What do you think about this plan? Is it smart on Yale's part or are they giving people a free ride without having to pay the high tuition?
Yale University said on Wednesday it will offer digital videos of some courses on the Internet for free, along with transcripts in several languages, in an effort to make the elite private school more accessible.
While Princeton University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and others already offer course material online without charge, Yale is the first to focus on free video lectures, the New Haven, Connecticut-based school said.
The 18-month pilot project will provide videos, syllabi and transcripts for seven courses beginning in the 2007 academic year. They include "Introduction to the Old Testament," "Fundamentals of Physics" and "Introduction to Political Philosophy."
The courses cannot be counted toward a Yale degree, and educators say they are no substitute for actual teaching.
(Source: Greg Mankiw's Blog)