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Academic Earth: What the Internet is all about

I'm optimistic that we will continue to realize the amazing potential of the Internet for doing good. What Academic Earth is trying to accomplish is one reason why I feel that way.

Normally I'm alerting you about networking security issues or new technology in the networking world. For this one article, I humbly beg your indulgence as I'm diverting from the norm. Recently, I was made aware of Richard Ludlow in a BusinessWeek article that mentioned his nomination as a finalist for America's best young entrepreneurs in 2008.

Free for the viewing

Ludlow is a bright young entrepreneur with an academic bent. His idea is to amass world-class (Harvard, MIT, Yale, and other powerhouse university) lectures and course material in video format and publish them via the Internet. Ludlow's intention is to provide the university classes at no charge. Eventually, he hopes to make money by offering content from think tanks, advertising deals, subscriptions, and even for-pay tutoring.

My curiosity was piqued enough that I went to Ludlow's Web site, Academic Earth. After I perused the Web site, the cliché "So many books and so little time" immediately popped into my head. It seems that Ludlow is serious about providing an educational service.

IT-related courses

Academic Earth has 10 courses and three guest lectures related to computer science and digital communications. Needless to say, these were the courses that got me excited, especially since the professors are all well-known experts. For instance, in my research, I've read several of Harvard professor David Malan's papers, and he has four courses on the Academic Earth Web site.

Final thoughts

I've become acutely aware that TechRepublic members are learning aficionados of IT and even non-IT related subjects. Knowing that, I hope that Academic Earth and its valuable resources may be of some use.

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47 comments
richard.wilson
richard.wilson

Thanks very much to you Michael and everyone else that posted these awesome sites on here! Guess I now know what I'm doing for 2009 LOL! Keep up the great work Michael! I always find you posts both educational and enlightening. Thanks again!

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

you started a posting trend, now there are dozens of sites that I gotta go look up :( Talk about a reading frenzy coming up :( Did you know, I Hate Reading :( :( :( However, I do recognize some of the links, so maybe I am not going to have my eyes burning as much as I envision right now. Oh, and btw -- Thanks for this :) It's always good to get new useful links

seanferd
seanferd

I appreciate the article, and all the other posted links as well.

aspoor
aspoor

I think intelligence can be proven in the younger IT crowd by a deep interest in synthetic sound and music archetypes. The computer has yet to open the doors to free music production or a precision tool for simplicity. I personally like FL Studios but there are 100's of ways to arrange music using a computer. Even better, is the ability to process sound in a collaboration group. I imagine my IT department as a bunch of music nuts bent on the perfect sound. Musical Intelligence has thyme and thyme again been proven true.

cedeen
cedeen

I have used this site for a long time! www.free-ed.net

Craig_B
Craig_B

Thanks for the information.

aholmbeck
aholmbeck

I am an IT High School teacher always looking for supplemental curriculum, I sent the link to everyone in my school and put it on our site. I have watched most all of David Malans's videos on the Harvard site and they are great. Hats off to Mr. Ludlow. Always read your blog, thanks for sharing.

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

Academic Earth is a repository of university-level classes in just about any subject matter. I'm especially interested in the computer science courses. I'd like to know what you thought.

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

Thanks, Richard. Comments like yours are very much appreciated.

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

Your comments are especially welcome. I was scared beyond belief about posting this. Fortunately, the response grew into what I had hoped. I also have many sites to now check out.

santeewelding
santeewelding

Of all, need not fear your brain exploding, or the random walk. You are guided by the Church. Godscum speed.

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

My saying is now "So many videos and so little time." My faith is yet again restored.

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

Interesting you should mention that. My son plays drums and is getting more interested in that aspect of music. Up until now he has been using Acid for mixing, but expressed an interest in FL Studios.

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

That members would offer up their favorite on-line educational services. Thank you for sharing.

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

If you check out any of the courses, I'd appreciate your thoughts about it and any recommendations.

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

I was concerned that this article might not work out. Your comments just told me that it already has. Thanks for making my day.

fw32
fw32

is true. Only a mental index is required.

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

That it probably has already. What did you think about the courses? Any of interest to you?

bjonson82
bjonson82

Does this entrepeneur have the copyright permission to do this??

#1 Kenster
#1 Kenster

Michael Thank you, what a wonderful thread with so many great links, the best.

tchamplin
tchamplin

The web's equivalent to the Teach Company which has been doing world class lecture via audio and DVD for quite a while. It is a great site!

Prague
Prague

Ted.com (Technology,Entertainment,Design) has some very entertaining and mind-expanding videos, typically of 20 minutes of length.

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

why you would be scared beyond belief about posting this -- here -- on TR?? Maybe if it was the cooking site I can see that. :D Keep up the good work

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

eyes burning -- yes daily brain overload -- possible :0 It seems that everytime I learn something I need to dump something. You ever see that Married with Children episode where Kelley got really booksmart, but suddenly couldnt figure out how to open a door :0 :0 That is where I see myself heading :0 :0

Synthetic
Synthetic

My firm has cut all technology training this year, that means over 500 people in the US with no paid training opportunities. I will be forwarding all all of these excellent links to my group and up the chain to see if we can disseminate this to our national staff. Thank you and the other contributors so very much!

santeewelding
santeewelding

Think of yourself in the middle of this like a compass needle pointing everywhere at once, your pivot the origin. Which means it comes down to you. Which way do you set off with your walker? In the random path of a drunk?

santeewelding
santeewelding

I suppose under the circumstances, and I forgive, that you would ask so casually, not causally, of such a potential enormity.

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

It's my understanding that Ludlow is actually doing the filming or contracting it out. Also, I sincerely doubt that he would be able to publish lectures from such prestigious universities without their permission.

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

I was concerned about the relevance of the post, but I know now it was a good choice. That is of course thanks to members like yourself.

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

I appreciate the mention of any educational services, especially those that are recommended.

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

I was really hoping that members such as yourself would mention other web sites that offer similar services. It's amazing to learn about all the opportunity that's available.

santeewelding
santeewelding

Absolutely, Michael, which is what I get at.

seanferd
seanferd

I thought it was an excellent idea to post this article, and fitting for TR. What other blog department would be a better place?

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

The one part of my anatomy that was my saving grace was my brain. So it's especially scary when that seems to be sliding away too. So, I know what you mean when you refer to every input seemingly requires equal output. My only consolation is that it must mean our brains are full. Right?

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

That this would spark all sorts of member interest. I think it has succeeded. I am always amazed by the vast range of knowledge displayed by the members especially you Sean.

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

I've heard this exact comment many times now and I was hoping that this would help fill a void during the tough times we are going through. I'd love to hear your comments as to how the courses work out for you.