Review Of Academic Earth

Academic Earth, which is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, is an organization founded with a purpose of making it possible for all people on the earth to have opportunity to get a world-class education. It is similar to UDACITY whose mission is also to give accessible higher education to the world. Check my review on UDACITY to know more about it. As for Academic Earth, it is not exactly the same as UDACITY. It has its own characteristics that make it great.

How Does Academic Earth Work?

Logo of Academic Earth. Its mission is to help everyone on the earth to have chance to get great higher education. ( Photo  from http://www.academicearth.org)

Logo of Academic Earth. Its mission is to help everyone on the earth to have chance to get great higher education. ( Photo from http://www.academicearth.org)

The way Academic Earth works is that it partners with all educators around the world who are willing to contribute to the goal of making higher education accessible to the world. If you are an educator, or a representative of an education institute, you may help the organization by giving them rights to use your educational videos.

Academic Earth gets its resources from many great universities. For example, Caltech, MIT, UC Berkeley, and many other top universities provide Academic Earth with their lecture videos. As you can see, Academic Earth is really video driven. Its contents are mainly videos, including:

  • Lectures Videos
  • Tutoring Videos
  • Test Prep Videos 

Using videos as a means of education has many benefits. Learning by watching videos may be more interesting than reading a textbook. Videos make every users feel that the instructors are just in front of them. It is like you are a part of the college class. Videos may make learning easier for many people who learn better when they hear and see.

Other than video-driven contents, Academic Earth has another great characteristic. That is, it is available in many language.  To change the language of the website, you just have to click “select a language” on the top right hand corner to choose from more than 60 different languages. This translation feature truly makes it possible to make the higher education available to the whole world, without the language barriers.

What Subjects Does It Have?

Academic Earth has a variety of subjects, here are just big categories of subjects:

  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Humanities
  • Social Science
  • Art and Design
  • Test Preparation
For each big categories, there are many specific subjects within them. For example, the Test Preparation category contains help on ACT, SAT, GRE, MCAT, GMAT, LSAT. The classified subjects make it a lot easier to search for the area of your interest. Check this link of the subject search page of Academic Earth.
What Are Some Other Features Makes It Different?
Academic Earth sorts its educational content also by instructors. You can go to the instructor name list, which is in alphabetical order, to find the instructor you like  and get the information about the instructor and his or her videos.
Another great thing Academic Earth has is the playlist. The playlists are series of lectures. Worried about missing some lectures of an area? Just log in and mark your personal favorite playlist!
I would recommend Academic Earth to anyone all over the world who wants to experience world-class education.
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