I’m Attending MIT, Stanford & Harvard

Mattias Geniar, Thursday, January 29, 2009 - last modified: Saturday, August 14, 2010

Well, sort of.

Thanks to Academic Earth, a friggin' gift, you can follow (video) lectures given at universities like Stanford, MIT, Harvard & Yale on some of the most popular subjects. There once was a time when you couldn't wait to get out of school, I suppose it makes sense to have a time where you'd do anything to learn new things.

Especially things you choose. And only those subjects you really like (did anyone say obligated French?).

The videos include all sort of subjects, such as Computer Science (/love), Mathematics, Engineering, ... all explained by well-respected professors.

I'm currently following the Computer Science III: Programming Paradigms course, which features a lot of interesting topics such as:

There are many other (complete!) courses to follow, such as Understanding Computers and the Internet (Harvard), Computer System Engineering (MIT), Computer Science I: Programming Methodology (Stanford) and many more!

I can only assume this will eat yet another chunk of my already severely shortened sleeping period. Oh, did I just hear the faint sound of coffee beans crushing?

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Vijay Dev Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 06:33

Thanks a lot ! These are damn useful !!


Julia Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 20:54

Thanks for sharing – this is a great site!


interview questions Friday, January 30, 2009 at 03:25

I am addicted to the computer science videos. You can also find a lot of these videos on You tube.


jm Friday, January 30, 2009 at 03:59

What is on there that wasn’t already on iTunes U?


Peteris Krumins Friday, January 30, 2009 at 08:18

Don’t forget my Free Science Online blog. I have been blogging about free video lectures for almost 3 years and have collected hundreds of courses in math, physics, engineering, computer science, and other topics.


Marcos Silva Pereira Friday, January 30, 2009 at 17:06

Really, really thanks for sharing. Immediately bookmarked.

Kind Regards


Timothy Friday, January 30, 2009 at 19:39

It’s good to hear that you are pursuing your interests, and trying to be better your understanding. This trend to supply education online really is a gift.


Glen Moriarty Friday, January 30, 2009 at 19:54

The academic earth guys have done a nice job with their site design. This really is a gift. We are also working on an open learning application. If you are interested in this, then sign up for our beta at: http://www.nixty.com.


Nels Friday, January 30, 2009 at 22:29

A gift indeed! Thanks for promoting this.


g Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 02:40

Thanks for the post. I like the design and organization of the Academic Earth site.

In response to jm, I personally find it easier to find the types of courses I enjoy on this site, as opposed to itunes. Also, I’m not a big fan of how downloading these videos from itunes stores it in the movies section and creates a playlist in itunes. Also, it seems like these flash videos load faster than itunes streaming.

So, yes, it’s the same content. This site, in my opinion, has itunes beat on user interface.

A Mac user


Reilly Sweetland Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 04:03

This is awesome. This movement by the major universities is really changing the educational paradigm.


Marcia Stepanek Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 16:58

Good stuff. I remember when all three of those universities were resisting what was then called “knowledge management” — not wanting their professors to “give it away.” Glad to see they’re changing their minds, at last, on courses that actually seem to matter.


Andreas Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 01:02

Really nice specially if u arent reallly interested in just learning everything step by step at an university its much more comfortable to do that at
home anyway,,,


Ryan Lanctot Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 01:34

Oh, I’m so glad I ran across your site! What a fantastic resource!


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