch channel.

He also explains that using the platform implies a change of posture for the teacher. For him, the teacher engages more on Twitch than in a lecture hall because of the proximity created with the students. He concludes, reminding that for him one thing is sure, nothing replaces face-to-face classes despite everything.

- Stéphane Diebold

Founding president of the AFFEN (Association Française pour la Formation en Entreprise et les usages Numériques), questions the contribution of Twitch to pedagogy or animation for training in an article for FocusRH. 

First of all, he explains that compared to the virtual classroom, the live technique is much more interactive. Live is a real adventure for learners, he tells us, because something can always happen, which creates loyalty within the learning relationship.

He continues, explaining that Twitch creates a closeness between learners and the facilitator. The exchange is less formalized there than the traditional discourse of the expert. For Stéphane Diebold, the expert does not hide behind his knowledge, he is the facilitator. It's a change of posture, he continues, because it is no longer the learner who goes to the expert, but the expert who goes to the learner. He puts his knowledge at the service of the learner. Moreover, what he finds interesting in the practice of Twitch is that the animation creates a community around emotional contagion. This learning communion allows viewers to react more easily, as the reaction of others encourages action.

For the author, Twitch is a training ground, a learning lab that allows the facilitator to enter the 21st century by stepping out of the expert's posture. It is finally a good tool to engage the professional transformation of trainers. 

My opinion on the potential of Twitch

The Twitch platform is a great way to animate student life in a different way, far beyond the simple virtual classroom. So it's no surprise to see many in higher education using it with gusto, especially since the COVID-19 outbreak, with the platform serving as a catalyst for many innovative projects within campuses and universities.

Twitch is the undisputed master of the live, a new dynamic that allows for the ability to extend the course experience in a less formal, but equally effective way to learn and train.

Gerald TIROT

As a complement to this article, I invite you to (re)read Alexandre Roberge's two articles on Twitch: "Twitch, the platform for informal learning" (2019) and "Twitch, an educational media?" (2018).


      Benhadouche, Léa. " TikTok, Twitch, Discord, ClubHouse... Big schools are coming ". Monde des grandes écoles et universités, April 2, 2021,

      Cormaty, Isabelle. " Why are these higher education players jumping on the Twitch platform? " Campus Matin: The magazine for higher education and research professionals and academics, Accessed September 8, 2022.

      " Twitch-based flipped classroom courses during lockdown ". Institut Villebon Georges Charpak, October 25, 2021,

      " What is Twitch, that video service everyone is talking about? " LEFIGARO, March 11, 2021,

      " What can Twitch bring to training? By Stéphane Diebold ". HR Focus, March 23, 2021,

      Twitch Studio: BEST Twitch stream software for beginners., Accessed September 8, 2022.

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