Thursday, October 4, 2007

UC Berkeley, Now on YouTube

The University of California, Berkeley, announced Wednesday, October 3, it is making entire course lectures and special events available, free, on YouTube.

UC Berkeley Press Release

UC Berkeley is the first university to make videos of full courses available through YouTube. Visitors to the site at can view more than 300 hours of videotaped courses and events. Topics range from bioengineering, to peace and conflict studies, to "Physics for Future Presidents," the title of a popular campus course. Building on its initial offerings, UC Berkeley will continue to expand the catalog of videos available on YouTube.

"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," said Christina Maslach, UC Berkeley's vice provost for undergraduate education.

UC Berkeley has been a leader in the open-source video movement in higher education since fall 2001, when the campus's Educational Technology Services (ETS) launched, a local site that delivers course and event content as podcasts and streaming video.

In April 2006, UC Berkeley launched its audio podcast program, making audio content available as free downloads through webcast.berkeley. On pace to deliver 86 full courses and more than 100 events, amounting to more than 3,500 hours of content in 2007, the program has expanded dramatically since delivering 15 courses in its inaugural year.

The YouTube Channel is UC Berkeley. There are a series of tabs across the top. Page through them and jump from Courses, to Events, to Campus Life.

Cool stuff. Don't have access to a world class university? Now you do. (And yes, MIT OpenCourseWare has had all of their stuff available for years.)

Just not on YouTube.