Top 50 Free Open Courseware VIDEO Collections

by Linda on February 01, 2013

Video collections can offer hours of entertainment, but they also can provide users with hours of education. YouTube offers a venue for many college videos, for instance. If you go to that link and type in, “University of Michigan lectures,” you can find many lectures offered by Richie Hawtin — an English-Canadian electronic musician and internationally-touring DJ who was an influential part of Detroit techno’s second wave of artists in the early 1990s. In these videos, Hawtin discusses how technology is changing the way music is played, produced and experienced.

The following list of open courseware video collections contains information that is more diverse than the University of Michigan lectures found at YouTube. You can find videos about medicine, other videos about politics. Other collections contain documentaries, produced by professionals and by students. And, while not all collections are labeled as “open courseware,” they all are free to watch and enjoy.

Each collection listed below is categorized, and the collections are listed alphabetically within those categories.

College and University Collections

The Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics at CalTech.

  1. Caltech’s Streaming Theater: This site houses streaming video of many of the programs that were available to the Caltech community from 1999 to the present.
  2. Columbia Interactive: This is the gateway to selected electronic learning resources developed at Columbia University.
  3. Duke University On Demand: Watch lectures and programs on a wide range of topics, archived by Duke University.
  4. Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Video Archives: Use the drop-down menu at top left to view archives from 2000-2008.
  5. MIT World: MIT World is a free and open site that provides on demand video of significant public events at MIT through more than 700 videos.
  6. OII webcasts: The Oxford Internet Institute provides Webcasts fo Internet pioneers, scholars and regulators who have spoken at this institute.
  7. Princeton University WebMedia: This link leads to video lectures. Look to the left menu to choose more options in live events, special events and more.
  8. Princeton Uniersity UChannel: The UChannel (also known as the University Channel) makes videos of academic lectures and events from all over the world available to the public.
  9. Research Channel: If you cannot get this channel on your television, never fear…you can watch Webcasts and videos online that focus on topics ranging from arts and humanities to social sciences, sponsored by the University of Washington.
  10. The Landon Lecture Series: Listen to or watch this series of lectures by guests speakers from Kansas State University.
  11. The Royal Society:
  12. UCLA Webcast: UCLA Instructional Media Production (IMP) provides live Webcasts of important and interesting campus events and makes them available for on-demand viewing.
  13. UCTV: The University of California Television online offers a wide variety of topics and online viewing times.
  14. University of Virginia Podcasts and Webcasts:
  15. Utah State University in Video: While not a large collection, their choices may surprise and delight any poet or culture student.
  16. UWTV: A service of the University of Washington, UWTV serves as an ambassador for the scholarship, discoveries and breakthrough science of the nation’s top federally-funded public research university.
  17. video at MIT: This is the gateway to MIT’s online video collections, including community videos, public lectures and course videos.
  18. Webcast Berkeley: Take your choice of courses or events that occur on campus at the University of California.
  19. World Lecture Hall: Browse through free online course materials from around the world, supported by the the Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment, at the University of Texas at Austin.

Educational Television Online

American family watching TV, 1958.

  1. ABC: The Australian Broadcasting Corporation provides a vast array of resources for learning. Scroll down this linked page to discover the various online videos provided by this company, in topics that range from education to indigenous and from parenting to religion.
  2. American Field Guide: Immerse yourself in the great outdoors without ever leaving your desk through over 1,400 videos archived on this site.
  3. BBC Learning: This is a beta site that allows users to watch videos of various collections in an equal variety of topics, including full-length features and “bite-size” snippets that help anyone learn a new language, math, science and much more.
  4. BBC VideoNation: If you want a large dose of UK history, current affairs and culture, all you need to do is save some time to watch these archived videos.
  5. Bio: You can watch the Biography Channel on television, or catch full-length videos, special features, “People” videos and shows online.
  6. Book TV: Book TV is live on C-Span2 on television in the US, online in Flash (beta), Win Media or RealPlayer. Featured programs cover books, interviews with authors and much more.
  7. Discovery Channel: Learn about television schedules for favorite programs and watch archived full episodes and short-run clips online.
  8. National Geographic Video: Learn more about killer whales and travel the world through this top-notch video documentary site.
  9. NOVA: This site carries approximately 300 full-length features that you can watch online at any time. Topics range from anthropology to technology.
  10. PBS: The Public Broadcasting Service offers a new video service that allows users to watch featured programs online.
  11. TVO: TVO is Ontario, Canada’s public education media organization that televises programs and also offers viewing online.

Organizational Webcasts

Interior of office building 40 at the Meyrin site at CERN.

  1. Academic Earth: Academic Earth is an organization founded with the goal of giving everyone on earth access to a world-class education through full video courses and lectures from the world’s leading scholars.
  2. ARKive: ARKive is creating the ultimate multimedia guide to the world’s endangered species.
  3. CERN Webcast Service: The CERN Webcast Service opens CERN lectures and seminars to the general public. Watch live webcasts as they happen or watch archived lectures at your convenience.
  4. The Long Now Foundation hopes to provide counterpoint to today’s “faster/cheaper” mind set and promote “slower/better” thinking. This link leads to some lectures based upon this perspective.
  5. Forum Network: The Forum Network online library features thousands of lectures by some of the world’s foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policy makers, and community leaders, available to citizens of the world for free.
  6. FreeDocumentaries: Watch an amazing number of documentaries free online through this Web site. Search by region or by topic.
  7. HULU News and Information: This channel on the HULU network includes documentaries and biographies, science programs, news and programming for the on-campus and lifelong student.
  8. Moving Image Collections: This site enables you to discover, locate and view moving images from around the world.
  9. You can watch films on this site, all produced by the National Film Board of Canada.
  10. Nobelmedia: Visit the Nobel Prize Web site to watch concerts, programs and documentaries, archived from 2008 on the site.
  11. OneWorld: Enjoy this platform for filmmakers, video journalists, NGOs and anyone who has a story to share via video online.
  12. Peoples Archive: Peoples Archive is dedicated to collecting for posterity the stories of the great thinkers, creators, and achievers of our time.
  13. PsychLectures: Enjoy a wide range of media focused on psychology, neuroscience and psychiatry.
  14. ScholarSpot: This site is new, promising a “free university.” In the meantime, you can enjoy full-length educational features online.
  15. SnagFilms: SnagFilms is committed to finding the world‘s most compelling documentaries to make them publicly available.
  16. TED: “Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.” Search for lectures by themes, speakers and translations.
  17. The Science Network: This site brings together some seen and some never-before-seen videos and lectures on all sorts of science topics.
  18. UbuWeb: If you seek a completely independent source for all strains of the avant-garde, ethnopoetics and outsider arts, this is your resource.
  19. Video Active: The major aim of Video Active is to create access to television archives across Europe. The unlocking of these (largely) closed archives will make their content available for educational and academic purposes.
  20. VideoLectures: This lecture repository is being developed within the FP5, FP6, and FP7 European Framework Programs

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