Monday, October 09, 2006

Google Education

Recently I was sent this news article about Google's efforts, along with University of California - Berkeley, to offer college lectures via their video service. Basically, anyone who can access Google Video can view actual, full length lectures by Berkeley professors (for select courses). All the learnin' without the tuition. Yes, this is "just" an extension of distance learning, but it's a novel extension. Distance learning for free. The development of things like this may allow, in NGO lingo, lower cost capacity building and technical assistance amongst the developed and developing world.

The result can be seen here. There is a nice selections of offerings right now, and Cal is promising additional uploads of course lectures in the coming months.

No comments: