Harvard University is one of the most distinguished names in education. In addition to its brick and mortar classes, they offer a variety of online courses. In fact, a number of their courses are offered for free! If you would like to stoke your passions for Shakespeare, you can take a course on Hamlet. If you are interested in public health, check out the course on the Opioid Epidemic. There are hundreds of courses to choose from. You can browse and search on their website.
Stanford’s robust iTunes U offerings has become even more topical and current with the addition of its Election 2012 course. What makes this particular course unique and innovative is that it includes an online discussion element via its Course Piazza. The course description is as follows:
About Election 2012
This course will focus on the fall election in November 2012. Videos will be posted once per week, with serial examinations of major topics at stake in the election: foreign policy, the economy, the Supreme Court, and campaign strategy. We will also devote one session to California. Distinguished guests will participate in sessions moderated by the instructors, with participation by students.
- David Kennedy, Dept. of History
- Rob Reich, Dept. of Political Science
- Jim Steyer, Commonsense Media
Please note that the post-mortem discussion on the election will be posted on Monday, November 12th.
Code of Conduct
- The discussion forum is NOT intended for explicit electioneering or campaigning. You may not use this discussion board, for example, to solicit volunteers for campaign activities, to organize other students to work on behalf of any particular candidate, to ask students to sign petitions, etc.
To participate in Election 2012, you must register to create your Piazza account.
To download the lectures and content of the course, click here.
I have espoused the value of iTunes U many times. The open-source education repository publishes and distributes (at no cost to consumers) rigorous courses in science, the humanities, computers, and more (see my article – “15 Opportunities for Free Online Education“).
Today, I highlight the course offered via Yale by Professor Tamar Gendler (Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Yale) entitled: “Philosophy & Science of Human Nature.”
Course Description: Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature pairs central texts from Western philosophical tradition (including works by Plato, Aristotle, Epictetus, Hobbes, Kant, Mill, Rawls, and Nozick) with recent findings in cognitive science and related fields. The course is structured around three intertwined sets of topics: Happiness and Flourishing; Morality and Justice; and Political Legitimacy and Social Structures.”
To experience this free course, simply click this link.