TechRepublic's own TR Dojo video series is a great learning tool for IT professionals. But as I'm the host, I might be a little biased. In an effort to highlight other IT learning resources, I'm putting together a list of video lessons from around the Web. And, I'm starting with a list of five YouTube Education channels from colleges and universities.
When picking channels I looked for universities that focused on publishing complete course lectures. There are many more educational institution's with YouTube channels, but the following are those with the most extensive offerings. The channels are listed in no particular order.
An extension of the MIT OpenCourseWare initiative, MIT's YouTube channel is filled with over 1,200 videos. Most are complete lectures from dozens of courses, such as MIT 6.00 Intro to Computer Science, MIT 6.002 Circuits and Electronics, and MIT 8.224 Exploring Black Holes.
On UC Berkeley's YouTube channel, you'll find videos from IT-related course, such as SIMS 141 - Search Engines and Computer Science 61A. Many leaders in the IT industry appear as guest lecturers in UC Berkeley's course videos.
From undergraduate courses in Programming Methodology (CS106A) to continuing education classes on modern physics, Stanford University offers over 900 video on the school's YouTube channel. As with most of the channels on our list, Stanford's videos are divided into playlists, which makes it easy to find all the lectures for a single course.
With over 4,400 videos, the NPTEL YouTube channel has most available videos of the five institutions on our list. The NPTEL channel "provides technical lectures from all seven Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore." You'll find complete lectures on computer science courses such as Design & Analysis of Algorithms and Introduction To Problem Solving & Programming.
The UNSW YouTube channel doesn't have as many course lectures on video as the other schools on the list, but it's definitely worth checking out the ones it does have, such as COMP1917 Higher Computing and COMP1927 Data Structures and Algorithms.
Your favorite IT learning resource
This is by no means a complete list of the college and university channels or IT learning resources on YouTube. If your favorite resource didn't make our list, please share it with your TechRepublic peers in the discussion forum below. I'll be putting together other educational lists in the future, so stay tuned.
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.