Video lecture sites – Superfood for the intellectually starved

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[Updated: November  2016]

When I lived in London I used to attend lectures and talks at least once a week (often at the Royal Institution, a wonderful place).

They were one of the mainstays of my intellectual life, and I used to leave many of them babbling with excitement (the adult equivalent of kids doing chops and kicks as they leave Kung-fu movies).

Here in Belgrade there are still many talks and lectures that one can attend, but unsurprisingly, it cannot match London.

Luckily there are several superb sites at which you can see (or sometimes just hear) recorded lectures and talks that are guaranteed to stimulate you intellectually.

Here is a list of my favourite sites and resources:

  1. TED.com  / TEDed – The runaway best video lecture series. Superfood for the mind. I have seen some literaly stunning presentations on this website. Brilliant men and women are given 20 minutes to make their main points. Do yourself a favour and go and check it out, especially the Way We Think series.
  2. edX.org – Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider, offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere.
  3. University of Reddit (ureddit)  – Reddit have launched an education portal.
  4. Pop!Tech – Is a “one-of-a-kind conference, a community of remarkable people, and an ongoing conversation about science, technology and the future of ideas”.
  5. Edge.org – Undoubtedly one of the most concentrated sites of brilliance and inspiration on the planet.
  6. What Is Enlightenment Unbound – “WIE Unbound delivers fresh weekly audios, videos, and downloadable MP3s featuring the leading-edge visionaries, mystics,scientists, philosophers, and activists found in the pages of What Is Enlightenment? magazine.”
  7. @Google Talks (YouTube Channel) – Authors, scientists, politicians and other luminaries talking to staff at Google.
  8. UChannel (University Channel) – A collection of public affairs lectures, panels and events from academic institutions all over the world for you to view, listen to, stream or download.
  9. World Lecture HallWorld Lecture Hall, your entry point to free online course materials from around the world. 
  10. WGBH Forum Network –  an audio and video streaming Website dedicated to curating and serving live and on-demand lectures given by some of the world’s foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policy makers and community leaders.
  11. MIT OpenCourseWare – It was MIT that kicked off the whole lectures-made-public phenomenon when it made its learning materials available online. Addendum Feb 2014: Also see the Open Courseware Bookshelf where you have textbooks and accompanying materials for the courses.
  12. MIT World – Lectures and talks
  13. Learn Out Loud – largest Catalog of educational audio books, podcasts, downloads, & free audio & video
  14. Zencast.org – OK, this may look like religious proselyting, but Zencast has beautiful lectures on the theme of Buddhism and mindfulness from the likes of Alan Watts, Gil Fronsdal, Thich Nhat Hanh and Eckhart Tolle.
  15. Academic Earth – “Thousands of video lectures from the world’s top scholars.”
  16. YouTube Edu – Videso from colleges and universities, including lectures.
  17. iTunes University – Thousands if lectures and courses delivered via Apples iTunes
  18. Khan Academy – “The Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We’re a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.
    All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.”
  19. Coursera – Excellent, free online courses.

Here are some other sites I am not so familiar with:

Other resources

For a list of my current favourite Podcasts, Streams, Radio Stations and Audio Blogs , see this post.

Study.com maintains a list of courses – http://study.com/articles/Universities_with_the_Best_Free_Online_Courses.html

400 free online courses – http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses

2 Comments Video lecture sites – Superfood for the intellectually starved

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  2. Michael Meadon

    Great post, thanks.

    I thought for a while now that it’s suddenly become possible to get an extremely high quality undergraduate education for free via the web. (Especially in a subject like psychology). It’s quite remarkable how quickly this has happened – maybe 5 years ago this was certainly not true. Imagine how things will look in another decade…

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