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University of Oklahoma launches website offering lectures on American government

The University of Oklahoma plans to launch a new website, freedom.ou.edu, on Tuesday. The site 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.
by Silas Allen Published: October 2, 2012
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That event featured speakers who gave lectures that were limited to 18 minutes. Croom, who curated the event, said that style of short, high-impact lecture lends itself well to online media.

Kyle Harper, director of the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage, said the site will help the institute fulfill its public outreach role.

OU President David Boren established the institute in 2009. Since then, the institute has created about 30 courses in subjects related to American government, Harper said. He recently gave a presentation about the institute at an OU Alumni Association event in Dallas, and several people in attendance said they were sorry the institute didn't exist when they were in school.

The site offers a way for the institute to reach those people, he said. Universities tend to deliver a different kind of content than other media, such as television, he said, and many alumni and other Oklahomans are interested in that kind of content.

“I'm thinking of this as a kind of extended campus,” he said. “There's a demand for this. People are eager to continue learning.”