YouTube EDU Expands Online Classes into China, Taiwan
Although lectures and videos of college professors have been available on YouTube for years, YouTube EDU is the service’s attempt to formalize class offerings online. Started in 2009, now YouTube EDU is expanding into China and Taiwan, offering classes in from local universities who have uploaded more than 140 classes since the beginning of the year.
“The courses allow Internet users to learn not only academic knowledge, but also cultural aspects. They also provide great opportunities for foreign students to learn Taiwanese culture.” – Angela Lin, YouTube Strategic Partnerships
YouTube EDU features over 1,000 channels with over 850,000 video courses from primary, secondary, and university programs around the world including the United States, South Korea, Japan, India, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Google and YouTube are now also working to get more Arabic educational content uploaded. The beauty of the service is that classes are free. You can subscribe to a certain channel and take all the courses in the subject. People are becoming experts in technology, programming, and all kinds of employable fields.
We at the Open Brain Project are thrilled to see more educators around the world taking up the tools and the means to get their content out there for free, for massive audiences to play and replay and share that knowledge with other people. These classes are being passed aroud the world in emails, facebook messages, and hyper links every day. It seems YouTube is proactively approaching universities and institutions seeking their collaboration in uploading video taped lecture series in topics across the board – from liberal arts to computer science to civil engineering and more. We can’t wait to see more teachers using YouTube EDU to get their courses out there for people who would otherwise never have the opportunity to take them.
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
― Frederick Douglass
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