The Modern Scholar: Odyssey of the West IV : Toward Enlightenment by Timothy B. ShuttThe Odyssey of the West series addresses in chronological sequence the works that have shaped the ongoing development of Western thought both in its own right and in cultural dialogue with other traditions. Part four provides a close look at the period from the Renaissance to the scientific revolution and into the early Enlightenment. These lectures take in the immense variety and singular achievements that have helped mold our present societies.
Teaching Company vs Modern Scholar
I've compiled a full wikified list of TTC professors that had courses in print as of May 7, , but only put those into the article that already have articles. Sandstein , 7 May UTC. I have a list of courses, but i am not sure if this should be incorporated. I removed the course list from the article. The company is offering new courses every month and they have a web site which lists them - there is no reasons to repeat that list here, which will soon be out of date anyway. In fact the list of teachers should be converted into a category, and the list from the article removed as well..
But at first glance, they seem to offer many of the same components that you would find in other MOOC providers. Another interesting option is Udemy which, unlike companies such as Coursera, EdX, or Udacity, allows anyone to post their own course and add whatever lectures and other content they like. A fair number of their courses would probably fall into the category of online training, similar to what you would find from companies such as the popular Lynda. Udemy gives their contributors the option to charge for courses with course fees shared with the platform provider , but a fair number of their humanities and social sciences courses are available at no cost. The reason I include them and their main competitor Modern Scholar, offered via Recorded Books as a free option is that a large percentage of their material can be borrowed from public libraries. But like iTunes U , these two options offer access to a wealth of traditional lecture content on a wide range of subjects. And like iTunes U lecture-only offerings, there is nothing stopping me or anyone else from creating my own reading list to accompany any of these classes although large survey classes — like one I just completed on the Modern Intellectual Tradition — are challenging with regard to knowing where to start.
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I have pimped the Teaching Company now called the Great Courses for years on this blog. I have done over 20 courses, and am nearly addicted to their offerings. Nothing bums we out more than to read their catalog and find nothing new I want, except when that happens I order something random I don't think I want and usually love it. I listen to music a lot less than I used to because I often have a Great Course on my mp3 player instead. Via Econlog comes a great article about the Great Courses , and make me feel a bit better that I am not alone in my obsession.
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