October 08, 2007

Berkeley's 300 hours of lectures on YouTube

Berkeley_on_youtube I think it's great to see Berkeley University giving away over 300 hours of lecture content on YouTube, taking the notion of 'open courseware' from MIT that one stage further.

Wouldn't be great if the YouTubed lectures replaced the face-to-face ones, and liberated those 300 hours for some face-to-face collaborative work by the students when they come to the university building? I doubt that'll happen any time soon, even though I think it's a better idea ;-)

You can take the University into YouTube, but you can't get YouTube into the University...


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I think resources like this are fantastic too. Replacing lectures though is an odd one, as a recent story related to me by a colleague shows... (names withheld for obvious reasons)

He had found a set of fantastic video lectures on the topic of his course. Far better than he could do himself (so he thought). But the students complained - in this instance at least they *wanted* him to deliver the lectures, live and in the room.

He tried to take YouTube to the university, but the students made him take it back out.

ps Have you looked at iTunes U yet?
Lots of great material for free, hampered by a truly awful and limited search mechanism.

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