Academic Earth = Hulu of education

I have a real fondness for educational videos, OK make that a strong like (love?) of educational programs.  I like to be stimulated mentally.  This usually takes the form of watching Discovery, The History Channel or The Learning Channel.  Since I no longer have cable, I’ve had to do without much of the educational programming I used to watch.  I’ve mostly been stuck with reality cooking shows (you MIGHT learn something) on Hulu.com, or my own DVD collection of things like Planet Earth, Good Eats (yeah, another cooking show) or some of the various military history programs I have.

Enter Academic Earth.  Of course, Lifehacker beat me to the punch, but I know some of my readers (all 3 of you) don’t read Lifehacker.  Academic Earth has a ton of educational videos you can watch, neatly organized by topic.  They advertise that they have thousands of videos, and it appears by far the greatest number of the videos are in the Entrepreneurship section, where they are further broken down further into sub-categories.  There are videos there from Yale, MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard and Princeton, with Stanford representing almost 1000 by themselves via the Entrepreneurship section.  It appears that the courses come from:

  1. MIT’s OpenCourseWare
  2. Stanford’s Engineering Everywhere
  3. Yale’s Open Yale Courses
  4. Berkeley’s Webcast courses
  5. Princeton’s UChannel

I wasn’t able to find anything online for Harvard, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.  Of course these classes do not offer credit without enrollment, but the chance to self-improve should be enticement enough.  I know I am looking forward to the Computer Science courses on Stanford’s site to supplement the IT classes I am currently enrolled in.  If you can watch Hulu videos, you should be able to watch any of the Academic Earth programs, they seem to use the ubiquitous Adobe Flash Player plug-in (all the ones I tried).

Other online course-ware that doesn’t seem to be a part of Academic Earth’s programming are:

  1. Carnegie Mellon’s open learning initiative
  2. Tufts University’s OpenCourseware
  3. Utah State University’s OpenCourseware
  4. University of California, Irvine’s OpenCourseware
  5. Open University’s (UK) OpenLearn

Don’t forget to do your homework.  🙂

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