University of Oxford Lectures Wildly Popular
Since the University of Oxford began uploading podcasts and video podcasts to iTunes U last October, more than half a million podcasts—of lectures by Oxford academics and famous visitors, information about how to apply to the University, and a film about the University’s major fundraising Campaign—have been downloaded.
This means people care about learning!
Series' on the credit crunch and the global recession, a conversation between Professor Richard Dawkins and Lord Harries of Pentregarth to mark Darwin’s 200th birthday, which revisited the famous 1860 debate on evolution held at the Museum between Thomas Huxley and Samuel Wilberforce, are among the recent favorites.
And "for many weeks a talk by Joseph Stiglitz, former head of the World Bank, about the credit crunch was the most downloaded podcast in the world on the iTunes U service," according to an Oxford news release.
The site can be viewed at http://itunes.ox.ac.uk.
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