Yale has added eight new courses in history, economics, literature and biomedical engineering, taught by leading faculty, to its free online education initiative Open Yale Courses.
The courses, which were recorded in their entirety as they were taught to Yale College students in the classroom, are available in video and audio formats.
Closed captioning is offered for each course, and that feature has been added to the seven courses that were made available when the award-winning Open Yale Courses was launched in December 2007.
In addition to complete, searchable transcripts, the Internet courses include syllabi, reading assignments, problem sets and other materials.
Anyone may download the video or audio files of Open Yale Courses or watch and listen to them streamed on the web at their convenience. There is no registration required and the courses are not for credit. Open Yale Courses may be accessed at: open.yale.edu/courses.
Open Yale Courses is one of the most frequently-visited Yale web sites, with more than 500 000 unique visitors from 187 countries having accessed the site since its debut.
Faculty members around the world are using Open Yale Courses to teach their students.
"We are pleased that so many people from around the globe have explored Open Yale Courses, whether they are students, teachers or those who just have a passion for a particular subject," says President Richard Levin. "Making part of the Yale classroom experience accessible beyond the campus through the available technology is a significant emphasis of our growing digital presence."
The new courses and their instructors are:
* Frontiers of Biomedical Engineering, W. Mark Saltzman (BENG 100);
* Game Theory, Benjamin Polak (Economics 159);
* Financial Markets, Robert Shiller (Economics 252);
* Milton, John Rogers (English 220);
* The American Novel Since 1945, Amy Hungerford (English 291);
* The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, David Blight (History 119);
* Introduction to Ancient Greek History, Donald Kagan (Classics 205); and
* France Since 1871, John Merriman (History 276).
"We now offer 15 courses reflecting the broad liberal arts education provided by Yale College to anyone with an Internet connection," says Diana Kleiner, Dunham Professor of the History of Art and Classics and the director of the project. "We are maximising the use of these courses through a Creative Commons license and our outreach efforts to academic institutions around the world."
To encourage the widest possible use of the courses, the license that covers most of the lectures and other course material on Open Yale Courses is Creative Commons' Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 license. This license permits the free use or repurposing of the Open Yale Courses material by others. Under this license, users may download and redistribute the Open Yale Courses material, as well as remix and build upon the content to produce new lectures or other educational tools. The only restriction is that commercial use of the Open Yale Courses material is not allowed.
The production of the free courses for the Internet was made possible by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Yale plans to add more courses to the project in the coming years. The Open Yale Courses project is produced and supported by the Yale Center for Media and Instructional Innovation (CMI2), which promotes the innovative use of technology to enhance learning at Yale and beyond.