Saturday, December 8, 2012

Online Education is now available OFFLINE!

Downloading videos from Online Education Sites

In previous post, I discussed about online education sites, the ones that I personally use and recommend for anyone willing to get any kind of education (of course from the available massive education catalogue!).

While iTunes U allows download of videos on its own software and the videos once downloaded are stored in your computer unless you delete them, online education sites, which are web based purely and don’t have any dedicated application / software like iTunes, have gone a step further by allowing us to download all the video lectures completely for free without the need for any sign up (apart from the sign up on the course website).

On Coursera, you are allowed to download the videos from the course website directly in mp4 format, which is playable not only on your computer but also on various other devices such as smartphones, tablets, televisions, etc.

On the other hand, Udacity has came up with a step further approach, it lets you get all the videos of a particular course in one go so that you don’t have to click on single download links to download each video, which may be time consuming specially if there are tons of videos in a particular course.

The content of Udacity is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License, which means:

You are free to share - to copy, distribute and transmit the videos.
You must attribute the content to Udacity.
You may not use our content for commercial purposes.
You may not alter, transform, or build upon our content, apart from contributing to our wiki or translating it and submitting the translations back to us via Udacity translation site.

Udacity allows its students to download videos in three different ways the details of which can be accessed on Udacity Google Site

Its amazing how education is going fully online, and is reaching those corners of the world where earlier students could have only dreamed of such high quality and well delivered education.

People are getting employed through such online education initiatives, this might actually call for a total reform of our education system where conventionally one has to study for years in order to get a degree / certification and then start hunting for employment.