By sylvie | March 25, 2009
When I was young I always thought that, once I was retired, I would take the opportunity to go follow university courses in subjects I was fascinated by, things like English literature and archaeology, because that’s the kind of geek I am. Well, things have changed thanks the Web, and now the university courses come to you, rather than the other way around.
Academic Earth offers you access to lectures (and yes, it looks like they were taped in class, in front of a live audience) from scholars at major universities. The blurb on the web site claims these are classes from “the world’s top scholars”, but in actual fact the universities represented are a very select group: Berkeley, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale. Nothing to sneeze at, but a far cry from “the world”.
You may not be able to get a full education from the site (just one course on psychology? sheesh), but at least you’ll be able to boast in a snooty voice, “why yes, I attended Princeton, what about you?”.
Best thing? It’s free!
Oops, forgot to note that I found it through Life Hacker.
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