Thursday, May 6, 2010

Great Open Course from Yale - Roman Architecture

Through Open Culture I've learned of another free open course from Yale. Roman Architecture 252 is, as the name implies, a course on Roman Architecture. The course has twenty-three lectures which you can download or watch on YouTube. The course appears to cover more than just architecture as the lecture titles mention murals, art, civic life, and lifestyles of the rich and famous. Embedded below is the second lecture in the course, The Founding of Rome and the Beginnings of Urbanism in Italy.


Applications for Education
This course from Yale is a just another great example of the excellent free learning opportunities that the web makes available to learners. I wouldn't play one of these videos for an entire class period, but I might show a segment from one. I also wouldn't hesitate to recommend a course like this to a high school student that had a deep interest in learning more than a typical high school curriculum covers.