Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Faculty Project - Free Courses from University Professors

Udemy, an online course hosting service that I've previously written about, recently launched a new project called The Faculty Project. The Faculty Project is a series of free online courses developed by professors from top-notch universities including Northwestern, Dartmouth, and Vassar. The courses will be conducted through Udemy's platform of video, slides, and PDFs. While it's not clear if the professors will or will not be checking-in on the courses, there are discussion boards for students in each course to correspond with each other.

The current course offerings are:
Modern China
The Economics of Energy and the Environment
Ancient Greek Religion
Perspectives on Contemporary American Democracy
Foundations of Business Strategy
The United States Constitution
Operations Management
Cognitive Neuroscience of Mindfulness
A History of Water and Humans
Foundations of Public Health

Applications for Education
One of the things that I love about the growth of open, online courses is that high school students with an interest in a topic that isn't taught in their schools, can pursue and investigate that interest on their own while getting a little sense of materials they might encounter in college.

Week in Review - The New Desk Edition

Good morning from Maine where I'm using the new workspace that I set up this week. The "some assembly required" aspect of the new desk confirmed that although I enjoy watching This Old House, I will never be mistaken for Norm Abram. I do, however, find my posture while typing to be much improved now that I'm not working from a coffee table, my kitchen table, or my lap. Perhaps my improved posture will increase my blogging productivity too.

As I do every Saturday morning, I've compiled a list of the week's most-read posts. Before I jump to the list I just want to say thank you for your continued support of Free Technology for Teachers. Because of all of the sharing of the content here that so many of you do, Free Technology for Teachers now has nearly 43,000 subscribers.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Video - Create a Collaborative Digital Writing Portfolio
2. A Pearltree of Free Technology for Teachers
3. Free Download - Ten Digital Storytelling Projects
4. Get Out the Crayons! It's Time to Doodle for Google Again
5. gText - Free Group Text Messaging
6. Videos - Primary Elections and Gerrymandering Explained
7. Five Tools to Help You Schedule Meetings

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