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Google, UC Berkeley Distribute College Courses Via Video

  • Reuters, Wednesday, September 27, 2006 11:30 AM
Google is giving college students yet another reason not to go to class--or rather, it's giving high-school students a good reason not to go to college. The University of California at Berkeley has forged a deal with Google Video to deliver college courses, including lectures and symposia, for free on the Web. The site has gone live at http://video.google.com/ucberkeley. As part of the offering, the university has put up over 250 hours of video for public viewing. Visitors will find six Berkeley courses in their entirety, including "Physics for Future Presidents," "Integrative Biology" and "Search Engines: Technology, Society and Business," which incidentally features a lecture by Google co-founder Sergey Brin. The school is set to add more material to Google Video in the coming months. Here's the new buzzword: "Coursecasting"--a growing trend in educational technology, enabling students and the general public to download audio and video recordings of class lectures to their computers and portable media devices. Berkeley has been doing this, apparently, since 2001. Free education for all.

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