Who needs a classroom to learn

There is a lot going on in the stratosphere. Universities are having to attract more students to make their budgets add up – this is another good  SXSW 2010 presentation from the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies, Miami University.

How are Universities responding to the challenge? Some sites with free education:

Academic earth -Video lectures from top scholars

University of South Carolina -Online lecturers for medical students

YouTubeEdu – videos uploaded by Universities, and it’s just celebrated it’s first birthday according to YouTube blog. UPDATE: see some social media marketing videos from some top Universities here.

Universities on YouTube -list of UK universities on Youtube

iTunes U – Universities on iTunes -free lectures, podcasts from universities such as Stanford University

Tufts University

part of a new educational movement initiated by MIT that provides free access to course content for everyone online. Tufts’ course offerings demonstrate the University’s strength in the life sciences in addition to its multidisciplinary approach, international perspective and underlying ethic of service to its local, national and international communities.

Open Yale Courses

Free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University.

Khan Academy

Founded by Salman Khan Salman Khan with the goal of using technology to educate the world. Sal received his MBA from Harvard Business School. He also holds a Masters in electrical engineering and computer science, a BS in electrical engineering and computer science, and a BS in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology….

Education Portal

for students searching for the best universities with the best free online courses

UC Berkely – Webcasts and courses

MIT Open Courseware

The Open University

Open Learning Initiative

University of Southern Queensland

A list of Educational video websites can be found  on Wikipedia

There’s also

  • School of everything, A website that helps people who want to learn meet up with people who want to teach,
  • Beanbag learning – find a tutor to fit what you want to study, and
  • TeachStreet for those who want to learn something new.
  • Edufire – live video learning
  • Grockit – practice for exams

There must be many more similar initiatives as Universities respond to the financial challenges they face and the technology now on offer to them and their students.