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Thursday, March 8, 2012

New Find: Open Yale Courses

I promised that I would keep you all in the loop when I found something awesome while working on my Masters, and this is just the thing!

So, I had to watch a video for my Historiography class and we were talking about the Christians and New Testament - and quite frankly I was bored out of my mind! - until I watched the video and made a great discovery.

Yale University has a feature online called Open Yale Courses.  Basically the gist is that they have video recorded many of their introductory courses and provide them online to anyone free of charge - it is essentially as if you are auditing a class.  They have the entire lecture series for various subjects including: Astronomy, Chemistry, English Lit, Math, History etc.  Particularly of interest in the history section: Intro to Ancient Greek History, The American Revolution, Civil War and the Reconstruction Era, European Civ, Epidemics in Western Society Since 1600, Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society Under the Tudors and Stuarts, France Since 1871, and Roman Architecture.

All you have to do is open the course and then there is a selection of videos - usually the entire semester is available to you.  They also provide access to the syllabus and course materials if you are interested and indicate the books used during the course for further research.  If you click on any of the links I provided above it will take you to the section for that course.

As much as I have had it instilled in me to be anti-Yale (my college was one of their local rivals) I think that this is a wonderful service that they are offering.  I intend to take advantage of some of these courses as well as continue viewing the rest of the series on the historical significance of the New Testament.  I do hope that you too find some interest in these materials as they are great references and you get access to some of that Yale education free of charge!




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8 comments:

  1. This is a great find - thanks so much for sharing. Out of interest, I opened up and looked at a couple of syllabi. I'm surprised that there is so little writing required for some of the English courses. I went to a small liberal arts college in New England and we always had a 20-page research paper as our final plus 3 6-8 page papers - and that's for each reading/writing class!

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    1. I agree, I too had A LOT of writing assignments!

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  2. This is awesome, Heather! Thank you! I have unfortunately been unable to start at American Public U. like I had planned. Not sure if I ever will be able to. At this point, I'm not quite sure how I feel about it. I hope it's going well for you.

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    1. I am sorry to hear that Michelle! This week has been brutal!

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  3. I love the Open Course Ware -- there's a consortium that lists all the institutions that have open courses -- it's insanely cool.

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    1. I took a look at some of those too - apparently there are many schools that have open courses. MIT has over 2000 courses available.

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  4. I discovered some open courses a while back, but unfortunately my schedule is too crazy right now :( Thanks for the reminder though!

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    1. Yeah I know the feeling! I don't even have enough time to get done my actual class!

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