Last summer, NYU announced that it will join the open courseware movement by making free courses available online, all in video. Fast forward several months, and you can now see the first fruits of NYU's labor.
The Open Education pilot features four courses, the first of ten courses that will eventually appear online.
- History of New York City: A Social History – - iTunes Video –YouTube – Web Site – Prof. Daniel Walkowitz
- American Literature I: Beginnings to Civil War – iTunes - YouTube – Prof. Cyrus Patell
- Introduction to Sociology – Web Site – Prof. Harvey Molotch
- Genomes and Diversity – Web Site – Prof. Mark Siegal
You can profit from these courses no matter where you live, and the same applies to NYU students. NYU now operates campuses across the globe, from Argentina to Abu Dhabi, to Singapore and soon Shanghai. And the hope is these students can all participate in a common curriculum. Hence a reason why NYU put these courses online.
You can read more about the NYU pilot here, and find 350 free online courses from stellar universities here. If you have a smartphone, you can always access these courses on the fly...