Washington: America's Ivy League Yale University has added ten "compelling"
new "Open Yale Courses", the university's open educational
initiative available for free on the internet and attracting a
great many visitors from India.
Apart from the US, the greatest number of visitors to Open Yale
Courses comes from China, the UK, Canada, South Korea, Germany,
Brazil, India, and Australia.
The new courses range from financial theory to Cervantes' Don
Quixote to environmental politics and law, the New Haven,
Connecticut based university announced Thursday.
Each course, recorded in its entirety as it was presented to Yale
College students, is taught by one of the University's most
distinguished faculty members. Open Yale Courses may be accessed
The courses are available in high definition video and audio
formats and they offer the full experience of the Yale classroom.
Closed captioning is provided for each course, as well as
searchable transcripts, syllabi, reading assignments, problem sets
and other materials.
Interested individuals may download the video and/or audio files
of Open Yale Courses and watch and listen to them at their
There are also iPhone and iPad optimised versions of the website
to allow access to the lectures for those on the go.
No registration is required for these courses, and participants do
not earn academic credit from Yale nor do they interact with the
Open Yale Courses is one of the most frequently visited Yale
websites. It has received over 3 million unique visits since its
debut in December 2007 and has delivered 26 million page views
since April 1, 2009 (when Google Analytics was put on the site).
In an effort to increase accessibility and to allow faster
downloading of the materials, Open Yale Courses media content is
also available at Yale's YouTube and Apple iTunes U channels.
Open Yale Courses content can be viewed through these platforms by
visiting http://www.youtube.com/yalecourses and http://itunes.yale.edu/
and has been accessed approximately 15 million times through these
"We are delighted that so many people around the world have
accessed our Open Yale Courses," said Yale President Richard C.
"In the new courses we are releasing today, we are taking full
advantage of the latest technology to bring the learning of our
distinguished faculty to students of all ages and interests."
(Arun Kumar can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)