Friday, October 05, 2007

UC Berkeley YouTube Group

Hi, my name is UC Berkeley. I am 139 years old and live in Berkeley, California. My hobbies include Teaching, Research and Public Service. Maybe YouTube should not have treated UC Berkeley as just another group started by a person, but both YouTube and UC Berkeley are doing a great service by offering courses online for free. To access more than 300 hours of videotaped courses from UC Berkeley, visit this link.

These courses, from some of the best faculty in the world, can help every student supplement her knowledge outside of their respective classrooms. Especially in developing countries, perhaps such courses should be made mandatory for students to attend. Christina Maslach, UC Berkeley's vice provost for undergraduate education , said the following in a statement

"UC Berkeley on YouTube will provide a public window into university life, academics, events and athletics, which will build on our rich tradition of open educational content for the larger community,"

Another school that has made news earlier about Open Course ware is MIT, with over 1700 courses available for free to anyone with an internet connection. These courses, some of them including video lectures, help students plan a course of study and enhance their knowledge in a particular course.

I hope other top schools soon jump into the arena of providing information free of charge as a way of helping students in developing countries. With free education, the world will surely be a better place.

Other places where this was mentioned:

  • UC Berkeley first to post full lectures to YouTube at
  • Berkeley puts courses on YouTube at SMH
  • UC Berkeley Puts Courses On YouTube at TechCrunch
  • UC Berkeley's YouTube Channel Offers Full-Course Lectures at Mashable
  • UC Berkeley Puts Lectures Online To Bore You At Home at Gizmodo
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