UC Berkeley Posts 86 Full Courses on iTunes U

I have posted many times about what a huge proponent I am of iTunes U as a resource for educators, students, and lay individuals with a passing interest in various subjects (history classes, philosophy, learning a foreign language, exploring world politics, etc). I recently posted an article focusing on how individuals who already have college and graduate degrees can use online resources to bolster or even change their careers: “Using Free Educational Resources to Boost or Changes Careers.”

Many Universities have embraced the online format and have begun publishing numerous classes in their catalogues online. These are not ‘new age’ online universities or small liberal arts colleges that none of us have heard mentioned. These are educational powerhouses, such as Yale, Harvard, MIT, and more.

In the past year, the University of California at Berkley as made a concerted effort to make large portions of the catalogue fully available online. Currently, the Spring 2012 catalogue, available on iTunes U has 86 full classes in mathematics, economics, history, the sciences, philosophy, law, and more. These courses range from introductory to advanced and are taught by the leaders in their field. You can view the entire catalogue by clicking here. Remember, you do not have to have an iPod or a Mac computer to play these courses. All that you need is iTunes on your computer (completely free software).

10 thoughts on “UC Berkeley Posts 86 Full Courses on iTunes U

  1. David

    Thanks for the heads up. The move by colleges into online ed has been more and more in the news recently. It feels like we’re on the verge of systemic change. I’m wondering how it will filter down to K-12.

  2. drkorfhage

    Thanks for the heads up. The move of college into online ed has been more and more in the news recently. It feels like we’re on the verge of systemic change. I’m wondering how it will filter down to K-12.

    1. Jennifer Carey Post author

      I can tell you that it is already there. What I highlight here are free courses, not something for which you will receive a degree. However, public and private schools are moving more and more towards online options. Almost all GED and home schooling programs are online. Some states, notably Virginia, are now making an online class a key component for graduation requirements. My school has recently paired with the Virtual Online High School (highlighted in the recent edition of the school magazine, the Trojan Voice)

      1. drkorfhage

        I checked out the article–interesting. At our school, we’ve focused on the 1:1 laptop route to technology, rather than online ed. But I was thinking more broadly. My school is a “college prep” school–and it looks like yours is, too, since it’s in your mission statement. What happens to that sort of school when the traditional college model changes?

      2. Jennifer Carey Post author

        Well, I do think that our prep schools are more prepared and flexible to deal with rapid change than public schools – as we don’t have to deal with the massive bureaucracy and red tape. Still, I think that all schools are slow to change…

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  4. rsmease

    I’ve witnessed a lot of great coming out of Yale, Berkeley and (on a smaller scale) Stanford. I understand MIT has a lot of offer, though I’ve never given them a closer look.

    It seems to me the quality of the recording varies most as a result of how the professor approaches their new status as a recorded performer. I like the movement toward inclusive high education, yet I sympathize with the hesitation of professors who haven’t trained for an audience beyond the classroom.

  5. shannonjwhalen

    I have been planning to take up online courses in foreign language studies next year. Some people are telling me it would be best to go to a physical school rather than an online class. Can you give me hints on what to expect, and a comparison between going to a school or taking it online?

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