On the Net: College Too Expensive? Try YouTube

Technology.am (Apr. 9, 2009) — The Google Inc.-owned YouTube has been forging partnerships with universities and colleges for the last few years and this video-sharing site has become a major reservoir of college content.

The site recently gathered these video channels under the banner YouTube EDU.

Over 100 schools have partnered with YouTube to make an official channel, including Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Yale and the first university to join YouTube: UC Berkeley.

There are promotional videos like campus tours, but the more interesting content is straight from the classroom or lecture hall. Many schools have posted videos of guest lecturers, introductory classes and even a full semester’s course.

“There’s a huge appetite around the world for people to better themselves, to study subjects that they either never got a chance to or haven’t studied in a while,” said Obadiah Greenberg, the strategic partnership manager for YouTube.

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