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The Great Courses brings the world’s greatest professors to millions who want to go deeper on the subjects that interest them most. No exams. No homework. No schedule. Just a world of knowledge available anytime, anywhere, via audio OR video. Use this app to:

• View free audio and video lectures from our most popular courses
• Stream any course you have purchased (Internet connection required)
• Download your lectures to enjoy later when not connected
• Access course guidebooks (included with most courses)
• Manage your stored audio/video lectures

Your Digital Library includes digital editions purchased directly from The Great Courses, and does not include courses purchased from other retailers.

What's New in Version 4.2

Improvements to video and audio playback, including the ability to skip forward or back 10 seconds at a time.
Support for AirPlay
Stream to Chromecast
Look for more enhancements throughout 2016 and please keep the suggestions coming to us at


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Customer Reviews

Splendid and Generous App

I have been an enthusiastic student of GC courses for several years and have a couple shelves of them. (I'm a college professor, so I'm an easy target.) It is a terrific development to be able to buy them directly in streaming format or on disks, and EVEN to have streaming rights to courses already purchased (back to my very first one!). Sometimes I listen to the audio ones with earphones, sometimes with Bluetooth speakers or from disks in the car. Sometimes I watch video ones on a nook or an iPad or from the disks on the TV or via Apple TV. Et cetera. There is even a choice to download lectures for use without wi-fi. The content is normally excellent, the format is convenient, and the technical stuff is pretty much glitch free and easy to use. The courses are not cheap, but quality is unusually high, and the generous range of access options leaves a person feeling very content with each purchase. It is clearly a quality product. (To avoid sounding uncritical, I should say that I did once return a course that struck me as substandard. The Teaching Company was quick to refund the price of it.)

Teaching Company certainly teaches me

I now have 82 Teaching Company courses, having switched to the digital download format a year ago, and to the subscription service as soon as it became available. My library is quite eclectic, covering enough breadth to make a Humanities department advisor proud. I volunteer as an instructor in the local community college senior program and these courses are a valuable source of information for my Health Care Issues Discussion group class.

If you prefer to broaden your mind with something other than mindless sports and (un)reality broadcasts and incessant talking by people who have little clue, then give the courses a try. I doubt you will regret the education they provide.

However, I would caution you that when you look at courses that provide health related information, do your home work. For example, the course NUTRITION MADE CLEAR is a course that is horribly biased toward low fat nutrition and is demonstrably false and deceptive in its review of low carb nutrition, especially Lecture 23. Buyer beware if you follow the advice in this course.

Not Just For Nerds

Although I am considered a nerd by every single person I know, I embrace the sometimes negative connotation and I commit to the tittle. I'm truly not a Nerd. I'm simply someone who is incredibly curious, and learning about a subject in a unique and very personal way is something I crave. I don't share what I learn unless asked, and I'm not "that guy" who goes to parties and blabs about my understanding of The Cycles of American Political Thought, Argumentation or Economics. Mainly because I'm no longer invited to parties so that's rectified that annoying behavior to some degree. No worries, more time to invest in attempting to wrap my head around Understanding Complexity and Existentialism: No Excuses.
My point is, I absolutely love TGC and their product and service is solid. The self taught economist inside me agrees that they provide a product and service that's worth more to me than the money I give them in exchange.

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