A new University of Oklahoma program designed to expand the university's reach into Web-based content debuts Tuesday when OU launches freedom.ou.edu.
The website will offer free video lectures on topics dealing with American government and constitutional law, produced through the university's Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage.
The lectures will be available to the general public, free of charge, said Adam Croom, the project's manager. Croom said he hopes to see the lectures be used in American history and civics classrooms.
The courses differ from another model of online, noncredit courses that has received attention recently. Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, have grown in popularity since Stanford University pioneered the concept last year. In those courses, students must sign up to take a class, which may include discussion forums, quizzes and team projects.