Top 40 Sources for Open Courseware VIDEOS

If you’re studying for an undergraduate degree, nothing can enhance your learning more than free or open courseware videos — especially when they’re offered by colleges and universities. You can find lectures in all subjects in this list of the top 40 sources for open courseware video collections. You also can find documentaries and videos about events that you can cite and use for college papers and theses. In all cases, you can easily view these collections and video sites online anywhere, as long as you have a good Internet connection.

MITMIT and Partner Collections

  1. Internet Archive: An MIT partner, the Internet Archive’s purpose is to include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.
  2. iTunes U: As a partner with MIT video and audio courses, iTunes also offers videos from leading universities, museums and libraries.
  3. MIT Audio/Video Courses: This collection ranges from aeronautics and astronautics to urban studies and planning. The courses listed have video lectures, seminars and more.
  4. MIT Tech TV: MIT Tech TV is the video-sharing site for the MIT community, and supports the community through the aggregation and distribution of science, engineering, technology, and a lot more MIT-related video on the web.
  5. MIT World: MIT World is a free and open site that provides on demand video of significant public events at MIT.
  6. Video Lectures: This site partners with MIT, and offers lectures in topics that range from architecture to technology.
  7. Video at MIT: Just when you thought you had seen all the video offered by MIT, you find this option. Public lectures, course videos and community videos are offered here, including links to other video arenas within MIT.
  8. YouTube: As an MIT partner, YouTube offers popular online educational videos as well as entertainment videos. This link leads to MIT videos, but you can search for any college or university or search by topic to find other instructional videos at this site, or you can simply visit…
  9. YouTube EDU: This is a channel on YouTube that features a variety of subjects from a multitude of members. This channel also is a resource from the Research Channel.

History of FilmTotal Video Resources

  1. Annenberg Media: This resource uses media and telecommunications to advance excellent teaching in American schools. However, you need to search to find free videos, and some licensing agreements prohibit viewing outside the U.S.
  2. Conversations with History: CWH carries interviews on site, and they include options to view other history-related videos at YouTube and UCTV (University of California Television — see last category). All sponsored by the Institute of International Studies: University of California, Berkeley.
  3. eduFire: Nothing but live video learning in languages, business, tech and much more at this easy-to-use video site.
  4. Film and Video Umbrella: Film and Video Umbrella commissions, curates and produces film, video and other moving-image works by artists which are presented in collaboration with galleries and other cultural partners across the UK.
  5. Free Documentaries: What is better than a free movie, especially when it has an educational purpose? This site offers a wide variety of films, all available to view online.
  6. Oxford Internet Institute: The Oxford Internet Institute is a department of the University of Oxford, and a leading world centre for the multidisciplinary study of the Internet and society.
  7. Sci Talks: This site offers featured videos on every science topic known to mankind, from corporate videos to classroom lectures.
  8. TED: TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.
  9. The Open Video Project: View instructional videos, documentaries, lectures and more from a variety of collections. The Open Video Project is sponsored by and developed at the Interaction Design Laboratory at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
  10. The Science Network: TSN is creating a scientific no-spin zone — “a trusted destination free from the tyranny of the sound bite.”
  11. Video Databank (VDB): Founded in 1976 at the inception of the media arts movement, the Video Data Bank is the leading resource in the United States for videotapes by and about contemporary artists.
  12. Webcast.berkeley: Listen to courses and watch events through both podcasts and Webcasts for current and archived versions.

FilmOther Collections

  1. Berkman Center for Internet & Society: This link leads to an index of videos provided by this Harvard University center. The focus is on relationships among the Internet, law and society.
  2. Caltech Today: This ‘streaming theater’ site focuses on science and technology, society and culture and campus life.
  3. Fathom Archive: Offered by Columbia University, this site contains links to resources such as the American Film Institute, the Science Museum and more — all with educational video sources for lectures, interviews, articles, performances and exhibits by faculty, researchers and curators from their member institutions.
  4. Ilumina: The topics are science- and math-related and you’ll need to search for videos. However, the search by topic is easy, as videos are identified in the middle right column under “multimedia.” Sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
  5. ISIG Video Archive: The Information Systems Group and Innovation Group at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) offers a video archive as well as videos of sample lectures from various courses.
  6. Learn Out Loud: This link leads to a list of free video. Search by topic as well to find videos for certain educational subjects, such as philosophy.
  7. Open Learning Initiative: This link leads to a list of educational videos at this Carnegie Mellon site. You can search, also, by articles, categories and sections or topics such as physics or French (language).
  8. Open Vault: This is the home of WGBH Media Library and Archives, with online access to content produced by this public television and radio station. The site contains video, audio, images, searchable transcripts, and resource management tools.
  9. Princeton University Archived Lectures: This link leads to a list of video lectures that date from 1998 to 2010.
  10. Rice Educational Technologies: View Webcasts, featured events and archives offered by Rice University.
  11. Studio KSG: This offering is from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Browse the video archive and watch the movie of the month.
  12. World Lecture Hall: Choose a subject or course and you can find video throughout the agendas along with other course materials.

TelevisionEducational Video TV

  1. BIO: If you need a biography for a living or dead person, try this site to learn more. Full episodes are available in video.
  2. BookTV: C-Span2 offers interviews, information and a video library on this site. Many of their archives are on YouTube.
  3. CUTV: Carleton University in Canada, in a collaborative effort with Stanford University, offers courses, distance education and more. Many videos offered as video-on-demand and Webcasts.
  4. Duke University on Demand: Supported with UstreamTV, this collection offers lectures, debates and events at Duke University.
  5. PBS: Surprise! PBS has videos available in featured collections and full episodes of most of their favorite shows.
  6. UCTV: The University of California Television site offers video programs on YouTube, Video On-Demand and Live Webstream as well as through C-Band satellite and more.
  7. UWTV: The University of Washington provides video programming via Windows Media and Quicktime. You also can download programs and save them to watch later.
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