I read about Open Yale Courses in yesterday’s Guardian. Yale are now offering free online access to seven introductory courses, although really they should call it access to course material for seven courses as you’re getting access to video lectures and the odd resource rather anything interactive such as a discussion or formative assessment. However not to be sniffed at! For example see Intro to Political Philosophy, Lecture 1. As you’ll see the quality of the video is excellent.
This is not a one-off, some would go as far as calling it a trend – I read that recently somewhere but exactly where escapes me. In contrast I still get a feeling from many lecturers that they want to keep a tight hold of their content. It’ll be interesting to see how this develops. Others sharing include:
I’m sure there are more and there are other related activities taking place too.