We were looking at the recent redesign of Yale Undergraduate Admissions website, masterminded by our dear friend Pamela Hovland, when we stumbled upon an unexpected trove at a distant constellation of Yale’s site that is not part of the redesign: Open Yale Courses. These are free for-real Yale courses that have been recorded and archived for anyone to access via the internet, as video or plain audio. Subjects range from Astronomy to Economics to Physics to Religious Studies. This list of courses outlines Yale’s limited, but potent, offerings. We’ve been listening to ‘Financial Markets’ given by Professor Robert Shiller in Spring of 2008, before the crash as the markets were beginning to slide. Shiller is the guy that wrote Irrational Exuberance, which viewed the pre-crash market as a speculative bubble awaiting correction.
Then we googled “free courses university” and found OpenCulture.com which lists courses available from universities all over the country. There is an amazing array…We love sampling subjects we’ve always wondered about, in the scholarly route of a college course.
What would you like to learn?