This list has been updated for 2006. Here is the new list of academic podcasts you can listen to for free.
I discovered early on that an iPod or MP3 player full of good spoken audio content went a long way toward keeping me productive when traveling, doing yard work, exercising, etc, but the charges from audible.com and buying CDs adds up quickly. Podcasts can automate the process of getting content and lower the cost, but much of the content available has more in common with radio entertainment than a well written book.
Several universities are making lectures available as Podcasts. Not every class is work well on an iPod, but the content is much more directed toward people who want to learn and not just be entertained. Of course the flip side of this is that some professors are boring in person, to say nothing of listening to their recordings on an iPod. You may need to look around to find someone who is interesting to listen to, but once you find the right feed, you have a tremendous amount of content regularly published for entire semester.
You can subscribe to a class and set iTunes to download new lectures, sync them with your iPod, automatically delete them once you’ve listened to them (configured under iPod properties in iTunes). This is a great way to expand your education without spending the time required in a traditional class. One of the problems with playing mp3s on an iPod is the fact that it doesn’t keep track of where you are in the file. So if you shut off your iPod and come back to it later, you may have to scan through the content to find your place. This isn’t much of a problem on an iPod like the Nano where you have a wheel to navigate, but it can be a little difficult on the iPod Shuffle or other mp3 players that don’t have a way to visually see where you are in the recording.
Many of the classes don’t show up in the iTunes Podcast directory.
Below is a list of classes with links to the feed for the podcast. This
is in no way a comprehensive list, but it is the items that I thought
- AGEC100 – Introductory Agricultural Business and Economics
- AGR101 – Introduction to the School of Agriculture and Purdue University
- AGR290 – Special Topics in Agriculture
- ANTH379 – Indians of North America
- BCHM307 – Biochemistry
- BIOL110 – Fundamentals of Biology
- BMS511 – Systemic Mammalian Physiology
- BTNY210 – Introduction to Plant Science
- CE350 – Environmental Engineering
- CHM111 – General Chemistry
- CSR342 – Personal Finance
- COMM435 – Communication and Emerging Technologies
- ECON210 – Principles of Economics
- HIST105 – Survey of Global History
- OLS274 – Applied Leadership
- POL130 – Introduction to International Relations
- PSY225 – Stereotyping and Prejudice
University of Washington:
- OCEAN 102 – The Changing Oceans
- POL S 202 – Infro to American Politics
- CHID 110 A – The Question of Human Nature
Washington College of Law:
University of Hawaii:
- ICS101 – Tools for the Information Age.
- CSIE-1 – Understanding Computers and the Internet.
University of San Francisco:
- N340 – Principles and Methods of Nursing
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