The internet is as expansive and abundant as the universe, they say. There are black holes you aren’t even aware of. Then, there are fast-spinning, enticing galaxies well worth a ride.
And they are (content for consumption |the first of a 3-part Coll.Cons series):
FREE online courses and programmes | Coursera; The Khan Academy; Open Education Consortium; Academic Earth; Apple’s iTunesU; Open Learn; Future Learn; iVersity; EdX; The Open Learning Initiative; Open Yale Courses (can also be found on Coursera); Free Harvard Courses (can also be accessed via EdX); MIT Open CourseWare free audio and video lectures; OneClass access to all available class and lecture notes.
Check more: Education Portal’s list of free online Grad courses;
Open Culture’s comprehensive list of Online audio and video courses from Ivy League and other prestigious universities worldwide;
Languages – learning, improving and practice: Memrise (languages and more – browse the course list); a list of online resources via Open Culture; Wordpreneur; Verb conjugations and dictionaries for 26 major languages; Lexipedia, the evolution of language visualised; UK Data Explorer – geography of language and the visualisation of European dialects, fun!
Course materials and literature: Free e-books; TechTought’s list; a list of Free audio books; LibriVox a free online library of audiobooks; a list of Free textbooks; Textbook Revolution; Podomatic; Free movies; Documentaries; Documentary addict; Green Planet Films; the full 125 years of National Geographic Magazine archives; Nat Geo Channel; Nat Geo TV; The Science Channel; Discovery..
Info and stats superhighways: Wolfram Alfa; Information is Beautiful; Polymaps; Many Eyes visualisation and presentation tools; The Universal Digital Collection; Europeana; Slide Rocket; Projeqt; and a list of a few others you may want to bookmark.
The arts: Google Cultural Institute; Art Project; Virtual Museum; Getty Virtual Library; National Museum of Natural History; The British Museum Online Tours; Louvre Online Tours; Musee d’Orsay; The Warhol; US Holocaust Memorial Museum; The Met; The Guggenheim; TATE collections and its online learning resources; Impressionists Gallery; The National Gallery Channel; The NGA tour..
Did I forget something?
Now, where to find the time..!
This is not a call for spending more time online. Just spending it better.
Social media, of course, has its advantages. It is the most comprehensive communication platform in history, so great for spreading the message, reaching people en-masse, and filtering out information. More often that not, however, it’s just a lot of noise and silly chatter.
Take the high road: surf with purpose.