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Berkeley on YouTube - a public window on university life
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| 10 October 2007

Further expanding public access to its intellectual riches through the most popular Web destinations, the campus announced last week that it is making entire course lectures and special events available, free of charge, on YouTube.

Berkeley is the first university to make videos of full courses available through the wildly popular video website. Visitors to youtube.com/ucberkeley can view more than 300 hours of videotaped courses and events, ranging from lectures in bioengineering and peace-and-conflict studies to "Physics for Future Presidents," Professor Richard Muller's perennially popular campus course. Building on its initial offerings, Berkeley - identified on its dedicated YouTube page as 139 years old, with interests that include teaching, research, and public service - will continue to expand the catalog of videos available on YouTube.

"UC Berkeley on YouTube will provide a public window into university life - academics, events, and athletics - which will build on our rich tradition of open educational content for the larger community," said Christina Maslach, vice provost for undergraduate education.

YouTube is the leading online video community that allows people to discover, watch, and share originally created videos. Through the video-sharing website, people can easily upload and share video clips on youtube.com and across the Internet through websites, blogs, and e-mail.

Berkeley has been a leader in the open-source-video movement in higher education since fall 2001, when the campus's Educational Technology Services (ETS) launched webcast.berkeley.edu, a local site that delivers course and event content as podcasts and streaming video.

Berkeley launched its audio-podcast program in April of last year, making audio content available as free downloads through webcast.berkeley.edu. On pace to deliver 86 full courses and more than 100 events in 2007, amounting to more than 3,500 hours of content, the program has expanded dramatically since delivering 15 courses in its inaugural year.