Saturday, September 08, 2007

A Graduate Education Via Online Video Lectures

I follow conversations from Stephen Downes, George Siemens, and Ira Socol who talk about the shifting models of education, and I am as excited about the promise of possibilities for breaking past old models as I am challenged by pockets of resistance (sometimes) offered by reigning institutions.

Well, in light of the conversation I mention above, here is a moment of celebration: The European Graduate School is sharing online video lectures from some of the best authors, lecturers, and philosophers of the 20 and 21st century.

EGS introduces itself online as "facilitating creative breakthroughs and theoretical paradigm shifts" and bringing graduate students together with "the visionaries and philosophers of the media world who inspire learning about art, philosophy, communications, film, literature, internet, web and cyberspace studies from a cross-disciplinary perspective."

Video lectures available for viewing include such notable writers as Slavoj Zizek on "Happiness," Jean Baudrillard on the "Finalities of Change," Victor J. Vitanza on "Being in Relation," Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky on "21st Century Aesthetics," and Shelley Jackson on "Trans-Literary Styles" - these representing only an appetizer in light of the many other and notable lectures posted there. Here's an open door into some of the best the academy has to offer!

Interested? You can go HERE to check out the 1999-2003 lectures available onsite with EGS, or browse the list below for viewing opportunities EGS has made available through YouTube:

Jacques Derrida at the EGS, 2004 - Part 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Jean Baudrillard at the EGS, 2002 - Part 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Jean Baudrillard at the EGS, 2004

Slavoj Žižek - Rules, Race, and Mel Gibson, 2006 - Part 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Judith Butler at the EGS, 2006 - Part 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Lectures from authors and filmmakers: Atom Egoyan, Peter Greenaway, John Waters and Julian Barnes.


Sentinel 47 said...

It's exciting to follow you through your discoveries of new educational themes! I found a cool current project in the Netherlands about collaborative educational and research: Virtual Knowledge Studio

On the main page, there's a 7-min clip in which the program director (Paul Wouters) describes two uses of the term "virtual" -- 1) juxtaposed to 'the reality of the physical world'; 2) '...almost, in the making, not-yet-there...'

I see interesting implications with respect to composition of "self" and e-content in general in that comment. Enjoy!

narrator said...

This is fabulous. Now, to find the time. I need to get back in email conversation.