Berkeley, Google team up for 'coursecasting'

UC becomes the first university with its own Google Video site, offering 250 hours of lecture and event content.

Always on the cutting edge of innovation, Google and UC Berkeley have teamed up to deliver lectures and symposia for free via Google Video, reports UC Berkeley News.

UC Berkeley will be the first university to have its own Google Video web site which will offer 250 hours of content as well as links to UC courses and events.

"Google appreciates the opportunity to partner with progressive universities like UC Berkeley to make undiscovered lectures and entire courses available to our users," said Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer of Google, who received both his doctoral degree (1982) and master's degree (1979) from UC Berkeley. "UC Berkeley's content - much of which wasn't easily accessible online - will enhance the comprehensive and diverse range of offerings by Google Video."

"Coursecasting" is the next wave in educational technology, allowing students as well as the general public to download audio and video recordings of class lectures to their computers and portable media devices.

"Google Video is a wonderful extension of our open video program," said Obadiah Greenberg, product manager for webcast.berkeley.edu. "The ability of viewers to play back video on a variety of devices; the ease of sharing and embedding videos via email and blogs; and access to community aspects such as user ratings and comments help us to broaden our reach and build community around our video."