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Learning about learning through OERs
Succeed with learning
Welcome to this new free course produced by The Open University. If you enroll and complete the course you can gain a digital badge and a Statement of Participation as a record of your achievement. Digital badges are a new way of demonstrating online that you have gained a skill. Schools, colleges and universities are working with employers and other organisations to develop open badges that help learners gain recognition for their skills, and support employers to identify the right candidate for a job.
Open World Learning (OWL)
Learning in the 21st century is undergoing both subtle and radical transformation as a result of the impact of digital, networked technologies. Open learning gives unprecedented access to information and education and provides support to learners across the globe. However, it is not the technologies themselves that represent the biggest change, but the opportunities for openness that flow from their thoughtful application, in the form of availability of, and access to, formal and informal learning. Without research the changes in learning may exclude the very people who most stand to benefit from them. For example, those likely to complete free, online courses tend to be qualified to degree level already. Ironically, the revolution in open learning is in danger of increasing the digital divide by privileging those with the appropriate digital and learning skills to best take advantage of it. It is this issue that the Open World Learning (OWL) programme will address, which over a period 2015-2020 will consist of 15 Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships funded by the Leverhulme Trust, and 3 funded by the Open University.
"Academic Earth was launched on the premise that everyone deserves access to a world-class education. In 2009, we built the first collection of free online college courses from the world’s top universities. The world of open education has exploded since then, so today our curated lists of online courses are hand selected by our staff to show you the very best offerings by subject area. We also make sure there is something for everyone: whether you want to explore a new topic or advance in your current field, we bring the amazing world of academia to you for free."
Affordable Learning Solutions
Scroll down the page to find a long list of Open Courseware (OCW) providers.
Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative
"The Open Learning Initiative offers online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach. Our aim is to combine open, high-quality courses, continuous feedback, and research to improve learning and transform higher education."
Coursera was founded by Stanford computer science professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller. Originally launched with partners Stanford, Michigan, Penn, and Princeton, many other universities have since joined.
edX mission statement: Increase access to high-quality education for everyone, everywhere
Enhance teaching and learning on campus and online
Advance teaching and learning through research
The Internet Archive free/open courses
This library contains hundreds of free courses, video lectures, and supplemental materials from universities in the United States and China. Many of these lectures are available for download.
Co-founded by open-education visionary Dr. David Wiley and education-technology strategist Kim Thanos, Lumen Learning is dedicated to facilitating broad, successful adoption of OER.
MIT's OpenCourseWare project
MIT's OpenCourseWare project has been one of the biggest inspirations for the OER movement, but many of their course pages are just outlines. More interesting are their courses with "substantial" audio-visual content. http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/audio-video-courses/
Find with multiple criteria MOOC and Free Online Courses from Coursera, edX, FUN, FutureLearn, Miríada X, OpenClassrooms and other Top Providers and Universities in a wide range of categories and subjects.
My Education Path
"This site helps you navigate in e-Learning sources and MOOCs. We try to systematize information about MOOC education. You can use this service to find MOOCs, online courses, share comments and reviews. Our mission is to help people to build a personal education path using free or cheap online courses as alternative to traditional higher education. We help to find free alternatives to expensive college/university courses."
Open Course Library from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
The Open Course Library (OCL) is a collection of shareable course materials, including syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments designed by teams of college faculty, instructional designers, librarians, and other experts.
Free cultural and educational media on the web. Discover Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) from great universities. Most offer "certificates" or "statements of completion," though typically not university credit. A "$" indicates that the course is free, but the credential costs money.
Open Education Consortium
The Open Education Consortium in collaboration with MERLOT offers a search engine on OER (Open Educational Resources). OER are openly licensed online educational materials that allow teachers and students to freely use, share, and modify.
The Open University's mission is to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.
Udacity is the outgrowth of free computer science courses at Stanford and was founded by Sebastian Thrun, David Stavens, and Mike Sokolsky.