Download A Yale Lecture: More Universities Offer Courses To The Public

By Lynn Truong on 4 February 2008 (Updated 29 April 2010) 14 comments

Linsey told us about the Open Courseware Consortium project where schools like MIT, University of Notre Dame, Tufts, and Johns Hopkins were offering course outlines, notes, audio and video recordings of their classes.

Personally, I've been following Professor Lewin's Physics I course at MIT. He's a bit of an internet celebrity professor, as this is MIT's most popular OpenCourseWare course. I think it's because he does a lot of demonstrations, with him as the guinea pig:

More and more universities are offering recordings of their classes free to the general public. MIT paved the way and now others are following suit. Here are a list of prestigious universities giving public access to their lectures.

Open Yale Courses

Yale offers seven introductory courses in Astronomy, English, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, and Religious Studies.

UC Berkeley Webcasts

They've got a healthy number of courses, all with video and/or audio. You can download the mp3 to play on your ipod, but the videos are Real Player files.

iTunes U

Browse the iTunes U section of iTunes Store and you'll find a list of other universities offering free podcasts of their lectures and talks. Participating schools include Stanford, New York Law School, Duke, Vanderbilt, and Northeastern.

Lecturefox

This is a really nifty site that lists the most recent free course offerings from even more universities like UC San Diego, Caltech, UCLA, Oxford, Harvard, Rice, Princeton and more! The best part about it is that it shows right away whether there is video, audio, or just lecture notes.

Additionally, I came across some great resources for free lanuage courses, too!

FSI Language Courses

These courses were developed by the United States government to give public access to language programs. Pretty exciting for me since they have a Cantonese course, a very rare find.

BBC Languages

They have interactive, online, multimedia classes for many popular languages.

iTunes
Do a search for Language Courses (or go to podcasts-->Education-->Language Courses) and you'll find a selection of free podcasts teaching language.

Additional photo credit: MIT OpenCourseWare
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This is very helpful stuff. My eldest daughter is doing pyschology and she'll find this resource most useful.

Thanks

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I'm so glad you found more resources for us!  (Thanks for the link...)

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Gladys

Your readers might also want to know about the Independent Scholars Handbook.

It's now out of print, and the author, Ronald Gross, has allowed it to be available for free download from the Canadian Academy of Independent Scholars website (link above).

There's also a US group, the National Coalition of Independent Scholars.

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why not ... helpful ...

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Bev

Thanks so much for the great info!

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Thanks Lynn

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Great resource. Thanks so much! I can't wait to take my first class!!

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Dara

UC San Diego: http://podcast.ucsd.edu/

McGill University: http://cool.mcgill.ca/

Also, check out the video lectures at Harvard Extension.
http://www.extension.harvard.edu/2007-08/DistanceEd/courses/;jsessionid=...
If you're not an enrolled student, you can still watch the first 2 weeks of each course for free.

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HI all Check out this another great site http://freevideolectures.com . Full of free video lectures on 20 subjects.

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http://youtube.com/user/nptelhrd

courses of IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) premiere institutes of India

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this website has offers a LOT of quick, understandable courses on a variety of topics...from an MIT, Harvard educated professor.

totally free.

http://www.khanacademy.org

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yeles

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main issue is subtitle of nothing.
So ,I'm same.
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Guest's picture
yeles

Wahch yele courses great mathod is Go youtube to download video file.
main issue is subtitle of nothing.
So ,I'm same.
I hard to finding website or software, which can download youtube subtitle.
finally,I'm success.very very easy.
Go: http://mo.dbidb.com
<a href="http://mo.dbidb.com/setting.html">http://mo.dbidb.com</a>
download youtube subtitle for Srt.(There has many many other people favor).
Pass mo.dbidb.com transit to SRT or translate to varify languages. OK!