I’ve recently been looking at some of the online tutorials that are now available for staff at MMU through the educational platform lynda.com. There’s nothing groundbreaking here though I have been enjoying the workshops on photography.
But why only staff? I’m not a fan of this differential in a learning community when it comes to resources; a little bit like saying a couple of floors of the library books are reserved for staff only. So, in a spirit of open learning, here are seven freely accessible online education sites that will expand the minds and spirits of staff, students and anyone in-between or beyond. Lynda, you’ve got competition!
Academic Earth was launched on the premise that everyone deserves access to a world-class education. In 2009, we built the first collection of free online college courses from the world’s top universities. The world of open education has exploded since then, so today our curated lists of online courses are hand selected by our staff to show you the very best offerings by subject area. We also make sure there is something for everyone: whether you want to explore a new topic or advance in your current field, we bring the amazing world of academia to you for free.
The Khan Academy
Starting out as free Youtube video collection to help with school maths homework – it’s now much, much more.
The School of Open
a global community of volunteers providing free online courses, face-to-face workshops, and innovative training programs on the meaning, application, and impact of “openness” in the digital age. Learn how to add a Creative Commons license to your work, find free resources for classroom use, open up your research, remix a music video, and more!
What happens when classroom teachers from every country in the world take part in a global community of sharing curriculum and best practices? Teachers are empowered to create extraordinary learning experiences for their students. Barriers to equal access to education begin to lift—geography and politics become immaterial. And the economy benefits from a highly educated population. That’s why we founded Curriki, a nonprofit K-12 global community for teachers, students, and parents to create, share, and find free learning resources that enable true personalized learning.
The School of Life Library
Here you will find a selection of ideas, thoughts and further resources arranged around the themes covered in our programme. Read our latest blog posts, get reading recommendations from our faculty, browse photos of recent events or watch past sessions online. You can browse by type of resource, or by subject. Simply click on a shelf heading to explore a range of items on that topic.
Lots of language learning exercises here including voice recognition input – great for vocabulary work and practicing pronunciation – but little in the way of conversation. Try a holiday for that!
There are over 300 self-paced courses here in everything from chemistry to social work. Worth a browse. There are also forums where you can talk to others on the course you’re studying – something that few of the other sites offer.