Harvard and MIT today announced
a new partnership for offering free online courses, called edX
. [more inside]
The University of Minnesota recently announced
that its College of Education and Human Development has created a searchable online catalog of "open textbooks"
that are reviewed by U of M faculty. The books must be Openly Licensed, complete (not a draft version of the text, or a collection of lecture notes), suitable for use outside of the author's institution, and available in print for a reasonable price, generally less than $40 USD. [more inside]
Recent news about free online education.
1, Khan Academy
: Google's first employee, Craig Silverstein, is leaving Google and joining Khan Academy
. [more inside]
Stanford has announced new online courses for January 2012. Like the three courses currently running (1
), these courses are free, open to the general public, and have no required textbook (previously
). [more inside]
is offering hundreds of links to free online courses from the top universities in the United States (and Oxford).
Dr. E.L. Skip Knox teaches history at Boise State University. His online courses have dedicated websites with his lectures and plenty of supporting material. There are five, History of Western Civilization
, covering the wide sweep of European history from ancient Athens to Copernicus, The Crusades
, Europe in the Late Middle Ages
, focusing on the the Renaissance, and Europe in the Age of Reformation
. You can also go on a Virtual Pilgrimage
to the Holy Land in medieval times. Dr. Knox has written extensively about online teaching
including a lecture called The Rewards of Teaching On-Line
where he explains his methods and shares his experiences.
French In Action is now available for free, online
. (click on the "VoD" link to the right of each episode; free registration required
) Long a staple of high school French classes and late-night PBS broadcasts, French In Action
is notable for teaching French without translating it; meaning is made clear through context and repetition. It's an approach some people find useless
and others consider "so excellent it almost justifies the invention of television
". If you'd rather learn Spanish, there's Destinos
and for German, there's Fokus Deutsch
--but neither one features Valérie Allain, subject of intense fascination
(and occasionally creepy obsession
.) ( Unfortunately, free streaming of French in Action doesn't seem to be available outside the US and Canada; Destinos and Fokus Deutsch have no such restrictions.
M.I.T. to give education for free
M.I.T. plans on Wednesday to announce a 10-year initiative, apparently the biggest of its kind, that intends to create public Web sites for almost all of its 2,000 courses and to post materials like lecture notes, problem sets, syllabuses, exams, simulations, even video lectures. NY Times