Here is the e-learning centre guide to free elearning content resources
This is a list of Open Learning resources in alphabetical order.
Apple – i-tunes U
A potential game changer from Apple, providing a large number of learning resources to be delivered through their devices and offering one of the world’s largest libraries of e-learning content from universities and museums etc….
Teachers can create their own content that can be distributed privately for their students, and now with a publishing toolkit as well.
With the i-pad attracting such interest and excitement in the education market, and with more and more institutions considering equipping students with i-pads, this learning platform will become very influential.
The content is aimed principally at the Higher education end of the market, but we are convinced it will evolve and the offer will percolate down into all levels of education.
A new and very sophisticated way of delivering content (open and chargeable) to the schools education market. The technology behind this solution is particularly impressive, and the indexing of the content offered and its alignment to the curriculum is very effective in really bringing e-learning content to the classroom.
Representing 16 Universities, mainkly in the US, but including the University of Toronto, the University of Edinburgh, and Swiss bases ecole Polytechnique federale de Lausanne, provides open access to a range of courses across 17 topic areas.
Sites like these will without doubt change the face of Higher Education, and are partially responses to the growing indebtedness of many students in the USA, as well as extending reach and innovation to Higher Education.
Not strictly and MOOC or an open content resource, but more of an enabler of the market moving forward. In their own words:
“Get credit for your education—all of it. Whether it is more or less than a 4-year degree, Degreed gives you the way to have your education validated and enables you to unlock relevant employment and educational opportunities.
Your Degreed Score quantifies your lifelong education by both credit hours and mastery levels. Build your Degreed Score overall and in each academic discipline.”
You can join up the open content and MOOCs and get a qualification that you design, and Degreed credit….cool!
Flexible pricing model
Discover Business has just published a guide, written by Prof. Dennis Masino and Jackie Giuliano, Ph.D, titled ‘How to Study and Learn Effectively’ which covers the following topics:
- 5 Note Taking and Learning Methods
- Different Types of Note Taking Software
- How to Improve Reading Comprehension
- 6 Memorization Techniques
This is a really well written and well laid-out guide which will help students using any form of learning. Here’s an excerpt from the first section on note taking:
“Though it may seem simple to learn “by osmosis,” just letting ideas wash over you isn’t an effective way to absorb and retain information. You need to stay actively engaged to learn. Whether you’re wondering how to study in college or how to retain information from a business presentation, note-taking is key.”
Ed Ted from TED
Following on from the hugely successful TED Talks comes TED ED, covering a range of topics – Arts, Business, Design Engineering and Technology, Health, literature and language, mathematics, Philosophy and religion, Psychology, Science and Technology, Social Studies, Thinking and learning. Take a look at the TED Flip and the principles of design of these animated videos. Do note that they do not align to any curriculum, but they are really well done!
Launched in 2012 to huge excitement, this collaboration from initially US Universities MIT, Harvard and now Berkeley at the University of California as well. This open learning resource is another potential game changer to the way universities now supply learning….that much of the learning materials is becoming freely available is quite significant….I guess as cynic would say you pay for the assessment (exams) and in the final analysis a certificate that says you actually have the qualification
The Khan Academy
The KHAN academy – “SKV” is now shorthand (after the founders initials) for an educational video, and this is an exceptional learning resource addressing a wide range of topics with over 3000 videos to date on the site, all provided absolutely free.
The Learn List
Not quite what you think……this is aimed fully at the creatives….it is full of links and resources to sites such as Adobe and others.
This very interesting site has a strong community orientation focus:
To quote: “So with our community we’re building a kind of multimedia wonderland of learning, where videos, audio, usage, mnemonics, eymologies and much more bring your learning to life.
We believe that every learner is partly a teacher, and we hope that once you get started, you’ll soon be supplying little nuggets of wit and wisdom to help the rest of the community as they learn!”
So you can create your own courses!
They go on to say…..”We want to reinvent the way people learn. We want to make learning as easy and fun as it can be, using the best technology and science around. We want to take learning out of the classroom and turn it into play. Our dream is for Memrise to be a self-generating hub of imaginative learning that improves and expands with the people who use it. Until then, we’re working hard to make it better every day.”
The principle focus appears to be on language training, and there are many language courses indeed. There is also an eclectic range of other topics to choose from, ranging from History and Geography to Sports Trivia and Stock Tickers!
The Guardian also provides its Wall Chart series for this site.
How and to what curriculums or levels of learning the content is aligned to is not too clear, but a great resource underscored by solid learning science.
This is content aggregation and content organisation resource…to quote them “Seeded from this frustration and fuelled with the mission to change the way people access and learn from Internet content, MentorMob is bringing sense to all of this disorganization of valuable information. We also know that for every great article or video on the Internet there are 100,000 terrible ones to beat it to the top of the search engine results.”
So true, and this resource addresses one of the key issues facing the new generation of open learning resources….- how do we know what to trust….for those of you familiar with Professor Mitra’s “Hole in the Wall” project, Mitra, when speaking at an event organised in Leeds by Webanywhere outlining his SOLE (Self Organised Learning Environment) highlighted the need to educate learners in what to trust and believe.
So this resource supports to an extent the retrieval of relevant and trusted content and allows you to create and edit your own play lists. Nice concept.
Online college classes
At Online College Classes you will find e-learning resources offered by some of the finest educational institutions in the world in an exceptionally large variety of academic disciplines and topics. We want to help people realize their potential through eye-opening lecture series, online college courses, open courseware, online university texts and a plethora of informative multimedia.
Online College Classes is dedicated to bringing premium quality education to everybody who is interested in learning. Understanding that not everyone has the time and money to experience an Ivy League education, we have collected outstanding resources for self-improvement that are readily available. We strive to provide the best that the Internet has to offer in one comprehensive collection.
With over 500 courses this is a free and comprehensive resource that is a collection of open college course that spans videos, audio lectures, and notes given by professors at Harvard, Princeton and MIT. It offers highly relevant courses such as iPhone Application Development from Stanford and Cyber Humor from Oxford. This is something we believe to be a wonderful resource for those looking to explore additional educational topics and to see what college level course has to offer.
This is a web based learning resource aggregation site managed by Dan Colman, with a huge range of free resources to choose from.
How Dan keeps up with this I do not know, as this is a wonderful resource in the truest sense of the word!
PresentationTube is a fantastic free – open elearning video based resource!
“PresentationTube helps teachers, students and business professionals easily produce and share professional and quality elearning video presentations. It offers a free desktop presentation recorder to narrate and annotate PowerPoint slides and synchronize a variety of essential visual aids, including webcam, whiteboard, drawing board, and web browser. PresentationTube platform integrates the recorded elearning video and scrollable slide thumbnails, allowing the audience to move to the respective video content and control both the time and progress of video presentation.”
ROLE (Responsive Open Learning Environments)
Do not be put off by the Euro Speak, this is a very interesting project,
Responsive Open Learning Environments (ROLE) is a European collaborative project with 16 internationally renowned research groups from 6 EU countries and China. ROLE technology is centred around the concept of Self-regulated learning that creates responsible and thinking learners that are able to plan their learning process, search for the resources independently, learn and then reflect on their learning process and progress. Given this task, ROLE´s main objective is to support teachers in developing the open personal learning environments for their students where they can train each of the phases mentioned.
ROLE is currently closing its fourth project year, where our main endeavour is to test and showcase the already operating learning environment and widgets.
The Widgets resources page – providing lots of widgets is a nice resource.
Study Guides and Strategies
Study Guides and Strategies….this site has been going since 1996 and is just full of the most useful stuff, my personal favourite……with it’s very simple but superbly effective guides to support learners and learning, in over 30 languages, a true learning resource, it will support both the student and the teacher….no need to worry about curricullum alignment and the like, the site is all about helping people get the most and succeed with their learning and teaching.
“Statestats provides free web based tool to non profits and the general public aimed at promoting open access to valuable information and learning tools and guides.”
– that makes it pretty clear what they do…..using the Open Course Ware search function it is possible to find the courses that you want.
The higher education world are getting very excited about this concept. More than just an open learning resource, this is all about solving problems and collaboration. Udacity has a huge community of learners and local events worldwide.