Study at some of the nation's top universities without leaving home. The University of California-Berkeley records in lecture halls and classrooms equipped with video- and/or podcast-capture systems. The site offers video lectures presented by distinguished scholars and scientists at conferences, seminars, workshops and the like.In addition to hundreds of courses, the site offers on-campus lectures, debates, symposiums and other events. The site features more than 60 multimedia-rich programs on topics ranging from stem cells to Beethoven. Here you'll find 1,800-some academic courses — complete with syllabuses, assignments, exams, and, in many cases, audio or video lectures — that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has put online. Apple has been building this online "university" and filling it with free content — at last count, more than 100,000 educational video and audio files — from top universities (London School of Economics), NPR stations (Minnesota Public Radio's "Grammar Grater," a weekly podcast about English words, grammar and usage), famous museums and other cultural institutions all over the world. Here you'll find thousands of video lectures from the world's top scholars — from Yale's Shelly Kagan on the "Philosophy on Life and Death" to investment banker Stan Christensen and former San Francisco 49er quarterback Steve Young on "Football vs. The rapidly expanding default site for user-generated video now includes an education "channel" called You Tube EDU, with content from top universities and other institutions. Where on the Web can you find Milton Masciadri, professor of double bass at the University of Georgia, discuss the largest and lowest-pitched bowed string instrument used in the modern symphony orchestra? A consortium of leading research and academic institutions share with the public more than 3,500 videos produced by its members. A project of the Jožef Stefan Institute in Slovenia, it has a decidedly international feel. Acquire lots of skills — from organizing your daily life to mastering Google Desktop — from Hewlett Packard's online classes."I couldn't believe all of this was available — for free," he says.
There's even a "Best Lecturer Competition." Arts and sciences Health. Tempting sites: "Around the World in 80 Dishes" is a series of video-based cooking classes at Epicurious.com; the Culinary Institute of America, the famous school for chefs in Hyde Park, N.
Three trustworthy stops: Web MD's Videos A-Z library, which has thousands of videos, catalogued by topic; Health Central.com's Video Library; and the University of Maryland Medical Center's Audio/Video Library, which includes interviews with UMMC experts, patient success stories and surgical webcasts. The BBC offers audio and video language courses for beginners and intermediates in more than two dozen languages — French, German, Japanese ... Y., offers classes on its You Tube network and its podcasts on i Tunes; the Food Network, and the Williams-Sonoma Video Library and Look and Taste, have lots more recipes and how-to videos. Libri Vox's goal is to make all books in the public domain available as free audiobooks.
Recent lecture webcasts included Harvard sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot discussing her new book, The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk, and Adventure in the 25 Years After 50.
The best starting point for accessing all the multimedia content is through the website of one of its members, the Boston-based WGBH Forum Network. This site, courtesy of TVO, Canada's largest educational broadcaster, presents lectures on a variety of thought-provoking topics that range across politics, culture, economics, art, history, science and other fields.
"I feel like the MIT site has helped me decide what to do with my life for the next few years," he says.
Guide to E-Learning Sites This sampling of e-learning opportunities is generally limited to video-based content that's meant to be free, without restrictions or catches.
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There's an interview, for example, with Italian neurologist Rita Levi-Montalcini, the first Nobel laureate to reach the age of 100.