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Free Useful Online Classes By Reputed Institutions.

In Education on March 2, 2012 at 10:14

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I have come across an article which lists useful Online classes.

I am posting them below.

Darwin’s Legacy
Institution: Stanford
Taught By: Team taught; guest lecturers include leading scholars in fields ranging from anthropology, to religion, to literature, to biology.
Available Via: YouTube | iTunes U Video
Course Description: “Light will be thrown…” With these modest words, Charles Darwin launched a sweeping new theory of life in his epic book, On the Origin of Species (1859). The theory opened eyes and minds around the world to a radical new understanding of the flora and fauna of the planet. Here, Darwin showed for the first time that no supernatural processes are necessary to explain the profusion of living beings on earth, that all organisms past and present are related in a historical branching pattern of descent, and that human beings fall into place quite naturally in the web of all life. Now, 150 years later and 200 years after Darwins birth, we celebrate the amazingly productive vision and reach of his theory. In this Fall Quarter course, we will meet weekly with leading Darwin scholars from around the country to learn about Darwins far-reaching legacy in fields as diverse as anthropology, religion, medicine, psychology, philosophy, literature, and biology. With such a broad reach across the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, no wonder the theory of evolution by natural selection has been called the single best idea, ever.

 Astrobiology and Space Exploration
Institution: Stanford
Taught By: Lynn Rotschild & guest lecturers the likes of SETI Senior Astronomer Seth Shostak
Available Via: YouTube | iTunes U Video
Course Description: Astrobiology asks: Where do we come from? Are we alone? Where are we going? This course gives an overview of the excitement of astrobiology and space exploration, from the origin of our own biofriendly universe to questions of the future of mankind both on Earth and beyond.

8. Descriptive Introduction to Physics
Institution: UC Berkeley
Taught By: Steven Edward Boggs
Available Via: iTunes U Video
Course Description: The most interesting and important topics in physics, stressing conceptual understanding rather than math, with applications to current events. Topics covered may vary and may include energy and conservation, radioactivity, nuclear physics, the Theory of Relativity, lasers, explosions, earthquakes, superconductors, and quantum physics.

 Astronomy 001
Institution: Penn State University
Taught By: Scott Miller, Mercedes Richards and Stephen Redman
Available Via: YouTube | iTunes U Video
Course Description: Astronomy 001, Section 005 is a web-based course, complete with online presentations, interactive media, and video demonstrations. This course covers everything from mankind’s first understanding of the heavens out to other planets, galaxies, and the edge of the known Universe!

6. Earth and Planetary Sciences
Institution: UC Berkeley
Taught By: Richard Allen
Available Via: YouTube | iTunes U Video
Course Description: Introduction to earthquakes, their causes and effects. General discussion of basic principles and methods of seismology and geological tectonics, distribution of earthquakes in space and time, effects of earthquakes, and earthquake hazard and risk, with particular emphasis on the situation in California.

Frontiers of Biomedical Engineering
Institution: Yale
Taught By: W. Mark Saltzman
Available Via: YouTube | iTunes U Video
Course Description: The course covers basic concepts of biomedical engineering and their connection with the spectrum of human activity. It serves as an introduction to the fundamental science and engineering on which biomedical engineering is based. Case studies of drugs and medical products illustrate the product development-product testing cycle, patent protection, and FDA approval. It is designed for science and non-science majors.

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