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10 Free Online Educational Video Options

posted by Mark on November 6th, 2008

10 Free Online Educational Video Options

Video may have killed the radio star, but as Boston.com recently pointed out, it might also save you some time and money by giving you the opportunity to view speeches, class lectures and other thought-provoking content from the comfort of your home. Here are 10 great free video learning options online:

  • Bigthink.com: Big-name talking heads (literally) like Deepak Chopra, Noam Chomsky, Adrianna Huffington, John McCain, Jonathan Franzen, Harrison Ford, Moby and Kanye West discuss issues and otherwise get stuff off their chests.
  • Fora.tv: A large collection of speeches, discussions, interviews and debates from all around the world, on a wide range of topics.
  • TED.com: Gathers over 200 speeches from the Technology, Entertainment, Design conference, an annual gather that bridges those three disciplines. Speakers include Al Gore, Richard Branson, Jane Goodall, J.J. Abrams, Bono, Bill Clinton, Billy Graham and Tony Robbins.
  • YouTube: Yes, YouTube. Amidst the throng of clips of people injuring themselves for 10 minutes of fame, you can find a host of video lectures from colleges, scientific video from NASA, news from Reuters, “smart” TV content from the likes of CSPAN, PBS and BBC, plus video from highfalutin publications like National Geographic and The New Yorker. Check out this list of educational options.
  • iTunesU: This section of the iTunes Store features free lectures, audiobooks and videos from museums, public media organizations and colleges from around the world, including Yale, Oxford, Duke and Stanford.
  • Edge.org: The video lectures on this site fulfill the mandate of the Edge Foundation “to promote inquiry into and discussion of intellectual, philosophical, artistic, and literary issues, as well as to work for the intellectual and social achievement of society.”
  • OEDb.org: The Online Education Database includes a list of 236 open courseware collections, podcasts and videos.
  • Scholarspot.com: Offers free educational videos, podcasts and ebooks on a wide range of subjects, from religion to sports, from economics to psychology.
  • Freevideolectures.com: Links to hundreds video lectures, with a focus on science, technology, math and business.
  • Freescienceonline.blogspot.com: Links to hundreds of science and math-related video lectures, for the true nerds amongst us.

Additionally, dozens of colleges and universities, like UC-Berkeley and MIT, individually offer free video lectures on their sites. Great, now there’s no excuse to be stupid.

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