Saturday, December 21, 2013

Never Stop Learning - A Christmas Gift.

A Christmas Gift for Readers and Nerds Like Me. Open Courseware!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I have a gift for you my friends. FREE online course work is available from several universities.
Here is the link to MIT  The OCW stands for Open Courseware. For my friends that are strictly readers the Literature courses link is here.
Tufts University. Tufts OCW (and most all OCW)
·         Publishes Tufts course materials
·         Does not require any registration
·         Does not grant credit, degrees, or certificates
·         Does not provide access to Tufts faculty; however feedback is shared
I say who care I don't get credit - I get to learn! How cool is that?  Tres, tres cool!

Washington State proudly declared in November 2011 their open library hit 10,000 visitors in 11 days. Washington's State Board for Community and Technical Colleges SBCTC manages
What is OpenCourseWare? OpenCourseWare is the name given to open educational resources that are presented in course format, often including course planning materials, such as syllabi and course calendars, along with thematic content, such as textbooks, lectures, presentations, notes and simulations. Open Educational Resources are materials developed by experienced educators that are available for use, repurposing, and modification (including translation), in whole or in part, by everyone, everywhere in the world.
What is Open Education? Open Education is, at its core, about free and open sharing. Free, meaning no cost, and open, which refers to the use of legal tools (open licenses) that give everyone permission to reuse and modify educational resources.  Free and open sharing increases access to education and knowledge for anyone, anywhere, anytime.  It allows people to make changes to materials or to combine resources in new ways to build something new.  Open Education incorporates free and open learning communities, educational networks, teaching and learning materials, open textbooks, open data, open scholarship, and on and on. Open Education gives people access to knowledge, provides platforms for sharing, enables innovation, and connects communities of learners and educators around the world.

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