Yale University has addded 10 new college courses – ranging from organic chemistry to ancient Roman architecture to the psychology and politics of food – to its free educational initiative, "Open Yale Courses", available to anyone with access to the Internet.
Each course, recorded in its entirety as it was presented to Yale College students, is taught by one of the University’s most distinguished faculty members. Open Yale Courses may be accessed at http://open.yale.edu/courses.
The courses are available in high definition video and audio formats. All of these offerings are multi-media and provide the fullest experience of the Yale classroom to date, with rich visual elements on the screen, supplementary slide presentations, and extensive music clips, as appropriate. Closed captioning is provided for each course, as well as searchable transcripts, syllabi, reading assignments, problem sets and other materials.
In addiiotn, Yale has partnered with Google/YouTube and Apple iTunes U to make the courses even more accessible and to allow faster downloads. Open Yale Courses content can be accessed through our partner platforms by visiting http://www.youtube.com/yalecourses and http://itunes.yale.edu/.
Interested individuals may download the video and/or audio files of Open Yale Courses and watch and listen to them at their convenience. No registration is required for these courses, and participants do not earn academic credit from Yale nor do they interact with the professors.
Open Yale Courses is one of the most frequently-visited Yale web sites: more than 1-million unique visitors from 191 countries have accessed the site since its debut in December 2007.
Faculty members around the world use content from Open Yale Courses in locations as far-flung as the classrooms of the University of Bahrain, the University of Ghana, Bogazici University in Turkey and the Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala. Tec de Monterrey in Mexico has added segments of Open Yale Courses to their “Knowledge Hub,” an index of open education resources that members of Tec’s faculty use in their classrooms.
In China, the Ministry of Education has uploaded courses to the Chinese University Outstanding Courses Sharing System, available to students and faculty at all universities in China.
Regional Educational Advising Coordinators for the US State Department featured Open Yale Courses in their annual advising workshops. The department's American Corners program has made Open Yale Courses available throughout its network of more than 300 locations around the world.
"We are pleased that so many people around the world have explored Open Yale Courses, whether they are students, teachers or individuals with a passion for the subject being taught," says President Richard Levin. "Making the Yale classroom experience accessible online allows us to share our extraordinary resources with an audience far beyond the campus."
Paul Brest, president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, a major funder of Open Yale Courses, said the programme’s growing breadth and richness are what the foundation envisioned when it began funding open educational resources projects in 2001.
“A far-flung location or the lack of money should be no barrier to acquiring knowledge and education, if a person wants to learn,” says Brest. “Yale’s broadening offerings affirm what we believe: that knowledge is a common good that should be freely shared.”
To encourage the widest possible use of the courses, the license that covers most of the lectures and other material on Open Yale Courses is a “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.