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Learn while you watch with 'The Great Courses'

Posted: 5:54 PM, Oct 01, 2015
Updated: 2015-10-01 18:54:31-04

Forget “House of Cards” or “Breaking Bad,” now there's something new to binge-watch - five thousand video lessons from the nation's top college professors -- a sort of Netflix of learning.

"You can take it with you. It's portable. You can watch it at home on your TV or you can watch this on the go with your iPad," said Ed Leon, the Chief Brand Officer for the streaming service called The Great Courses.

Leon believes there are many people who crave knowledge, but they don't want to go back to college.

"They're indulging their curiosity," said Leon. "They're exploring their intellectual passions. They're broadening their horizons all on a video platform that's unlimited and totally on demand."

The courses cover hundreds of subjects from history to cooking to ethics. University of Missouri Kansas City ethics and business professor Clancy Martin taped one course for the program.

"When I hear from people who listen to The Great Courses or watch The Great Courses, that's what they're saying is that it feels so good to be in college again, and that's rewarding for a professor," said Martin.

It's a chance to learn for those crave more than just entertainment.

"I don't think it's going to be a revolution, but I think it's going to be a nice addition to what's available for people who've got a little free time," said Martin.

The Great Courses costs about $50 per month, but that goes down to $30 per month if you sign up for a year.

To sign up, visit http://www.thegreatcourses.com/ .

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Justin Wilfon can be reached at justin.wilfon@kshb.com .

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