Because what better way to procrastinate classes than by consuming more classes?
Remember when you took MB&B 181 and you were so relieved when McAlear took over? It wasn’t because of his effusive chesthair, his 80’s good looks or his charming rogueishness; Nay, you were elated at his use of blackboarded videorecordings to document every lecture. Suddenly you were free to sleep in, to learn at your leasure, to avoid vivid up-close-and-personal interactions with that unbuttoned jungle of bio-fuzz.
Well, others are catching on. Berkeley is putting many many many many lectures and talks up on youtube, and they’re for some pretty sweet classes. Ever wanted to learn about the Structural Aspects of Biomaterials? How about an Introduction to Nonviolence? A class on… Search engines…? If you can stomach RealMedia, Berkeley also offers an in-house webcasting service with a whole lot more goodies.
I think someone’s already posted about Stanford’s sweet iTunesU thing, which also provides lectures…