Free Knowledge

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Free online college and university courses

In 2007 Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) was first time created at Utah State University. MOOCs are like college courses but are available to anyone anywhere for free. There will not be a college credit but a certificate of completion after the whole coursework is completed. The courses, that are taught by some of the top professors in those fields, cover different subjects and are in different languages.

An educated population is better than an ignorant one. Even if no official credit is earned for these courses, it’s wonderful that they’re available. Knowledge itself is a reward.

Best schools, best courses!

Coursera is one of the most well-known of the free online education facilitator. They have courses in many languages (english, chinese, french, spanish, russian, portuguese, turkish, ukrainian, german, hebrew, arabic, greek, italian and japanese), and have 17,000,000 enrollments form students from 190 countries. Coursera has over 600 courses in almost 30 categories.

EdX is a further non-profit online education facilitator created by founding partners MIT and Harvard and is based in Camridge, Massachusetts. Topics include biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, electronics, engineering, food and nutrition, history, humanities, law, literature, math, medicine, music, philosophy, physics, science, statistics and more.

Also MIT has its own open coursware! MIT OpenCourseWare makes the materials used in the teaching of almost all of MIT’s subjects available on the Web, free of charge. With more than 2,200 courses available, OCW is delivering on the promise of open sharing of knowledge.

In Europe we have the Germany-based Iversity that offers free courses in both English and German. Here is an overview on how it works!

If you are particularly interested about languages you can have give a look to Duolingo. There you will find courses in many languages totally free, with no ads and no gimmiks.

Codecademy offers free programming and coding interactive lessons. There you can learn how to code Javascript, HTML/CSS, PHP, Python, Ruby and API. I am now following few courses at Codecademy and I am really impressed about how much I learned in so little amount of time.

More interesting courses can be found at www.mooc-list.com

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This Wikipedia page has a fascinating list of educational video websites.

Did you get excited about the idea? Do you know of other universities sharing for free their knowledge? Please comment and share.

Thanks guys!

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National Library Week

National Library Week: Great Success!

The National Library Week (NLW) was first sponsored in the US by the National Library Association in 1958. I know and observe Saint Patrick’s Day and Halloween but I only discovered the NLW this year thanks to a post on Facebook. NLW occurance is a great week because everybody can have the possibility to full and free access to knowledge.

People Love Culture

In honor of the NLW 27,000+ books have been made available for free at ebrary.com. Fortunately the response by the users to the 27,000+ books made available was really high, people love culture especially when is free, but the site crashed and many sections of ebray.com still give the 404 error. An other example is the case of Oxford University Press that had a huge response to the promotion with record high site traffic, but unfortunately had also detected suspicious site traffic behavior so they ended the free access period two days early.

This is my first post in the Freebie category therefore I will stop blabla and here is a collection of 1,000,000+ images put into the public domain by The British Library.

Black and white pictures and illustrations from The British Library collection on Flickr free to reuse & remix:

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Title: “Christmas Books. [With plates.]”, “Single Works. Christmas Books” Author: Dickens, Charles

A hero - Bal Bahadur [Brighton, England]. Photographer: H. D. Girdwood.

A hero – Bal Bahadur [Brighton, England]. Photographer: H. D. Girdwood.

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Some N.C.O.s & men of the 57th Rifles [Estaires La Bassée Road, France]. Photographer: H. D. Girdwood.

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Image taken from page 287 of ‘[The Great Condé and the period of the Fronde. A historical sketch.]’

Other free cultural and educational media can be found at www.openculture.com

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By Flaviano Tarducci