This free site features public lectures, teaching material, interviews with leading academics, information about applying to the University, and much more.
All the material is arranged within a series of related talks or lectures and may be in audio, video or document format. A full list of all series is available.
Content is being added regularly to the site. All content is free for you to download and watch or listen to. This site contains over 6,500 items arranged into 416 series. Over 4,780 academic contributors have released material.
Recent series highlights include:
- Alumni Weekend: A series of over 80 public lectures from Oxford experts, this year concentrating on the great environmental and scientific challenges of the 21st century
- The New Psychology of Depression: Dr Danny Penman and Professor Mark Williams discuss medical approaches to dealing with stress,anxiety and depression
- The Elements of Drawing: Stephen Farthing R.A. presents eight practical drawing classes using John Ruskin’s teaching collections to explain the basic principles of drawing.
- Pitt Rivers Museum: A series of audio podcasts from the Pitt Rivers Museum, which houses archaeological and ethnographic objects from all parts of the world.
- Marianne Talbot's "A Romp Through Ethics for Complete Beginners"
- The King James Bible Lectures
- Shakespeare's entire First Folio, including original spelling, is being made available to download for free, as Oxford University becomes one of the world’s first universities to add ePubs to iTunes U
- ePubs to accompany our 'Not Shakespeare: Elizabethan and Jacobean Popular theatre' lectures
All the podcasts can be watched in the browser or downloaded to a computer and listened to at leisure. You can also move the lectures to a range of mobile devices capable of playing such files, e.g. mp3 players, iPods, and mobile phones. If you have the free iTunes (http://itunes.ox.ac.uk) application on your computer you can subscribe to the podcast and download the material by clicking the iTunes icon, alternatively you can subscribe to the series using an RSS reader by clicking the Subscribe button.
On 7 October 2008 the University of Oxford launched its podcast site on iTunes U and this parallel web site http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk.
As of October 2013, here are some key statistics on media published since launch (2012 figures in brackets):
- 6,400 (4,200) podcast items processed
- 5,500 hours of material ranging from quantum states to welfare states
- 4,780 (3,480) academic speakers and contributors
- 21.5 million downloads from Oxford on iTunes U over 5 years
- material arranged in 416 series
This free web site features public lectures, teaching material, interviews with leading academics, information about applying to the University, and much more.
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