Showing posts with label Open Courseware. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Open Courseware. Show all posts

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Design and Development of Educational Technology - An edX Course

Design and Development of Educational Technology is a new edX course starting this fall. The six week course is part of the EdTechX series from the MIT Education Arcade. The course is designed for people who are interested in learning about the history and principles of designing educational technology. The course presents a framework for thinking about the development of educational technology, not the nuts and bolts of building an app or website. The culminating project for the course is to design a Kickstarter style pitch for a new educational technology.

Design and Development of Educational Technology begins on October 8th. You can register here. I am already registered and I hope to see many of you in the course too.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Use SlideRule to Find an Online Course This Summer

SlideRule is a search tool designed to help you find an online course. SlideRule has indexed instructional offerings from nearly one hundred content providers including MIT, Yale, and Stanford. You can search for courses according to subject, topic, and content providers. You can filter results to display only free content. Results can also be filtered to include only the courses that offer video instruction.

Applications for Education
There is not a shortage of institutions offering various online courses this summer. Finding the course that is right for you can take a lot of time if you're just jumping from site to site looking for a course. SlideRule could be helpful in finding a course that you want to take or for finding a course to recommend to your students.

H/T to Lifehacker.

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.

Monday, November 28, 2011

More Free and Open Stanford Courses

Eleven days ago I mentioned a free and open Computer Science 101 course being offered through Stanford University. Today, through Open Culture, I learned that Stanford is offering thirteen other free and open online courses during the spring semester. One of the courses that might be appropriate for high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing college programs in healthcare is an introductory anatomy course. The course description promises quizzes that students can use for self-assessment and self-pacing through the course. You can watch an introduction to the course in the video below.

Applications for Education
Open courses like the above mentioned Stanford courses can be a good way for high school students to further their education before leaving high school and moving on to college. If you're interested in discovering more free and open courses, Open Culture has a list of more than 400 courses organized by content area.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Why Not Take a Course from Yale This Summer? It's Free

Whether it's for professional development or personal enrichment, the summer is when many of us take a course or two. Fortunately, for those of us looking to take a course just for personal growth, Yale (and many other universities) publishes the entire contents of many of their courses online.

Even though you can't get university credits for working through the Open Yale Courses, it's a great way to brush-up on topics that you might be teaching in the fall or learn more about a topic that you have a natural interest in. For example, I don't foresee myself teaching psychology anytime in the near future, nonetheless I'm loading-up my iPod with the lectures from The Psychology, Biology, and Politics of Food. I plan to take in those lectures over the next four weeks as I'm flying from place to place.

Check out the list of 35 courses available through Open Yale Courses and see if there's something new that you want learn about before school starts again in the fall.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

NYU Joins the Open Courseware Movement

For a while now MIT, Yale, Stanford, and other notable universities have offered free access to entire course syllabi, lecture videos, and other materials to the public. Now NYU is getting in on the act too. NYU already had educational videos and podcasts on YouTube and iTunes. But now they're going to offer the entire content of some of their courses. In the current pilot phase, NYU is offering four courses; American Literature I, Introduction to Sociology, Genomes & Diversity, and New York City: A Social History.

H/T to Open Culture who hosts a list of more than 350 open courses.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

MIT OpenCourseWare on Your iPad & iPhone

As I've written in the past MIT's OpenCourseWare is a great place to find lectures, transcripts, notes, outlines, and videos from MIT courses. While you can't get MIT credit or access the professors, through OpenCourseWare you can access the materials from two thousand courses. And as I've just learned through Open Culture, MIT OpenCourseWare can be accessed and downloaded on iPads, iPhones, and on the iPod Touch.

Applications for Education
MIT OpenCourseWare is a great resource for anyone that wants to learn something new on his or her own.  As teachers we sometimes need a refresher on a particular topic or concept, OpenCourseWare courses could provide us with that refresher that we need. And if you have students that are looking to go beyond the content that you offer, don't be afraid to refer them to MIT OpenCourseWare.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Yale Open Course - Civil War & Reconstruction

Here's another great example of the kind of free education that can be found on the web today. Yale University has published all of the lecture videos, the syllabus, and the required texts for Professor David Blight's course Civil War & Reconstruction Era 1845 - 1877. The course can be viewed on YouTube EDU or you can download the video and audio files through Open Yale Courses where you can also find the course syllabus and required readings list.

Embedded below is the introduction to the course.


H/T to Open Culture.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

A Taste of Med School - Stanford Mini Med School

The Stanford School of Medicine has made available three semesters worth of lectures on human biology, health and disease, medical research, and health care. The lectures are available through iTunes, YouTube, and on the Stanford Mini Med School website. Click here for winter term, here for spring term, and here for fall term.

Here's a sample from the Stanford Mini Med School.

Thanks to Open Culture for sharing the word about Stanford Mini Med.

Applications for Education
The Stanford Mini Med School, like other open courses on the web, provide high school students and others with an opportunity to preview the type of content that they'll need to know as they pursue higher education programs. Open courses also give students with an interest in a subject the opportunity to learn about that subject even if his or her school doesn't offer a course that addresses his or her interest.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Yale Open Course - Financial Markets

Through Open Culture I've learned about another free course from Yale. Financial Markets is a twenty-six part course that anyone can access. Videos, slides, and links to reading materials are available for each segment. The final exam complete with solutions also published as a PDF. You can find the entire collection of video lectures here. Embedded below you will find lecture #11 which is about stock markets.


Applications for Education
Most of the content in this course is probably too advanced for the average high school student to comprehend on his or her own. That doesn't mean it couldn't be used in a high school setting. The course materials could be part of an independent study in which you work on an individual, tutoring basis with students who have an interest in economics.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Yale Open Course - Introduction to Psychology
100 Awesome Open Courses
Justice, What's the Right Thing to Do?
COOL - Free Open Course Materials from McGill

Thursday, September 24, 2009

COOL - Free Open Course Materials from McGill

McGill University offers the content of many of their courses for free online. McGill calls their online course content site COOL. COOL offers course materials dating back to the fall 2005 semester through the fall 2009 semester. The bulk of the course offerings are in the sciences.

The COOL course materials include video and audio lecture files as well as slides and other reading materials. COOL offers the video files in variety of formats including MP3, WMV, and MP4. You can also subscribe to courses via iTunes.

Applications for Education
The free access to college course materials made possible by universities like McGill and many others, provide high school students with an opportunity to get a taste of what a college course is like while still in high school. Sampling college courses for free could help students get an idea of what they may want to study in college. The free course offerings can also provide high school teachers with supplemental materials for their classroom instruction.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Yale Open Course - Introduction to Psychology
100 Awesome Open Courses
Justice, What's the Right Thing to Do?

Friday, September 11, 2009

Open Learning Initiative - Great Courses

The Open Learning Initiative offers free high-quality courses created by Carnegie Mellon University. There are courses available in Statistics, Engineering, Science, Economics, French, and more. All of the courses are open to anyone that wants to give the courses a try. Users can create an account to track their progress or users can just jump into the course materials without creating an account.

In addition to offering open learning opportunities to students, the Open Learning Initiative provides instructors with course packages that they can use for free. To explore the free options offered to educators, request an OLI Instructor Account.

Applications for Education
The Open Learning Initiative provides high school students with the opportunity explore their interests and get a sense of what is required by collegiate level courses. If you're school allows you to create independent study opportunities, the OLI instructor resources could be starting place for creating those opportunities.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
100 Awesome Open Courses
Lectures and Courses from Great Universities
Yale Open Courses Added to iTunes

Monday, August 24, 2009

Academic Earth is a Time Top 50 Website

Earlier today Larry Ferlazzo posted the link to Time Magazine's list of the 50 Best Websites of 2009. On that list is Academic Earth. Academic Earth is a site that debuted in January of this year with the purpose of assembling high quality videos and entire video courses from the most prestigious universities in the United States. Visitors to Academic Earth will find lectures and courses from Yale, MIT, Berkeley, Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford. You can search for lectures and courses by topic, popularity, professor, or by university.

Applications for Education
Academic Earth makes it easy to find high quality, academically appropriate videos. These videos and courses could make a nice supplement to an advanced placement high school course. The videos can be embedded in your course blog where you can then have students watch and comment. Or you can, after embedding a video into your blog, post a questions for your students to answer as they watch a video lecture.


Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
30+ Alternatives to YouTube
YouTube Edu - 100+ Colleges on YouTube

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Yale Open Course - Introduction to Psychology

I saw this posted on Open Culture and immediately knew that I had to share it with readers of this blog who may be teaching Psychology this fall. The video below, This is Your Brain, is a part of a twenty lecture series offered by Yale for free viewing on the web. If you're interested in all of the course materials visit the Yale open course website. If you're only interested in the lecture videos, you can access them through YouTube.


Applications for Education
The availability of high-quality educational materials on the web increases every day. The open course offerings of institutes like Yale and MIT make it possible for anyone interested in a particular topic to access material that previously was "guarded" behind a wall of admissions standards and high price tags. Open course offerings can be fantastic resources to supplement the classroom instruction of a high school teacher.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Yale Open Courses Added to iTunes

Last week I posted a link to Open Culture's collection of free college courses and lectures available in audio and video. Yesterday, Open Culture updated that collection to include fifteen free open courses from Yale. You can also find the Yale Open Courses on Yale's website or on iTunes U. Speaking of iTunes U, I forgot to mention in last week's post that iTunes U is another great place to find free university-produced content.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
100 Awesome Open Courses
Academic Earth - Videos of Top Scholars Teaching

Friday, July 24, 2009

Lectures and Courses from Great Universities

I've mentioned Open Culture a few times on this blog because it often has videos and stories of interest to educators. One of the outstanding elements of Open Culture is it's collection of free online courses and lectures from great universities. The collection contains roughly 200 free audio and video downloads. The collections contains lectures and courses in the humanities and sciences.

Applications for Education
The Open Culture collection of lectures and courses is a good place to find interesting content for your own professional learning. The collection might also contain something that you can recommend to a high school student that has a strong interest in a particular subject area.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

100 Awesome Open Courses

Select Courses, a service designed to help people find online degree programs, has posted a list of 100 free courses covering a wide range of topics. The complete title of their list is 100 Awesome Open Courses for Those Who Want to Change the World. The list is divided into nine sections spanning topics from health to environmental science to engineering, politics, religion, and education.

Applications for Education
All of the courses in the list are designed for college students, but many of them could be used by high school students for independent study and supplements to their high school courses.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
MIT Open Courseware
Challenge Your Students With One of These...

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Open Chemistry - Free Content for Teaching Chemistry

Open Chemistry is a new website built to share resources for teaching and learning Chemistry. The site is new and doesn't have a lot of content yet, but the content it does have is good. The most useful content on Open Chemistry are the videos and 3D molecule models. I've embedded one of the videos below. If you're a Chemistry teacher you may want to consider subscribing the Open Chemistry RSS feed to keep up the latest updates.

Nomenclature from openchemistry on Vimeo.

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Sunday, March 9, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: Developing Critical Thinking Skills

Regardless of content area, helping students develop critical thinking skills is one of the most important things teachers do. Dr. Joe Lau, Professor of Philosophy at Hong Kong University has developed an Open Courseware program full of resources for teaching and developing critical thinking skills. Dr. Lau's Critical Thinking web has games, puzzles, and quizzes in addition to lecture notes and links to additional resources. The page on evaluating arguments presents many diagrams and activities designed to help visitors recognize valid arguments and invalid arguments.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: Yale Open Courses

Last week I explored MIT's Open Courses. This week I'm exploring Yale's Open Courses. The number of open courses that Yale offers is not as large as MIT's, but Yale's Open Course offerings are deeper. The courses Yale offers include video and audio files of the lectures from each class as well as the transcripts from each class. Like MIT's open courses, not all of the readings are available for free so you'll have to check Amazon or your local bookstore for the readings.