I'm about to end my 2 week vacation and have had the pleaure of taking online courses to brush up and learn new fun skills that I was able to take from the comfort of my home. I also had the oppertunity to find out that my math skills are not what they needed to be in order to help out my son on his math college course. Luckily for us, we where able to turn to Khan Academy (Online video tutorials) and Wolfram Alpha (Computational knowledge engine). We used various other online and offline tools but these two proved helpful when we needed it the most....at 10:00 pm when we do our best thinking.
I was able to brush up on my searching skills by taking Google's online course on Power Searching. Like Khan Academy and Wolfram Alpha, I was able to review the short video tutorials and proved to be very helpful since I was able to rewind the intrutor, something I can not do in real life. It's not onlythe rewinding of videos that had flipped the way my kids or I learn but the network of other learners and teachers I have acces to 24/7 that has me exploring, participating, and rethinking what I learn as I go. It's great! I feel like I felt as a kid going into a large bookstores and comic stands, a place to learn without boundaries.
This had me thinking what are other online resources that I used this past year that make it a joy to be a never ending learner at my own pace. If you have any that you like to share please comment below and let me know some of yoiur gems:-)
- Coursera: a site that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free! Classes offered on Coursera are designed to help you master the material. When you take one of their classes, you will watch lectures taught by world-class professors, learn at your own pace, test your knowledge, and reinforce concepts through interactive exercises. When you join one of the classes, you'll also join a global community of thousands of students learning alongside you. I'm about to start a course named Introduction to Mathematical Thinking, Learn how to think the way mathematicians do - a powerful cognitive process developed over thousands of years! This is a free course offered by Stanford Unoversity:-)
- EdX: a joint partnership between The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University to offer online learning to millions of people around the world. EdX will offer Harvard and MIT classes online for free:-)
- Academic Earth: Academic Earth is an organization founded with the goal of giving everyone on earth access to a world-class education.
- P2PU: The Peer 2 Peer University is a grassroots open education project that organizes learning outside of institutional walls and gives learners recognition for their achievements. P2PU creates a model for lifelong learning alongside traditional formal higher education. Leveraging the internet and educational materials openly available online, P2PU enables high-quality low-cost education opportunities.
- Skillshare: Skillshare is a community marketplace to learn anything from anyone. They believe that everyone has something they want to learn and something they can teach to others. This means their communities are really the greatest universities! I took a Photoshop course which was great and the instructor was awesome!
- Codeacademy: Learn to code, program websites, learn with friends, and track your progress from the comfort of your computer:-) Codecademy is the easiest way to learn how to code. It's interactive, fun, and you can do it with your friends.
So what are you waiting for? Go learn from the best and the brightest on the stuff you always wanted to learn at your own pace for free!