Berkeley University posts excerpts from classes on YouTube

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The University of Berkeley, California, has announced that it will start publishing excerpts from classes on YouTube in order to make them accessible to the general public, writes AFP today.

In total, 300 hours of videos referring to classes and university winds corresponding to nine courses will be placed on the platform, including Political Science, Biology and Engineering.

The university also highlights two other courses that are likely to attract users’ attention: «Physics for future presidents» and another one on Internet search engine technology that will be taught by Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google.

This is not the first time that the University of Berkeley has promoted such an initiative. In 2001, the educational institution started to make webcasts classes and last year opted for podcasts which, however, became available for download in iTunes.

YouTube has already become a media phenomenon under study. The University of Pitzer College, also in California, started teaching this semester a chair where the platform is used and analyzed from a technological and social point of view by students.

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