[WORLDKINGS] Top 20 Online Courses and Classes in the World (P.18) Academic Earth (USA): An online platform provides access to world-class education


(Worldkings.org) Academic Earth is designed to make world-class education accessible to everybody by offering online classes and learning tools free of charge. Whether you plan to learn for fun or for career advancement, Academic Earth provides you with access to the world’s best universities and scholars.

What is Academic Earth?

Academic Earth is a website launched on March 24, 2009, by Richard Ludlow and co-founders Chris Bruner and Liam Pisano, which offers free online video courses and academic lectures from the world's top universities such as UC Berkeley, UCLA, University of Michigan, University of Oxford, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale. It is considered a search engine for full-text scholarly information, with video courses covering around 50 primary subject disciplines ranging from Arts and Design, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, English, Entrepreneurship, History, Humanities, Law, Mathematics, Medicine, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, and Statistics.


The idea behind Academic Earth came to Ludlow upon stumbling on a full video course lecture from MIT Mathematics Professor Gilbert Strang. Doing further research, he found out that there are various academic resources online although these resources were scattered across different websites and in varying file formats. Patterned after Hulu, Academic Earth serves as an easily accessible repository for online academic lectures. The platform is also likened to what Google was trying to do with its defunct Knol project, which aggregated scholarly articles. It was launched two days before YouTube introduced its own YouTube EDU service.

On January 10, 2012, it was announced that Academic Earth has been acquired by Ampush.

Academic Earth’s Typical Features

The entire database includes over 15,000 videos in various fields. Every course contains from 4 to 50 lectures, and the topics range from political philosophy to game theory and international studies. On its site you’ll be able to find specific courses in many subjects as well as search by university. It collects playlists and video groups to help you learn from many different services, too.

Users can also personalize their AcademicEarth page, sharing videos on social networks and websites, citing, giving feedback, voting, subscribing to podcasts and organizing their favourite content after logging in. Individual audio and video files together with the complete transcript can also be downloaded. Reading assignments, bibliographical and online resources, slides and a short summary are available for each lecture.

Academic Earth Courses

As of June 2014, Academic Earth provided access to online courses in the following subject areas:

  • Art and design
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Medicine and healthcare
  • Science and math
  • Social science
  • Test preparation

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