The Floating University

Usage of Copyrighted Floating University Materials

The Floating University provides the lecture materials for the Great Big Ideas course free of charge to individual learners and to legitimate institutions of higher education worldwide.

All Floating University materials, however, are copyright of the Floating University, including but not limited to lecture videos, syllabi, and supplementary materials.

As such, no third parties, either commercial or noncommercial, are allowed to host any Floating University materials on private or public websites. Any use of Floating University curriculum must direct students to, where they may watch lecture videos and make use of supplementary materials.

Individual, corporate, and educational users are not allowed to alter the content of lecture videos in any way. Video content may not be downloaded, captured, hosted, edited, remixed, recut, shortened, or overlayed in any fashion.

Floating University lecture videos contain content copyrighted by third parties such as Getty Images, and infringement upon the above stated usage rules will also violate agreements with all applicable third parties, and open the violator(s) up to legal action by both the Floating University and the owners of licensed media content featured in Floating University lecture videos.

Any listing of Floating University curriculum for college credit, training, or recreation must be accompanied by the follow statement, featured prominently: “All Floating University content is available for free at”

Any institution or person(s) using Floating University curriculum for training, educational, or recreational purposes may NOT:

  • -Claim the endorsement of the Floating University or any of lecturers featured in Floating University lecture videos or use any logos or branding from the Floating University or its lecturers. -List lecturers featured in Floating University lecture videos as members of the faculty of any other institutions than those cited in the lecture videos and on the Floating University website.
  • -Claim the endorsement of Harvard University, Yale University, or Bard College, or use any logos or branding from those institutions.
  • -Sell advertisements, sponsorships, or promotions based on copyrighted Floating University materials or the images or copyrighted materials of any Floating University lecturers.
  • -Use the Floating University website ( or any part thereof) or any related services for any commercial use or purpose, it being understood that the Website and related services are intended for personal, non-commercial use only.
  • -Reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble or otherwise attempt to discover the source code of the website or any part thereof, except and only to the extent that such activity is expressly permitted by applicable law notwithstanding this limitation.
Please click here for the complete Terms of Use of the Floating University.


The spirit of the Floating University is to democratize access to higher education for all. As such, all material on our website is available free of charge.

We do, however, allow and encourage legitimate and accredited universities and colleges to use our lecture videos and supplementary materials with enrolled students. Understand that all Floating University materials are free of charge, and you may only be charged for earning credits toward graduation according to the rules and standards of your institution. For instance, you might take the Great Big Ideas course as an independent study course, and receive credit toward graduation. Any fees associated with such a course of study can only be for normal credit fees or tuition according to the rules of your college or university.

Because of the open nature of Floating University curriculum, we are unfortunately unable to universally monitor the use of our materials by third party institutions. Diploma mills are a persistent problem, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that any credit fees or tuition paid are directed toward an legitimate, accredited institution of higher learning.

The U.S. Department of Accreditation provides online resources to identify legitimately accredited colleges and universities within the United States. Learn more about accreditation here:

For a partial list of known or suspected diploma mills and illegitimate accreditation agencies, see the following link: