Free Online courses from MIT, Harvard and others


Education is evolving rapidly and traditional methods of attending classes are replaced by online courses. There is a need for students to take advantage of attending these courses offered by some of the world’s top universities from across the world.

According to a New York Times article Harvard and MIT are joining hands to offer free massively open online courses, or MOOCs, as they are known, called edX.  edX will offer 5 courses for free to students . Courses will be in engineering and humanities.  Those who complete the course will get a Certificate of Mastery and Grade.  More details can be obtained here http://www.edxonline.org/

Meanwhile at another company called Udacity   http://www.udacity.com/ 20,000 students are taking online course on six subjects.

Not only Harvard and MIT are in the race to offer free online classes but universities such as Stanford, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan announced their partnership with a new commercial company,  Coursera  to offer online courses to students. https://www.coursera.org/

Coursera also offers free humanities courses . https://www.coursera.org/courses

Online education can affect local universities badly if they don’t reform their primitive way of imparting education to students. Technology is rapidly influencing everything and traditional Indian Universities are still lagging way behind in restructuring their courses, modernizing their labs, teaching methodologies to a generation of digital students who will soon abandon going to traditional colleges and adopt online courses which are mostly offered for free.

“Projects like this can impact lives around the world, for the next billion students from China and India,” said George Siemens, a MOOC pioneer who teaches at Athabasca University, a publicly supported online Canadian university.

“Online education is here to stay, and it’s only going to get better,” said Lawrence S. Bacow, a past president of Tufts who is a member of the Harvard Corporation.

Above are mentioned in New York times article.

More about online courses please click the links below

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https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/grass-root-student-to-global-standards/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/education-at-your-door-step/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/stanford-university-offering-free-online-courses-anybody-can-enroll/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/learn-anything-free/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2011/02/04/internet-resources-and-opportunities/

http://www.sr.ithaka.org/research-publications/barriers-adoption-online-learning-systems-us-higher-education

Some good websites for your daily use


Some unknown and good websites that help you in your daily life are listed below. check them out and see if you can use them

http://www-07.ibm.com/in/projectpraviin/index.html   “Project Praviin is an innovative program launched under the aegis of IBM Academic Initiative worldwide to partner with colleges and universities in India to better educate millions of students for a more skilled and competitive IT workforce. A professional IBM certification in open standards technologies can make the difference between getting hired and being left out, which is what this program offers.  ”

http://www-07.ibm.com/in/ur/programs.html ” Global Remote Mentoring is a unique program designed to provide a mechanism for students to learn real life technical problem solving, project delivery concepts and communication skills. This program simulates remote project management and delivery environment. Students work with their Faculty Mentor and consult with designated IBM Mentors (experts) on their project.”

North south foundation (NSF) The NSF Scholarship program in India is designed to encourage excellence among the poor children who excel academically but need help to attend college. Each scholarship is $250 per student per year. More Information is available at Indian Scholarships.  http://www.northsouth.org/public/main/home.aspx//

Want to learn code while playing games check this out here http://www.primerlabs.com/

http://www.midomi.com/ search for music by singing or humming here

want to know the latest in Civil engineering , Building standards and other information. check these websites https://ilbi.org/lbc/LBC%20Documents/lbc-2.1

http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CategoryID=20

http://cascadiagbc.org/living-future/11/program/lf11sessiondescriptions/The%20Red%20List%20and%20Beyond

For mobile phone addicts here you can find lot’s of gadget details http://www.slashgear.com/panasonic-eluga-smartphone-for-europe-official-20214349/   and http://www.theverge.com/ and more about gadgets here http://www.engadget.com/topics/cellphones

Make your own light bulbs using bamboo etc  http://inhabitat.com/tag/victor-vetterlein/

http://advanced.aviary.com/tools/myna free tool to record your voice and edit your songs

http://www.wolframalpha.com/   get answers without search

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/ download images, templates etc

http://www.screenr.com/  record the movies from your computer and add your voice if needed and upload the file to youtube or other services

http://www.followupthen.com/ easy way to setup email reminders

http://my.lovelycharts.com/ create flowcharts , sitemaps, network diagrams

http://www.pdfescape.com/ edit PDF file online

http://dabbleboard.com/draw Your whiteboard to draw anything

http://new.livestream.com/ broadcast marriage ceremonies, party’s , birthday’s events live so your friends and others can view them from far places

http://www.homestyler.com/ design your home in 3D. Civil engineers good for you.

https://join.me/ you can use this service for sharing your screen with others

http://www.onlineocr.net/ recognize characters from scanned pdf and images. other good services are google docs, http://finereader.abbyyonline.com/en/Account/Welcome captures text from capture images to word document and other formats

http://www.free-ocr.com/ same as above http://ocronline.com/ another free service

For checking grammer, spelling mistakes in your document use this one http://www.polishmywriting.com/

http://typewith.me/ friends can work together on the same document same time

http://everytimezone.com/ world time zones at one place

http://zoom.it/ view high resolution images

http://studio.stupeflix.com/ make videos and movies on your own

http://asktom.oracle.com/pls/asktom/f?p=100:1:0 for software code questions

http://www.fusioncharts.com/demos/business/ charts for business

http://lifehacker.com/ hacking tools

http://uplaya.com/ upload your song and share it with the world

http://community.topcoder.com/tc programming contests and free lancing opportunities

http://www.guru.com/index.aspx find work here

http://keepass.info/index.html too many passwords?  one master key password service

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