Wednesday, June 18

University Learning = OCW + OER = FREE!



ZaidLearn is back from another non-blogging vacation (Who cares!)! Excellent point! Anyway, before I get back to my wacky 5-part learning series (in 2 weeks time!), I need to settle something urgently, and that is to compile and organize all my University learning related OpenCourseWare (OCW) and Open Educational Resources (OER) links that are scattered here and there, into one smashing post. In short, this post is about smashing all free University learning related OCW and OER resources and collections discovered into an all-in-one (sounds like shampoo!) quick-to-access/find juicy compilation. Hopefully, it will satisfy my thirst for quick access to free University learning related content.
Interestingly, this post will be a dynamic one, meaning that I will continue to update (and revamp!) it as I discover, or others share ideas and recommend new oceans of free knowledge.



STARTING POINTS
But before we get bogged down by tons of free learning repositories, here are few good starting points to find and know more about OER and OCW:

SEARCH
  • OCW - Master List
    Updated master list of all Open Courseware (OCW) projects around the world. 
  • EdX
    EdX is a not-for-profit enterprise of its founding partners Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that features learning designed specifically for interactive study via the web.  EdX's goals combine the desire to reach out to students of all ages, means, and nations, and to deliver these teachings from a faculty who reflect the diversity of its audience.
  • Coursera
    social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. We envision a future where the top universities are educating not only thousands of students, but millions. Our technology enables the best professors to teach tens or hundreds of thousands of students.
  • Udemy
    Empowers anyone to build and share their course(s) online for free or even commercially.
  • Khan Academy
    The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, anywhere. Currently, you can find 2000+ short video tutorials on (mostly maths, but also history, finance, etc.), online exercises and visual tracking and progress reports to support your learning.
  • Udacity
    Udacity was founded by three roboticists who believed much of the educational value of their university classes could be offered online. A few weeks later, over 160,000 students in more than 190 countries enrolled in our first class, "Introduction to Artificial Intelligence."
  • Extreme Learning
    Extreme learning blends physical and digital environments, concentrating on activities that enlist technology in uncommon or unique ways. Extreme learning also includes more sedate and passive forms of learning including watching an online video in TED, LinkTV, CurrentTV, or YouTube. Through extreme learning Web resources, those stuck behind prison walls, injured and in a hospital bed, or unemployed and unable to pay for college tuition can learn to be more productive members of society.
  • Einztein
    Find free online courses. Connect your favorite courses to relevant learning resources. Exchange knowledge and information with other members whose academic interests match yours. Join peers and professors in exploring the newest academic frontier: free online courses.
  • Virtual Professors
    Delivers interesting Free College Online Courses to you each day. They are handpicked from some of the most interesting free online college courses from the best universities and seminars held from around the world. In addition, you’ll find a handy directory to universities which have free college online courses.
  • Academic Earth
    An educational video website with the goal of enhancing the usability and expanding the awareness of OER, focusing first on video lectures.
  • YouTube EDU
    YouTube has aggregated all of the videos from its college and university partners - including luminaries like Stanford, Harvard, and Dartmouth - in one place.
  • OCW/OER Search
    This Google customed search engine enables you to search the sites that are linked from this post (with a few filters, too). Click here to view Tony Hirst's (Credit to him for the super idea!) OER/OCW search version, which also searches sites linked on this post. Click here to view Scott Leslie's upgraded version, which brings it to a Do-It-Together level by using a Wiki enabling anyone to add OER/OCW links (URLs).
  • OpenCourseWare Finder
    The OCW Finder currently shows results from several collections, including MIT OCW , Utah State University, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health OCW, Tufts University OCW, Foothill De-Anza SOFIA, and Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative.
  • OER Recommender
    Makes it easy for open education resource providers to provide links to related resources. A good starting point to search and find relevant OER resources.
  • Folksemantic
    Browse and search over 110,000 Open Education Resources (OERs). "This is an open educational resource recommender. There's also a website widget and a Firefox extension. The system basically provides access to NSDL resources, but also Johns Hopkins, MERLOT and MIT-OCW resources. OER Recommender now has real-time analysis of OER resources related to other web pages (eg. Amazon). It's all free and open source, and the code is available" - Stephen Downes
  • OER Commons
    A global teaching and learning network of free-to-use resources – from K-12 lesson plans to college courseware – for you to use, tag, rate, and review.
  • Open Courseware Directory
    You will find 7 groups of subject-specific open courseware, including specialized resources for each subject. It is an annotated listing of publicly available courseware (lecture notes, handouts, slides, tutorial material, exam questions, quizzes, videos, demonstrations, etc) from the world's universities, colleges and other educational institutions
  • OpenCourseWare Consortium
    The OpenCourseWare 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.
  • Free Online Courses
    It includes thousands of links to courses in subjects ranging from architecture to chemistry to women’s studies and these courses are prepared by top institutions such as MIT, Yale University and University of California.

COMMUNITIES
  • WikiEducator
    An evolving community intended for the collaborative planning of education projects linked with the development of OER. development of free content on Wikieducator for e-learning; work on building open education resources (OERs) on how to create OERs.
  • Wikiversity
    Wikibooks, Collection of open-content textbooks. Wikiversity is intended for the creation and use of free learning materials and activities.
  • UNESCO OER Community
    This site was originally created by the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) as a place where members of the UNESCO OER Community can work together on questions, issues and documents. There are some wonderful resources here providing you with relevant information needed to understand what OER is about, how to use/contribute/collaborate, and how to move forward (e.g. OER: the Way Forward , OER stories, OER presentations and UNESCO OER Toolkit)

NEWS
  • OER Blogs
    An initiative from MIT's OpenCourseWare project to aggregate and stimulate discussion about open educational resources. It is a great resource to keep yourself updated about the latest trends and developments in OCW and OER.
  • Open Education News
    A number of individuals from the US, South Africa, and eventually other locations daily monitor the internet for news related to open education. It is essentially a group blog.
  • Open Education - Free Education For All
    This site led by Thomas J. Hanson is dedicated to tracking the changes occurring in education today.


AMAZING COLLECTIONS!
Why start bookmarking free learning content out there from scratch, when there are great people out there that have already assembled amazing OCW collections for us to explore (for free!). Here are a few amazing OCW collections shared by special people out there:


UNIVERSITY LEARNING & OCW
The OCW or University related learning content compilation below is organized according to Country, University and my urge to quick access. Not much metadata here about each University or repository, except quick access to the juicy links. Hopefully, it makes 'repository finding sense' to you. This compilation was influenced by this great list! Yes, some parts were even copy/paste! :)


NORTH AMERICA
Other OCW:
Other YouTube Channels:
Other Podcast Libraries:


EUROPE
UNITED KINGDOM
FRANCE
HOLLAND
SPAIN
SWITZERLAND
TURKEY



ASIA
NEW ZEALAND
SAUDI ARABIA
JAPAN
INDIA
KOREA
TAIWAN
VIETNAM
HONG KONG
PAKISTAN

SOUTH AMERICA
MEXICO

AFRICA

SOUTH AFRICA


TRANSLATION AFFILIATES


OTHERS
  • Novell OpenCourseWare
    Novell OpenCourseWare is a collection of educational materials developed by Novell Training Services for authorized courses and other customer training purposes.


OER/FREE REPOSITORIES

Below is a list of OER/FREE learning repositories that are not directly linked with any particular university, but are still wonderful repositories or collections of free content that we can in some way or the other use for our courses:

GENERAL
  • Wikipedia
    Wikipedia is an amazing encyclopedia (of anything you can think of!) written collaboratively by many of its readers.
  • MERLOT
    Find peer reviewed online teaching and learning materials.
  • Wikinews
    Free-content online news source where any site visitor can add or edit stories.
  • Answers.com
    Answers.com offers free access to millions of topics from the world's leading publishers.
  • Internet Archive
    The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.
  • Fathom Archive
    Offers access to the complete range of free content developed for Fathom by its member institutions including lectures, articles, interviews, exhibits and free seminars.
  • GLOBE
    The Global Learning Objects Brokered Exchange (GLOBE) is an international consortium that strives to make shared online learning resources available to educators and students around the world.
  • dgCommunities
    dgCommunities (Provided by Development Gateway Foundation) is a collaborative space for professionals working to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development worldwide (Members in more than 200 countries).
  • HowStuffWorks
    HowStuffWorks explains hundreds of subjects, from car engines to lock-picking to ESP, using clear language and tons of illustrations.
  • A useful collection and starting point to discover open courses online. 
  • OpenDOAR
    Is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories. Each OpenDOAR repository has been visited by project staff to check the information that is recorded here.
  • AT&T Knowledge Network Explorer - Blue Web'n Homepage
    Blue Web'n is a huge online library categorized by subject, grade level, and format (tools, references, lessons, hotlists, resources, tutorials, activities, projects). The content categories available are: arts, business, education, English, foreign languages, health, history and social studies, maths, science, technology among others.
  • Monterey Institute for Technology and Education National Repository of Online Courses (NROC)
    A growing library of high-quality online courses for students and faculty in higher education, high school and Advanced Placement. Courses in the NROC library are contributed by developers from leading online-learning programs across the US.
  • Apple Learning Interchange
    Is a social network for educators, where you can find content ranging from simple lesson ideas to in-depth curriculum units for K-12 and Higher Education.
  • ARIADNE
    The core of the ARIADNE infrastructure is a distributed network of learning repositories.
  • CAREO
    The Campus Alberta Repository of Educational Objects (CAREO) project aims to create both an online repository of educational objects for post-secondary educators and a community that both creates and supports those objects.
  • Intute
    A free online service providing you with access to Web resources for education and research. Areas: Science and Technology, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Health and Life, and Sciences.
  • Ideas
    An initiative by the University of Wisconsin to identify, evaluate, catalog, and align to the Wisconsin education standards resources that are already on the Internet, such as lesson plans and reference materials.
  • JORUM
    Jorum is a free online repository service for teaching and support staff in UK Further and Higher Education Institutions, helping to build a community for the sharing, reuse and repurposing of learning and teaching materials.
  • LeMill - Learning Mill
    Web community for finding, authoring and sharing learning resources.
  • Curriki (K-12)
    Internet site for Open Source Curriculum (OSC), which will provide universal access to free curricula and instructional materials for grades K-12.
  • DAREnet
    DAREnet is a search service which gives free access to academic research output in the Netherlands. DAREnet consists of more than 146.000 digital objects.
  • EdNA Online (Aus)
    Education Network Australia (edna) is Australia’s leading online resource collection and collaborative network for the education and training community.
  • EducaNext
    EducaNext is a service supporting the creation and sharing of knowledge for Higher Education.
  • Eureka
    A collective catalog of teaching and learning resources gathered by various organizations involved in the production of ITC educational resources.
  • ALISON (Workplace Skills)
    Including Touch Typing Skills, European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL), British Computer Society (BCS) Unit E, Financial Literacy and e-Citizen.
  • HippoCampus (High School)
    Multimedia and course materials that can help students with their homework and studies.
  • Maricopa Learning eXchange
    Is an electronic warehouse of ideas, examples, and resources (represented as "packages") that support student learning at the Maricopa Community Colleges.
  • PEOI
    Professional Educational Organization International (PEOI) was created, and is run by volunteers who believe that it is time for open post secondary education be made available to all free of charge.
  • WannaLearn.com
    Here you can find over 350 categories of free, first-rate, family-safe online tutorials, guides and instructionally oriented Websites.
  • LoLa Exchange
    LoLa is an exchange for facilitating the sharing of high-quality learning objects. It contains materials for use across the curriculum, with a particular focus on modules for Information Literacy.

EDUCATION
  • TeacherTube
    Online community for sharing instructional videos.
  • T4 Tips Podcasts
    Audio and video educational technology podcasts providing you tips, guidance and ideas on how to use different learning tools to facilitate effective learning.
  • GEM (Gateway to 21st Century Skills)
    Thousands of free lesson plans and other teaching and learning resources.
  • SuTree (Educational Videos)
    SuTree is a knowledge community and an aggregator of instructional & educational videos.
  • EdTechTalk
    A community of educators interested in discussing and learning about the uses of educational technology. They webcast several live shows each week.

SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
  • VideoLectures.Net
    Free access to high-quality scientific video lectures.
  • The nanoHUB
    Is a rich, web-based resource for research, education and collaboration in nanotechnology. The nanoHUB hosts over 1600 resources which will help you learn about nanotechnology, including Online Presentations, Courses, Learning Modules, Podcasts, Animations, Teaching Materials, and more. Most importantly, the nanoHUB offers simulation tools which you can access from your web browser, so you can not only learn about but also simulate nanotechnology devices.
  • Computer Science Teaching Center
    A digital archive of peer reviewed resources for teaching computer science. Submission restricted to registered users.
  • CITIDEL
    Computing and IT Interactive Digital Educational Library Repository (CITIDEL) is a great resource to discover computer Science education and research materials.
  • e-LEE (Electrical Engineering)
    e-Learning tools for Electrical Engineering.
  • Exploratories
    A project of Brown University's Computer Graphics Research Group to create a set of exemplary Web-based learning objects (Java applets) that teach concepts in introductory computer graphics at the college and graduate level. Users can download complete Java applets, or build their own from the components collection.
  • EEVL (Engineering, Maths & Comp.)
    A guide to engineering, mathematics and computing information on the internet.
  • iLumina
    iLumina is a digital library of sharable undergraduate teaching materials for chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, and computer science.
  • SMETE Digital Library
    Here you can access a wealth of teaching and learning materials as well as join this expanding community of science, math, engineering and technology explorers of all ages.
  • arXiv.org e-Print archive
    arXiv, set up by Cornell University, is an e-Print archive specializing in Physics, Mathematics, Nonlinear Sciences, Computer Science and Quantitative Biology.
  • HEAL (Health Education Assets Library)
    HEAL's mission is to provide free digital resources of the highest quality that meet the needs of today's health sciences educators.
  • College of Health Professions (COHP) Online Learning Resources
    Including Dental Hygiene, Health Science, Communicative Sciences & Disorders Medical Technology, Nursing Radiologic Sciences, Respiratory Therapy and Physical Therapy.

HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES
  • The Digital Scriptorium
    Is an image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research.
  • John Locker - Free Documentaries
    Educate yourself with free documentaries online on History, Science, Music, War, Religions, Politics, Conspiracies, and more!

MATHEMATICS
  • The Math Forum (Drexel University)
    The Math Forum Is a the leading online resource for improving math learning, teaching, and communication since 1992, created by teachers, mathematicians, researchers, students, and parents. It offers a wealth of problems and puzzles, online mentoring, research, team problem solving, collaborations and professional development.
  • Math World
    A mathematical specific repository, created by Wolfram Research. Contains web based (HTML) resources about algebra, applied mathematics, calculus and analysis, discrete mathematics, geometry, history, number theory, probability, statistics and topology, etc.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
  • Eduforge
    Eduforge is an open access environment designed for the sharing of ideas, research outcomes, open content and open source software for education.
  • W3Schools
    At W3Schools you will find all the Web-building tutorials you need, from basic HTML and XHTML to advanced XML, SQL, Database, Multimedia and WAP.
  • Edumax
    Edumax is an online learning website that provides free lessons on topics from personal development to computer programming.

TEXTBOOKS
  • Google Book Search
    In addition to searching, viewing and downloading books, you also receive links to reviews, references, and even a world map showing every location mentioned in the book.
  • Gutenberg Project
    Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks.
  • Scribd
    Research, ebooks, poetry, presentations, schoolwork, and more are all available on this site.
  • LearnOutLoud.com
    Browse over 15,000 educational audio books, MP3 downloads, podcasts, and videos.
  • Librivox
    LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Their goal is to make all public domain (under U.S. right) books available as free audio books. It is a volunteer, open source, free content, public domain project.
  • Global Text Project
    The project will create open content electronic textbooks that will be freely available from a Web site.
  • Textbook Revolution
    All of the books are offered for free by their respective copyright holders for online viewing. The categories of the textbooks are: Biology, Business & Management, Chemistry, Computers-Tech, Earth Sciences, Economics, Engineering, Health Sciences & Medical, History, Math and Physics.
  • The Oxford Text Archive
    It collects, catalogues, preserves and distributes high-quality digital resources for research and teaching. They are currently holding thousands of texts in more than 25 different languages, and are actively working to extend their catalogue of holdings.
  • freetechbooks.com
    This site offers free books, text books, and lecture notes for computer science, engineering, and computer programming students and professionals.
  • Free Online Programming Books
    A list of 300+ free programming books available on the Internet.
  • Great Books Index
    Browse by author or title to find text for several books from the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Great Books of the Western World.
  • CIA World Factbook
    Current, in-depth data on every country in the world.

DIGITAL LIBRARIES
  • World Digital Library
    Will make available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from cultures around the world, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings, and other significant cultural materials.
  • ERIC
    The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) provides free access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials and, if available, includes links to full text.
  • OAISTER
    OAIster is a union catalog for a wide range of digital resources. They provide access to these digital resources by "harvesting" their descriptive metadata (records) using OAI-PMH (the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting).
  • Columbia University Libraries Digital Collections
    Find more than 10 different digital collections that range from medieval and early Renaissance manuscripts to architectural drawings or visit the online exhibitions for even more.
  • Library of Congress Digital Collections (US)
    It is considered the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.
  • Universal Digital Library
    Their goal is to preserve every printed book digitally in this resource. The library currently holds one million books in its collection.
  • NEEDS Digital Library
    A digital library with links to online learning materials in engineering and related areas of science and math.
    NSDL - The National Science Digital Library (US)
    The Nation's (US) online library for education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.
  • eGranary Digital Library
    Provides millions of digital educational resources to institutions lacking adequate Internet access.

DIGITAL MEDIA
  • TED Talks
    Inspired talks by the world's greatest thinkers and doers.
  • Big Think
    A new and growing website, currently in its beta version, with a simple mission: to move the discussion away from talking heads and talking points, and give it back to you.
  • FORA.tv
    FORA.tv delivers discourse, discussions and debates on the world's most interesting political, social and cultural issues, and enables viewers to join the conversation.
  • WGBH (Free Public Lectures)
    Free live and on-demand lectures given by some of the world's foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policy makers and community leaders.
  • Annenberg Media Resources
    Annenberg Media's multimedia resources help teachers increase their expertise in their fields and assist them in improving their teaching methods.
  • Flickr
    Flickr is photo distributed classification system. It is useful for managing and sharing photos over the Internet. If users want to use a photo of another photographer, if they have created an account they can contact each other through the Flickr intranet. Copyright issues are solved with Creative Commons Licences. You can find millions of free images here, which we can use to spice up our learning content.
  • Education Podcast Network
    The Education Podcast Network is an effort to bring together into one place, the wide range of podcast programming that may be helpful to teachers looking for content to teach with and about, and to explore issues of teaching and learning in the 21st century.
  • Creative Commons
    Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some Rights Reserved."

YOUTUBE CHANNELS
  • GoogleTalks
    Google events featuring everyone from newsmakers to bestselling authors (Joseph Stieglitz, Obama, Richard Florida, etc.).
  • Google Tech Talks
    There are a large number of technical talks at Google. Many of these are videotaped, and some are made available for external viewing right here.
  • The Nobel Prize
    It brings you fascinating insights into the minds of current and past Nobel Laureates.
  • TED Talks
    This is the YouTube version of TED Talks, which is a collection of inspired talks by the world's greatest thinkers and doers.
  • FORA.tv
    The YouTube version of FORA.tv, which delivers discourse, discussions and debates on the world's most interesting political, social and cultural issues, and enables viewers to join the conversation.
  • Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
    It's mission is to promote in-depth coverage of international affairs, focusing on topics that have been under-reported, mis-reported - or not reported at all. The videos you see in this YouTube collection are one part of larger reporting projects from around the world.
  • BBC Worldwide
    The Best of British TV. Top Gear, Mighty Boosh, Doctor Who, Attenborough, Parkinson, Catherine Tate & the rest from BBC Worldwide!
  • National Geographic
    Inspiring People To Care About The Planet!

WOW! Where to start! Alright, I have to admit that this post is not a smashing one yet. Give me a few weeks of reflection, feedback and smashing, and hopefully the compilation will be a useful starting point and quick access to OER and OCW (Just keep in mind that OCW is OER, but OER is not necessarily OCW! Whatever!). I am beginning to sense OER/OCW information overload here. If I am not mistaken, it would take me approximately 754 years to digest all the resources currently linked here. However, if we connect, network, collaborate, learn and reflect together we might manage to digest (to innovate and improve) these free learning resources in less than 24 hours. Let's use our connective intelligence to educate the world about OER and OCW :)
Until we explore, we will never know! Have fun learning!

33 comments:

Jeff Cobb said...

Wow, Zaid - you must have really re-charged during vacation. Great post. Thanks so much for mentioning Mission to Learn - Jeff

Zaid Ali Alsagoff said...

Dear Jeff,

Thanks for your feedback :)

Actually, I did not take a real vacation, but a vacation from blogging, as I was really busy and engrossed with another learning adventure (which will be revealed in a couple of weeks or so!).

The irony of my learning struggle was that when it was completed, the event was postponed until...(No Idea!)

Anyway, it was a learning experience that will probably define my work for the next couple of years :)

What? Coming soon :)

Warm Regards,

Zaid

Israel Lee said...

Zaid

This is great! Do you mind if I share it with my academics?

Zaid Ali Alsagoff said...

Dear Lee,

Of course you can share it with the academics. Actually, the whole idea of this post is to speed up the awareness of wonderful OCW and OER out there (especially to educators in South-East Asia) :)

But I do hope you share it via this post (URL) :)

As I will be updating it and adding here and there, I suppose that would be the best approach :)

If you want to post this resource list on your site (copy/paste), please remember to provide a link to this post at the top and perhaps mention my name. Now, that will give me some ego-boosting recognition I really need. Alright! Just thinking out loud :)

Let's promote OER, OCW, Free Learning tools, and EduGames to every corner of the world :)

Next step, how do we actually get them to participate actively in the whole process. One thing is to consume, but how do we get involved and become the developer and innovator. Now that is the challenge, which I simply say "YES, WE CAN!".

Have a great weekend learning and sharing :)

Warm Regards,

Zaid

Israel Lee said...

Hi Zaid

I have done that. I have posted your name and URL at the beginning and end of the page. I will definitely acknowledge your hard work. ;-)

My study is to encourage the academics to use a learning design that would not make the students merely become consumers of the resources but to participate in a learning activity that revolve around it.

Hopefully I could also assist the academics whom I work with to produce learning resources like podcast or videocast. We are getting there. ;-)

Tony Hirst said...

Hi
I put together a simple Google custom search engine that will search over the domains you link to from this post (in fact, that are linked to from the printer friendly version of the post.

Tou can find it here: http://www.google.com/coop/cse?cx=009190243792682903990%3Ae40rcqv1bbo

Zaid Ali Alsagoff said...

Dear Tony Hirst,

Thanks for exploring the OER/OCW list with Google Custom Search :)

Actually, I have also created an OER Search earlier (Jan 2008), which can be accessed here:

http://www.google.com/coop/cse?cx=000793406067725335231%3Afm2ncznoswy

It already includes 166 sites or something, including my last collection.

But somehow I have forgotten to promote it here (too busy learning from elsewhere!) :)

But now we have two :)

Let's explore together whether they are useful in finding what we want :)

I will do a bit of testing this weekend (or Monday), and if they are I will add them to the list :)

Thanks and have a great weekend :)

Warm Regards,

Zaid

menSh said...

That was a great smash, Zaid..

Keep moving forward! Thanks for sharing. :)

David Brim said...

Wow amazing list! Another great one to add to this list is http://www.grouptable.com

GroupTable is a collaborative software created specifically to help students manage their group projects and study groups.

Zaid Ali Alsagoff said...

Dear David Brim,

Thanks for the suggestion, but you are in the wrong list.

Here is my learning tools list:

http://zaidlearn.blogspot.com/2008/04/free-learning-tool-for-every-learning.html

Yes, I have added GroupTable :)

Can you guess where?

Warm Regards,

Zaid

houshuang said...

Hey Zaid, great to have you back! :)

Very interesting list too. Two additions: For news, you might want to add the excellent oerblogs.org, which aggregates a number of good blogs on OER and OA (including your very own). And for OER, you might want to add Indira Gandhi Open University - I wrote about this here http://reganmian.net/blog/2008/12/04/worlds-largest-university-opens-almost-all-its-materials/

Stian

Zaid Ali Alsagoff said...

Thanks Stian,

But this is an old post :)

Also, OER blogs is already there. Perhaps the list has become too long to find it :)

I will be back (hopefully), but only soon :)

Warm Regards,

Zaid

Alison said...

Hi Zaid - I am a BIG fan of your blog. You write about all the things I'm thinking about and save me so much work. So thanks for that :-)

I have one concern though - when you list sites such as HippoCampus under the title of OERs. I am currently working on an OERs project with Commonwealth of Learning and we are trying to locate secondary (not tertiary) education level OERs. Following your list, I checked-out HippoCampus and found VERY restrictive copyright statements. I think we have to be careful about implying a resource is OER when clearly it is not.

I have recommended your blog to the Botswana OERs project team and will be linking to it from our Moodle resource. I hope you get the recognition you deserve
Alison

Greg said...

This would be great to have on a wiki someplace so that I could add more resources that you have missed (there are a few). And I'm sure there are other resources that others know about that neither of us do.

Zaid Ali Alsagoff said...

Hi Greg,

thanks for the great suggestion.

If you want to suggest resources, you can post them in the comment section here, or perhaps you can add them using the wiki-version:

http://zaidlearn.wikispaces.com/oer

Thanks again!

Have a great day learning!

Warm regards,

Zaid

seema said...

Hello

Nice blog.Thanks for sharing great list of universities.I am also here for sharing educative information.

Thanks from spanischschule

John Petrucci said...

the top and perhaps mention my name. Now, that will give me some ego-boosting recognition I really need. Alright! Just thinking out loud :)
Dissertation | Essay | Research Paper

Zaid Ali Alsagoff said...

Dear John Petrucci,

can you please stop spamming (promoting your sites) this blog with your crap :)

I am going to soon delete all your comments, because you are promoting plagiarism.

Try your luck, and I will expose you and your crap :)

Sandra said...

wow. Now I guess we have to create our own curriculum...thanks for sharing the links.

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Harold Jarche said...

Just a little note. Canada, the 2nd largest country in the world, is not part of the United States. Perhaps a Canadian section would be appropriate, as opposed to an "other" section under the US?

Zaid Ali Alsagoff said...

Dear Harold Jarche,

Thanks for your correction and feedback (highly appreciated!). I like your sense of humor, too :)

Anyway, I have changed US to North America for now, and Canada is part of that (right?).

As for Canada (beautiful country just like my mother Norway), it is 2nd largest in the world in terms of space (land size), but is pretty small in terms of population size. Even Indonesia would dwarf it in that category :)

But you are certainly right that we should not mix-up Canada with US, as they are very different in many areas, especially global outlook, culture and affairs.

But for now 'North America' will do :)

Thanks again and hopefully one day we can meet and share a few notes on learning (and Canada).

Warm Regards,

Zaid

houshuang said...

Hi Zaid,
I know that when I commented on this post earlier you said "this is an old post", but since you just tweeted some updates, it seems you want to keep the list current, so I would suggest adding the Pakistani Virtual University. They have almost 6000 hours of lectures in a mix of English and Urdu at http://www.youtube.com/user/vu. (I blogged about this, and provided a better indexed list here: http://reganmian.net/blog/2010/05/21/the-virtual-university-of-pakistan-has-6000-hours-of-video-lectures-on-youtube/

Stian

Zaid Ali Alsagoff said...

Thanks Stian,

The Virtual University of Pakistan (YouTube channel) has been added :)

If any other valuable OER/OCW initiatives, please blast them to me. Can always add more :)

Have a great day learning!

Cheers!

mpaskevi said...

Hi Zaid, can you add the OER project from the University of Cape Town.

http://opencontent.uct.ac.za/

Also from South Africa you should consider adding:

http://freecourseware.uwc.ac.za/
http://www.oerafrica.org/

Zaid Ali Alsagoff said...

Dear Michael Paskevicius,

Thanks for sharing the OER gems from Africa :)

I have added them :)

Thanks again!

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nik said...

Hi Zaid
how about segregating content further for focussed end users say chemistry academics,etc
cheers
nikhil

Zaid Ali Alsagoff said...

Nik,

Thanks for your suggestion. However, I will probably not do too much on this list in terms of categorizing, as if anything it should be based on tags (multiple per resource, where necessary), and blog posts are not exactly good at that.

However, you might want to check out Delicious collection here: http://delicious.com/zaidlearn

However, this resource might be perfect for what you want:

http://www.ocwconsortium.org/en/courses

Warm regards,

Zaid

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