Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Academic Earth: Video Lectures By Top Scholars

Academic Earth

Thousands Of Video Lectures From The World's Top Scholars

Academic Earth is an organization founded with the goal of giving everyone on earth access to a world-class education.


As more and more high quality educational content becomes available online for free, we ask ourselves, what are the real barriers to achieving a world class education? At Academic Earth, we are working to identify these barriers and find innovative ways to use technology to increase the ease of learning.

We are building a user-friendly educational ecosystem that will give internet users around the world the ability to easily find, interact with, and learn from full video courses and lectures from the world’s leading scholars. Our goal is to bring the best content together in one place and create an environment that in which that content is remarkably easy to use and in which user contributions make existing content increasingly valuable.

We invite those who share our passion to explore our website, participate in our online community, and help us continue to find new ways to make learning easier for everyone.











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The Chroncile of Higher Education / Wired Campus / February 2,2009

New For-Profit Web Site Repackages Free Lecture Videos From Colleges / Jeffrey R. Young

[http://chronicle.com/wiredcampus/article/3591/new-for-profit-web-site-repackages-free-lecture-videos-from-colleges] [Subscribers Only ?]


Anonymous said...

Academic Earth = Parasite

This is a company that produces nothing, adds no value, but wants to profit off the works of others by taking advantage of the Creative Commons license.

All the lectures available through the Academic Earth Website are actually already available via the university websites. So, there is nothing there. What Academic Earth does is imply that they are providing content and/or working with the universities. They are not (although they plan to meet with MIT).

They plan to offer forums and they allow users to grade the lectures. But, this is nothing more than another example of web x.0 “entrepreneurs” with a business plan of re-packaging the work of others and using it to sell ads.

I admire the universities for providing lectures that are freely available. Academic Earth, on the other hand, is on the same level as all those websites that re-package Wikipedia content and use it to sell ads.

Anonymous said...

Try http://www.ocwconsortium.org/