Yale Doubles Number Of Free Online Courses
New Haven CT (SPX) Oct 30, 2008
Eight new courses in history, economics, literature and biomedical engineering taught by leading faculty have been added to "Open Yale Courses," the University's free online education initiative.
The courses, which were recorded in their entirety as they were taught to Yale College students in the classroom, are available in video and audio formats. Closed captioning is offered for each course, and that feature has been added to the seven courses that were made available when the award-winning "Open Yale Courses" was launched in December 2007.
In addition to complete, searchable transcripts, the Internet courses include syllabi, reading assignments, problem sets and other materials.
Anyone may download the video or audio files of Open Yale Courses or watch and listen to them streamed on the web at their convenience. There is no registration required and the courses are not for credit. Open Yale Courses is one of the most frequently visited Yale websites, with more than half a million unique visitors from 187 countries having accessed the site since its debut.
Faculty members around the world are using Open Yale Courses to teach their students in such locations as the University of Bahrain, the Instituto de Tecnologia de Buenos Aires, Tec de Monterrey in Mexico and Bogazici University in Turkey.
"We are pleased that so many people from around the globe have explored Open Yale Courses, whether they are students, teachers or those who just have a passion for a particular subject," said President Richard C. Levin.
"Making part of the Yale classroom experience accessible beyond the campus through the available technology is a significant emphasis of our growing digital presence."
"We now offer 15 courses reflecting the broad liberal arts education provided by Yale College to anyone with an Internet connection," said Diana E. E. Kleiner, Dunham Professor of the History of Art and Classics and the director of the project.
"We are maximizing the use of these courses through a Creative Commons license and our outreach efforts to academic institutions around the world."
To encourage the widest possible use of the courses, the license that covers most of the lectures and other course material on Open Yale Courses is Creative Commons' Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 license.
This license permits the free use or repurposing of the Open Yale Courses material by others. Under this license, users may download and redistribute the Open Yale Courses material, as well as remix and build upon the content to produce new lectures or other educational tools. The only restriction is that commercial use of the Open Yale Courses material is not allowed.
Regional Educational Advising Coordinators for the U.S. State Department featured Open Yale Courses in their annual advising workshops. The department's American Corners program has made Open Yale Courses available throughout its network of more than 300 locations around the world.
The production of the free courses for the Internet was made possible by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Yale plans to add more courses to the project in the coming years. The Open Yale Courses project is produced and supported by the Yale Center for Media and Instructional Innovation (CMI2), which promotes the innovative use of technology to enhance learning at Yale and beyond.
Yale will be presented with an Innovation Prize at the Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Partnership's 21st Annual Conference on Quality and Innovation in November. The partnership is a nonprofit corporation that brings together the private sector, state and municipal government, and the educational community to recognize organizations for their accomplishments.
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