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500 Free Courses from Great Universities

This just published from OpenCulture, I am looking forward to signing up for a number of these.

During the past two days, our list of Free Online Movies has been getting some good exposure. And we’ve got no complaints. But while assembling the movie list, we were also busy putting together a list of 500 Free Online Courses from top universities. Here’s the lowdown: This master list lets you download free courses from schools like Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, Harvard and UC Berkeley. Generally, the courses can be accessed via YouTube, iTunes or university web sites. Right now you’ll find 55 courses in Philosophy, 50 in History, 50 in Computer Science, 35 in Physics, and that’s just beginning to scratch the surface. Most of the courses were recently produced. But, in some cases, we’ve layered in lecture series by famous intellectuals recorded years ago. Here are some highlights from the complete list.

  • African-American History: Modern Freedom StruggleYouTubeiTunes – Clay Carson, Stanford
  • Financial Markets 2011 YouTubeiTunesWeb Site – Robert Shiller, Yale
  • Growing Up in the UniverseYouTube – Richard Dawkins, Oxford
  • Human Behavioral BiologyiTunes VideoYouTube – Robert Sapolsky, Stanford
  • Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible)Download Course – Christine Hayes, Yale.
  • Heidegger’s Being & TimeiTunes – Hubert Dreyfus, UC Berkeley
  • Intensive Introduction to Computer Science Using C, PHP, and JavaScript – Multiple FormatsiTunes – David Malan, Harvard
  • Introduction to Cosmology and Particle PhysicsYouTube – Sean Carroll, Caltech
  • Invitation to World LiteratureWeb Site – David Damrosch, Harvard
  • iPhone Application Development in iOS5 HD Video iTunesStandard-Def Video iTunes – Paul Hegarty, Stanford
  • Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? – YouTubeWeb Site– Michael Sandel, Harvard
  • Philosophy of LanguageiTunes – John Searle, UC Berkeley
  • Physics for Future PresidentsYouTube – Richard Muller, UC Berkeley
  • Quantum ElectrodynamicsWeb Site – Richard Feynman, Presented at University of Auckland
  • Science, Magic and Religion iTunesYouTube – Courtenay Raiai, UCLA
  • The American Novel Since 1945 YouTubeiTunes AudioiTunes VideoDownload Course – Amy Hungerford, Yale
  • The Art of LivingWeb Site – Team taught, Stanford

Visit this list of Free Courses for many more hours of free enrichment. Separately, you might also want to check out our collection of Free Language Lessons. It offers free lessons in over 40 languages.