Yale to offer free courses online
Move over Paris Hilton and LonelyGirl15, here comes Yale's Professor Christine Hayes and her class "Introduction to the Old Testament." In the latest sign of the arrival of video on the Internet, Yale University announced Wednesday that it will be posting, for free, course syllabi and videos of lectures for a selected group of classes.
While other schools, notably MIT with its OpenCourseWare initiative, have offered free class materials online, Yale claims to be the first to go with video. ""We think it may make some of our great teachers even better," said Yale's Diana E.E. Kleiner to ABC News. "And think of someone in a small town in China for the first time seeing a Western college lecture!"
So, the rural Chinese, should they understand English and have a computer, may learn more about Genesis. But concerned parents dishing out $46,000 for their child's annual stint in New Haven may rest assured that those Internet moochers will not be accruing college credits, as Yale's online "courses" will not count towards a degree.
Forgive our cynicism, which is misplaced. Clearly this is a wonderful development, and one that was made possible by a $755,000 grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. You would think that would mean some welcome press for embattled Hewlett-Packard, except that, speaking of fire and brimstone, the Hewlett foundation more or less divested itself of HP stock in the run-up to "Carly's Big Bet."
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