Showing posts with label Yale. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Yale. Show all posts

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.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Faulkner - A New Yale Open Course

Last week I shared a video animation of Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. I found that video on Open Culture. This morning on Open Culture I learned about a new open course from Yale titled Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Faulkner.

Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Faulkner is a 25 lecture course in American Studies. The course can be found on Yale's website, on YouTube, and on iTunes.

Hemingway, Fitzergerald, and Faulkner is one of six new courses recently added to Yale's Open Course catalog. In all there are now 42 full courses in Yale's Open Course catalog.

Applications for Education
As the summer break gets closer (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) it's time to start thinking about personal professional development. Working through an open course from Yale could be a good way to brush-up on things that you're teaching next fall. Or just go through the course materials to find some new nuggets of information to add to your existing courses.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Discover Yale Digital Commons

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Yale University has made more than 250,000 digital images available online. Discover Yale Digital Commons is the search engine for the Yale Digital Commons. Through Discover Yale Digital Commons you can search through the archives of five museums, libraries, and galleries administered by Yale.

The images in the Yale Digital Commons have been labeled Public Domain. Jock Reynolds, the Henry Heinz II director of the Yale University Art Gallery, in the announcement from Yale regarding the new Discover Yale Digital Commons, explains why Yale is doing this:
"Through this new university policy, scholars, artists, teachers, and students worldwide will now be able to more fully engage our collections for active learning and use in publications, classrooms, and creative projects without incurring any fees whatsoever, eliminating what has previously been for many a daunting financial hurdle."


Watch a slideshow sampling of the images available through Discover Yale Digital Commons. 

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.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Great Open Course from Yale - Roman Architecture

Through Open Culture I've learned of another free open course from Yale. Roman Architecture 252 is, as the name implies, a course on Roman Architecture. The course has twenty-three lectures which you can download or watch on YouTube. The course appears to cover more than just architecture as the lecture titles mention murals, art, civic life, and lifestyles of the rich and famous. Embedded below is the second lecture in the course, The Founding of Rome and the Beginnings of Urbanism in Italy.


Applications for Education
This course from Yale is a just another great example of the excellent free learning opportunities that the web makes available to learners. I wouldn't play one of these videos for an entire class period, but I might show a segment from one. I also wouldn't hesitate to recommend a course like this to a high school student that had a deep interest in learning more than a typical high school curriculum covers.

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, 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.

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Avalon Project - Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy

The Avalon Project is a free resource that my honors level US History students have been taking advantage of for last couple of weeks. The Avalon Project, produced by Yale University, provides digital copies of hundreds of original documents from a myriad of topics in US History.

Applications for Education
The Avalon Project is a good resource for students that need to find digital copies of original documents. For example, all of The Federalist Papers are available on the Avalon Project website.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Challenge Your Students With One of These...

The high school that I teach in is located directly across the street from a community college. Our students are lucky because the community college allows our seniors to take courses for free. This is a great way for some students to challenge themselves and get sense of what it is like to take college course. Most high schools around the world aren't located across the street from a college and therefore have to find other avenues for providing challenging curriculum to their seniors.

One way to provide challenging courses to students is to work through a college course online. Another method for challenging students would be to use the freely available curriculum and syllabuses available from universities like MIT to conduct your course for advanced high school students.

Open Culture has published a great list of free, challenging courses covering a wide range of topics from philosophy to physics. Open Culture also has a list of courses available on iTunes. If you're looking for a resource to challenge your most advanced and motivated students, check out the course lists on Open Culture.