Winner: American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History has long been a destination for teachers, students and curious folks around the world, but what about those us who aren't able to make it to Manhattan to explore the museum's extensive collection? We're in luck, because the AMNH website brings the fun of the museum experience right to you.
Visitors to the site can choose their favorite 'ology' to explore, including: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biodiversity and Einstein. We'lll overlook the fact that not all of these are actual 'ologies' because interacting with them is so much fun!
Each 'ology' is populated with fun facts, photos, videos, games and suggestions for at-home experiments like Make Your Own Rock Candy. The bright colors and easy step-by-step instructions make the site easy to navigate for even the youngest of visitors, but the interactive nature and high quality of information make it an engaging experience for older students and parents too. As one voter, Maureen Mackey White, put it, 'This site looks fun. It would be especially attractive to younger students, but peoeple of all ages would also find it educational.'
Finalist: Carnegie Mellon OLI Statistics:
Prestigious research university Carnegie Mellon has opened up its courses on statistics to all interested online learners. Students can opt to take either Probability and Statistics, the same material taught in a semester class at the university, or they can take a course called Statistical Reasoning that cuts back a bit on its treatment of probability. Either way, students have access to all the necessary course material, including case studies, tests and the StatTutor program - all that's missing are graded exams and a live instructor. Voter Rosana Canela Barradas calls it 'fantastic!'
The University of Michigan has been one of the major schools to embrace OCW, and Open.Michigan puts the fruits of their labor on display for all to enjoy. One of the keys to Michigan's success is not just sharing their own open content but actively helping other users develop their own; the Open.Michigan site includes numerous resources teaching users how to properly license, use, cite and share other OCW contents, thereby championing the collaborative spirit so crucial to OCW's success.