science lectures on video

Today Wednesday, Oct 3 the Wired Science Series premieres at 8 p.m. (east coast time?) on PBS. I am usually not announcing new TV shows on this blog, but looking at wired in general i think it will probably be a nice show which deserves more attention.
Among others the Wired Science show is intended for teachers in order to “electrify Science & Tech Instruction”. So if you have access to PBS hurry up, since as I understood the archived online versions are not free (?).

Moreover I would like to use this announcement as an introduction to a pledge for some help from you – the anonymous reader.

I am currently searching the net for sites which collect science video lectures (in english and/or german) that are ranging from school to graduate university level.

It may be the case that I will talk about this more in the future and I eventually even may set up a wiki for discussing the structuring of contents in science video lectures and their readability (e.g. on a mobile phone).(->here a funny lumberjack-style video on teachertube of how to collaborate on a wiki…:)). (->here also an art link where Aram Bartholl is critically investigating collaboration on second life in an upcoming art workshop/exhibition)

It may be even necessary for me to set up again an LMS as I once did (where I used Moodle which I still find recommendable) in order to have the possibility not only to collaborate but also to organize content in a content management system (CMS). But I am not sure about this yet, plus it seems there are subtle differences between an LMS and an LCMS, which I havent yet fully grasped. Or in other words – the open source Moodle has a small CMS (which is actually codevelopped by a mathematical physicist) and hence – as I understand – it could be used for the purpose of an LCMS (is it thus a “weak” LCMS?). There is an upcoming conference on this issue, which I won’t attend as it currently looks like.

So for the time being – I kindly ask you to supplement my below list by any means of communication.

Thanks in advance!

here comes the list:

there is the traditional

with commercial high quality college level videolectures.

Via Sabine Hossenfelder who links to this comprehensive list (via slashdot) I found the following college and graduate level video lecture sites:


youtube kind lectures but SciVee allows only the upload of movies associated with papers published in Open Access Journals. It allows scientists to communicate their work as a multimedia presentation incorporated with the content of their published article. Other scientists can freely view uploaded presentations and engage in virtual discussions with the author and other viewers. SciVee also facilitates the creation of communities around specific articles and keywords. Use this medium to meet peers and future collaborators that share your particular research interests.
collaboration of The Public Library of Science (PLoS), The National Science Foundation (NSF) and The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC)

JOVE – journal of visualized experiments:

refereed journal, all the videos accepted are grouped into Issues, they get DOI can cite them.

youtube kind lectures mostly biologyexperiments:

people freely upload the videos which are subsequently rated and commented on by users.


youtube kind site


sofar only a bio preprint server a la arxiv but apparently they are likely to include videolectures in the future?

SCIENCEHACK: is quality controlled searchengine for science videos:
every science video on ScienceHack is screened by a scientist to verify its accuracy and quality


site which filters sciencevideo links

-Since the filtering mechanisms of e.g. youtube and google video are not so helpful in assessing the quality of science videos it seems that there are more and more sites who dedicate themselves to filter the channels and to curate their own findings, like the already above mentioned scitalks. In addition to scitalks I found these two science video filters:


a site filtering science videos which is apparently run by a latvian physics/computer science student

FREEVIDEOLECTURES: acts also as a filter. I found no owner (no about)

-Concerning videos on the school level I found:


Is a kind of “YouTube” for educators and students. The video-sharing community is devoted to clips that showcase lessons, school events, and student projects. clips are searchable by keyword and divided into channels by subject. schools and individual teachers can create their own channels for their content. All the clips can be rated and commented on by viewers, and each clip comes with embed codes in case you want to insert it into your own website or blog. The service is free with registration, and that includes access to download the clips for your computer or Pod Video.

(added on 20.1.08)
At these place one could also mention the science channel on HOWSTUFFWORKS if one forgets about the supernatural science link and the to many commercials

no video portal as such but a site on the use of video in schools (in german)
(in particular it hosts a nice list of links to chemistry experiments on the web)

Of course one should mention the video lectures, which become more and more a supplement to ordinary classes, like the famous
MIT open courseware or the UC BERKELEY lectures. A quite comprehensive list of other (US american) schools can be found on lifehacker.

(added on 9.1.08)
another overview about free online courses can be found at the EDUCATION PORTAL

British open university has a long tradition of implementing multimedia into their classes:
They are quite expensive, but as apparently “an alternative to buying video cassettes of these programmes, educational establishments and companies in the UK and Eire may legally record and use them in their teaching or training if they are members of The Open University Licensed Off-Air Recording Scheme”.(?)(where I am not sure what this means?) Open University television programmes are regularly broadcast on BBC2 (website). They provide a prime division of director cuts.

(added on 20.1.08)
There is a interesting project of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical physics called PIRSA which hands out a unique and permanent PIRSA number and which includes presentation slides, transparencies, or black board notes and figures but which unfortunately doesnt seem to link recordings to the corresponding articles on the arxiv.

It is also not clear to me how much of this videolecture service is meant as an additional workload to the lecturer? (via sabine)

There are also more and more conference videos, like e.g. the
TED talks but it would be too much to list all conference videos (:)), likewise their is a growing number of science videos by science societies like the royalsociety (unfortunately the video player technology didnt work properly) . Noteworthy are also the video discussions about important scientific issues like on which makes the world thinking.

(added on 22.9.10)
“A collection of online degrees and video courses from leading universities”.

(added on 26.9.10)
“The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, anywhere”. It just received funding from Google.

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