Introducing YouTube EDU!

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!

Last­ly, if you want to down­load hun­dreds of free uni­ver­si­ty cours­es (most­ly in audio) to your com­put­er or mp3 play­er, check out our col­lec­tion of Free Uni­ver­si­ty Cours­es here.

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  • Sam says:

    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.

  • Dan Colman says:

    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.

  • Michael Scott says:

    I won­der, will they extend this to his­toric sites and muse­ums?

  • Jim Cohen says:

    I must say I agree with Sam. offers a far supe­ri­or user expe­ri­ence.

  • Bill says:

    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!

  • Dan Colman says:

    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.


  • Agung 007 says:

    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…

  • Deepak says:

    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.….

  • WT says:

    Please also check out the Edu­ca­tion For All ( 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.

  • Geio Fisher says:

    I hate it. Not use­ful at all. I don’t know the cre­ator of Youtube Edu.

  • Anonymous says:

    Using Aca­d­e­m­ic earth is eas­i­er but there is few­er con­tent com­pared to youtube edu. I think one should use both.


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