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Princeton online lectures now in session

Princeton University is offering online lectures to extend learning in the classroom and beyond campus. 

OIT's Broadcast Center has been working closely with the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning to record Princeton’s first set of massive open online courses (MOOC). These non-credit courses are being offered through the Coursera site, where Princeton's courses join the online courses of more than 30 other institutions, and anyone can participate. Princeton's online courses can be found at www.coursera.org/princeton

“Sociology 101,” Princeton's first online course drew nearly 40,000 participants.  Sociology 101 was the first social science course offered through Coursera.  

All fall course offerings are now in progress and include:

  • Statistics One, with Andrew Conway
  • Algorithms, Part I, by Robert Sedgewick
  • A History of the World since 1300, with Jeremy Adelman
  • Computer Architecture, with David Wentzlaff
  • Networks: Friends, Money, and Bytes, with Mung Chiang

Courses planned for the spring include:

  • Algorithms, Part II, with Robert Sedgewick and Kevin Wayne
  • Analytic Combinations, Parts I and II, with Robert Sedgewick
  • Introduction to Sociology, with Mitchell Duneier

The majority of the online courses were recorded in the OIT Broadcast Center. The “Computer Architecture” course was partially recorded during the semester in the classroom, where additional lectures are now also being recorded. Mung Chiang is recording his “Networks: Friends, Money, and Bytes” course using screen capture software.  To further the initiative to provide online learning at Princeton, OIT is exploring and implementing technologies that will extend the ability to record lectures beyond the studio, to classrooms and directly from faculty laptops. The recordings achieved through these methods can be used as part of the Coursera effort, as well as to more generally support teaching at Princeton.

For a schedule of Princeton's online courses, go to www.coursera.org/princeton.

For more information about the video and other services of OIT's Broadcast Center, go to www.princeton.edu/bc.    

A related article was recently published on Princeton's home page:  Princeton extends learning through online Coursera classes