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Online Education

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Online Education


Some Thoughts


Online Learning Resources


The Open Courseware Consortium

  • The Open Courseware Consortium "is a collaboration of more than 200 higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating a broad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model. The mission of the OpenCourseWare Consortium is to advance education and empower people worldwide through opencourseware." http://www.ocwconsortium.org/


MIT's Pioneering Open Courseware System

  • MIT's OpenCourseWare is "a free and open educational resource (OER) for educators, students, and self-learners around the world. MIT OCW is a publication of MIT course materials. Does not require any registration. Is not a degree-granting or certificate-granting activity. Master list of OCW courses at MIT.


  • Open Course Ware Finder lets you browse and search through course listings and materials made available by universities that are part of the Open Educational Resources project begun at MIT.


  • Some of these open source courses are wildly popular. Two free courses published on MIT's OpenCourseWare site have each received more than one million total visits since publication. 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics and 18.06 Linear Algebra, have averaged roughly 600 visits per day from learners and educators around the world, making them the most visited courses on the OCW site. Professor Walter Lewin, who teaches 8.01, and Professor Gilbert Strang, who teaches 18.06, have both become web celebrities because of the video lectures and other course materials they have shared through OCW. Strang is a 50-year mathematics veteran whose teaching style is recognized internationally. Linear Algebra introduces mathematical concepts that include matrix theory, systems of equations, vector spaces, and positive definite matrices. "Everyone has the capacity to learn mathematics," says Strang. "If you can offer a little guidance, and some examples, viewers discover that a whole world is open." http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/web/about/media/million_milestone/million_milestone.htm


Other Examples of Open Courseware - John Hopkins

  • The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's OPENCOURSEWARE (OCW) project "provides access to content of the School's most popular courses. As challenges to the world's health escalate daily, the School feels a moral imperative to provide equal and open access to information and knowledge about the obstacles to the public's health and their potential solutions."


Academic  Earth

http://academicearth.org/  "Offers free online video lectures from universities such as UC Berkeley, UCLA, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale [3] in the subjects of Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, English, Entrepreneurship, History, Law, Mathematics, Medicine, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, and Religion. The idea behind Academic Earth came to Ludlow upon stumbling on a full video course lecture from MIT Mathematics Professor Gilbert Strang. Doing further research, he found out that there are various academic resources online although these resources were scattered across different websites and in varying file formats. Patterned after Hulu, Academic Earth serves as an easily-accessible repository for online academic lectures." (Wikipedia)


The New Wave of Open Source Online Educational Projects - U.S. and international 

  • The European Graduate School has uploaded hundreds of lectures and videos featuring Jean Baudrillard, Jacques Derrida, Judith Butler, Peter Greenaway, Slavoj Zizek, John Waters, Geert Lovink, Friedrich Kittler, DJ Spooky, Giorgio Agamben, Manuel Delanda, Jean Luc Nancy, Michael Hardt and many others. http://www.egs.edu/main/videolectures.html They also have a YOUTUBE channel, at http://www.youtube.com/profile_play_list?user=egsvideo 
  • Princeton University's Webmedia collection of lectures - contains huge number of lectures and talks by renowned scholars. http://www.princeton.edu/WebMedia/lectures/ 
  • Webtv guide to online lectures http://internet-tv-search-engine-swicki.eurekster.com/online+lectures/ 
  • The Center for Open Sustainable Learning believes that "free and open access to educational opportunity is a basic human right. When educational materials can be electronically copied and transferred around the world at almost no cost, we have a greater ethical obligation than ever before to increase the reach of opportunity." 
  • The University Channel is "a collection of public affairs lectures, panels and events from academic institutions all over the world -- for you to view, listen to, stream or download." Provided by Princeton, the University Channel "makes videos of academic lectures and events from all over the world available to the public. It is a place where academics can air their ideas and present research in a full-length, uncut format. The University Channel presents ideas in a way commercial news or public affairs programming cannot. Because it is neither constrained by time nor dependent upon commercial feedback, the University Channel's video content can be broad and flexible enough to cover the full gamut of academic investigation." See also about us
  • iTunesU.com is a "free, hosted service for colleges and universities that provides easy access to their educational content, including lectures and interviews, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Based on the same easy-to-use technology of the iTunes Store, iTunes U also offers typical Apple simplicity and portability. Through iTunes U, students can download content to their Macs or PCs, regardless of their location. They can listen to and view that content on their Mac or PC, or transfer it to iPod for listening or viewing on the go. Instructors can easily post and change content on their own without impacting the IT department. And, of course, students can upload their own content to share with professors or with the class." 
  • Cultura is a "methodology for foreign language learning created by Gilberte Furstenberg, Sabine Levet, Shoggy Waryn, and was first implemented at MIT. The premise of Cultura is to provide an authentic learning experience by supporting student discussion and interaction between two foreign language classes, where each class is studying the other's native tongue in their respective countries. Thus, a french class in the US partners with an English class in France...students have an opportunity to ask questions and explore the culture of their partnering students in a way that was rarely available before now. In the most successful implementations of Cultura, students ask questions about not only language usage, but also on newly perceived understanding of cultural differences...Cultura, in a way, creates an open source textbook. The students create their own cultural foreign language textbooks with a level of that authenticity that traditional authors cannot match. It transforms the entire idea of what a textbook can be and how it is written." 
  • Oxford Internet Institute http://webcast.oii.ox.ac.uk/?view=Default 
  • Harvard at Home, http://athome.harvard.edu/ and http://athome.harvard.edu/archive Lectures, courses, symposia, presentations, video resources. 
  • Nobel Prize Lectures http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/lists/2008.html


MOOCs - massive open online courses


Wikipedia definition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massive_open_online_course

Some examples: http://cck11.mooc.ca/  and http://change.mooc.ca/ http://connect.downes.ca/ 

Stanford's venture into online teaching - three classes start next week.  One has an enrollment of 130,000 from 190 nations.  More at: http://cis471.blogspot.com/2011/10/open-online-classes-starting-soon-at.html


DIY EDUCATION & Personal Learning Networks



KHHAAAAAAAAAANNNN!!!!! Open Source Starts to Get Organized


  • Bill Gates calls him the best teacher in the world. The videos used to be very hard search and find - just a huge collection. The new site helps, and has added logins, profiles, tracking, "badges," ability of parents to track, etc. http://www.khanacademy.org/



Anya Kamenetz & DIY Education

Kamanetz's TED Talk on "personal learning networks that augment — or trump — traditional learning." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6MLLkmXee0

Edupunk's guide http://edupunksguide.org/ plus a review by one of the original edupunk masters, http://halfanhour.blogspot.com/2011/08/review-edupunks-guide-by-anya-kamenetz.html



YOUTUBE EDU - compilation of educational resources


UC Berkeley Posts Course Lectures on Youtube

  • "YouTube is now an important teaching tool at UC Berkeley. The school announced on Wednesday that it has begun posting entire course lectures on the Web's No.1 video-sharing site. Berkeley officials claimed in a statement that the university is the first to make full course lectures available on YouTube. The school said that over 300 hours of videotaped courses will be available at youtube.com/ucberkeley. Berkeley said it will continue to expand the offering.
  • Other universities are following suit and creating YouTube "channels" for their lectures, presentations, talks and symposia.
  • UC BERKELEY CHANNEL: http://www.youtube.com/ucberkeley
  • This Just in: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYpvjN5IClQ Political Rhetoric and Civility in the 2008 Presidential Election


These lectures are up to the minute and highly relevant - alternate news


Just about all the authors we have read can be viewed - as well as read

  • On Youtube, google video, Google lecture series, a university site, etc., you can access videos of the lectures (or video versions of their lectures) of pretty much all the authors we have read - at least the contemporary ones. Shirky, Sunstein, Jenkins, Haidt, etc.
  • EXAMPLE: Jonathan Haidt: The real difference between liberals and conservatives http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/jonathan_haidt_on_the_moral_mind.html



Online Teaching (and Learning) Resources

  • 60+ Open Courseware Collections to Help You Be a Better Teacher
  • Teachertube provides "an online community for sharing instructional videos. We seek to fill a need for a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners. It is a site to provide anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers. As well, it is a site where teachers can post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill." http://www.teachertube.com/ 
  • Wikiversity "is a community for the creation and use of free learning materials and activities. Wikiversity is a multidimensional social organization dedicated to learning, teaching, research and service. Its primary goals are to: Create and host free content, multimedia learning materials, resources, and curricula for all age groups in all languages; Develop collaborative learning projects and communities around these materials. 
  • http://learner.org/. Part of the Annenberg Foundation, its mission is to "advance excellent teaching in all disciplines throughout American K-12 schools...We pursue this mission by funding and broadly distributing multimedia resources for teachers to help them improve their own teaching practice and understanding of their subject. Annenberg Media makes use of telecommunications technologies—the Internet, including broadband video streaming, and satellite television broadcast—as well as hard copy media to disseminate these multimedia resources, ensuring that they reach as many teachers as possible.
  • MERLOT http://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm


Open Access Journals

  • http://www.doaj.org/ There are now 3743 journals in the directory. Currently 1305 journals are searchable at article level. As of today 221471 articles are included in the DOAJ service.





Sample Open Source Textbooks 



The Space Between - General Education & Academic Knowledge



If GOOGLE is making us stupid, can web based tv make us smart? http://fora.tv/

"THE WORLD IS THINKING: JOIN the BRILLIANT IDEAS NETWORK for DISCOURSE and DEBATE" (a little immodest). It's also social networking, social bookmarking, etc. It's the biggest, baddest attempt to make the web highbrow and entertaining.



Great internet resources http://fora.tv/channel/Internet



Antony Loewenstein: The Blogging Revolution: http://fora.tv/2008/09/23/Antony_Loewenstein_The_Blogging_Revolution

Presidential historian Sean Wilentz discusses the role of the Internet in partisan discourse. http://fora.tv/2008/07/01/Partisanship_Vs_Bipartisanship_1_of_2

The Crisis in News: Investigative Reporting on the Web http://fora.tv/2008/04/26/The_Crisis_in_News_Investigative_Reporting_on_the_Web

Web Applications Tackle Social and Global Issues http://fora.tv/2008/05/28/Web_Applications_Tackle_Social_and_Global_Issues

CONNECTING TV AND WEB SITES and helping movies create social change



How can nonprofits and other organizations make their web sites more relevant and compelling to the diverse audiences they serve? Two leading practitioners from the online design world present a people-centered approach to finding big answers with small budgets.



Google CEO Eric Schmidt on the Future of the Internet




The Example of TED

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. And in fact, the event is broader still, showcasing ideas that matter in any discipline. The format is fast paced: 50+ talks over the course of four days (to say nothing of the morning and evening events). This immersive environment allows attendees and speakers from vastly different fields to cross-fertilize and draw inspiration from unlikely places. This is the magic of TED.


Since then its scope has become ever broader. The annual conference now brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes). This site makes the best talks and performances from TED available to the public, for free. More than 200 talks from our archive are now available, with more added each week. These videos are released under a Creative Commons license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.


http://www.ted.com/index.php/ TED2009 will be held February 3-7, 2009, at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, California.


There is a blog: http://blog.ted.com/



  • SAMANTHA POWER - Obama's main adviser on foreign policy.



  • Alisa Miller: Why we know less than ever about the world. Alisa Miller, head of Public Radio International, talks about why -- though we want to know more about the world than ever -- the US media is actually showing less. Eye-opening stats and graphs.



  • Richard Baraniuk: Goodbye, textbooks; hello, open-source learning

OPEN SOURCE LEARNING. Rice University professor Richard Baraniuk explains the vision behind Connexions, his open-source, online education system. It cuts out the textbook, allowing teachers to share and modify course materials freely, anywhere in the world. http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/richard_baraniuk_on_open_source_learning.html



  • Jonathan Haidt: The real difference between liberals and conservatives




Groups Supporting Open Source Online Ed


The National Repository of Online Courses (NROC) Network is a community of educators, administrators, technologists, and designers working together to develop high-quality, online content and instruction. The Network addresses the common need among educational institutions for quality online content and professional development of faculty and staff. The NROC Network supports the collaborative development of online content with a "social authoring" model that maximizes the resources and talents of all the participants. The NROC editorial, design, and engineering teams works with author groups of Network members to plan syllabi, tables of content, and the presentation approach.



PUBLICATION - SPARC http://www.arl.org/sparc/

SPARC®, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system. Developed by the Association of Research Libraries, SPARC has become a catalyst for change. 


Open Educational Resources (OER) – Hewlett foundation 

Making High Quality Educational Content and Tools Freely Available on the Web



Bentham Open are one of the leading international publishers for Open Access journals devoted to various disciplines in science and technology. Please refer to Bentham Opens website at http://www.oa-social-sci.org/AllOpenTitles


  • MIT OpenCourseWare makes the course materials that are used in the teaching of almost all MIT’s 1,400 undergraduate and graduate subjects available on the Web, free of charge, to any user anywhere in the world. MIT now claims 1.4 million visits per month from learners "in every single country on the planet.â€
  • The OpenCourseWare Consortium is an extension of what MIT began. Students don't have to register for classes but need only to log on to more than 1,800 potential courses at 12 universities that provide the course materials such as syllabi, video or audio lectures, notes, homework assignments, and illustrations.
  • Connexions claims more than one million people from 194 countries are tapping into its 3,768 modules and 199 courses developed by a worldwide community of authors.
  • Wikiversity is a division of Wikipedia serving as a community for the creation and use of free learning materials and activities. Wikiversity is a multidimensional social organization dedicated to learning, teaching, research and service. Its primary goals are to create and host free content, multimedia learning materials, resources, and curricula for all age groups in all languages.
  • Moodle is a course management system using a free, Open Source software package designed to help educators create effective online learning communities.  Moodle claims over 20,000 participating sites listing over 820,000 courses.
  • Curriki.org is an education development resource with over 3,000 members and 450 courses in development.




Key Intiatives and Examples


In an effort to broaden access to its image archives, Oregon State University has become the first university to join Flickr Commons, a section of the popular photo-sharing service devoted to making historic images available to the public.


FUTURE OF PUBLIC MEDIA - Public Media 2.0: Dynamic, Engaged Publics


Here it is: our long-awaited white paper, Public Media 2.0: Dynamic, Engaged Publics. Co-authored by Future of Public Media Project Director Jessica Clark and Center for Social Media Director Pat Aufderheide, this report offers an expanded vision for public media: multiplatform, participatory, and centered around informing and mobilizing networks of engaged users. Showcasing trends and experiments from the "first two minutes" of public media 2.0, the report provides a map of opportunities and ways to make the most of them. It also suggests that public broadcasting could play a central role in public media 2.0—but only if the medium is properly restructured and supported.


COMMENTARY ON THIS http://www.chutry.wordherders.net/wp/?p=2095



GOOGLE Tech Talks


WEINBERGER - http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2159021324062223592&ei=BpUjSZWoO5e2qAPYzZjDBw&q=google+tech+talks




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8tln5Ym3t4 For more info, see http://literacybridge.org/

Knowledge is power; but most knowledge is tied up in text. So how do the 774 million illiterate adults in the world access knowledge crucial to preventing disease, creating economic opportunity, and defending their political and human rights? Cliff spent six weeks in a remote region of Ghana to understand rural poverty and sustainable development. He saw many impressive local organizations sharing valuable information for development; but he also experienced the inefficiency of delivering all this information in person. In response to this problem, Literacy Bridge was founded to empower children and adults with tools for scalable knowledge sharing and literacy learning. The Talking Book Project is Literacy Bridge's major program, developing new and affordable digital audio technology to provide vital, locally generated information and literacy training to people with limited access to either. Imagine a $5 iPod used to play locally generated podcasts, plus a decentralized, digital content distribution system that reaches villages without electricity but also enables global content sharing. Aside from the innovative use of technology, partnerships with local businesses, civic organizations, and government agencies play a pivotal role in the Talking Book Project. During this talk, Cliff will share his observations from Ghana and discuss Literacy Bridge's Talking Book Project



Informal and Local Knowledges


Examples - Moonwalking, Playing Bulls on Parade, Killing ants, Roasting Turkey


Life Hacking




Online Education: More Resources & Some Project Ideas


Commercial Online Universities and Courses 



News Story Complaints



Advertisments for Online Universities: Analyzing the Rhetoric


Ads for Education Connection

Consider use of sex appeal, motifs from dating sites, visuals, use of music, representation of education and students, etc.


Ads for For Profits





Online ed discussion board comments from various sources




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