In an innovative move, UC Berkeley is going to make all of its course lectures and special events available online for free, on YouTube.
Apart from the fact that University of California is the first university in the world which is sharing their lectures on YouTube, this news is very special for a few reasons:
- The basket of topics is very broad and ranges from bioengineering, to peace and conflict studies, to “Physics for Future Presidents”.
- Everything from academics to events to culture is going to available online. This would reflect on philosophy and belief of University.
- UC Berkeley has been a pioneer in the free culture of video movement in higher education for quite sometime and this movement should take them a step further.
Currently visitors to the can access the YouTube channel at youtube.com/ucberkeley to view more than 300 hours of videos. The university has big plans to expands its catalog of videos available on YouTube.
Like I mentioned above, UC Berkley has always been a driver in the web-space for higher education. In April 2006, they launched their own podcast program on iTunes, making audio content available as free downloads through webcast.