Yale Online Courses

Do you miss being in one of Yale's classrooms? 9 AM class in LC or running up science hill?

Yale University has launched free online courses through Coursera's publishing platform (http://www.coursera.org/yale).  Four of Yale’s most distinguished scholars have inaugurated the program with customized courses: 

  • Roman Architecture” with Diana E. E. Kleiner, Dunham Professor of History of Art and Classics -- Kleiner, director of Open Yale Courses, has identified approximately 20 individuals — including Yale alumni — from around the globe who will serve as informal teaching assistants and help moderate the online discussion forums. Each moderator brings an academic, professional or geographic expertise to the conversation. Kleiner is teaching her class on campus and as a MOOC simultaneously during this semester, and experiment with methods for integrating the two distinct cohorts.
  • "Moralities of Everyday Life" with Paul Bloom, Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology & Cognitive Science -- Paul Bloom combines newly-created lectures with other learning materials to help students understand why they hold the moral positions they do. Professor Bloom will be conducting several live video sessions during the course that will give students the opportunity to engage in “real-time” conversations with him and his teaching staff.
  • Constitutional Law” with Akil Amar ’80, ’84 JD, Sterling Professor of Law & Political Science -- Akhil Amar recreates the Socratic method by including teaching sessions that feature Amar in dialogue with one or two students. 
  • Financial Markets” with Robert Shiller, Sterling Professor of Economics -- The course provides an overview of the ideas, methods, and institutions that permit human society to manage risks and foster enterprise. Professor Shiller features new combinations of his video lectures from Open Yale Courses and will be recording new introductions to set the material in a contemporary context.

About Coursera: 

Coursera was created in 2012 by two Stanford professors. Ninety-eight universities are partners with Coursera, including Princeton, Penn, Brown, Columbia, and Stanford in the United States, and Peking University, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and the University of Tokyo abroad. This new generation of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) builds on the pioneering online effort of the University for Open Yale Courses, which launched in 2007 and has 42 courses by Faculty in the Arts and Sciences available at http://oyc.yale.edu

You can learn more about each course and enroll either in the free track or in the Verified Certificate program by visiting Yale’s home on Coursera: http://www.coursera.org/yale. While each course will demonstrate the high production values and other qualities distinct to Yale offerings, each faculty member will also experiment with a different pedagogical approach.

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