Creating Wonder with Creativity – Get those Juices Flowing

Posted by Staff Writers | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 30-01-2009

If there’s one thing I wish I had, it’s a creative streak. I know I do have a way with words, but when it comes to being artistic, I’m as dead as a dodo. My home is clean and neat, but that’s all one can say about it. Compared to the homes of my friends, it’s a barren space with no sign of personality except for a whiteboard that I use to jot down random thoughts and to-do lists. I hardly have a photograph on display or a picture to hang from my bare walls. Deciding that it was high time I rectified this situation, I called a very creative friend and picked her brain for ideas (I wanted to design my space on my own terms, without help from anyone else). Here’s what she suggested I do to get my creative juices flowing: 

•    Inspirational Ideas: The trick is to observe carefully – if you have an eye for detail, you’re likely to have the knack for getting things done. And so I began to look, really look, at friends’ and relatives’ houses; I started poring over design magazines; and I began visiting furniture and accessory stores to see the displays they had. Slowly but surely, I could visualize the way I wanted my home to look, and I had more than a few ideas as to how to go about the decorating.
•    Individual Ideas: One valuable piece of advice my friend gave me was this – it’s best to develop your own style rather than ape someone else’s. My sister loved the formal look for a living room, but I preferred to go with comfort as my USP. After all, I was not decorating a home, not a showpiece that had to be kept spic and span and photographed for the glossy pages of a magazine.
•    Irrational Ideas: Just because it’s never been done before, there’s no reason to not do it. Going boldly where no one has before seems to work well for me, in most areas of my life. I chose to remain single when all my friends and siblings tied the knot one after the other; I chose a different career path from the traditional ones my mom and dad would have preferred; and I live life on my own terms. So why must I choose to decorate according to someone else’s idea of beauty? Even if it was irrational, it was all mine, so I did it.
•    Ideal Ideas: And finally, there are some ideas that are ideal for a home. These are the practical ones that help you maintain a clean home (I’m a cleanliness and order freak, a sort of Type A personality) without too much of an effort each day. If you think in terms of easy maintenance, there are some ideas that come to mind, but only if you clean the house on a regular basis.

The experience of decorating my home has taught me a lot – first and foremost that home is where the heart is, and last but not the least, that just as beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, creativity lies in the mind of the designer.


Why We Meditate – Benefits of Regular Meditation

Posted by Staff Writers | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 30-01-2009

Meditation is something that more and more people are beginning to practice, and for good reason – meditation benefits its practitioners in many different ways.  Practicing the techniques of meditation on a regular basis can help improve body, mind, and spirit, ultimately helping you to live a longer, healthier, and more fulfilling life in the process.  What follows is a brief list of benefits that result from the regular practice of meditation. 

Strengthens the Mind

Focusing your undivided attention on a particular mantra or stream of consciousness helps you to learn to train your mind and strengthens it as a result.  Gaining control over your thoughts and the ability to experience a lack of thought helps you to take control of thoughts and recognize them for what they are – just a natural process of the mind.  Learning to take charge of you thoughts helps you to attune to your physical body, making it more effective in its execution of tasks as well.

Improves the Physical Body

In addition to the strengthening of the mind, meditation can be used in conjunction with the practices of yoga to focus on particular parts or areas of the body.  Increasing attention and focus on specific body parts sends more oxygen-rich blood and nutrients to the focal areas and helps overall health and well-being in the process.  With proper attention given to various parts and systems, those who meditate regularly feel their bodies strengthen along with their minds.

Experience Deeper Levels of Relaxation

Regular practice of meditation allows you to experience deeper levels of relaxation for more and more extended periods of time.  There are many benefits of being able to induce relaxation for oneself, including the overall reduction of stress and anxiety in practitioners of meditation.  Mediation also helps to increase serotonin levels, which truly helps with these ailments as well.  Experiencing true deep relaxation simply by using one’s mind is a wonderful benefit of regularly practicing the art of meditation.

Feeling of Centeredness

Overall, the practice of meditation helps individuals to feel centered, or balanced, which is quite helpful in all areas of one’s life.  Balance and harmony through mindful living is something that can be felt on an increasingly more meaningful level through the regular practice of meditation.  Living mindfully can almost be described as “walking meditation,” in which all things one engages in are deliberate and focused; living mindfully is a true art that can be honed through the practice of regular meditation. 


100+ Incredible Open Courseware Resources for Science Geeks

Posted by Staff Writers | Posted in College Education, Online Learning, Uncategorized | Posted on 29-10-2008

Science geeks continually on the lookout for more information can hit the motherload when it comes to open courseware classes. No matter what field of science you may be interested in learning about, there are a number of enlightening and challenging college courses that you can take absolutely free. From life sciences to astronomy to health sciences and so much more, you are sure to find courses that will teach you exactly what you want to know.


From genetically modified foods to animals in extreme environments, these biology classes will educate the beginner or the advanced science student.

  1. Gene manipulation in plants. Take a look at current work in the field of genetic modification in plants and also examine common traits of GM and a case study.
  2. Social issues and GM crops. Examine concerns, controversy, and safety issues associated with genetically modified food crops in this class.
  3. Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology: The Brain and Cognitive Sciences III. Study the major areas of cellular and molecular neurobiology in this graduate level class.
  4. Experimental Biology–Communications Intensive. Study the scientific research and writing a research article in this class.
  5. Evolution through natural selection. Examine the life and works of Darwin as well as delve into the study of natural selection here.
  6. Meiosis and mitosis. Study cell division and chromosome reproduction in this course that looks at inherited traits and patterns of inheritance.
  7. Eutrophication. Look at the causes, effects, and ways to manage the increase in the concentration of nutrients in plants in both terrestrial and aquatic systems.
  8. Animals at the extremes: the desert environment. The first in a three-part series, this class examines the desert and the integration of the animals within that ecosystem.
  9. Animals at the extremes: hibernation and torpor. The second in the series, this class looks at characteristics of hibernation, physical and physiological adaptations, and control systems in the brain that allow successful hibernation.
  10. Animals at the extremes: polar biology. The final class in this series, this course focuses on the processes and adaptations that occur in animals who live in polar regions.


Learn about the properties of metals, chemistry in the kitchen, chemistry lab techniques, and more in these interesting chemistry classes.

  1. Physical Metallurgy. Learn about the structure and properties of metals in this course.
  2. The molecular world. Study atoms, the periodic table, electronic structure, and molecular reactivity in this class which strives to provide an understanding of some of the problems chemists wrestle with in their research.
  3. Principles of Chemical Science. Take this introductory course in chemistry from MIT to get a firm grasp of the basics.
  4. Kitchen Chemistry. Learn basic chemistry principles while practicing cooking experiments in this class from MIT.
  5. Advanced Kitchen Chemistry. The follow-up to Kitchen Chemistry, this course is a hands-on class examining topics such as cheese making, joys of tofu, and the science of spice.
  6. Organic Chemistry I. Get your feet wet with this introduction to organic chemistry that also touches on the chemistry of aromatic compounds.
  7. Physical Methods in Inorganic Chemistry. Study topics such as x-ray diffraction, limits of x-ray diffraction methods, and structure data bases.
  8. Chemistry Laboratory Techniques. Watch videos to learn proper laboratory techniques which will allow you to safely and successfully carry out chemistry experiments in the lab.
  9. Protein Folding Problem. Complete a research paper on a topic surrounding protein folding, misfolding, and the physiological roles they play.
  10. Kinetics of Chemical Reactions. Study the "experimental and theoretical aspects of chemical reaction kinetics" with discussions on reactions at the gas and liquid phases and on surfaces.


If physics is your thing, then you will enjoy learning about electromagnetics, fusion, scattering and tunneling, and superconductivity in these classes.

  1. Electromagnetic Interactions. This graduate level class examines the basics of electromagnetic theory.
  2. Describing motion along a line. Learn about motion, positions along a line, and the various forms of motion along a line.
  3. Neutron Science and Reactor Physics. Study the basic properties of the neutron as well as nuclear physics and reactor design.
  4. Seminar: Fusion and Plasma Physics. This course covers plasma physics and fusion engineering while exploring the development of fusion power.
  5. Scattering and tunneling. Learn about the physics of scattering and tunneling in both a stationary-state approach and a wave-packet approach.
  6. Superconductivity. Examine the properties of superconductors and examine the two main types of superconductors in this course.
  7. James Clerk Maxwell. Study the life and works of this famous physicist and examine the results of his work on electromagnetics.

Earth Sciences

From plate tectonics to ocean circulations to the history of the African continent, these Earth science classes are sure to educate and entertain you.

  1. Science and Communication. Offered through the MIT/WHOI Joint Program, this course strives to help the graduate student in marine science develop questions that can be incorporated into their research.
  2. Practicing science: reading the rocks and ecology. Get an introduction to both earth science and ecology in this course.
  3. Special Topics in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences: The Environment of the Earth’s Surface. Learn about the processes that affect the surface of the Earth and gain practical knowledge that can help with management of the Earth’s environment.
  4. Applications of Continuum Mechanics to Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. Learn "practical applications of the continuum concept for deformation of solids and fluids."
  5. Plate Tectonics. This class serves as an introduction to plate tectonics with information on the theory, motion, driving forces, and implications of plate tectonics.
  6. Introduction to Ocean Science and Engineering. Get the basics of science and engineering as it is applied to exploring and observing the oceans in this class that includes video of students field-testing their lab projects.
  7. Atmospheric and Ocean Circulations. Learn about the physics of the circulations that occur in the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans.
  8. Dynamics of Complex Systems: Biological and Environmental Coevolution Preceding the Cambrian Explosion. Study the effects of biogeochemical cycles on the of animals starting from the earliest known microscopic animal fossil and ending with the Cambrian explosion.
  9. Geodynamics. This course covers the mechanics of the deformation of the Earth’s mantle and crust.
  10. Crosby Lectures in Geology: History of Africa. Professor Kevin Burke lectures on the unique properties of the African continent.
  11. Structural Geology. Examine the processes and products of rock deformation in this class that includes both class lectures as well as lab exercises.
  12. Geodynamics Seminar. Not only can you examine the questions surrounding how the earth formed, what it looked like, and how life came to be, but you can also relive the class trip to Ontario where students applied their knowledge in hands-on research.

Environmental Science

Learn about climate change, ecology theory, environmental policy and more in these environmental science classes.

  1. Seminar in Environmental Science. This course offers a look at the current research trends in environmental science with the topic for this specific class being Global Respiration.
  2. Strange Bedfellows: Science and Environmental Policy. Learn about the relationship between science and politics when it comes to setting environmental policies.
  3. Global Climate Change: Economics, Science, and Policy. From the Sloan School of Management, this course looks at the intersection of science, economics, and ecology when it comes to policies regarding global warming.
  4. Environmental Earth Science. Learn how geologic processes have changed the Earth’s environment throughout the history of the Earth.
  5. Dynamics of Complex Systems: Complexity in Ecology. This course reviews both classical works and recent literature that discuss the complexity of ecology.
  6. Dynamics of Complex Systems: Ecological Theory. A sister course to Complexity in Ecology, this class also examines classical and recent works, but with the emphasis on ecological theory.
  7. Climate change. Learn about climate change, global warming, and the greenhouse effect in this course.
  8. Introducing Environment–taster materials. This basic course is designed to instruct the novice about scientific and technical aspects of studying the environment while also teaching writing and learning skills to effectively communicate your findings.
  9. Health and environment. Learn about the impacts of changes in the environment on health by studying the environmental legacy, pollution, population growth, and ecology.
  10. Global warming. Examine the changes in the Earth’s temperature through study of natural temperature changes, history of the climate, and recorded temperatures.


From observing stars and planets to studying modern navigation techniques using celestial bodies, these astronomy classes will have you seeing stars.

  1. Introduction to Astronomy. Get a quantitative study of the physics of the solar system, stars, the galaxy, and more through observation and models.
  2. Hands-on Astronomy: Observing Stars and Planets. Learn to use small telescopes while studying the moon, planets, satellites, and stars in this course.
  3. Modern Astrophysics. Study the physics as they apply to processes in celestial objects such as Supernovae, Collapsed Stars, Pulsars, and more.
  4. The Early Universe. This course examines the big-bang theory and particle theory in this introductory course to cosmology.
  5. Exploring Black Holes: General Relativity & Astrophysics. Study black holes through a combination of class assignments, lectures, videos, and a project.
  6. Modern Navigation. Examine modern navigation techniques using celestial bodies and satellite positioning for ships, automobiles, and aircrafts.
  7. Extrasolar Planets: Physics and Detection Techniques. Study the properties of extrasolar planets and explore the possibilities of the atmospheres and interiors of these planets.
  8. Icy bodies: Europa and elsewhere. Learn about icy satellites surrounding outlying planets and explore conditions and potential for life on these entities.


While you might not be building the next space shuttle, these classes will teach you all about the mechanics of space travel.

  1. Aerospace Biomedical and Life Support Engineering. Study the problems and countermeasures to physiological adaptation in microgravity and partial gravity environments.
  2. Space Systems Engineering. This class asks students to consider the challenges of designing both ground and space telescopes and eventually design one or two of the top proposals from class.
  3. Dynamics. Learn the basics of Newtonian mechanics, orbital mechanics, flight dynamics, and more in this aeronautics class.
  4. Satellite Engineering. Write the problems as well as the solutions while learning the basics of subsystem design in engineering spacecraft.
  5. Cognitive Robotics. Learn theory and application of autonomous systems that possess artificial reasoning abilities such as the Mars Exploration Rover.
  6. Rocket Propulsion. Find out about chemical rocket propulsion systems in this class.
  7. Space Propulsion. Begin with a review of rocket propulsion, then move on to chemical and electrical propulsion techniques in this class.
  8. Space Policy Seminar. Through completion of a project, learn about the current issues surrounding space policy as well as the history of these issues.


From classes using Legos as teaching tools to a study of the history of computing, these technology classes offer the latest combination of science and technology.

  1. Technologies for Creative Learning. This hands-on course, a must for Lego fans, examines the ways new technologies can help stimulate learning and creativity.
  2. Lego Robotics. Use Legos to explore robotics, programming, and more in this fun technology class.
  3. Information Technology Essentials. Get an overview of technology concepts and trends, concepts, and hardware and software in this course that teaches the basics.
  4. The Anthropology of Computing. Learn about the people behind computing from the early days to the modern world while exploring issues such as hackers, privacy, and more.
  5. New Global Agenda: Exploring 21st Century Challenges through Innovations in Information Technology. This class examines how IT development has affected globalization and international politics.
  6. Social Study of Science and Technology. Take a look at scientific, social, biological, and electronic reproduction of knowledge in this course.

Health Sciences

Learn about biomedical ethics, mad cow disease, magnetic imaging techniques and more in these classes with a focus on health and medicine.

  1. The life sciences industry: an introduction. Learn about the history of human healthcare as well as the development and management of the pharmaceutical industry.
  2. Projects in Microscale Engineering for the Life Sciences. This project-based course is an introduction to cell and biological molecule manipulation using microfabricated tools.
  3. Biomedical Optics. Get an introduction to the physics and engineering that goes into optical technology in this class.
  4. Engineering Biomedical Information: From Bioinformatics to Biosurveillance. This course examines the intersection of computer science and biomedical research while studying the technological advances in the field of biomedics.
  5. Obesity: balanced diets and treatment. Learn about balanced diets as well as causes of obesity including genetics and environmental factors.
  6. BSE and vCJD: their biology and management. This course out of the UK examines mad cow disease and the link between the similar disease that affects humans as well as the management of these diseases.
  7. Computing for Biomedical Scientists. Examine the ways computing can work in problem-solving in the biomedical field.
  8. Magnetic Resonance Analytic, Biochemical, and Imaging Techniques. Learn the basics of NMR theory while students participate in detailed examinations of imaging techniques.
  9. Medical Computing. Study how clinical medicine is supported by computing, including specific needs and solutions.
  10. Dilemmas in Bio-Medical Ethics: Playing God or Doing Good?. Examine the ethical questions of biomedics with case studies including abortion, cloning, organ transplantation, and more.
  11. Career Options for Biomedical Research. Explore employment options for biomedical graduates with PhDs or MDs in both hospital and academic settings.

Social Science

From brain and cognition to the psychology of gender, these social science classes offer a look at the relationship between brain and body.

  1. Computational Cognitive Science. Those interested in artificial intelligence and cognitive science will enjoy this class that examines computational theories as they apply to human cognition.
  2. Topics of Philosophy of Science: Social Science. Take an in depth look at the philosophy behind social sciences with this course.
  3. Reasonable Conduct in Science. This course discusses the ethics involved in human and animal research in the social sciences.
  4. Topics in Brain and Cognitive Sciences Human Ethology. Examine and analyze human behavior patterns and also study the intersection of human behavior with animal behavior.
  5. Special Topics in Vision Science. Learn about both human and computer vision in this class that explores the psychology of vision.
  6. Psychology of Gender. Learn about the gender differences and social influences within several social realms.
  7. A Clinical Approach to the Human Brain. This course is geared for all students wanting to explore the nature of the human brain and cognition.
  8. Brains and Culture: Love, Lies & Neurotransmitters. Study the human brain as a modern cultural object in this course that looks at digital images of the brain, mental illness, psychopharmacology, and more.
  9. The social in social science. Learn about the challenges of social science and how best to practice and connect theory to practical applications.
  10. Statistical Methods in Brain and Cognitive Science. This course teaches statistical methods used when analyzing data for behavioral and biological sciences.
  11. Probability and Causality in Human Cognition. Find out how the probability theory applies to cognitive processes in this class that is great for an advanced course in artificial intelligence or cognitive science.

Variety of Scientific Topics

These courses don’t really fit into any one category with their wide-reaching subject matter that includes topics in the history of science, writing the science essay, the development of the scientific revolution, and more.

  1. Maths for Science. This course studies the particular types of math used in scientific study with an emphasis on measurement, probability, and descriptive statistics.
  2. History of Science. Take a look at the history of science from the 17th through the 20th century with particular attention to the physical sciences, natural history, and medicine.
  3. Finding information in science and nature. Teaching the basics in finding and evaluating information, this course will help you know where to look for information, how to organize it, and how to stay current in your knowledge.
  4. Cold War Science. Examine the changes that occurred to the field of science, predominately in the United States, during the Cold War.
  5. American Science: Ethical Conflicts and Political Choices. Study the changing roles of science in the United States from World War II forward while examining topics ranging from the atomic bomb to genetic engineering to whistle blowing.
  6. The Rise of Modern Science. Without looking at specific scientific discoveries, this class will examine how science has been practiced and by whom from the 17th century to the present in both the US and Europe.
  7. The Science Essay. Learn how to write an essay with the intended audience being that of the scientific or technological field.
  8. Methods in Science. Intended as a course for elementary school teachers, this class covers the standards in science education as well as approaches to learning science that will serve all learners.
  9. Toward the Scientific Revolution. Examine the study of nature from ancient times through the Renaissance and its effect on the evolution of science.
  10. Natural Science Parts I and II. Learn the basics about life science, physical science, and Earth science in this 16 week course.

100+ Open Courseware Resources for Teachers

Posted by Staff Writers | Posted in College Education, Online Learning | Posted on 17-09-2008

Whether you want to improve your existing education degree, are preparing to earn your degree, or wish to learn about how you can incorporate open courseware in your classroom, there is plenty of information on the Internet. With so many open courseware resources available, this list should help you narrow your search to find exactly what you want. From educational theories, science and math, special education, technology, podcasts, and more, you are sure to find something to pique your interest.

Educational Approaches and Theories

From teaching globally to gender issues to observational approaches, these courses can help you learn about plenty of educational approaches and theories.

  1. Involving the family in supporting pupil’s literacy learning. Learn how to actively involve the whole family in approaching literacy learning and ways the teachers and parents can work together for this goal.
  2. Educational Theory and Practice, I. This course sets out the core set of skills and knowledge a secondary teacher needs to have prior to teaching in the classroom–the first in a three-part series from MIT.
  3. Educational Theory and Practice, III. The third and final of the series, this course explores such topics as educational psychology, technology in the classroom, and motivating students.
  4. Enhancing pupil learning on museum visits. Learn ways to make the most of your museum field trips for all the different types of learners in your classroom.
  5. Teach Global. Take this course to get information, other courses, and resources to learn about the Teach Global program.
  6. Parents as partners. This course looks at why the parent-teacher-student team approach is important and offers suggestions for implementing a successful parent partnership program in the classroom.
  7. Introducing observational approaches in research with children and young people. Learn about observation as a research tool, the differences between quantitative and qualitative research, and learn the difference between describing and explaining in a research study with this course.
  8. Exploring K-12 Classroom Teaching. This course takes a look at methods of teaching student-centered classrooms while examining various student needs.
  9. The Nature of Constructionist Learning. The focus of this course is to learn about education and learning within a constructionist framework.
  10. Research for the Classroom Teacher. Learn the Guided Design method of research to enhance your research experience.
  11. Gender Issues in Academics and Academia. Learn about the gender differences in learning and how it impacts the classroom experience as well as how gender issues affect those in academia.

Child Development and Psychology

Every teacher can benefit from these college courses focusing on the development and forces at play in the growing child.

  1. Children and violence: an introductory, international, and interdisciplinary approach. Find out how violence affects children and examine the specifics of violence in the home, peer-to-peer violence, and violence within armed conflicts.
  2. Child Development. Learn about the major child development theories and theorists focusing on the range of development from infancy through adolescence.
  3. A Clinical Approach to the Human Brain. This course is geared for all types of students wanting to explore the nature of the human brain and cognition. Educators are specifically mentioned in the course description.
  4. Psychology of Gender. Learn about the gender differences and social influences of them within several social realms–including education.
  5. Human Memory and Learning. This psychological exploration of the relationship of memory to learning will be especially interesting to teachers with an interest in the workings of the brain.
  6. Psycholinguistics. Focusing on the connection between thought and memory on language acquisition, this course examines several areas of language learning such as self-paced reading, eye-tracking, and more.

On Teaching and Personal Development

Whether you are interested in learning how a teaching assistant enhances the classroom or want to adapt your curriculum to promote positive classroom behavior, these courses will help you out.

  1. Teaching assistants: support in action. With an emphasis on teaching assistants in the U.K., this course explores the growing trend of paraprofessionals in the classroom, their role, and contributions to the classroom.
  2. Thinking about how I work with other professionals. This course allows self-exploration as you examine the ways you work with other professionals and reflect on how to improve your working relationships while maintaining your values and beliefs.
  3. Introduction to Teaching and Learning Mathematics and Science. This course takes the education student through the experience of teaching–both challenges and joys–and offers plenty of hands-on opportunities to learn about both teaching and the students’ learning in the classroom.
  4. Working with young people: roles and responsibilities. Learn about the different roles adults often play in the life of young people, discover the role you play, and learn to develop roles you wish to play for your students.
  5. Teaching for good behaviour. This course explores the ways you can set up your lessons to engage students while minimizing problem behavior through lesson format, delivery, and content.
  6. Evaluating school classroom discussion. Learn how to successfully implement discussion in your classroom to facilitate the learning process for your students.

Early Childhood Education

If you work with very young children, these courses can provide information to enhance your abilities.

  1. The role of play in children’s learning. This course examines how children learn through play, why it is important in the classroom, and common problems when looking at cross-cultural differences to childhood play.
  2. Knowledge in everyday life. Looking at children ages 3-8, this course examines how young children approach learning of language, science, and mathematics early in life.
  3. Play, learning and the brain. This course explores play and learning, particularly brain-based approaches in education of early childhood.
  4. Parents and toddlers: teaching and learning at home. Learn theories of learning and how parents can successfully facilitate learning in their children in their daily interactions.
  5. Infant and Early Childhood Cognition. Learn how infants and young children’s mind perceive the world while also focusing on the research within this field.

Language Arts

These courses will help you learn more to share with your students in the language arts field.

  1. Encouraging book talk in the school library. This course examines ways adults can encourage dialogue about books with such ideas as children’s book reviews and book clubs.
  2. Teaching languages: language awareness. Learn about the historical connection between languages as well as such topics as teaching etymology, vocabulary, and listening skills.
  3. Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition: Perspectives on Technology and Culture. Learn about the impact of technology on Hispanic cultures on relationships between the sexes, personal identity, in the natural world, and more while strengthening both written and oral proficiency.
  4. Medieval Literature: Medieval Women Writers. Learn about this exciting newer genre of literature so that you can share with your secondary students.
  5. Modern Drama. This course focuses on major modern playwrights and their works. Take this knowledge back to your English classroom.

Science and Math

Learn how to grow your abilities as a science or math teacher with these courses.

  1. A global dimension to science education in schools. Specifically for secondary teachers, this course explores why global science education is important and provides some global approaches to use in the classroom.
  2. Changes in science education. This course takes a look at the ways science education has evolved, to whom it is focused, and how technology has affected science education in this course with a perspective from the U.K.’s educational system.
  3. Teaching College-Level Science. Perhaps effective for the advanced placement high-school science teacher, this course focuses on teaching critical thinking, communicating with a diverse student body, and using technology in the classroom.
  4. Concept-Centered Teaching. Explore ways to engage your science students in their education through helping students to better understand key concepts and eliminate student misconceptions of science education.
  5. Using visualisation in maths teaching. Learn the basics of visualization, how it affects learning in mathematics, and strategies to implement visualization in the classroom.
  6. Biology in elementary schools: A St Michael’s College Project. Watch this video to learn how student teachers collaborate to create lessons for biology students.

Social Studies

From geography to democracy to the law and society, these courses will inform you so that you can pass new information to your students.

  1. Geography in education: exploring a definition. For geography teachers, this course course examines the purposes of teaching geography as well as the various student perspectives.
  2. Social geography: exploring a definition. This course examines the way geography is currently being taught and explores the educational power of geography in school.
  3. Democracy? You think you know?. Examine democracy, the importance of it, and alternatives in this course.
  4. Teaching citizenship: work and the economy. Study the implications of responsible citizenship on various economic situations including corporate citizenship, child labor, and worker rights.
  5. Law and Society. Study the function of law within society by examining the relationships of law makers, law enforcers, and the public.
  6. Promoting Positive Development Among Youth. This version of this course focuses on the incorporation of youth in civic society in order to promote positive changes in the youth as well as the community.

Special Learning Populations and Special Education

Whether your students are ESL students, are in special education, or deal with dyslexia, learn how to strengthen their educational experience.

  1. Language as a medium for teaching and learning. Excellent as a preparation to master’s level coursework, this course examines the affect languages have on the second language learner in the classroom.
  2. The Linguistic Study of Bilingualism. Learn about the roots of bilingualism as well as various implications of bilingualism, and even educational repercussions of bilingualism.
  3. Inclusive education: knowing what we mean. This course explores the definition of inclusion, the various models, and several inclusion topics including what students should be involved in inclusion and the potential implications of inclusion.
  4. What children’s perspectives tell us about inclusion. Go inside the heads of the children involved in inclusion classrooms to discover their perspectives on such issues as play and learning, gender, and mixed-abilities within the classroom.
  5. Accessibility and eLearning. Study accessibility, assistive technology, and how it enhances the educational experience of the student with disabilities.
  6. Autism Theory and Technology. Find out about autism, the student with autism, and current technology to "improve opportunities for people diagnosed with autism."
  7. Understanding dyslexia. Learn what dyslexia is as well as treatment and management techniques in this course.

Fine Arts, Physical Education, and Health

Frequently known as the "specials," the areas of art, music, and physical education definitely shouldn’t be overlooked. Use these courses to help inspire your teaching.

  1. Why teach art?. This course examines the importance of art in education and looks at current debates on the subject.
  2. Costume Design for the Theater. Drama teachers will love this course designed to build off a working knowledge of costume design while enhancing your ability to create costumes while incorporating the psychology of clothing.
  3. Using film music in the classroom. Use familiar film music as a tool to teach various aspects of music to students.
  4. Music Perception and Cognition. Learn how people perceive and process the various aspects of music in this course.
  5. Feeling and Imagination in Art, Science, and Technology. Study philosophy, psychology, and literature to learn about the ways emotion and imagination play into the creative process involving science and technology.
  6. Art of Color. Learn about the use of color in visual arts, the psychology of color, and more in this course focusing on several interesting aspects in the use of color.
  7. Active, healthy lifestyles. This course looks at some of the myths of physical education as well as topics such as how active students should be, ways to encourage physical activity, and methods for implementing change.
  8. Dance skills. Learn the basics of dance such as warm-up activities, posture and balance, and performance skills.
  9. Physical Intelligence. Explore the relationship between body and mind as you learn about physical intelligence and its connection to cognitive intelligence.
  10. Health Across the Lifespan: Frameworks, Contexts, and Measurements. Learn about the various aspects of growth and development of the human from birth through old age.


If your job is running the school, then you won’t want to miss these courses.

  1. Economics of Education. This course studies the implications of various educational issues on economics and explores such issues as the effectiveness of mid-career training for teachers and the implications of college financial aid.
  2. School business manager: developing the role. With a decidedly British slant to it, this course explores the reasons that managing the school as a business has become necessary and ways to effectively do so.
  3. Technological Tools for School Reform. Examine a case study of school reform using technology as the basis of change, look at the state of school reform, and think about ways to positively shape school reform through progressive charter schools.
  4. School governors: planning for improvement. This course offers suggestions for ways to plan for improvement in your school while taking into consideration the needs of all those involved.
  5. School governors: organisation and practice. This model from the U.K. offers an overview and roles of each player in the school governance body and provides tips on effectively using each to the best of their ability.

Technology in the Classroom

Any teacher in the classroom today can benefit from courses on technology and education. Browse through this list to find one that interests you.

  1. Media, Education, and the Marketplace. Learn how to take advantage of the current generation’s familiarity with interactive media for effective use in the classroom.
  2. Computer Games and Simulations for Investigation and Education. This course examines the use of computer games in the educational setting to assist with learning such concepts as "weather to ecology to traffic management."
  3. Technologies for Creative Learning. Examine the ways new technologies can help stimulate learning and creativity with this hands-on course. Lego fans will love this.
  4. Creativity, community, and ICT. Learn about how creativity works, about collaborative creativity, and how technology can assist in both the collaborative and creative aspects of learning.
  5. Teaching using digital video in secondary schools. Explore digital media in the classroom, especially video, and learn ways to implement video learning opportunities.
  6. How to Learn (Almost) Anything. Look at the relationship of technology and hands-on learning and explore what can be learned through these experiential learning activities.
  7. Connecting People with Online Resources. This course is specifically designed to help teachers learn and pass along methods for finding quality online resources and enhancing research and learning in the classroom.
  8. Understanding Online Interaction. Learn about the various ways people network and communicate online so that you can create effective learning communities in your classroom.


Briefer than most online courses, listen to these podcasts for easy access to information from students and electronic media to assessment testing in schools.

  1. WKU, Distance Learning Podcasting Lectures. Select from several podcasts and listen or read the transcript on a variety of topics including Working With Young Children & Families, Speech & Language Development, History of Mathematics, and more.
  2. Students and Electronic Media: Teaching in the Technological Age. This series offers a look at technology in the classroom and offers suggestions for ways to incorporate technology into your school.
  3. Students and Electronic Media-Pt 2. The continuation of this series examines innovative uses of technology in the classroom.
  4. Parental engagement, prejudice and personalisation. This Danish lecture examines the influences, both positive and negative, of parental "aspirations, expectations and involvement" on their children’s educational experience.
  5. Children’s Media: More Harm than Good?. This professor examines whether media is part of the problem or the solution when it comes to current social childhood problems.
  6. Stanford on iTunes U. Visit the courses Stanford offers through iTunes for podcasts in both Education Policy and Teaching and Learning.
  7. The Crisis in the New Orleans Public Schools. Listen to hear how this man rose above the educational crisis in New Orleans to create a program to help the students find their voices.
  8. National Educators’ Summit on Education & Technology. This lecture from Dateline NBC’s Chris Hansen describes how to protect children from predators on the Internet.
  9. Education and Immigration: A Call to Conscience. Learn these advocates’ stance on society’s responsibility to educate the immigrant population.
  10. Boisi Lecture: "Testing and Educational Policy". Find out what this professor says schools must do if testing as a method of accountability is to be a successful endeavor.
  11. Engage Me or Enrage Me: eTeaching Day Keynote. This expert in the field of eLearning technology outlines ways to use technology in the classroom to engage the students.
  12. Measurement in Education and the Social Sciences I. Listen to the whole semester’s worth of lectures from this class from UC Berkeley.

Open Courseware Resource Material

If you would like to find more open courses, learn how to use open courseware in your classroom, or just stay on top of the latest developments in the field of open courseware, then these resources will guide you in the right direction.

  1. OER Handbook for Educators 1.0. This free handbook provides the basics and more on open educational resources to help educators boost their effectiveness both online and in the classroom through open courseware.
  2. WikiEducator. This wiki is dedicated to providing teachers an online community of support and ideas to further their eLearning experience.
  3. ODEPO Project. Planning to debut in beta in September 2008, this online resource plans to serve as a clearinghouse for all existing educational projects.
  4. Open CourseWare Consortium. Use this site to search for any available open courses available on the Internet.
  5. ccLearn. A part of the Creative Commons network, this site works to "minimize barriers to sharing and reuse of educational materials."
  6. Terra Incognita. From Penn State, this blog highlights the latest in online learning with a focus on open courseware and open source software.
  7. OERderves. This collaborative blog serves to keep you updated on the latest in open educational resources.
  8. dgCommunities: Open Educational Resources. Find content, tools, and resources for all things related to OER at this site.
  9. Ranking of Foreign Language OpenCourseWare Education Sources. This article reviews and ranks the top 10 foreign language courses available through open courseware.
  10. iBerry. Use this resource to search for open courseware or use the news aggregator to stay abreast of the latest in open courseware news.
  11. Browse this site to find open courseware curriculum material specifically created for K-12 education.
  12. OCW/OER Search. Powered by Google, this search engine will help you find free courses.
  13. OER Commons. Find materials for K-12 and higher education from universities and individuals alike on this site.
  14. Wikiversity. Find open coursework textbooks from preschool to university level online at this site.
  15. OER Recommender. Another search engine type site, just plug in your keyword and search of links to OER resources.

100 Useful, Free Web Tools for Lifelong Learners

Posted by Staff Writers | Posted in Online Learning, Tips and Tools | Posted on 10-09-2008

Lifelong learners are constantly on the search for new information, and the Internet has made it even easier to track down authoritative journals, libraries and museums around the world, college courses, niche search engines, language tools, and other learners poking around online. This mega list of 100 free web tools and sites will grant you access to courses at Harvard Medical School and MIT, social media sites that connect you to bookworms, videos and podcasts about everything from medical news to politics, government resources, and a lot more. The best part? Everything is free, and there’s no grading involved.

Open Courseware

These open courseware classes can connect you to the same syllabi and assignments being given at top schools like Harvard Medical School and MIT. You won’t get any academic credit for these classes, but if you stick with it, you’ll learn a lot.

  1. MIT Open Courseware: MIT’s collection is one of the most comprehensive open courseware collections online. Take college classes in business, engineering, computer science, history, linguistics and much more.
  2. Open Courseware Consortium: This site is a great place to start your search: you can conduct a keyword search or choose to take courses from schools around the world.
  3. OCW Finder: Click on a keyword, like administration, civil, literary, workshop or writing, and OCW Finder will bring up classes that match your query.
  4. JHSPH Open Courseware: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health offers its distinguished courses online in areas like refugee health, aging, injury prevention and more.
  5. Top 100 Open Courseware Projects: The Online Education Database has put together a list of some of the best open courseware classes out there. Browse by subject.
  6. Tufts Open Courseware: Tufts’ School of Dental Medicine, School of Medicine, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, The Fletcher School, School of Arts and Sciences and Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine have put classes on this open site.
  7. Utah State Open Courseware: Utah State is another popular open courseware school, offering courses in English, anthropology, physics, theatre arts, computer engineering and more.
  8. Take Any College Class for Free: 236 Open Courseware Collections, Podcasts and Videos: Browse this list for more than 200 open classes, resources and lectures.
  9. Harvard Medical School Open Courseware Initiative: Even if you didn’t get in to Harvard Medical School, you can take these classes online for free.
  10. Notre Dame Open Courseware: Take classes in gender studies, philosophy, sociology, theology, Asian studies and more from this famous university.
  11. FETP Open Courseware: The Fulbright Economics Teaching Program offers classes from its two-year Master in Public Policy Program.
  12. The Open University: This British university offers open classes in law, mathematics, statistics, arts and history, education, business and management and more.
  13. iBerry: Use this site’s open courseware directory to find courses according to subject, notes, video, audio, software demonstrations and more.

Books and Open Text

Read books online for free, access hard-to-find historical texts, and organize your research with these tools.

  1. Internet History Sourcebooks Project: Look up historical texts without messy advertising on this site.
  2. This smart site has books that can be viewed on your iPod, PDA or eBook reader, from poetry to romance to biographies.
  3. Project Gutenberg: Access free ebooks on this site.
  4. Internet Text Archive: This open source site has books in American, Canadian and universal libraries.
  5. Google Book Search: View entire books on this site, including non-fiction reference guides, literature, fantasy, poetry and more.
  6. The Online Books Page: The University of Pennsylvania’s book page provides listings for over 30,000 books, including author information and special lists for prize-winners, women authors and more.
  7. Authorama: This public domain books site publishes free books categorized alphabetically by author last name.

Search Engines

When you want to search for something very specific and bring up authoritative information, use these search engines to connect you to the real thing.

  1. Google Scholar: Access only scholarly journals and material when you use this engine.
  2. Research Crawler: Choose to bring up images, maps, journals, news articles and more when you search here.
  3. PubMed: This government-supported site lets you search by topic, author or journal.
  4. Librarians’ Internet Index: Enter your keywords at the top or click on a subject like people, media, government, business, law or health.
  5. BASE: Search academic materials with this tool.
  6. Use this directory to find ancient literature, American literature, magazines, online texts, periods and movements and more.
  7. Scirus: This engine is "for scientific information only."
  8. History Crawler: Look up history articles, blogs, forums, academic departments, journals and a lot more on this search engine.
  9. LISZEN: Find library blogs and other library resources with this engine.
  10. Art cyclopedia: Art students can search for artists’ names, museums, movements and titles of individual works.

Public Access Libraries and Research Centers

Even if you don’t live in a major city, you can take advantage of research materials and more from resources like the Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art and others.

  1. Library of Congress: Browse exhibitions, access educational resources, check out the American Folklife Center, copyright office, braille reading materials and more.
  2. Internet Public Library: Besides the reading room and reference resources, this site also has exhibits, a special collections site, and plenty of information for those interested in business, computers, science, health, government and more.
  3. Metropolitan Museum of Art: Art enthusiasts can access the collection database for information about over 51,000 paintings and works inside the Met.
  4. MIT Libraries: Browse the collections and get information on how to borrow or order materials here.
  5. Musee de Louvre: Check out the collections, exhibitions and other educational resources online from one of the world’s most famous museums.
  6. Find public libraries in all 50 states by searching this site.
  7. Mayo Clinic: Learn all about diseases, symptoms, health care and more on this site.
  8. LibWeb: Use this tool to get connected to academic libraries, public libraries, national libraries and other centers around the world.
  9. Library Spot: Follow links to libraries and reference sites, or use the Library Spot to look up information, ask the experts, look up genealogy questions and more.
  10. Questia: This online library promises "faster, easier research." Browse by subject category or keyword to access book profiles, journals, magazines, free books and more.


Listen to these podcasts for academic lectures, NPR shows, speeches, interviews and more.

  1. iTunesU: Listen to lectures from professors at Stanford and other colleges using this platform.
  2. University of Cambridge podcasts: This site offers a limited number of podcasts.
  3. "HyperManyMedia" Platform: The WKU distance learning podcasts and videos are offered in poetry, drama, fiction and more.
  4. American University Washington College of Law: If you want to brush up on your understanding of American law and justice, listen to these classes.
  5. The Education Podcast Network: This network has podcasts in the following areas: theatre arts, computer and technical skills, music education, information skills, math, second languages and a lot more.
  6. Free podcasts: Check here for free podcasts from universities like Columbia, Georgetown and the London School of Economics.
  7. Podcast Alley: Find podcasts on virtually any subject, from the environment to health, here.
  8. VoIP Free Calls Guide: Use this guide to set-up free voip conferences or interviews to include in your podcast.
  9. Classics Podcasts: Listen to the news, get vocabulary lessons and listen to textbooks in Latin and Greek.
  10. Digital Podcast: Find podcasts on books, music, the news, religion, technology and other subjects on this site.

Social Media and Online Communities

Talk about books, politics, history, science and more with other lifelong learners on these community-driven sites.

  1. Newsvine: This politics social media site offers "an instant reflection of what the world is talking about at the moment."
  2. Tutorialized: This site depends on user content to publish tutorials on Photoshop and Flash.
  3. ARTslant: Meet other artists, learn about exhibits and museums in the New York area and broaden your tastes on this community site.
  4. Chowhound: Talk about and share recipes and local restaurants here.
  5. Book Crossing: Talk about your favorite books and share titles with other bookworms here.
  6. Good-Tutorials: Turn to this site to learn or chat about JavaScript, PHP and other Web design and development techniques.
  7. ConnectviaBooks: ConnectviaBooks is another social site for book lovers.
  8. Daily Strength: Reach out to other patients on this medical site, which also has news and stories about different diseases.
  9. Hugg: Submit and read about environmental news here.
  10. LibraryThing: Import your book lists from Amazon, the Library of Congress and other sites while you meet other people who love to read.

Learning a New Language

If you want to learn a new language, these web tools can help you with pronunciation, vocabulary, and even planning a trip abroad.

  1. Access free resources for Spanish vocabulary, verbs, grammar, pronunciation and more, at three different levels.
  2. Language Homework Help: MSN Encarta’s resource helps you translate, find verb tenses, spell correctly and learn about history.
  3. iLoveLanguages: Find links and resources for dictionaries, translators, language lessons and more.
  4. BBC Languages: This is a great site for learning about different cultures and planning a trip abroad. Get updated news and weather information around the world, as well as vocabulary lessons and other activities in languages like Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Greek and Chinese.
  5. Virtual Language Tutor: Here you can be tutored in any language from Japanese to Texan Spanish to Canadian French to Russian to Swedish.

Government Sites

For authoritative information on science and technology, U.S. history, consumer information and more, visit these government sites.

  1. Besides getting consumer alerts and news about recalls, health care and other issues, this website can be studied to gain insight about the U.S. economy.
  2. U.S. Census Bureau: Get economic and cultural information about Americans here.
  3. The National Archives: Find all kinds of educational resources, including a research catalog, online exhibits and U.S. Declaration page, right here.
  4. Browse scientific topics like biology and nature, astronomy and space, earth and ocean sciences, computers and communication, and others.
  5. USGS: Check out the interactive map to learn about the country’s geologic history and more.

Reference Guides and Dictionaries

This list features a medical dictionary, historical references and facts, global information, math help and more.

  1. AMS Books Online: Read math textbooks and theory books on this site.
  2. Free Tech Books: Read computer programming and computer engineering textbooks and lecture notes for free.
  3. The World Factbook: Look up history references, geography, government questions, economics, transportation information and more about every country.
  4. This site also includes a thesaurus, encyclopedia and other resources.
  5. Medline Plus Medical Dictionary: Look up confusing medical terms here.
  6. EPodunk: Get information about U.S. cities and states, including city tours, festivals and more.
  7. The Original Farmer’s Almanac: Get information on the seasons, weather, astronomy, gardening and more from The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
  8. Meteorology: If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about meteorology, you’ll find lots of helpful guides on this site.
  9. Specialist Online Dictionary: Find all types of resources, dictionaries and reference guides for specialties like computers, the law, religion, philosophy, word games, writing, translation and more.
  10. RefDesk: RefDesk compiles lists of links and references for those who want to look up history, weather, maps and atlases, the news, movie times, lottery numbers and everything else.


Watch these videos for the latest in politics, world news, documentaries, culture and more.

  1. Oxford Internet Institute: View webcasts of lecturers and special speakers from Oxford on the subject of the Internet and online culture.
  2. FreeDocumentaries: Watch political documentaries about Latin America, Russia, assassinations, Israel and more from this site.
  3. Webcast.berkeley: UC-Berkeley’s webcasts include lots of courses, lectures and special guest speakers.
  4. The History Channel Video Guide: Watch TV shows and videos about American history, military history, science and technology and everything else.
  5. CNN Video: Watch news stories unfold from CNN.
  6. Stanford Health Library Video Collection: Videos included in this library cover topics like cancer, health and society, women and health, and more.
  7. LinkTV: LinkTV is "television without borders" and broadcasts news from around the world, documentaries and more.
  8. UN Webcast: Watch meetings and more from the UN.
  9. Web designers and developers can watch video tutorials on this site.
  10. The Nobel Prize: Watch Nobel Laureates and Prize winners give speeches here.

Reference Sites

Head to these sites when you want to learn more about poetry, the environment, gardening, or scientific research.

  1. Whether you’re an aspiring poet or a poetry enthusiast, listen to poems, learn about writers and more on this site.
  2. Discovery Channel: Watch videos, read articles and play games to learn about history, science, health and more.
  3. The New York Times: Get the latest news, delve into the archives, and gain insight into the world’s culture, economy and politics.
  4. From acid rain to human health to recycling, educate yourself on environmental issues from the
  5. PBS: PBS is another fantastic site for catching up on politics, learning about history and culture, and playing educational games.
  6. National Gardening Association: Learn everything there is to know about gardening, from picking seeds to planning around the seasons to pest control right here.
  7. NYSE: Trade and learn about stocks, read about investments, the economy and finance here.
  8. Council for Higher Education Accreditation: Those wanting to go back to school will find this guide to accreditation a great help.
  9. Wikipedia: For a quick reference on anything from bed bugs to Prince William, use Wikipedia.
  10. ScienceDaily: Catch up on "the latest research news" here.

100 Free Online Ivy League Courses You Should Take Just for Fun

Posted by Staff Writers | Posted in College Education, Online Learning | Posted on 08-09-2008

By Alisa Miller

Even those without top notch grades can now go to Ivy League schools. With the the availability of open courseware classes coming out of some of the finest schools in America, the range of subjects is astounding. If you have ever wondered about the beginnings of Hip Hop, wanted to learn a new language, would like to create a film for social change, or are interested in learning about robotics while playing with Legos, then these courses are right up your alley. All you need to do is click on any one of these courses below to have access to free, online education.

Health and Nutrition

From an aging population to autism to creating chemistry in the kitchen, these < ahref="">college courses provide interesting perspectives on health and nutrition issues.

  1. Health Across the Lifespan: Frameworks, Contexts, and Measurements. Learn about the various aspects of growth and development of the human from birth through old age.
  2. Adolescent Health and Development. Learn about adolescence, adolescence health, and recommendations for positive change in this course.
  3. Health Issues for Aging Populations. Look at aging and how it affects the individual, families, and society while delving into such topics as public health policies and the ethics of elder care.
  4. Autism Theory and Technology. Find out about autism, children with autism, and current technology to "improve opportunities for people diagnosed with autism."
  5. Critical Analysis of Popular Diets and Dietary Supplements. Learn the science of weight loss and compare this to the structure of various weight loss programs and supplements to analyze their effectiveness.
  6. Principles of Human Nutrition. This course offers a basic overview of nutrition and the role that proteins, energy, vitamins, and minerals play in health and disease.
  7. Kitchen Chemistry. Practice cooking experiments while learning basic chemistry principles.
  8. Physical Intelligence. Explore the relationship between body and mind as you learn about physical intelligence and its connection to cognitive intelligence.
  9. Nutrition and Medicine. This 1st year medical school course is one of the rare nutrition courses taught in medical school. Learn the basics of nutrition and how it relates to the human body.

Fine Arts

From the art of color to theater to music, these courses will expand your knowledge while learning something fun.

  1. Composing Your Life: Exploration of Self Through Visual Arts and Writing. Enjoy using several types of media to explore yourself and your creativity in this course.
  2. Costume Design for the Theater. Drama fans will love this course designed to build off a working knowledge of costume design while enhancing your ability to create costumes while incorporating the psychology of clothing.
  3. Dance Theory and Composition. This class covers both the aesthetic and technical aspects of dance while students create their own project.
  4. Hip Hop. This course is described as "students trace[ing] the musical, corporeal, visual, spoken word, and literary manifestations of hip hop over its 30 year presence."
  5. Music Perception and Cognition. Learn how people perceive and process the various aspects of music in this course.
  6. Music of Africa. Looking specifically at West Africa, learn about the traditions of music in this region while studying drumming, song, and dance.
  7. Music of India. Learn about the rich traditions of music and dance in India with a focus on the Hindustani classical music of North India.
  8. Popular Musics of the World. Study popular world music found on mass media such as reggae, Afro-pop, bhangra, and more.
  9. Feeling and Imagination in Art, Science, and Technology. Study philosophy, psychology, and literature to learn about the ways emotion and imagination play into the creative process involving science and technology.
  10. Art of Color. Learn about the use of color in visual arts, the psychology of color, and more in this course focusing on several interesting aspects in the use of color.
  11. Playwriting I. Learn the basics while finding your voice and strengthening your skills as a playwright.

Child Development and Psychology

Whether you are a parent, someone who works with children, or just interested in psychology and child development, these courses are sure to provide you with something you didn’t know.

  1. Child Development. Learn about the major child development theories and theorists focusing on the range of development from infancy through adolescence.
  2. A Clinical Approach to the Human Brain. This course is geared for all types of students wanting to explore the nature of the human brain and cognition.
  3. Psychology of Gender. Learn about the gender differences and social influences of them within several social realms.
  4. Human Memory and Learning. Learn about the exploration of the relationship of memory to learning in this course.
  5. Psycholinguistics. Focusing on the connection between thought and memory on language acquisition, this course examines several areas of language learning such as self-paced reading, eye-tracking, and more.
  6. Infant and Early Childhood Cognition. Learn how infants and young children’s mind perceive the world while also focusing on the research within this field.
  7. Social Psychology. Take a look at how the thoughts, feelings, and actions of the individual affects group dynamics in this course.
  8. Human Growth and Development. A 1st year medical course, this class examines the physical and cognitive development of children and potential abnormalities in development.

Foreign Language

Don’t spend tons of money on expensive foreign language lessons until you’ve given these courses a try. From Spanish to German to Mandarin, you can find both language and culture lessons in these courses.

  1. Spanish 1 and Spanish 2. Learn Spanish through a series of soap opera videos that offer culture, language, and an entertaining story line.
  2. Spanish III. This intermediate-level course delves more deeply into Spanish language, writing, and Hispanic culture.
  3. Spanish 4. Go even further into the culture of Spanish-speaking communities by studying literary and non-literary texts.
  4. Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition: Perspectives on Technology and Culture. Learn about the impact of technology on Hispanic cultures on relationships between the sexes, personal identity, in the natural world, and more while strengthening both written and oral proficiency.
  5. French I and French II. Learn basic communication skills in this class taught completely in French and drawing off real-life resources.
  6. Introduction to French Culture. Learn about French culture from the revolution to the modern era in this course taught in French.
  7. German I. Learn basic German in this workbook and lab-based course.
  8. German II. Expand your German with audio, video, and Web-based content as well as short literary texts.
  9. German III. This intensive class offers the chance for exploration of German culture through drama and literature while building vocabulary and developing grammar.
  10. German IV. Refine your German in this course which looks at German social, political, and historical issues through literature and contemporary texts.
  11. German Culture, Media, and Society. Taught in German, this course examines current trends and topics in Germany through exploration of German short films.
  12. Beginning Japanese I and Beginning Japanese II. Study chapters 1-12A of Japanese: The Spoken Language in this course. You should be able to carry on an everyday conversation in Japanese at the end of these two courses.
  13. Intermediate Japanese I. Build fluency and learn 80 more Kanji in this continuation of Beginning Japanese I and II.
  14. Advanced Japanese I and Advanced Japanese II. These courses focus on grammatical and social correctness, increased spontaneity, and independence with both written and spoken Japanese.
  15. Chinese I, Chinese II, and Chinese III. Learn the basics of Mandarin with these lessons specially created for open courseware.
  16. Chinese IV. Continue your lessons while focusing on strengthening your reading skills and gaining confidence with the spoken word.
  17. Chinese V: Chinese Cultures and Society. This course combines text lessons with real-life explorations of Chinese culture.
  18. Chinese VI: Discovering Chinese Cultures and Society. Focusing on sharpening the sophistication of your written and oral Mandarin, this course explores various real-life resources to further your studies. Conducted in Mandarin only.

Foreign Culture

Step outside your world to discover other cultures without spending a dime on travel with these fascinating courses. It beats working towards a boring MBA.

  1. East Asian Cultures: From Zen to Pop. Examine premodern and modern culture while exploring literature, art, food, and more.
  2. A Passage to India: Introduction to Modern Indian Culture and Society. This course takes a look at current issues in India through film, writings, and newspapers.
  3. Topics in South Asian Literature and Culture. Through literature and film, study the culture of south Asia–especially focusing on newer writers and artists.
  4. Traditional Chinese Literature: Poetry, Fiction, and Drama. Learn the basics of traditional Chinese literature in this class.
  5. Visual Histories: German Cinema 1945 to Present. Take a look at how German cinema evolved through the works produced after WWII.
  6. Japanese Literature and Cinema. Follow the works of Japanese greats from classic to samurai to modern times.
  7. Germany and Its European Context. Jumping off from Nietzsche’s philosophy, this course examines arts and thought in Germany as well as other European cultures.
  8. Paradigms of European Thought and Culture. Examine the history of European thought and how it has shaped current European thinking and culture.
  9. Smashing the Iron Rice Bowl: Chinese East Asia. This course follows the lives of ordinary Chinese citizens as they live through the enormous changes of 19th and 20th centuries.

Literature, Film, and Media

Go beyond the English classes you took in high school with these interesting topics such as modern drama, videogames, photography, and making films for social change.

  1. Medieval Literature: Medieval Women Writers. Learn about this exciting newer genre of literature in a realm that has not traditionally featured women.
  2. Modern Drama. This course focuses on major modern playwrights and their works.
  3. The Film Experience. Study the history of film, especially looking at early American works.
  4. Introduction to Media Studies. Examine the role media plays in society in this class. For the same subject matter, but a different topic focus, try Introduction to Media Studies Fall 2005.
  5. Videogame Theory and Analysis. Learn about how video games relate to cultural, social, and educational functions in current society.
  6. Understanding Television. Watch TV for class? You certain can in this course while you learn about the cultural evolution of television.
  7. Photography and Truth. Actually an anthropology class, this course examines how photography works to document, communicate, and as an art form.
  8. 20th Century Fiction. Take a look at some of the big names in early modern fiction as you explore such themes as psychology and sexuality in literature.
  9. Studies in Film. Examine the link between literature and film while studying both current and traditional filmmakers and authors.
  10. Modern Poetry. Study poets and their works from such greats as Yeats, Eliot, and Frost.
  11. Producing Films for Social Change. Learn the basics of filmmaking in this hands-on course where students create their own documentary on social issues.

American Society and its Relation to the World

Whether examining changes at home or how American society has affected or been effected by other cultures, these courses offer interesting perspectives on society.

  1. Promoting Positive Development Among Youth. This version of this course focuses on the incorporation of youth in civic society in order to promote positive changes in the youth as well as the community.
  2. The Linguistic Study of Bilingualism. Learn about the roots of bilingualism as well as various implications of bilingualism, and even educational repercussions of bilingualism.
  3. Out of Ground Zero: Catastrophe and Memory. This course examines the ways many people memorialized the events of 9-11 and explores other methods of paying homage by looking at other catastrophic events in Germany and Japan.
  4. Communicating Across Cultures. Learn about the effects of globalization on society and find out how you can become more culturally sensitive to those around you.
  5. After Columbus. Using fiction from three different times, this course examines the image of the New World from people at the time of European arrival, stories created afterwards, and modern fiction’s retelling of events.
  6. Visualizing Cultures. Using the opening of Japan by Commodore Perry, this course examines cultural perceptions with regards to racism, nationalism, war, propaganda, and more.
  7. Topics in Culture and Globalization. Explore how globalization has shaped cultures in both First and Third world countries by looking at their pop music, advertisements, film posters, and political cartoons.
  8. Introduction to Asian American Studies: Literature, Culture, and Historical Experience. Learn about the Asian-American experience in American society from the 19th century to present day.
  9. Current Events and Social Issues. Event though this course is from Fall 2004, the topics covered are still relevant and offer an opportunity to explore important social issues.
  10. Feminist Political Thought. This course studies the evolving roles of women in society with topics touching on politics, equality, sexuality, and more.
  11. The Contemporary American Family. Take a look at the American family of today and examine such topics as day care, the "Family Values" debate, same-sex marriage, and more.
  12. American Dream: Exploring Class in the U.S.. Typically considered a classless society, this course looks at the potential of class in American and how it relates to other differences such as race and gender.

Law and Civil Liberties

Find out how the law applies to the individual as well as society in these illuminating courses.

  1. Law and Society. Study the function of law within society by examining the relationships of law makers, law enforcers, and the public.
  2. The Supreme Court, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights. While studying the civil rights of citizens in America, this course also looks at privacy issues and the law of criminal procedure.
  3. American Constitution Society for Law and Policy podcasts at Stanford. Listen to this collection of podcasts to hear lectures from "leading figures in the legal community" as they discuss various topics relating to their progressive vision of the Constitution.
  4. Violence, Human Rights, and Justice. Take a look at how human rights has evolved to protect citizens from abuses from the state.


Whether you would like to learn about technology and creativity or enjoy finding out about robotics while using Legos, these courses are designed to teach you about various aspects of technology.

  1. Technologies for Creative Learning. Examine the ways new technologies can help stimulate learning and creativity with this hands-on course. Lego fans will love this.
  2. How to Learn (Almost) Anything. Look at the relationship of technology and hands-on learning and explore what can be learned through these experiential learning activities.
  3. Creativity, community, and ICT. Learn about how creativity works, about collaborative creativity, and how technology can assist in both the collaborative and creative aspects of learning.
  4. Information Technology Essentials. This basic course offers an overview of technology concepts and trends, concepts, and hardware and software.
  5. Internet Technology in Local and Global Communities. This course looks at programming, Internet technology, open source programs, and entrepreneurship and is a part of the MIT-African Internet Technology Initiative.
  6. The Anthropology of Computing. Take a look at the people behind computing from the early days to the modern world with issues such as hackers, privacy, and more.
  7. New Global Agenda: Exploring 21st Century Challenges through Innovations in Information Technology. This course examines how IT development has affected globalization and international politics.
  8. Ethics and the Law on the Electronic Frontier. Law, policy, and technology come together in this course that discusses several timely topics concerning the Internet and law.
  9. Introduction to Copyright Law. This course covers the basics of copyright law with a heavy emphasis on Internet-related topics.
  10. Information Law and Policy. Find out about copyright law, protecting databases, licensing of information, privacy and much more in this course.
  11. Lego Robotics. Use Legos to explore robotics, programming, and more in this fun class.

Digital Libraries

These digital libraries from Ivy League institutions offer some of the finest material available to instruct and enlighten you.

  1. Columbia University Libraries Digital Collection. Browse through one of over 10 different digital collections that range from medieval and early Renaissance manuscripts to architectural drawings or visit the online exhibitions for even more.
  2. Harvard University Library. Browse through 24 different collections ranging from cultural images of eastern Asia to 19th century American trade cards.
  3. Yale University Library: Digital Collections. Find ancient manuscripts or read a classic all preserved digitally courtesy of the Yale University Library.
  4. Brown University Library, Center for Digital Initiatives. This collection includes such interesting topics ranging from Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon, and African American and Yiddish sheet music.
  5. Princeton University Library Digital Collections. This growing library offers digital collections of maps, 19th century sheet music, and ancient manuscripts.
  6. Cornell University Library Windows on the Past. The digital collections here provide a look at the history of such varied topics as historical literature of agriculture, home economics archives, and a witchcraft collection.
  7. The Online Books Page. Hosted by Penn Libraries, this site offers over 13,000 digital books available for anyone to read.

100 Free College Rides You Don’t Need Daddy to Pay For

Posted by Staff Writers | Posted in College Education, Uncategorized | Posted on 14-01-2008

Believe it or not, there are many colleges and universities that offer students free tuition. Many of them are funded by endowments, state programs, or even student workers. But they all offer an incredibly affordable way to get a quality education. Here, we’ve listed 100 real colleges and universities where you can go to school for free.

Academic Achievement

Getting good grades and scoring well on the SAT or ACT can help you get a free ride at these schools.

  1. Alice Lloyd College: In Pippa Passes, Kentucky, Alice Lloyd College offers fee tuition to students who demonstrate achievement on the SAT/ACT as well as GPA in pre-college curriculum.
  2. The Cooper Union: The Cooper Union offers academic programs in architecture, art, and engineering. Undergraduates are admitted solely based on merit and all receive full scholarships.
  3. The University of Arizona: Provided that you have exceeded testing standards, you can receive a tuition waiver to attend the University of Arizona.
  4. Union College: Union Colleges grants full tuition to all students who are National Merit Finalists.
  5. Oregon Institute of Technology: National Merit Scholarship Finalists and those with otherwise excellent qualifications can receive full resident tuition and fees from the Oregon Institute of Technology.
  6. Lorain County Community College: At this community college, students can earn merit based free tuition or receive the Diversity Incentive Award, which gives Lorain County high school graduates of specific ethnic groups free tution.
  7. Drew University: Students who have completed the Governor’s School in the Sciences can get free tuition from Drew University.
  8. Cisco Junior College: Texan high schoolers who graduate in the upper 25 percent of their class can receive full tuition and fees from this college.
  9. Arizona State University: At Arizona State University, you can get a full tuition waiver, provided that you have exceeded standards on testing in the state.
  10. Southeast Missouri State University: This Missouri school offers full tuition to valedictorials and those in the top 10% of their class with excellent test scores.
  11. Alfred State College: In New York, this college offers free tuition, room, and board to students with excellent academic achievement.
  12. Temple College: If you’re a valedictorian or salutatorian from an accredited Texas high school, you can get free tuition from Temple.
  13. Dallas Baptist University: National Merit Finalists can get free tuition from this university.
  14. Southwestern University: Students with a 1400 on the SAT or who are in the top 5% of their class can apply for the Brown Scholar Awards program, which awards full tuition, room and board.
  15. Baylor University: National Merit Finalists who select Baylor as their first choice college will receive free tuition.
  16. Spring Arbor University: National Merit Finalists will get a free ride at Spring Arbor University.
  17. Kilgore College: National Merit Finalists receive a 100% tuition guarantee at this college.
  18. Lon Morris College: Students who graduate in the top two percent of their class, or those who have scored in the ninetieth percentile or above on the SAT or ACT will get full tuition at Lon Morris College.
  19. East Texas Baptist University: If you’re a National Merit Semi-Finalist, your full tuition is paid for at East Texas Baptist University.
  20. CUNY Honors College: All students who are accepted to CUNY’s Honors College will receive tuition and many other expenses for free.
  21. Texas Women’s University: You can get full tuition and fees at this university if you’re a valedictorian or salutatorian.
  22. Northern Arizona University: Arizona students who have excellent test scores can receive a tuition waiver for Northern Arizona University.
  23. McMurry University: If you qualify for McMurry University’s honors program, your full tuition and fees will be covered.
  24. Weatherford College: Valedictorians can get free tuition from this school.
  25. Blinn College: Texas valedictorians and salutatorians can receive full tuition and fees from Blinn College.
  26. Southwestern Adventist University: Students who are National Merit Finalists can get 100% tuition coverage from this university.


These schools will ask you to work in order to earn your tuition.

  1. Berea College: At this liberal arts college, you’ll be expected to work for your tuition.
  2. College of the Ozarks: This college brands itself as "Hard Work U," as all of its full time students are required to work with the school in order to pay their tuition.
  3. North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Students who have low income and work on campus can attend UNC-Chapel Hill for free.
  4. Deep Springs College: In Colorado, this all-male liberal arts college offers two year programs with a full scholarship to all of the school’s 26 students, who participate in manual labor as part of their education.
  5. United States Coast Guard Academy: The Coast Guard Academy’s students attend tuition-free and will also receive a monthly stipend while in school.
  6. Webb Institute of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering: Students of the Webb Institute study naval architecture and marine engineering. Tuition is paid by participating in a winter work term, in which students wotk in the maritime industry.

Need Based

Students who come from low income families can get free admission from these colleges and universities.

  1. University of Washington: Washington State residents who demonstrate need may be eligible for free tuition at the University of Washington.
  2. John Carroll University: Families making less than $40,000 per year can enroll incoming freshmen tuition-free.
  3. Texas A&M: Students whose families earn incomes less than $60,000 are eligible for free tuition at this Texas university.
  4. Washington State University: Washington State University has a similar program to University of Washington’s. Washington resident students who qualify for Federal Pell or State Grants can apply for a free tuition program.
  5. Texas Tech University: You can get free tuition and fees from Texas Tech if your family’s income is $40,000 or below.
  6. Claremont McKenna College: Claremont McKenna College will award students with 100% of their determined need. The college also matches full Army ROTC scholarships with a grant for full room and board.
  7. Michigan State University: The Spartan Advantage program offers full tuition coverage for the neediest Michigan students.
  8. Stanford: If you get accepted to Stanford and your family earns less than $100,000, you can go to Stanford for free.
  9. Harvard College Financial Aid Office: Through the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative, students from families with annual incomes below $60,000 will not have to pay for tuition.
  10. Soka University: Soka University, a private college in California, offers free tuition to students whose families make less than $60,000 per year.
  11. University of Texas: If your family earns less than $25,000 a year, you can attend the University of Texas for free.
  12. University of Virginia: As a part of the AccessUVa program, you can attend the University of Virginia for free.
  13. Sacred Heart University: Families with an income of less than $50,000 can send their children to Sacred Heart University for free.
  14. Dartmouth: This elite school will allow students whose families make less than $75,000 a year to attend school for free.
  15. University of Pennsylvania: Students from families who have an income below $90,000 will not pay tuition at the University of Pennsylvania, and students with a family income below $40,000 will not have to pay room and board, either.
  16. MIT: MIT waives tuition for all of its students who come from families that earn less than $75,000 per year.

Professional Demand

These programs are designed to add incentive for qualified professionals to enter the market.

  1. The Teacher Academy: At The City University of New York, exceptional students can receive free tuition, stipends for internships, as well as a guaranteed full time teaching position.
  2. United States Military Academy at West Point: If you receive a nomination to attend West Point, you will be granted admission and do not have to pay for school.
  3. Barclay College: This Christian college offers full tuition to all on-campus students.
  4. Call Me Mister: This program at Clemson University and other colleges recruits black males to become teachers, and offers them free tuition.
  5. The Curtis Institute of Music: Founded in order to train exceptionally gifted young musicians, The Curtis Institute provides merit based full tuition scholarships to the students who are chosen to attend the school.
  6. United States Air Force Academy: Students enrolled at the United States Air Force Academy do not pay tuition, provided you fulfill your service with the US Air Force.
  7. Crossroad Bible Institute: This institute offers a free religious education to those who are in prison.
  8. University of Central Florida College of Medicine: This college offers a free medical education to a very select group of students.
  9. United States Naval Academy: Students in the US Naval Academy do not pay tuition, instead repaying the Navy through years of service.
  10. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering: This college supports the engineering as a creative design, vehicle for human and societal needs, and a creator of value. As such, the college offers free tuition to all that are accepted.
  11. Abilene Christian University: Abilene Christian University gives full tuition to students who have declared their major in computer science or technology.
  12. Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine: Students at the Cleveland Clinic of Case Western Reserve University will receive free tuition.
  13. Master’s Baptist College: This Baptist bible college is a ministry of Fargo Baptist Church.
  14. United States Merchant Marine Academy: Students of the US Merchant Marine Academy do not pay tuition.
  15. New Wine Bible College: This college operates as a non-profit ministry, offering free religious education to students.

Location Based

A number of cities, counties, and states offer free tuition to students who either excel in their studies, or demonstrate a serious need.

  1. J.F. Drake State Technical College: If you’re a high school graduate of specific Alabama counties, you can study for free in J.F. Drake State Technical College’s summer session.
  2. University of California: As a resident of California, you can attend University of California tuition free.
  3. El Dorado, Arkansas: Students living in El Dorado, Arkansas, can get a free ride to college.
  4. Clay County, Mississippi: Clay County students can get free tuition at East Mississippi Community College.
  5. Philadelphia: Students in Philadelphia who have stalled their college degree can get free tuition from Philadelphia in order to finish their studies.
  6. New Jersey: Students who graduate in the top 20% of their class can get free tuition through the NJ Stars program.
  7. Tulsa Community College: All high school graduates in Tulsa County, Oklahoma, can receive free tuition at Tulsa Community College.
  8. Newton High School: Graduates of this high school will receive a four year tuition scholarship.
  9. Highline Community College: In association with Federal Way Public Schools, students can attend the college tuition-free.
  10. West Virginia: West Virginia offers a merit-based program that gives full tuition scholarships to qualified students.
  11. Oklahoma: Oklahoma’s Promise entitles students whose families have an income of $50,000 or less to receive free tuition.
  12. Owens Community College: This community college offers free tuition to select public schools in Ohio.
  13. Brookhaven College: This college has partnered with a variety of high schools to offer tuition-free courses.
  14. The Kalamazoo Promise: Residents of Kalamazoo can get free tuition to universities in Michigan.
  15. Clark University: Students who live in specific neighborhoods or who attend the University Park Campus School will receive free tuition at Clark University.
  16. Akron, Ohio: Children who are residents of Akron can attend the University of Akron or advanced trade schools can get free tuition.
  17. University of Minnesota: Minnesota residents can take advantage of the University of Minnesota’s free tuition program.
  18. University of Georgia: Georgia residents who maintain at least a B average will be able to attend the University of Georgia tuition-free.
  19. Century College: High school graduates with a financial need from select St. Paul high schools can attend Century College tuition free.
  20. California State University: Residents of California can receive free tuition from California State University.


Get free tuition from these online colleges and you’ll truly get a good deal. You won’t even need to pay for room and board!

  1. Andrew Jackson University: Take your education anywhere, for free, with this online tuition-free university.
  2. Trinity College of Biblical Studies: Apply to this online bible college to get a free religious education.
  3. The DiUlus Institute: You’ll be able to attend this online research institute for free.


Go overseas for a free education with one of these schools.

  1. Jonkoping International Business School: This university in Sweden promises free education for all of its students.
  2. Free University of Bozen-Bolzano: You’ll be able to study economics, education, computer science, and more in this free, multi-lingual university.
  3. Uppsala University: Uppsala University is a well ranked, free university.
  4. Karolinska University: Study in a hospital setting for free with this medical school.
  5. Ecuador universities: If you become a police or military officer in Ecuador, you will be able to receive a free higher education.
  6. KTH Royal Institute of Technology: You can get a free technological education at the Royal Institute of Technology.
  7. Warwickshire College: Adult students can get free tuition from this college.
  8. Lund University: At Lund University in Sweden, you will not have to pay tuition fees.

Special Groups

These schools and programs offer free tuition to special groups such as veterans and senior citizens.

  1. Wyoming Veterans’ Benefits: Veterans, war orphans, and widows can get free tuition in Wyoming.
  2. North Carolina Wesleyan College: Under the Silver Scholars Program, senior citizens 60 and above can take courses at this college tuition free.
  3. University of Rochester: In a number of the University of Rochester’s programs, veterans will receive free tuition.
  4. Hill College: Hill College offers free tuition to blind or deaf students, foster care students, and students who have graduated high school early.
  5. Disabled Veterans’ Children in Indiana: Students who are children of disabled veterans are eligible for free tuition in Indiana.
  6. Benedictine University: Armed forces veterans can get free tuition at Benedictine University.