College classes free, for anyone

| October 24, 2009 | 6 Replies

If you’d like to attend college classes over the Internet at a wide variety of prestigious colleges, consider visiting Academic Earth. According to the about page,

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 in which that content is remarkably easy to use and where user contributions make existing content increasingly valuable.

The participating universities include Berkeley, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, UCLA, and Yale. I just finished watching an informative lecture on “The Origins of the Financial Mess.” I’m wondering what I’m going to view next. Maybe I’ll watch some more of Shelly Kagan’s 26-part series on the topic of “Death.”

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Tim Hogan says:

    Money magazine has a short piece on this in its latest edition.

  2. Mobius_118 says:

    Is this legit? Right now I'm working hard to go back to an actual college later in 2010, so a good re-primer would be excellent.

    • Erich Vieth says:

      Mobius: You can "attend" real classes at this site (they are videotaped, not live), but you won't receive credit. It would be as if you were auditing the classes. Good luck with the re-primer.

  3. Mobius 118 says:

    Thought so. Thanks Erich, great find.

  4. Erich Vieth says:

    Another website where you can get a free top-rate education in many subjects: http://dangerousintersection.org/2007/10/04/would

  5. Erich Vieth says:

    Here's another huge source of online educational resources: Wikiversity

    Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning. We invite teachers, students, and researchers to join us in creating open educational resources and collaborative learning communities.

    http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Wikiversity:Main_P

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