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Free Education - September 2011

10 Free Banned Books

It's the last day of this year's Banned Books Week, a national campaign against censorship. What better way to spend the weekend than by reading an 'obscene' or 'objectionable' book? Check out these links to free classics that have been challenged, banned or burned for containing 'radical' ideas.

10 Free Classic Books

A post yesterday examined how reading the classics can reveal important life lessons. It seems appropriate to recommend a few more classic books because, after all, October is National Book Month. Why not check out these great (free!) titles to glean some insight of your own?

10 Free Web Tools for Students

Online education, once considered outside the mainstream, has gained a great deal of credibility among college students in recent years. More good news for online learners: There are a lot of free Internet resources students can take advantage of while completing courses. Read on to learn about some popular Web-based services and applications that can help you be a more successful student.

A Massive Open Online Class for Edupunks

Imagine taking an online class with approximately 2,500 students from all over the world. What if no credits were awarded, it was on-demand whenever time permitted and the structure allowed participants to choose their own adventure? Welcome to a Massive Open Online Class (MOOC). The topic of the latest MOOC is the current state of online education and its future trajectory.

A Pathway for Open Education: Study.com Speaks with the University of California, Irvine

In the pursuit of increasing access to education, Study.com has recently launched an interview series with OpenCourseWare (OCW) providers around the world. These institutions are at the forefront of the open education movement, providing free educational resources to anyone with an Internet connection. Study.com recently spoke with Dr. Gary Matkin, dean of continuing education and distance learning at UC Irvine.

A Yale Education is Within Your Reach

Open Yale Courses is an open education program at Yale University dedicated to providing classes that realistically emulate the campus classroom experience. Students around the world can enjoy high-quality courses designed to push the boundaries of what it means to learn online. Study.com's Education Insider recently caught up with Diana E. E. Kleiner of Open Yale Courses to learn more about the initiative.

Around the World in 80 Seconds: 10 Free Sites to Tour the Globe

Ever wish you could take a tour of the world? Maybe school, work or limited funds make this dream impossible for the moment. Not to worry. These sites offer an up close and personal look at some of the globe's hottest travel destinations.

Best Free Software Downloads for Students

Don't spend hundreds of dollars to get your computer ready for college. There are tons of free programs that you can download safely and easily online. Read on to discover the best free software downloads for students.

Bringing Open Education to Community Colleges: Dr. Judy Baker Introduces the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources

Most of the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement in higher education has focused on 4-year colleges and universities. The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) is working to change that by bringing a national group of 2-year institutions together to advocate for the needs of community college students. Dr. Judy Baker, one of the founding members of the CCCOER, recently spoke to The Education Insider about the development of this important organization.

Building Community Through the Arts: Study.com Speaks with Fresh Arts

The Fresh Arts Coalition is an arts group in Houston, Texas, that links member organizations from museums to theater troupes. Fresh Arts helps them gain visibility and bring their work to the greater artistic community. Study.com recently caught up with Ian Garrett, the new Executive Director of Fresh Arts, to find out how the organization works and what new arts education projects are in development.

Can Technology Prevent the Education Bubble from Bursting? A Dialogue with Trent Batson

The latest buzz in the higher education blogosphere has been about an 'education bubble.' Talk of this purported bubble has been fueled by dissatisfaction with rising tuition costs coupled with the inability of recent college graduates to secure jobs due to lack of relevant workforce skills. Dr. Trent Batson believes that the innovative use of educational technology, such as ePortfolios, may help prevent the bubble from bursting.

Community Colleges: OCW's Final Frontier

OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a movement pioneered and endorsed by large, prestigious universities. It's catching on among 4-year colleges and universities, with totally free and open educational information available online in increasing amounts. But the movement has been slow to gain traction in community colleges.

Community Colleges: Unexpected Open Education Pioneers

The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) is seeking to harness the power of OER for community college students. One of its first initiatives was the College Open Textbook Project, which translated over 500 OER into free, open access textbooks. This project has now separated from the CCCOER, and Study.com's Education Insider caught up with advisory board member James Glapa-Grossklag to find out where the organization is headed next.

Could Badges Ever Replace Diplomas?

As technology advances, education tends to become more open and accessible. It's possible that a recent announcement from a joint partnership between the Mozilla Corporation, HASTAC, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spells the biggest change yet in that direction. What are badges, and what do they mean for the future of education?

Creating and Teaching Art Online with John Casey and Chris Follows of ALTO and Process Arts

Study.com recently attended the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC), a gathering of educators and professionals interested in the availability and application of free online college course materials known as OpenCourseWare (OCW). We had a chance to speak with several industry leaders, including Chris Follows and John Casey, the innovators behind ALTO (Arts, Learning and Teaching Online) and Process Arts, which aim to provide OCW for teaching art and design via the Internet.

Day 2 at the OpenCourseWare Consortium Conference on Free Education

After a long, fascinating day one, the Study.com team began day two of the OpenCourseWare Consortium conference with high hopes. The line up of events and speakers did not disappoint! Read on to learn more about what we've learned about free education around the world.

Do We Need Those Stinking DML Badges?

In September 2011 Web developer Mozilla announced their Open Badges platform, a digital method for individuals to show off credentials they've acquired through both traditional and nontraditional means. Some critics have been quick to attack the notion of Open Badging, alleging that it commodifies education and makes for an unsupportable system. But perhaps badges are the creative jolt education needs.

Don't Pay for Technology: 25 Freebies for Students

In today's economic climate, paying for technology isn't prudent, and for some students, it isn't even an option. Fortunately, there are plenty of freebies on the web that can help with document creation, research, writing, storage, collaboration, studying and more. Here are 25 free web apps and software programs that may be useful to students.

Dr. Bakary Diallo of the African Virtual University on Improving Education Accessibility in Africa

Study.com recently attended the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC), a gathering of educators and professionals interested in the availability and application of free online college course materials known as OpenCourseWare (OCW). We had a chance to speak with several industry leaders, including Bakary Diallo, CEO of the African Virtual University (AVU), an institution committed to increasing education access through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

Dr. Walter Lewin of MIT Talks About Opening Courses Before OCW

Study.com recently attended the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC), a gathering of educators and professionals interested in the availability and application of free online college course materials known as OpenCourseWare (OCW). We had a chance to speak with several industry leaders, including Dr. Walter Lewin, Professor of Physics at MIT. Dr. Lewin was presented with the first Educator Award for OpenCourseWare Excellence (ACE) at the conference.

Dr. Yongsheng Sun Talks Global Education and the Open Course Library

During the first week of May, Study.com attended the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC), a gathering of educators and professionals interested in the availability and application of free online college course materials known as OpenCourseWare (OCW). We had a chance to speak with several industry leaders, including Yongsheng Sun, one of the heads of Washington State's Open Course Library (OCL) project, which is revolutionizing how college students obtain course materials.

Dreaming and Doing: A Conversation with Mary Lou Forward of the OpenCourseWare Consortium

Mary Lou Forward, Executive Director of the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC) calls OCW 'the perfect field for somebody who likes to dream,' but knows that the sharing educational resources with people around the world also requires the drive to get things done, and the OCWC is doing just that. The Education Insider met with her at the OpenCourseWare Consortium Conference to learn where OCW has been and, more importantly, where it's going.

Education for All: Study.com Speaks with the United Nations University in Japan

In the pursuit of increasing access to education, Study.com has recently launched an interview series with OpenCourseWare (OCW) providers around the world. These institutions are at the forefront of the blossoming open education movement, which provides free educational resources to any student or self learner with an Internet connection. Read on to learn about OCW opportunities at the United Nations University in Japan from Brendan Barrett, head of the UNU Media Studio.

Education Wants to Be Free: EduMOOC 2011

Open learning was the topic for week five of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on online learning organized by the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The panel discussion touched on how e-textbooks and the flood of free resources are fostering the movement towards openness.

Educational Collaboration for the Win: EduMOOC 2011

How are some schools making rich course offerings available despite shrinking budgets? Find out how educators and students are reaching out and adopting a win-win strategy.

Elite Institution Offers MBA Program - For Free

Ever thought about pursuing an MBA? Well, now's the time. The London School of Business & Finance is offering its full MBA program online - for free. Keep reading to learn how you can take advantage of this offer.

Enter To Win Free Textbooks for a Year

Study.com is excited to announce that our textbook giveaway is live! Head over to our Facebook page to enter to win $1000 to use toward textbook costs. Share the link with friends to increase your chances of winning our bonus $500 referral prize.

Final Round-Up of the OpenCourseWare Consortium Conference

It's Friday, May 6, and the OCWC conference is wrapping up. The last day was jam packed with fascinating interviews with educators and innovators who continue to work to make education more accessible and open. Read on to find out about the day's events.

Free Books - 50 Places to Find Free Books Online

Free books can be found everywhere--if you know where to look. Below you'll find 50 places offering free books online, including fiction and nonfiction ebooks, audio books, poetry, reference books and even free textbooks.

Free Education for Working Professionals

Free online educational material can be used by many types of people, and for many reasons. Study.com recently surveyed some online learners and discovered that many are working professionals. Read on to find out some good resources that are especially geared toward you.

Free Education? Consider OCW

Just how much is college? Annual expenses for in-state students at four-year public schools average $15,000. Students at private colleges typically spend $35,000 each year. What's worse, higher ed costs are rising by 6% each year. OpenCourseWare (OCW) offers you a no-cost alternative to paying skyrocketing college expenses.

Free Financial Aid Webinars

January 1 was the first day the FAFSA for the 2010-2011 year could be filed, but there is still time to get the aid you need for college. If you need help filling out the FAFSA or understanding financial aid awards, consider participating in one of these upcoming webinars.

Free Online Courses Are Useful for All

Study.com recently ran a survey asking its readers to detail their familiarity and experiences with OpenCourseWare (OCW), free college course material available online to any interested learners. We asked respondents to tell us a little bit about themselves to help provide a better picture of who's using OCW and why. The results may surprise you!

Free Online MBA Programs

Free online MBA programs? It may sound too good to be true, but free online MBA programs and courses are available to self-learners who are looking for a tuition-free business education.

Free Software for Your Online Classes

When it comes to doing a job, the right tool can make all the difference. The same holds true for taking courses online. Without some essential tools, it can be difficult to carry out all of the tasks your instructor expects of you. That's where the below (free!) software programs come in.

Free Video Lecture Podcasts from Top Universities

Free video lectures are a great way to learn more about a particular subject because you don't have to put a lot of effort into doing so. There are currently dozens of top universities that provide free video lectures to self-learners around the world. Here's a list of the best.

From Holland to Indonesia: Anka Mulder of TU Delft Knows the International Impact of OCW

Study.com recently attended the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC), a gathering of educators and professionals interested in the availability and application of free online college course materials known as OpenCourseWare (OCW). We had a chance to speak with several industry leaders, including Anka Mulder, director of Education at Holland's Delft University of Technology, and newly-elected president of the OCWC.

From the Classroom to Your Computer: A Conversation with Curt Newton of MIT OCW

Study.com recently attended the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC), a gathering of educators and professionals interested in the availability and application of free online instructional material known as OpenCourseWare (OCW). There we met Curt Newton, a publication manager for MIT's massive OCW database. We talked with Curt about the processes behind MIT's OCW program, as well as his thoughts on its future.

Get an Online Education Without Paying Tuition

University of the People, the world's first online tuition-free university, is dedicated to making university-level education accessible to people around the world. U of P opened its virtual doors one year ago and is still accepting applications from students who are looking for a unique learning experience.

Go with the Floe: Flexible Learning for Open Education

The development and advancement of information and communication technologies has made a huge impact on the world of education. Students can now access distance learning and open education programs. As these programs have evolved, so have the challenges of addressing the varying needs of diverse learners and creating content that is flexible, accessible and inclusive. One solution that is developing is the Flexible Learning for Open Education (Floe) Project.

History 101: 10 Free Video Lectures

Studying history can be viewed as a holistic exercise. In many ways, it is the examination of small parts of the human experience to understand what we collectively are. These free online courses can help enhance your insight into how we have come to be where we are.

How MIT's Office of Educational Innovation and Technology is Making Education Better: An Interview with Vijay Kumar

Study.com recently attended the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC), a gathering of educators and professionals interested in the availability and application of free online college course materials known as OpenCourseWare (OCW). We had a chance to speak with several industry leaders, including Vijay Kumar, the director of MIT's OEIT (Office of Educational Innovation and Technology), who shared with us a couple of MIT's exciting innovations.

How Mobile Apps and Devices Impact Teaching and Learning: EduMOOC 2011

How can mobile apps, as well as the mobile devices on which they run, change teaching and learning for the better? This question propelled this week's panel discussion within eduMOOC 2011, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) initiated by the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Keep reading Study.com's Education Insider to learn more.

How the Directory of Open Access Journals is Revolutionizing Research

Are you looking for access to free scholarly information on the Web? If so, continue reading for a look inside the global Directory of Open Access Journals.

How to Learn in a Digital World: PLNs and EduMOOC 2011

Why might types of learning that depend on classrooms and formal instructors be growing less and less relevant? What are personal learning networks (PLNs), and what advantages do they offer? These questions and more were the subject of this week's EduMOOC 2011 webinar.

How University OpenCourseWare Has Changed the Education World

The term OpenCourseWare refers to university course materials that are shared for free on the web. OpenCourseWare has changed the education world because it has made learning free for everyone. This article explains how OpenCourseWare has evolved from an idea into a world wide phenomenon. It also provides links to Open Source projects and more than 20 universities offering free courses online.

Igor Lesko Talks About OpenCourseWare's Global Impact

Study.com recently attended the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC) Global 2011, a gathering of educators and professionals interested in the availability and application of free online instructional material known as OpenCourseWare (OCW). There we met Igor Lesko, membership coordinator for the Consortium. We spoke with Igor about organizing OCW initiatives worldwide and learned about some exciting things on the horizon for the OCW movement.

Learn a Foreign Language Online for Free

The rise of social language learning sites on the web has made it easier than ever to try out a new language. These sites allow you to learn for free and eliminate the need to enroll in a formal course or buy pricy language software and books.

Learn for Free: Top Types of Free Educational Resources

It's never been easier to learn online, but the range of resources can be mind-boggling. Study.com surveyed some lovers of free education to find out what types of resources are most popular. Read on to find out the most popular resources and where you can find them.

Learning Language as a Game: Study.com Talks with the Creators of SNOWBALLS

Globalization increasingly infiltrates the world of higher education. Technology has heightened the speed at which we can communicate and collaborate, fostering a worldwide academic environment heretofore unseen. That brings along with it a set of challenges, not the least of which is the barrier established by highly technical foreign language terms. A pair of University of Tokyo educators has come up with an innovative solution to that problem - they've invited their students to play a game.

Learning Online About Online Learning: EduMOOC 2011

Even though scholars have been researching online education for at least fifteen years, there is still much to be discovered. The state of research on online education was the topic of today's session of eduMOOC 2011, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that is currently being offered by the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Study.com's Education Insider was (virtually) there to get the inside information.

Live at the OpenCourseWare Consortium Conference

Over the past few months, Study.com has been featuring institutions such as the University of Michigan and Tufts that offer free education and course materials to students around the world. This week, the Study.com team is blogging live from the OpenCourseWare Consortium's annual conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Live from the OpenCourseWare Consortium Conference: Day 1

After an energizing day of pre-conference workshops and conversations with fascinating people, the Study.com team was excited for today, the first official day of the OpenCourseWare Consortium conference. Read on to find out about the days events.

Making Open Learning Come Alive: Takaya Yamazato of Nagoya University Talks About Engaging Students in OpenCourseWare

Dr. Takaya Yamazato is a professor at Japan's Nagoya University, where he also heads the OpenCourseWare (OCW) team. The Education Insider caught up with him after the 2011 OCW Consortium conference to learn more about Nagoya's unique approach to putting course materials on the Web.

Numbers Count: 10 Free Online Math Classes

Do you consider yourself more of a words person than someone who gets math? If so, you know how nerve-wracking it can be to have to show off numbers know-how. Not to worry, though. There are plenty of free online courses for numbers novices and experts alike. Here are ten classes you can take to make math add up.

OCWC Conference Poster Session

We're blogging live from the OpenCourseWare Consortium Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This afternoon we attended a poster session where OCW up-and-comers shared their latest projects.

Ohio University Couple Wins Study.com's Win Free Textbooks for a Year Giveaway

When Aundrea Bentley's boyfriend told her about Study.com's Win Free Textbooks for a Year Giveaway, he didn't actually expect that she'd win. And he really didn't expect that he'd win $500 for telling her about the giveaway. A happy surprise later, they've joined our long list of scholarship and award winners.

Open Education Around the World: Study.com Speaks with Delft University

In the pursuit of increasing access to education, Study.com has recently launched an interview series with OpenCourseWare (OCW) providers around the world. These institutions are at the forefront of the blossoming open education movement, which provides free educational resources to any student or self learner with an Internet connection. Read on to learn about OCW opportunities at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands from Anka Mulder, OCW Manager.

Open Education Around the World: Study.com Speaks with Taipei Medical University

In the pursuit of increasing access to education, Study.com has recently launched an interview series with OpenCourseWare (OCW) providers around the world. These institutions are at the forefront of the open education movement, which provides free educational resources to any student or self learner with an Internet connection. Read on to learn about OCW opportunities at Taipei Medical University (TMU) from Marian Wan in the Office of Biomedical Informatics.

Open Education Around the World: Study.com Speaks with the Middle East Technical University

In the pursuit of increasing access to education, Study.com has recently launched an interview series with OpenCourseWare (OCW) providers around the world. These institutions are at the forefront of the blossoming open education movement, which provides free educational resources to any student or self learner with an Internet connection. Read on to learn about OCW opportunities at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Turkey from Associate Professor Kursat Cagiltay.

Open Education Around the World: Study.com Speaks with The Open University

In the pursuit of increasing access to education, Study.com has recently launched an interview series with OpenCourseWare (OCW) providers around the world. These institutions are at the forefront of the blossoming open education movement, which provides free educational resources to any student or self learner with an Internet connection. Read on to learn about OCW opportunities at The Open University in the U.K. from Professor Andy Lane.

Open Education Around the World: Study.com Speaks with the University of Cape Town

In the pursuit of increasing access to education, Study.com has recently launched an interview series with OpenCourseWare (OCW) providers around the world. These institutions are at the forefront of the blossoming open education movement, which provides free educational resources to any student or self learner with an Internet connection. Read on to learn about OCW opportunities at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa from project lead Glenda Cox and her team.

Open Education Around the World: Study.com Speaks with the University of Notre Dame

In the pursuit of increasing access to education, Study.com has recently launched an interview series with OpenCourseWare (OCW) providers around the world. These institutions provide free educational resources to any student or self learner with an Internet connection. Read on to learn about OCW opportunities at the University of Notre Dame from Cathy Schultz, ND OCW Project Coordinator, and Kevin Barry, Interim Director at the ND Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning.

Open Education Around the World: Study.com Speaks with the University of Nottingham

In the pursuit of increasing access to education, Study.com has recently launched an interview series with OpenCourseWare (OCW) providers around the world. These institutions are at the forefront of the blossoming open education movement, which provides free educational resources to any student or self learner with an Internet connection. Read on to learn about OCW opportunities at the University of Nottingham in the U.K. from Steven Stapleton and the Open Nottingham team.

Open Education Around the World: Study.com Speaks with the University of Southern Queensland

In the pursuit of increasing access to education, Study.com has recently launched an interview series with OpenCourseWare (OCW) providers around the world. These institutions are at the forefront of the blossoming open education movement, which provides free educational resources to any student or self learner with an Internet connection. Read on to learn about OCW opportunities at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia from Professor Jim Taylor.

Open Education Around the World: Study.com Speaks with the University of Tokyo

In the pursuit of increasing access to education, Study.com has recently launched an interview series with OpenCourseWare (OCW) providers around the world. These institutions are at the forefront of the open education movement, which provides free educational resources to any student or self learner with an Internet connection. Read on to learn about OCW opportunities at the University of Tokyo from Emi Yamamoto of the U Tokyo Center for Research and Development of Higher Education.

Open Education at MIT: Study.com Speaks with the President of the OCW Consortium

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was the first institution to launch an OpenCourseWare (OCW) project. The school has sparked an international movement to make materials from postsecondary institutions available - for free - to students and self-learners around the globe. We recently caught up with Stephen Carson, member of the MIT OCW team and President of the OCW Consortium, to find out more about this revolutionary program.

Open Education in Indonesia: Perspectives From APTIKOM's Eko Indrajit

Eko Indrajit has a lot of experience in education - he holds four master's degrees from universities around the world and a doctoral degree in business, and he teaches computer science at the Asian Banking Finance and Informatics (ABFI) Institute Perbanas, Jakarta-Indonesia. Mr. Indrajit brings that expertise to bear in his work as Chairman of APTIKOM, an Indonesian organization devoted to technology education through which he advocates for increased access to education.

Open Education Is Transforming the Way We Learn: Ray Schroeder Speaks to Study.com

Ray Schroeder is the Professor Emeritus of Communication and the founding director of the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service at the University of Illinois at Springfield. His numerous awards and acknowledgements include the 2010 A. Frank Mayadas Leadership Award, the Sloan Consortium's highest individual award.

Open Source, Open Minds: The OpenCourseWare Consortium Conference

We're back home on the West Coast, but we still can't stop talking about the amazing time we had at the OpenCourseWare Consortium Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While we could never choose a favorite speaker or presentation, we definitely know what impressed us the most about this experience.

Open University Professor Andy Lane on Being an Open-Learning Pioneer

Study.com recently attended the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC), a gathering of educators and professionals interested in the availability and application of free online college course materials known as OpenCourseWare (OCW). We had a chance to speak with several industry leaders, including Andy Lane, a Professor at the Open University (OU). The U.K.'s OU has been involved in technologically based distance learning since 1969. Check out how they use OCW to their advantage.

Open.Michigan: Study.com Speaks with the Open Learning Team at the University of Michigan

In the pursuit of increasing access to education, Study.com has recently launched an interview series with OpenCourseWare (OCW) providers around the world. These institutions are at the forefront of the open education movement, providing free educational resources to anyone with an Internet connection. Study.com recently spoke with Emily Puckett Rodgers, Open Education Coordinator at the University of Michigan, about Open.Michigan, U-M's innovative open learning project.

OpenCourseWare Buzzwords

The Study.com blog team is in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for the tenth annual OpenCourseWare Consortium Conference. We're meeting fascinating people and learning a lot, including new OCW buzzwords.

OpenCourseWare Buzzwords Continued

As our time in Boston wraps up, we can hardly believe how much we've learned here at the OpenCourseWare Consortium Conference. We've met incredible people from around the world, found out about some exciting new OCW initiatives on the horizon and, last but not least, are immersing ourselves in OCW lingo.

Opening Education in Central Africa: Jacques Murinda Introduces OLE Rwanda

The Open Learning Exchange (OLE) Rwanda is an open education effort designed to improve teacher training in this central African country. Utilizing Open Educational Resources (OER), the program aims to bring basic universal education as well as English language and technology training to teachers throughout the country by 2015. Study.com's Education Insider recently spoke with Jacques Murinda of OLE Rwanda to learn more about this innovative effort.

Opening the World's Knowledge: Study.com Speaks with Tufts University

In the pursuit of increasing access to education, Study.com has recently launched an interview series with OpenCourseWare (OCW) providers around the world. These institutions are at the forefront of the open education movement, which provides free educational resources to anyone with an Internet connection. Read on to learn about OCW opportunities at Tufts University from Mary Y. Lee, Associate Provost, Susan Albright, Director of Educational Technologies and Robbin Smith, OCW Editor.

Parlez-vous Francais? Free Online Foreign Language Tutorials

Learning a language on your own can be a very daunting task. Luckily, there are tons of resources available on the Web to help you develop your foreign language skills, from video lectures to podcasts and more. Don't miss these free online foreign language tutorials.

Peer to Peer Learning: Philipp Schmidt Talks About Socializing Open Education With P2PU

Philipp Schmidt is the co-founder of Peer 2 Peer University, a site that offers high quality 'crowd sourced' learning opportunities. Study.com recently caught up with him after the 2011 OpenCourseWare Consortium conference to learn more about his innovative approach to open education.

People's Choice Nominees: Best Open Education Resource

Watching Quentin Tarantino's first film online. (For free!) Help with your calculus homework. (For free!) A Yale University English course. (For free!) The Open Education Movement makes all of these things possible and our three nominees in this category represent the coolest and most useful (free!) educational resources available to anyone online.

Popular Ways that OpenCourseWare is Used

Study.com recently ran a survey asking readers to detail their familiarity with OpenCourseWare (OCW), free college course materials available online to any interested learners. We wanted respondents to tell us how they use OCW, what kinds of OCW they find most helpful and more. Here are the results.

Promoting Lifelong Learning: Yasutaka Kageyama Talks About Open Education and iUniv

Yasutaka Kageyama is the Chief Creative Director for Castalia, a Japanese company focused on 'mobile, social and education' technology. They're the founders of iUniv, which puts free educational audio and video content online and lets users highlight and share content with digital stickies via their proprietary Fusen system. Study.com caught up with Mr. Kageyama after the 2011 OpenCourseWare Consortium conference to learn more about his work with this innovative organization.

Promoting Low Cost Textbooks for Community College Students

Stop breaking the bank with high textbook costs and explore some of the free or low cost options promoted by the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCOER). We recently 'attended' a webinar where members of the CCOER met with members of the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC) to talk about how OpenCourseWare and Open Educational Resources can be best used to benefit students and self-learners around the world.

Real Credit for Virtual Courses: How to Get Credit for Free Classes

Online course material (also known as OpenCourseWare, or OCW) can provide free education. But how can it be used to earn credits toward real-world degrees? Read on to find out.

Relieve Your Stress: 10 Free Web Apps to Help You Relax

We all experience stress. No matter how well we schedule our time, there's no way to eliminate it completely from our lives. Each day brings those little (or big) surprises that can undermine our best-laid plans to meet family, work and school responsibilities. The good news: Stress relief is only a click away at these websites.

Sharing Open Education Across All Sectors: Robert Schuwer Explains the Wikiwijs Initiative

In the U.S., most open education initiatives are centered around higher education, but the Netherlands is taking things a step farther. The Dutch government recently launched Wikiwijs, an open education portal designed to share digital resources between the primary, secondary and postsecondary sectors of education. The Education Insider spoke with Robert Schuwer, content leader for the program and professor at the Dutch Open University, to learn more about this innovative initiative.

Sneak Peek! Early Results for the Education Resource People's Choice Awards

A little over a week into Study.com's Education Resources People's Choice Awards, we already have some stiff competition between our nominees. We always get excited about helping students succeed, and it seems our voters are just as passionate about making education accessible as we are! Check out some of the comments voters have left about their choices, and learn about some of our our tightest races.

Study and Groove: 10 Free Ways to Listen to Music While Studying

School's in session and work may be coming at you from all directions. Perhaps your nights already feature marathon study sessions in front of the computer. What better way to spend this screen time than under the headphones with some great music? That's not a problem with these free (and legal) online music sources.

Technological Tricks and Troubles: EduMOOC 2011

What roles can social media tools play in online learning? This question and others were explored in today's session of eduMOOC 2011, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that is currently being offered by the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Once again, Study.com's Education Insider participated in the live Webinar to bring you the inside scoop.

Textbook Costs: Looking at Market Forces to Understand High Prices

As if tuition, fees and cost of living weren't high enough, college students spend hundreds of dollars every year on textbooks. And book costs are rising fast - prices for new textbooks are climbing much more rapidly than inflation rates. The Education Insider explores the market disconnect that may be at the root of this problem.

The Federally Funded OpenCourseWare Revolution

What began essentially by accident - a 'consolation prize,' some pundits called it - has now turned into a revolution in the OpenCourseWare (OCW) movement. President Obama's defeated plans for community college reform have led to a surprising collaboration between the United States' Departments of Education and Labor that aims to help unemployed job seekers. What that may lead to is a total overhaul of how college course materials are disseminated.

The Future of OpenCourseWare: Kate James Talks About The Next Decade of OCW at MIT

Study.com recently attended the OpenCourseWare Consortium's annual conference, where we met Kate James, Senior Manager of User Experience for the MIT OCW team. We caught up with her after the conference to learn more about where her team is taking MIT as they move into their second decade of OpenCourseWare.

The Most Helpful Free Education Resources

Study.com recently ran a survey asking readers to detail their familiarity and experiences with OpenCourseWare (OCW), free college course material available online to any interested learners. We wanted respondents to tell us how they use OCW, what OCW types they find most relevant to their studies and more. Here are the results.

Tom Caswell and the Open Course Library: Making Education Truly Accessible

Study.com recently attended the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC), a gathering of educators and professionals interested in the availability and application of free online college course materials known as OpenCourseWare (OCW). We had a chance to speak with several industry leaders, including Tom Caswell, program manager for Washington State's exciting Open Course Library (OCL) project. How is Washington working to make community college more accessible to students?

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Understanding OCW Economics: Willem van Valkenburg of the Delft University of Technology and Demand-Driven Open Education

The Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands is one of the world's premier technology and scientific universities. With a long history of e-learning, Delft has recently also become a leader in OpenCourseWare (OCW). Study.com's Education Insider spoke with Willem van Valkenburg, part of the Delft e-learning team, about the future of online learning and open education at the university.

Understanding OCW: A Field Guide to Free Education

OpenCourseWare, also known as OCW, is sweeping the education world and revolutionizing the way students and self-learners can learn. Unfortunately, many people don't even know what OCW is or how they can access free education opportunities. Read on for a full overview of OCW and the way you can use it to learn for free.

University of Michigan's Pieter Kleymeer Shares His Program's Award-Winning Approach to Open Ed

Study.com recently attended the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC), a gathering of educators and professionals interested in the availability and application of free online college course materials known as OpenCourseWare (OCW). We had a chance to speak with several industry leaders, including Pieter Kleymeer, an open education specialist from the University of Michigan. We talked with Pieter about his school's new OCW project, the Open Michigan Initiative.

Where We're Going, We Don't Need Classrooms: EduMOOC 2011

If we could hop in the DeLorean and get a glimpse of higher education in 2021, what would we see? This week's eduMOOC (Massive Open Online Course) panelists talked about what they envision as the future direction of online learning.

Why Should Community Colleges and OpenCourseWare Embrace Each Other?

The Open Courseware Consortium (OCWC), an organization dedicated to making university course materials freely available online, has typically had primarily four-year member institutions as members. Read on to learn how community colleges and the OCWC can benefit each other.

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Win Free Textbooks for a Year Contest Ends August 31

Study.com's Win Free Textbooks for a Year Contest will close on August 31. If you haven't entered yet, there's still time! If you have entered already, makes sure to tell your friends about the contest to qualify for the $500 referral prize.

World Watch: 10 Free Online International Newspapers

Perhaps our posts from this week on studying abroad have you in a global frame of mind. But what if your passport needs to be renewed? No need to worry as you can get news, views and culture from all over the world via these online media sources.

Writing 101: 10 Free Online Writing Classes

Authors emerge from all walks of life. While many scribes complete formal college programs in creative writing, journalism and other specializations of the craft, others come to writing from different disciplines. In this way, writing is an egalitarian pursuit. Regardless of your background, you can polish your writing skills by taking these free classes.