Readers of this blog probably have heard of iTunes U, Apple's massive source of recordings of collegiate lecture classes, panel discussions and speeches produced by academic institutions in the United States and Britain.
But I bet you're unaware of Annenberg Learner. It's an impressive online collection of multimedia resources intended to help improve teaching across the K-12 curriculum. The core of the program are quality video series produced in partnership with WGBH, Oregon Public Broadcasting and other public media outlets.
Although designed for teachers, adult learners will enjoy the many video episodes on U.S., European and world history. Streaming versions of the programs are free and generally last about 30 minutes. (You can purchase them as DVDs.)
America's History in the Making: U.S. history from before Columbus through Reconstruction.
A Biography of America: U.S. history told as a narrative rather than a set of facts.
Bridging World History: Global history explained as a complex of interrelated patterns.
The Constitution -- That Delicate Balance: Key decisions, issues and controversies in U.S. legal history.
Democracy in America: Structure and dynamics of federal and state government.
Out of the Past: Archaeological and anthropological insight into the evolution of past civilizations into modern societies.
The Western Tradition: Development of Western civilization seen through its culture, politics, science and industry.
IMAGE CREDIT: "The West," an episode in Annenberg Learner's video series A Biography of America.