Sunday, October 11, 2009

Open university courses

Leading universities have been offering more and more free online courses. Here are two worth looking at.

Robert Shiller’s undergraduate Yale course on financial markets was recorded in the spring of 2008. Among its 26 sessions are guest lectures by David Swensen, Andrew Redleaf, Carl Icahn, Stephen Schwarzman, and Larry Summers.

MIT undergraduates have been developing and teaching courses for high school students for years. In the summer of 2007 they gave a six-part lecture series based on Douglas Hofstadter’s Pulitzer Price-winning Gödel, Escher, Bach: A Mental Space. The teaching is somewhat uneven, but the 30-year-old book is a classic.

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