Berkeley Puts Full Courses on YouTube

University of California, Berkeley this began making its course lectures and special events freely available on YouTube. At present, this amounts to more than 300 hours of captured courses and events. The university said it will continue to expand the volume and range of videos it makes available to the public.

"UC Berkeley on YouTube will provide a public window into university life--academics, events and athletics--which will build on our rich tradition of open educational content for the larger community," said Christina Maslach, UC Berkeley's vice provost for undergraduate education, in a prepared statement.

The university began sharing videos over the Internet back in 2001 when its Educational Technology Services division created a Webcasting portal (webcast.berkeley.edu) to deliver course content as downloadable video and audio files. That site is expected to include some 3,500 hours of material from 86 courses by the end of the year.

Topics covered on the UC Berkeley YouTube channel include physics, bioengineering, and social studies. The university said it will eventually make its entire selection of recorded course lectures available through YouTube.

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