During my bachelors, a few professors recorded their lectures and put them online so the students could download them. I thought this was great – having missed quite a few of them, I downloaded them all before the exam and played them back at 4x the speed (with adjusted pitch). This allowed me to go through 16 lectures in one day.
Minu bakalaureuseõpingute ajal salvestasid mõned professorid oma loenguid ja panid need siis netti üles, et tudengid neid alla laadida saaksid. See oli väga kasulik – kuna mul jäid päris mitu tükki vahele, siis sain need päev enne eksamit kõik 16 loengut 4x kiirusega läbi kuulata.
Due to the lack of any form of testing during my PhD, I have become somewhat less exam-oriented and more knowledge-oriented. I am glad to see that there are many options for self-educating on the internet and publicly sharing video lectures is becoming more and more common. World’s top universities have put some of their best courses on Youtube and talks by famous experts are accessible by anyone anywhere (given an internet connection of course).
Doktoriõpingute ajal olen tasapisi muutunud vähem eksamitele orienteerituks ja rohkem teadmistele orienteerituks. Mul on hea meel näha, et loengute salvestamine on saanud üha populaarsemaks. Maailma kuulsaimad ülikoolid nagu Stanford, MIT ja Yale panevad üles videosalvestisi tervetest loenguseeriatest.
Maybe you don’t like your math course? Take the one at Stanford or MIT instead. Perhaps you are just interested in black holes or Roman architecture? Take a look at what’s available. Extra education can only help in your studies and career. Here are some of my recommendations.
Võib-olla ei meeldi sulle sinu matemaatikakursus? Aga siis kuula hoopis Stanfordi oma. Või äkki tahad lihtsalt mustade aukude ja bioinformaatika kohta lisa uurida. Lisateadmised tulevad ainult kasuks, nii õpingutes kui ka töökeskkonnas. Soovitan soojalt tasuta pakutavatest ressurssidest maksimaalset võtta.
Siin on minu soovitused. Kuna loengud on kõik inglise keeles, siis jätan ka alloleva kirjelduse tõlkimata.
Silicon Valley Comes to Cambridge (SVC2C)
A few months ago I went to the event called Silicon Valley Comes to Cambridge, which brought many experts to talk about their companies and starting a business in general. The keynote speeches are now available at Vimeo.com. Here’s Mike Schroepfer from Facebook:
And Megan Smith from Google:
Many courses from Stanford University are freely available for viewing at their Youtube channel. These are complete, full recordings with links to lecture notes and covering a range of topics. Here are just a few examples:
Watch it on Academic Earth
University of Cambridge
Regrettably I have to say that while University of Cambridge has a Youtube channel, it contains only short clips and not full courses. The only thing I could find was recordings of the Machine Learning Summer School in Cambridge 2009 over at Videolectures.net.
Videolectures.net is a good general source for a range of different lectures. It is also a very well built platform, specifically designed for viewing presentations. Unlike a plain video streaming site, the main page of each talk consists of three parts – the video player, the slides and an index of all the slides. These components are all synchronized so it is easy to listen to the speaker, view high quality slides and keep track of the progress.
Apparently it contains 12705 videos at the moment so anyone interested should just go browse. Apart from lectures it also has recordings of conferences.
ACM Multimedia 2010 International Conference
MIT World Series: Fundamentals of the Brain and Mind: A Short Course in Neuroscience
Machine Learning Summer School 2010 – Canberra
CERN – Summer School 2009
Many people probably already know TED – it’s basically a conference series of interesting talks, not confined to any particular topic.
RSAnimate is a series similar to TED except instead of live talks, you only hear the presenter while the talk is being illustrated. Difficult to explain, just watch it.