Useful Online Learning Tools
C4LPT: Top 100 Tools for Learning 2010
Accredited Online College Blog: A very useful list of a 100 Web tools
Litski: “Lets you find, make and share lists of stuff you care about.”
Resource Rich Lists
Librarian Chick: A very comprehensive list of resources for DIY education.
Self Made Scholar “The internet is an invaluable resource to self-educated learners… (Here) is a list of some of the most helpful sites out there including opencourseware materials, free libraries, learning communities, educational tools, and more.”
Open Culture: “Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It’s all free. It’s all enriching. But it’s also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high quality content whenever and wherever you want it. Free audio books, free online courses, free movies, free language lessons, free ebooks and other enriching content — it’s all here.”
WikiEducator: “The WikiEducator is an evolving community intended for the collaborative, planning of education projects linked with the development of free content; development of free content on Wikieducator for e-learning; work on building open education resources (OERs) on how to create OERs. networking on funding proposals developed as free content.”
P2PU: ” Learning for everyone, by everyone, about almost anything…The Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) is an online community of open study groups for short university-level courses. Think of it as online book clubs for open educational resources. The P2PU helps you navigate the wealth of open education materials that are out there, creates small groups of motivated learners, and supports the design and facilitation of courses. Students and tutors get recognition for their work, and we are building pathways to formal credit as well.”
Supercoolschool: “Supercool School enables people to build their own school with 1 click. It’s a white label online school platform that uses demand based and real-time technologies to empower a next generation of schools to be created. Education entrepreneurs or edupreneurs get one simple environment to reach a global audience and get access to a platform that allows them to build scalable & branded education businesses without high technology cost. A platform that is changing the economics of education on a global scale.”
Khan Academy: “The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, anywhere. We are complementing Salman’s ever-growing library with user-paced exercises–developed as an open source project–allowing the Khan Academy to become the free classroom for the World.”
TeachMate: “TeachMate.org is a service that helps people who wish to learn things find others who wish to teach them. You may think of it as of a dating service in education. We are also very fond of the idea of teaching for teaching: you can find people who’d love to teach you something in return for you teaching him another thing. The essence of this service is simple: whoever teaches — learns.”
School of Everything: “School of Everything helps you find local teachers, lessons and classes in all subjects. Join now for free to learn something new.”
Do Something U: “DoSomething University is a free, easy way for you to make a difference in the world. Our videos and written guides teach you how to start, grow, and maintain your project or organization. Hear from experts as they guide you through what you need to know about reaching your goals.”
BBC Learning Site: “The underlying ambition is to inspire a life full of learning for everyone by exploiting the educative potential that exists across the full range of the BBC’s output and activities, from News to Music, Natural History to the Arts, Sport to Drama.”
Dropping Knowledge “dropping knowledge invites you to question yourself and the world around you. Every time you ask yourself a question, a new dialogue begins…”
WannaLearn: “WannaLearn has been designed to provide a wide range of users with an effective and efficient means of accessing the best learning opportunities available on the Web, in books, DVDs and other instructional media.”
MindPicnic: “Mindpicnic is the smart way to learn. Here’s how it works: 1. Choose a course. 2. Learn online. 3. Repeat at the ideal time.
Connexicons: “A place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc. Anyone may view or contribute: authors create and collaborate, instructors rapidly build and share custom collections, learners find and explore content.”
Fluther: “We think there’s still nothing better than getting an answer from a real person. So we made it easier. Just ask Fluther, and we’ll direct your question to people who can help.”
How To Sites
WikiHow: WikiHow is a collaborative effort to build and share the world’s largest, highest quality how-to manual. Like Wikipedia, wikiHow is a wiki, in that anyone can write or edit a page on the site. Thousands of people from all over the world have collaboratively written 96,367 how-to articles.”
Man Made DIY: “ManMade features original how-to content, videos, and design inspiration created by both women and men. It’s for anyone that says “Hey, I can do that”, and believes that sewing machines and tablesaws alike belong in the workshop. Our current era allows for an entire new spin on what it means to live the handmade life, and ManMade wants everyone to know they’re invited!”
Instructables: “Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others.”
VideoJug: “Over 60,000 free, professionally-produced ‘how to’ videos and guides, we provide expert solutions & step-by-step advice on getting good at life.”
bildr: “bildr is a community for artists, designers, makers, builders, or anyone interested in the world of electronics and code. Unlike other sites, bildr is not about documenting user projects, but organizing and presenting information in a way that will help users build faster and better.bildr is about getting your ideas going by giving you everything you need to know up front without hours of scouring the internet.”
Craftster: Craftster is an online community where people share hip, off-beat, crafty diy (do it yourself) projects. The term “Craftster” means “crafty hipster” and is also meant to be an homage to the pioneer peer-to-peer sites Napster and Friendster.
Language Learning Online
Live Mocha: “Livemocha is the world’s largest online language learning community, offering free and paid online language courses in 35 languages to more than 6 million members from over 200 countries around the world.”
Bussu: “Learn languages online with interactive language courses and lessons.”
Voxy: Learn English by reading real stories you actually care about. It’s free. Voxy is the most exciting way to learn English. Every learning opportunity is customized to your interests and skill levels.
Other Useful Things:
Delicious: Shows the most popular bookmarks on the web.