Notes in the Margin

On the intersection of web apps, digital content and social media

Do University Courses “Want to be Free”?

Interesting post – further evidence of the disruption that’s happening in education. A professor at the University of NSW in Sydney, Australia now offers his classes through YouTube – for credit.

Universities such as Duke, Stanford, MIT, and the University of California, among others, already post videos online both to YouTube and in iTunes U, a section of iTunes featuring audio and video podcasts. However, what UNSW is doing is unique – they’re providing college credit to those watching the YouTube recordings.

This must be the educational equivalent to the “content wants to be free” argument. The implications are as far-reaching as the free music downloads available on any torrent site. It begs the same sort of question: what will fund educators and artists?

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Written by tstaley

March 13, 2009 at 1:30 pm

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