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Unlocking the Gates by Taylor Walsh, William G. Bowen

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A GRASSROOTS INITIATIVE:WEBCAST.BERKELEY

When UC Berkeley professor Lawrence A. Rowe began webcasting his courses in the 1990s, his intention was not to create a university-wide digital dissemination effort. But what began as a proof-of-concept for an individual professor’s research interests in internet video has since evolved into webcast.berkeley, a campus-based initiative offering audio or video recordings of nearly 550 courses by the spring of 2010.

Berkeley has undertaken the webcast initiative almost entirely without the aid of external funding from foundations or other partners. The initiative has a tight budget and small staff but strong ambitions to achieve scale, resulting in a production process focused on efficiency. webcast.berkeley’s ...

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