efore there was an Internet I was a big fan of audio courses produced by The Teaching Company. During my commute, I would put a course about Shakespeare say, or Renaissance politics in my car’s CD player, and I could even enjoy being stuck in traffic.
These days, I can get my fix of university lectures via podcast. And that has to be doing bad things for The Teaching Company’s business plan. But they have opted to take advantage of the podcast medium and are offering their own lecture podcast on iTunes. These are not complete courses, but lectures, or short lecture series, on a particular topic. The quality, like their full courses, is very high.
Recent offerings have included:
- Ancient Origins of the Olympic Games
- Fact and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code
- The Search for What Killed the Dinosaurs
By the way, many public libraries stock Teaching Company CDs and DVDs.