If you thought MIT’s OpenCourseWare was cool, this is even better:

Today, Yale University is making some of its most popular undergraduate courses freely available to anyone in the world with access to the Internet.

The project, called “Open Yale Courses,” presents unique access to the full content of a selection of college-level courses and makes them available in various formats, including downloadable and streaming video, audio only and searchable transcripts of each lecture. Syllabi, reading assignments, problem sets and other materials accompany the courses.

The production of the courses for the Internet was made possible by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The seven courses in the sciences, arts and humanities–which were recorded live as they were presented in the classroom to Yale students–will be augmented with approximately 30 additional Yale courses over the next several years.

Insert obligatory comparison to Williams here.

CORRECTION: Having checked the OpenCourseWare site, I now realize that MIT already offers quite a few courses with complete video lectures (click on any course title with the little film icon next to it). To be fair, MIT’s preferred video format seems to be RealMedia, which is frankly a baffling choice for anything published in this century. I would have expected better from the reputedly smart people there. Props to Yale for the Flash videos.

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