Free lectures from top American schools online


in Economics, Films and movies, Geek stuff, Internet matters

As described in this Slate article, a new site called Academic Earth has brought together a large numbers of lecture videos and made them available online for free. Right now, it includes lecturers from Berkeley, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale.

There is a six lecture series on Understanding the Financial Crisis.

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Tristan February 24, 2009 at 11:06 pm

I watched the lecture on Real Estate and the financial crisis, the guy is pretty entertaining.

Now I’m watching the lecture course on Greek history. But, it reminds me more of a “teaching company” lecture, i.e. made for DVD, than one from an actual lecture course. The total lack of student interruption is a bit distressing. Not the most entertaining prof (that’s what counts here, I think). But, quite informative.

Milan February 24, 2009 at 11:12 pm

I don’t generally like video as an educational medium. It requires too much immediate concentration, then provides too little information per unit time. I prefer to do several things at the same time: usually, with several different kinds of document open in different windows.

That said, very charismatic speakers are sometimes worth focusing on exclusively.

mek February 25, 2009 at 6:16 am

For my money, this lecture by Krugman is the be-all-end-all when it comes to understanding the crisis – and he gave the lecture well before all this shit went down.

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