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The 40 Best Places to Learn Something New Every Day — ReadThink (by HubSpot) The 40 Best Places to Learn Something New Every Day Learn something new and get smarter with these awesome sites and courses.

The 40 Best Places to Learn Something New Every Day — ReadThink (by HubSpot)

A few decades ago, when you wanted to learn something new, it meant spending a couple of evenings a week at a local school, maybe taking a photography or bookkeeping class from a bored night school instructor. Today, the worlds of learning and personal or professional development are literally at your fingertips. The open learning movement has made the opportunity to get smarter in your spare time completely accessible to anyone with an internet connection, and it’s exploded in recent years. On one of the more popular online learning sites, Udemy, there are over 30,000 courses available…and that’s just on one site!

So here’s what I want you to do: Challenge yourself to learn something new every day. To help you get started, here are 40 amazing places to learn something new: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. The 49 best free websites and apps to learn something new — The Mission. The 49 best free websites and apps to learn something new Once upon a time, if you wanted to learn something, you had to a) pay a bunch of money, and b) go to a school or classroom, a place specifically dedicated to learning.

The 49 best free websites and apps to learn something new — The Mission

Those days are over. Now, a profusion of apps, websites and institutions offer us a wider variety of (often superior) educational experiences than ever before- and we can access them from anywhere in the world, often for free. The best free cultural & educational media on the web. 21 Awesome Places to Learn Critical Skills That Will Change Your Life — Life Learning. 21 Awesome Places to Learn Critical Skills That Will Change Your Life Never stop learning.

21 Awesome Places to Learn Critical Skills That Will Change Your Life — Life Learning

Improve your professional and personal lives here. We tend to think of learning a new skill or “going back to school” as something you’d do when looking to change careers, or to upgrade within your current one. A Large Collection of Free eTextbooks for High School & College Students. Bookboon is a service that offers free etextbooks to high school and college students.

A Large Collection of Free eTextbooks for High School & College Students

The textbook section of Bookboon offers more than 500 digital textbooks. On Bookboon there are etextbooks available in ten core subject areas with additional subtopics with each subject area. The bulk of the etextbooks are focused on economics, engineering, and IT. You can browse the title lists to find a book you want or you can search Bookboon by keyword. Bookboon hosts books written in five languages. Applications for EducationBookboon's books are targeted to university students, but that doesn't mean that some of the books couldn't be used with high school students.

Directory of Open Access Journals. Open Education Resources - Cape Town Global Congress, December 2013. 7 things you should know about open educational resources. A guide to open educational resources. This guide explains open educational resources (OER) and the benefits that creating, sharing and using OER can provide.

A guide to open educational resources

Open educational resources (OER) are learning and teaching materials, freely available online for anyone to use. Examples include full courses, course modules, lectures, games, teaching materials and assignments. They can take the form of text, images, audio, video and may even be interactive. Teachers, learners and the general public can access and make use of open educational resources, irrespective of their location or affiliation with any particular institution. Open educational resources are shared via the websites of education providers and through public services like i-Tunes U (link is external), SlideShare (link is external), YouTube (link is external) and Jorum (link is external).

Individuals and organisations can create and share their own open educational resources. OER can be looked upon as a process as well as a set of products. Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup. Resources by Topic: OER, a part of the global open content movement, are shared teaching, learning, and research resources available under legally recognized open licenses -- free for people to reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute.

Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup

Why are OER important? High-quality OER can save teachers significant time and effort on resource development and advance student learning inside and outside the classroom. Why Open Education Matters. OER Commons. Open educational resources. UNESCO believes that universal access to high quality education is key to the building of peace, sustainable social and economic development, and intercultural dialogue.

Open educational resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) provide a strategic opportunity to improve the quality of education as well as facilitate policy dialogue, knowledge sharing and capacity building. Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning or research materials that are in the public domain or released with an intellectual property license that allows for free use, adaptation, and distribution. In 2001, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in an unprecedented move, announced the release of nearly all its courses on the internet for free access. As the number of institutions offering free or open courseware increased, UNESCO organized the 1st Global OER Forum in 2002 where the term Open Educational Resources (OER) was adopted.

Open Education Resources. Open educational resources (OERs) There is no one, standard definition of open educational resources.

Open educational resources (OERs)

However, the following broad definition of OERs from OER Commons seems to be generally accepted by the community: 'Open educational resources are teaching and learning materials that are freely available online for everyone to use, whether you are an instructor, student or self-learner. Examples of OER include: full courses, course modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, lab and classroom activities, pedagogical materials, games, simulations, and many more resources contained in digital media collections from around the world.' OERs exist within a wider ‘open’ movement and context, explored below.

The open movement. Using Open Educational Resources (OERs), La Trobe Learning and Teaching, La Trobe University. What are OERs?

Using Open Educational Resources (OERs), La Trobe Learning and Teaching, La Trobe University

OER arose from UNESCO's Forum on the Impact of Open Courseware for Higher Education in Developing Countries in 2002. The Open Education Resource Foundation's definition is: Open Educational Resources (OERs) are educational materials which are licensed [and formatted] in ways that allow individuals and institutions to reuse, adapt and modify the materials for their own use. OERs can, and do include full courses, textbooks, streaming videos, exams, software, and any other materials or techniques supporting learning. Key issues for OERs. Open Education Resources and Creative Commons Licensing (OER) Creative Commons Licences and how to find OER. ECM #149 OER: Teaching Without Traditional Textbooks @coolcatteacher.

Amy Pace is a Presidential Award winning science teacher.

ECM #149 OER: Teaching Without Traditional Textbooks @coolcatteacher

She is using “free” OER textbooks for all her courses. OER stands for Open Education Resources which are often curated by experts via grants and other means. Of course, nothing is free. These textbooks take time, curation, and customization. Visionary states, districts, and schools might find a money-saving resource with OERs. Listen to this show online Listen in iTunes Amy is on the textbook approval committee in Utah. “Teachers across the state appreciate the work that was put in by the team of teachers to create a high quality product that is ready for them to use.”

There are limitations, however. Amy Pace is a nationally recognized science teacher who is getting excellent results from OER textbooks. Revision is the key success factor for standards, textbooks, and practices that will succeed in the 21st century. 3 things you should know about open scholarship. Education on copyright is insufficient — interview with a teacher — Copyright Untangled.

In this post for “Copyright Untangled”, we interviewed Agnieszka Bilska, a Polish teacher and educational leader. We talked with her about technology in education, the role of copyright in the classroom, and the advantages brought about by open education. Communia: How did it happen that you started to not only use but also create and share educational resources?

Agnieszka: It happened a while ago — my interest in creating my own educational materials began over 10 years ago, at the same time when I started to use a computer connected to the Internet and Moodle. I am an English teacher and it was natural for me to make use of online resources, get inspired by them and start to create my own materials. Also, I always paid attention to copyright issues, so I became pretty quickly aware of Creative Commons licenses. What is the biggest advantage of using Open Educational Resources (OERs)? 19 places to find the best OERs.