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by Mike Zazaian September 21, 2006 - 10:55am, 3 Comments

Yale opens its doors, online

A new effort at Yale University would allow web surfers to watch video of lectures online, and all without paying thousands in student loans.

In an effort to make it’s elite atmosphere more accessible to outsiders, Yale has pledged to post several of its lectures online for free viewing, along with transcripts from the lectures in several different languages.

The 18-month project, funded by a $755,000 grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, will begin in 2007. A full syllabus is included for each of the seven courses offered, of which topics range from Fundamentals of Physics to Introduction to the Old Testament. Said Yale President Richard Levin:

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.

While other Universities such as Princeton and MIT have already endeavored to offer free courses online, Yale is the first to bring live feeling with video lectures. Unfortunately, however, none of the courses offered online can be counted for credit.

[via cnet]