Here’s a little breaking news: Today, Google has launched YouTube EDU, which centralizes the content from over 100 universities and colleges (get list here). This robust collection gives you access to lectures by professors and world-renowned thought leaders, new research and campus tours. At the moment, you can access over 200 full courses from leading universities, including MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Yale and IIT/IISc. And it’s all searchable within YouTube EDU.
I plan to follow up with a more extensive piece soon. But I just wanted to get the word out and let you start checking it out. If you have any first impressions, please let us know what you think in the comments. Nice work Youtube!
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I have spent some time over the past few weeks following lectures on Academic Earth. After seeing this post I took a look at the YouTube offering and I must say I prefer the user interface at Academic Earth. Clearly there is a lot of content overlap due to the CC license but I think Academic Earth provides a more efficient way to scan through subjects or browse through specific instructor content that YouTube does not. Also, YouTube Edu seems no different that well, Youtube.
Good to get your thoughts. I haven’t had time yet to make a comparison. I will definitely have to explore this.
As for YouTube EDU not being different than YouTube, I really have to disagree. While all of this content probably resides elsewhere on YouTube, it was really hard to find, and my guess is that few people (except the readers of my blog) ever knew that it all existed. Now it’s all centralized and easy to navigate. This is a huge step in the right direction. And as more schools keep adding content to YouTube, it will just get better.
I wonder, will they extend this to historic sites and museums?
I must say I agree with Sam. AcademicEarth.org offers a far superior user experience.
I just checked out academic earth, and it appears to be a little more organized than you tube EDU. You should look at it yourself. It seems like it is a new site so even if it is a bit small at the moment it might be worth linking to it somewhere.
You have an excellent website by the way!
HI all, I’m definitely familiar with Academic Earth and am a big fan. And I’ve certainly mentioned them here before. (I may have written one of the first articles about them, if not the first.) As others have mentioned, they have a really nice UI and I look forward to seeing them grow over time. Personally, I don’t see this as a competition. The more organizations make courses available to the world, the better off the world is.
Woow cool, it’s very helpful for people who don’t have a chance to take a good education in their place…and Information Technology make it become reality. However other university in the world who claim as good univ should have contribute on it,because knowledge should be free to distribute bro…
hey the youtube edu looks really promising….really better and superior than itunes U (which i simply hate as it is so closed down and i hate to see universities uploading their awesome and open content on the locked down itunes platform….)
as for the people comparing it to academic earth, there are differences here. Academic earth has no community component while on other hand academic earth gives a unified experience as the content is organized by people employed there…..
Please also check out the Education For All (http://www.edforall.net) website which has just been launched recently.
It strives to make it easier for users by selecting, organizing and integrating educational resources into “courses” and “departments”. The courses not only include video lectures but also lecture notes, slides, online textbooks and more. The resources are obtained from multiple sources.
This is commendable. I see it bridging the gap between continuously changing academic environment and output of the developed world and the relatively backward situation in the developing/underdeveloped world.
I hate it. Not useful at all. I don’t know the creator of Youtube Edu.
Using Academic earth is easier but there is fewer content compared to youtube edu. I think one should use both.
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