[ 2006-09-22 10:55 ]
Yale University said on Wednesday it will offer digital videos of
some courses on the Internet for free, along with transcripts in several
languages, in an effort to make the elite private school more
While Princeton University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and
others already offer course material online without charge, Yale is the
first to focus on free video lectures, the New Haven, Connecticut-based
The 18-month pilot project
will provide videos, syllabi
and transcripts for seven courses beginning in the 2007 academic year.
They include "Introduction to the Old Testament," "Fundamentals of
Physics" and "Introduction to Political Philosophy."
The courses cannot be counted toward a Yale degree, and educators say
they are no substitute for actual teaching.
Students at Yale -- one of the nation's most exclusive schools and the
alma mater of U.S. President
George W. Bush -- can be expected to spend nearly $46,000 for this year's
tuition, room and board.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for us to share a vital and central
part of the Yale experience with those who, for whatever reason, are not
in a position to pursue a Yale education at first hand," Yale President
Richard Levin said in a written statement.
The project is funded by a $755,000 grant from the William and Flora
pilot project: 先期项目