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:
- Various Topics – Mainly relating to legal issues. Description of recordings here.
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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Andrew M says
MIT also allow access to lectures online, although not podcasted. Plain ol’ stream I’m afraid.
Daniel Poynter says
I’m a Purdue student and delighted to see the university so well represented. = ) Thanks for compiling this list by the way.
Absolutely great, thank you for this!
how do you add these rss feeds to itunes?
bryce: drag n drop the link into the itunes window.
Awsome! ill be checking this site frequently. Will the list stay up to date?
Links to the videos of MIT lectures can also be found here (along with other free speeches, audiobooks, etc.)
Allegheny College is podcasting events and lectures as well a weekly campus podcast. Check it out: http://webtools.allegheny.edu/podcast.
The University of Mary Washington has just begun a series of “profcasts,” beginning with poet Claudia Emerson reading from her new, Pulitzer-prize-nominated collection, “Late Wife.” http://www.profcast.org.
I can’t get the streams from Washington University to work. I add the files to my iTunes window, and try to play them, but I get nothing. any help?
UC Berkeley has a ton of courses and events as streaming media. At least one course is podcasted, and most events are as well.
Stanford also has a good deal of content available through the iTMS. Not podcasts (individual downloads), but free. Don’t go searching for it in Itunes, though. You have to use the link found here:
Be sure to check University Channel, it has a lot of interesting lectures, all podcast. Here’s the link:http://uc.princeton.edu/main/
kevin harper says
could someone please get me the info about david robinson, jackie robinson son who is growing coffee in tanzania. i would like someway to get in touch with him to find out more.
French academic podcast:
Thanks for this info. Now I can more easily keep my brain from atrophying into a puddle of football-worshiping, Simpsons-quoting mush! (Seriously, after college learning became less about growing and more about doing just enough to not go broke and die.)
heres is a ucla course Polical Science 141B – Electoral Politics: Public Opinion and Voting Behavior
Carlos Toledo says
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University of Bath in England:
The City University of New York has a wide range of podcasts from lectures to one on one talk shows with experts in immigration, home land security and more.
They’re no MIT, but my previous schools also offer podcasts:
Indiana University: http://podcast.iu.edu/Portal/
Washington State University: http://wiki.wsu.edu/wsuwiki/Podcasts_at_WSU
Miguel Berumen says
Can any one direct me to where I can listen or view podcasts on topics related to agricultural engineer classes? thank you