[Sig] (1) sig mail list(s?), (2) URLs for MIT (non-credit) courses
rhkramer at gmail.com
Tue Jul 28 09:02:59 EDT 2009
Joe and Roy and I were talking last night about free courses on line. I
sent this to Joe with some URLs, but I decided it might be useful for
others as well, so I'm resending it here.
Hmm, ok, I'm not sure where "here" is anymore--is the old
sig at thelinuxlink.net list still active? Is everybody in the sig on
Also, is there anybody on the sig at thelinuxlink.net list who is not also
on the lvlug at thelinuxlink.net?
If anybody has some URLs pointing to "good" humanities type courses,
preferably with video lectures, (especially sociology), I'd appreciate
those. I know Harvard offers some, but finding the URLs is not easy
(and I haven't really searched much so far). I know that UC Berkeley
offers at least one psychology course (URL somewhere below--on
<What I sent to Joe>
Hmm, I should try to help make sense of these, but I'll start by just
giving you some URLs.
The video lectures (when a course has video lectures) are sometimes also
available for download, or on other sites (like youtube).
This is the "home page" for the physics course I plan to work through:
* "8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics: Fall 1999"
If you start at the top of that hierarchy, you'll find out more about
the MIT program and lists of other courses offered.
Many of the videos (not all of the courses have videos) are also on this
This is the page on that site with the first lecture in that physics
One of the (several) pages about each lecture has a typed transcript of
his lecture. Nevertheless, viewing the video is very helpful. For
example, this page has the transcript of the first lecture:
This is a different video lecture by the same professor--it is the one
that impressed me and made me decide to look for more.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJVvtOy-ukE&NR=1][The Wonder and
Beauty of Teaching Physics]]
Originally, I went looking for the Feynman lectures because I
understood Bill Gates put them on a free site. The trouble is, iiuc,
they are only available in "Silverlight" format. I guess Moonlight,
available for Linux, should do the job on Linux, but I haven't tried to
look for Moonlight for my Debian system.
Here's the beginning (i.e., first lecture) of a psych course from UC
Berkeley. I might take it--but I didn't like the first lecture (the
lecturer), so I may look around for something else. (BTW, the actual
lecture starts something like 31 minutes into the video--all before
that is various "announcements" and, essentially, ads.)
Have fun! (or not ;-)
PS: Now that I'm "in to" viewing videos, I need to modify my sig--for a
lot of things I still prefer an easily readable piece of text, but a
well done video (with good visual aids and similar) is indeed worth
something like a thousand, or ten thousand, or something like that
number of words.
I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I created a video
instead.--with apologies to Cicero, et.al.
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