Wednesday, August 15, 2012

10 Educational Resources Online

More than decade ago, my friends and I were obsessed with HowStuffWorks that is meant to explain complex concepts and technologies in an easy way. That was probably before Wikipedia was launched, or at least when we were not aware of it yet. Later on, YouTube videos and Wikipedia became our source of knowledge. Now, there are new websites out there that took online education to the next level:

Before the internet there was...reading
Before the internet there was ... reading!
Photo taken by Photocapy under Creative Commons license.

  1. Khan Academy: With over 3,300 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, they want to give you a way to learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.
  2. Coursera partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. The offered courses varies from Computer Sciences to Mathematics to Biology to Economics to Statistics and more.
  3. Udacity also stated that their goal is to democratize education. The offered courses are more into Computer Science, as well as Physics and Statistics.
  4. OpenCourseWare, is a term applied to course materials created by universities and shared freely with the world via the Internet. And MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. Like other online education resources mentioned here, it is not a degree-granting or credit-bearing initiative. However, you should work through the materials at your own pace, and in whatever manner you desire.
  5. Just like MIT, Yale University has its Open Yale Courses project where they share full video and course materials from its undergraduate courses.
  6. If you want to learn computer programming, one of the available services for you is Codecademy. It offers free coding classes in programming languages like HTML, CSS, Python, and Javascript.
  7. Nalandau is an Indian website that aggregates educational content from other places including Open Courseware and YouTube.
  8. Gresham College provides free public talks within the City of London. Some of their lectures have video, audio and/or transcript.
  9. Babbel: A platform for learning languages online. Yet, it's not free.
  10. TED: Not really educational, but TED videos are interesting.

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