Academic Earth Receives 1 Million Visits in 3 Mos.
A few months back I posted on Academic Earth, a website that features thousands of video lectures from the world's top scholars at some of the top universities (Harvard, MIT, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, etc.). Academic Earth now reports that:
Apr 29, 2009 -- Academic Earth, a portal for educational video that hosts full courses and guest lectures from leading universities, announced Wednesday that it received more than 1 million visits in the three months since it opened up its public beta. More than half of all visitors came from outside of the United States, representing a total of 213 countries.
"Our goal in founding Academic Earth was to make educational resources from leading universities more accessible to people around the globe," said founder Richard Ludlow, "we've been thrilled to see the site experience such rapid growth, especially from international users."
The site's visitors have been drawn to content in a wide variety of fields. The top 10 most visited lectures include Princeton's Alan Blinder speaking on the Origins of the Financial Mess, MIT's Walter Lewin's opening lecture to his introductory Physics course, Yale Professor Shelly Kagan discussing the philosophy of death, and even Berkeley's Alan Feng teaching strategy for the popular computer game Starcraft.
As would be expected in this economic environment, many visitors have made use of the site's resources in fields related to job skills; the top 5 most viewed subjects have been Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Mathematics, and Engineering.