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Cost — The Tar Baby Of Education

Drives People To Seek Free Online Education Resources

Cost — The Tar Baby Of EducationEducation is fast becoming one of the most expensive commodities in the U.S.

Consequently, a number of people are forced to resort to online free educational resources.

The fact is these online resources are making life much easier especially for people who wish to engage in professional educational development.

Today, one can find free educational resources in different forms such as video lectures, text tutorials, and interactive tools among others.

Rick Henrikson, Technophilic bioengineering graduate student, in an article on the popular website quora.com lists the following in part as some resources that are freely available online:

  1. MIT Open Courseware (OCW): http://ocw.mit.edu/
    Comprehensive repository of materials from many classes at MIT.  However, there is little course-to-course standardization and most lack user interaction/customization and focused visualizations.
  2. Khan Academy: http://www.khanacademy.org/
    Started by an MIT alum to help teach his cousins via YouTube, it now serves 1800+ courses in mathematics, science, finance, and history.
  3. Berkeley Webcasts: http://webcast.berkeley.edu/cour…, also available as podcasts from iTunes: http://itunes.berkeley.edu/
  4. Stanford Engineering Everywhere (SEE): http://see.stanford.edu/default….
    Another collection of lectures from a small private school across the bay.
  5. Udemy: http://www.udemy.com/
    User-generated videos on a broad range of topics.
  6. Multimedia Education Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT): http://www.merlot.org/merlot/
    Links to a number of great resources for both learning & teaching across a range of academic disciplines.  Includes guides, videos, and visualizations though organization could be much better.
  7. Periodic Table of Videos: http://www.periodicvideos.com/
    A Mendeleevian repository of youtube videos about each element.  Pretty cool.
  8. Academic Earth: http://academicearth.org/
    Aggregates and organizes online video courses – includes materials from many of the above resources.
  9. Nixty: http://nixty.com/
    Similar to Academic Earth, tries to make free online content more organized and accessible.
  10. Introduction to Political Philosophy – Yale

Undergraduate level. Students should have background in philosophy.

This course examines the origins and foundations of political philosophy through a study of western political foundations, constitutional government and democracy. 24 lessons – 45 minutes each

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