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Free Online Educational Resources

Posted by on Jan. 1, 2013 at 3:31 PM
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Online Video Lectures

  1. MIT Open Courseware (OCW): http://ocw.mit.edu/
    Comprehensive repository of materials from many classes at MIT. However, there is little course-to-course standardization and most lack user interaction/customization and focused visualizations.
  2. Khan Academy: http://www.khanacademy.org/
    Started by an MIT alum to help teach his cousins via YouTube, it now serves 1800+ courses in mathematics, science, finance, and history.
  3. Berkeley Webcasts: http://webcast.berkeley.edu/cour…, also available as podcasts from iTunes: http://itunes.berkeley.edu/
  4. Stanford Engineering Everywhere (SEE): http://see.stanford.edu/default….
    Another collection of lectures from a small private school across the bay.
  5. Udemy: http://www.udemy.com/
    User-generated videos on a broad range of topics.
  6. Multimedia Education Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT):http://www.merlot.org/merlot/
    Links to a number of great resources for both learning & teaching across a range of academic disciplines. Includes guides, videos, and visualizations, though organization could be much better.
  7. Periodic Table of Videos: http://www.periodicvideos.com/
    A Mendeleevian repository of youtube videos about each element. Pretty cool.
  8. Academic Earth: http://academicearth.org/
    Aggregates and organizes online video courses - includes materials from many of the above resources.
  9. Nixty: http://nixty.com/
    Similar to Academic Earth, tries to make free online content more organized and accessible.
  10. Yale - 35 FREE Courseshttp://oyc.yale.edu/courses
    Each course includes a full set of class lectures produced in high-quality video accompanied by such other course materials as syllabi, suggested readings, exams, and problem sets.
  11. HubSpot Inbound Marketing Training Program http://www.inboundmarketing.com/university


Interactive & Personalized Courses

  1. MIT Electricity & Magnetism (8.02T): http://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www/802…
    An experimental course format that offers some great supplementary material, including comprehensive notes and interactive visualizations. I think more courses should offer material like this.
  2. Carnegie Melon Open Learning Initiative: https://oli.web.cmu.edu/openlear…
    Includes some downloadable files, as well as periodic quizzes to benchmark progress in a range of subjects.
  3. EduFire: http://edufire.com/
    Sign up for direct lessons with user-rated experts. They also offer some more traditional courses as well as flashcards (not all lessons are free).
  4. Better Explained: http://betterexplained.com/
    This is primarily text-based, but the author does a good job of breaking concepts down in the way he would’ve liked to have had them explained to him.
  5. Journal of Visual Experiments (JOVE): http://www.jove.com/
    This is more geared towards biological experiment education - but is definitely useful for scientific endeavors.
  6. IBM Courseware: https://www.ibm.com/developerwor…
    Though primarily software/IT oriented, they seem to link to a number of valuable resources.


Free Textbooks

  1. Flatworld Knowledge: http://www.flatworldknowledge.com/
    Still building up its inventory, but will hopefully incorporate interactive elements into its free electronic textbooks.
  2. WikiBooks: http://en.wikibooks.org/
    Relatively few finished textbooks, but if they can achieve 1/10th the success that Wikipedia has it should be quite interesting.
  3. ChemWiki: http://chemwiki.ucdavis.edu/
    Texts geared towards chemistry education.


Flashcard Learning

  1. Smart.fm: http://smart.fm/
    This is more geared towards memorization, but it applies a few valuable principles such as material customization and spaced repetition (more info. in my blog post).
  2. Study Blue: http://www.studyblue.com/
    Build your own flashcards & notes - access from computer or phone.
  3. CoboCards: http://www.cobocards.com/
    Insert images, formulas, and tables.
  4. StudyStack: http://www.studystack.com/
    Find & create simple flashcards.
  5. Google Body: http://bodybrowser.googlelabs.com/
    OK, not really flashcards or a course per se, but this is an awesome supplemental material for any physiology or anatomy course. And it can be used like a giant, interactive stack of 3D flash cards.
  6. Anki: http://ankisrs.net/
    Spaced repetition learning with electronic flashcards.


Language Learning

  1. LiveMocha: http://www.livemocha.com/
    Language learning courses with audio, images, & text. Get feedback from native speakers through their social component (not all lessons are free).
  2. WordSteps: http://wordsteps.com/
    Learn 20 words in 15 minutes every day.
  3. Lingt: http://lingt.com/
    Recently acquired by Dictionary.com, will be re-released as their flashcard product.
  4. Busuu: http://www.busuu.com/
    Language learning community with a really slick interface and lots of interactive elements.
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