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  • cqwww 1:26 am on January 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , learning, ,   

    Free education online 

    I posted a couple days ago, a list of free university course aggregators. I’ve had several people contact me with individual sites (such as MIT Open CourseWare), which wasn’t the intent of the original post. I’ve started to compile a list of popular free online education resources, but user Fletch71011 just posted a pretty good list on reddit. I’ve included his and have added many others:

    No Excuse List – Includes sources for everything you can want. I included some more popular ones with brief write-ups below. Credit to /u/lix2333.

    Reddit Resources – Reddit’s List of the best online education sources

    Khan Academy – Educational organization and a website created by Bangladeshi-American educator Salman Khan, a graduate of MIT and Harvard Business School. The website supplies a free online collection of micro lectures stored on YouTube teaching mathematics, history, healthcare and medicine, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, economics, cosmology, organic chemistry, American civics, art history, macroeconomics, microeconomics, and computer science.

    Coursera – Coursera partners with various universities and makes a few of their courses available online free for a large audience. Founded by computer science professors, so again a heavy CS emphasis.

    Wolfram Alpha – Online service that answers factual queries directly by computing the answer from structured data, rather than providing a list of documents or web pages that might contain the answer as a search engine might. Unbelievable what this thing can compute; you can ask it near anything and find an answer.

    Udacity – Outgrowth of free computer science classes offered in 2011 through Stanford University. Plans to offer more, but concentrated on computer science for now.

    MIT OpenCourseWare – Initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to put all of the educational materials from its undergraduate- and graduate-level courses online, partly free and openly available to anyone, anywhere.

    Open Yale Courses – Provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University.

    Codecademy – Online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in programming languages like Python, JavaScript, and Ruby, as well as markup languages including HTML and CSS. Gives your points and “level ups” like a video game, which is why I enjoyed doing classes here. Not lecture-oriented either; usually just jump right into coding, which works best for those that have trouble paying attention.

    Think Tutorial – Database of simple, easy to follow tutorials covering all aspects of popular computing. Includes lots of easier, basic tasks for your every day questions or new users.

    Duolingo – For all of your language learning needs.

    Memrise – Online learning tool that uses flashcards augmented with mnemonics—partly gathered through crowdsourcing—and the spacing effect to boost the speed and ease of learning. Several languages available to learn.

    Livemocha – Commercial online language learning community boasting 12 million members which provides instructional materials in 38 languages and a platform for speakers to interact with and help each other learn new languages.

    edX – Massive open online course platform founded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University to offer online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines to a worldwide audience at no charge. Many other universities now take part in it, including Cal Berkeley. Differs from most of these by including “due dates” with assignments and grades.

    Education portal – Free courses which allow you to pass exams to earn real college credit.

    uReddit – Made by Redditors for other Redditors. Tons of different topics, varying from things like science and art to Starcraft strategy.

    iTunes U – Podcasts from a variety of places including universities and colleges on various subjects.

    Stack Exchange – Group of question and answer websites on topics in many different fields, each website covering a specific topic, where questions, answers, and users are subject to a reputation award process. Stack Overflow is used for programming, probably their most famous topic. Self-moderated with reputation similar to Reddit.

    Wikipedia – Collaboratively edited, multilingual, free Internet encyclopedia. Much better source than most people give it credit for, and great for random learning whenever you need it. For those looking for more legit sources for papers and such, it is usually easy to jump to a Wikipedia page and grab some sources at the bottom.

    Wikiversity Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resourceslearning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning. We invite teachersstudents, and researchers to join us in creating open educational resources and collaborative learning communities. To learn more about Wikiversity, try a guided tour or start editing now.

    Open Culture – Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It’s all free. It’s all enriching. But it’s also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high quality content whenever and wherever you want it. Free audio booksfree online coursesfree moviesfree language lessonsfree ebooks and other enriching content — it’s all here. Open Culture was founded in 2006.

    Various Youtube series – 
    Vsauce,
    Vihart
    numberphile
    DeepSkyVideos
    destinws2,
    Numberphile,
    MinutePhysics,
    Veritasium,
    CrashCourse,
    Sixtysymbols,
    Scishow,
    Smarter Every Day,
    ASAPScience,
    PeriodicVideos

    If you know of any more, let me know and I may add it!

     

     
    • Scott Leslie 12:02 pm on January 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      At my old job (which I just left in December) I built a constrained search engine to search both “open educational resources” and “open textbook” sites – the site is http://freelearning.ca/

      The origins of this was an experiment I did in wiki-driven constrained search engines that can be found at http://edtechpost.wikispaces.com/OER+Dynamic+Search+Engine where you can see many of the individual sites housing these learning materials.

      There is a metric buttload of stuff out there (this was literally my main job for the past 8 years – helping formal education openly share and reuse online learning materials.) But I appreciate this post as it doesn’t draw such a rigid (and imaginary) line between formal and informal sources for this material. I also appreciate it because it is fantastic to finally see people outside the echo chamber of education find and use these resources.

      Cheers, Scott

    • Davis Bashinelli 3:06 am on April 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Art lessons will help enhance your kid s imaginative side. Children who are subjected to the humanities at an early age have high self-esteem and incredibly expressive. The arts may help create their psychological and emotional development.

    • cqwww 3:20 pm on October 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

  • cqwww 8:45 pm on January 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: degree, edu, , edx, , learning, massive, massive open online courses, MOOC, , ,   

    Free university courses 

    I mentioned in August 2011 that Stanford started offering free university courses online for free. It’s really exciting to see this trend spreading, most notably with the creation of edx.org which is a project launched in 2012 by some of the top American Universities. If you’re looking at a move into computer science or programming, here’s a list of free, university level computer classes starting this month. The same person who built this list has created a website called Class Central that lists many free Massive open online courses (MOOC) in all subject areas.

    Here’s the list I’ve compiled so far, which seems to be the most definitive as of writing this:

    If you know any other aggregators I can add, let me know!

     
    • Hermann 10:27 am on January 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Kris,
      Thanks for summarizing this. I just saw an article in the Boulevard Magazine about exactly this topic. They listed the following institutions to get lots of free courses online:
      – coursera.org
      – iTunes U (in iTunes Store)
      – khanacademy.org
      – openculture.com
      – wikiversity.org

      Cheers,
      Hermann

  • cqwww 10:43 pm on August 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: computer science, engineering, , global, learn, learning, , Stanford, student, study, uni,   

    Free online courses from Stanford starting fall 2011 

    Stanford University is offering three free classes this fall, no matter where you’re geographically located. You can sign up for Introduction to Databases, Machine Learning and/or Introduction to Artificial Intelligence. Almost 60, 000 people have signed up for the AI class already! I look forward to studying with you!

     
    • sealove 10:59 am on October 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      This is so great. I’m looking forward to getting out of school so that I have time to enjoy school.

  • cqwww 7:45 pm on February 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , hacking, hardware, lab, learning, maker faire, ,   

    File -> Print -> Laser 

    Turns out that is one of the options you have when participating in Victoria’s Makerspace. I drove out today to the AGM, where it was also an open house and demonstration day. As I drove up, I knew I was at the right place:

    my favourite tool of the day was the laser cutter:

    which seems to be able to print most vector image files. In software, you simply choose File -> Print -> Laser and away it goes!

    You can use this to etch or cut just about any material you can think of. Embed an image into your smartphone, or even marble. Cut glass, make a wooden business card, the options are endless! I even had a lesson on how to stick weld, and after several tries, I got the hang of it!

    If you’re into tinkering, learning or hacking hardware, you definitely want to check out http://www.makerspace.ca

     
    • Rebecca - TEDxUVic 9:12 am on March 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hello! I’m hosting TEDxUVic and Makerspace is representing themselves at my event. By chance may I use the first picture (the one with the lightbulb on the sign) in a powerpoint presentation? Credit will be given as credit is obviously due!

      Thanks and have a great day

      Rebecca

      • Derekja 7:05 am on March 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        hi Rebecca, you bet! I owe you a mail confirming that I’ll still be there, btw. I’ll send that momentarily. Thanks!

        –Derek

  • cqwww 5:01 pm on January 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: certifications, , growth, learning, self development   

    New years resolution? Get some new wallpaper! 

    About 7 years ago I got my Canadian amateur radio certificate, and discovered the world of ham radio awards and contests. In Canada, there are over 50 awards in amateur radio one can receive. When you get one, you receive a certificate for your wall, often referred to by the community as “wallpaper”. Fast forward a few years later, and I was thinking a lot about self-development, and how in life I always want to continue learning. I decided that every quarter (a term often used in business; Q1 is Jan-Mar, Q2 Apr-Jun etc) I will get myself a new certificate in something, anything. The newer the subject is to me, the better. Over time, I would really have enough certificates perhaps I could use them as wallpaper. But really it isn’t about the wallpaper, but the learning and personal growth.

    I’m now several years into this, and I don’t plan on stopping. While I’m doing this for myself, to give you an idea, I’ve since taken Certified Financial Planning, Mandarin classes, become a Reverend, got my advanced amateur radio certification, and  in Q4 2010, having never even thought about diving I found myself obtaining not only my open water scuba certificate, I went on to get my adventure and advanced open water certificate as well! This is very personally rewarding, and I highly recommend it.

    Last fall my friend Collin created a Weekly Self-Development challenge group on Facebook that might also interest you. If this post encourages you to try something new, I’d love to hear from you about any certificates you obtain as a result! Not only to know this has had an affect on someone, but it might give me an idea for my next certificate!

     
    • Bruna 6:02 pm on January 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! You never cease to amaze and inspire me! I wish I had a fraction of your motivation.

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