With students right on top of the ever-evolving technology crazes, more and more colleges are focused on making access to their courses easier. Many have posted lectures on iTunes using “iTunes U,” letting students and others access the lectures over the internet. The University of California at Berkeley has taken it a step further, introducing full-length free videos of several of their courses via a Berkeley YouTube portal.
YouTube, a popular video-sharing website, makes watching these course recordings easy, and anyone can watch them! You don’t even need a student login! Simply go to the website, select the lecture you’re interested in, and press play. You can even download the videos and take them with you on an iPod, or click the “Share” button to share them with friends.
Berkeley currently has about ten course categories, including lectures from courses like Physics 10 – Physics for Future Presidents. They also offer a selection of special events, such as video of their Lunch Poem Series. And it won’t stop there: in an announcement on their website Berkeley states that they plan to continue expanding their YouTube video library.
Another neat feature of putting video on YouTube is that it allows people to post the videos around the web. Below is a sample of a Berkeley course video for SIMS 141-Search Engines, featuring a guest lecture by the co-founder of Google! What a great opportunity to “sit in”on a interesting class like that–and for free!
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