Knowledge Pursuit: Finding Online Learning Opportunities

Tips and Resources

Objectives: ● Benefits and value of producing, sharing, and participating in online learning ● Lifelong learning, personal interest, and professional development ● Where do find information; content styles; and sharing

What are open educational resources? Open educational resources are learning materials that are offered freely through the public domain. These resources are offered by a variety of companies and cover a wide range of topics, from languages to medicine.

What are the Creative Commons? Creative Commons is “a pool of content that can be copied, distributed, edited, remixed, and built upon, all within the boundaries of copyright law”. There are different types of licenses, depending on how a material is protected. By going to their website, you can view descriptions, license deeds, and legal codes.

What is a virtual patient? A term for a number of entities in which the patient is ‘not real’, including any of a number of interactive computerised patient simulations which are part of a collection that resides on a computer or server or a graphics-rich simulation of one or a limited number of environments in which a particular skill—e.g., laparscopic surgery—is learned, à la ‘flight school simulation’ Virtual patients are used to teach medical students or junior doctors clinical logic by an algorithmic approach, leading one down various pathways ranging from correct management of the virtual patient to a completely wrong diagnosis with the patient dying and the student doctor getting sued. (definition
adapted from Seger’s Medical Dictionary)

Librarian Picks: Academic Earth ● “an organization founded with the goal of giving everyone on earth access to a world-class education” Carnegie Melon ● “Using intelligent tutoring systems, virtual laboratories, simulations, and frequent opportunities for assessment and feedback, the Open Learning Initiative (OLI) builds courses that are intended to enact instruction - or, more precisely, to enact the kind of dynamic, flexible, and responsive instruction that fosters learning” Harvard

● “brings a selection of noncredit online courses featuring Harvard faculty to the public for free”
MIT Open Courseware

● “a free publication of MIT course materials that reflects almost all the undergraduate and
graduate subjects taught at MIT” Hopkins Bloomberg School ● “project provides access to content of the School's most popular courses. As challenges to the world's health escalate daily, the School feels a moral imperative to provide equal and open access to information and knowledge about the obstacles to the public's health and their potential solutions” Khan Academy ● “a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free worldclass education to anyone anywhere” Sophia ● “a social teaching and learning platform that taps the teacher in all of us and enhances the learning process by providing access to a wealth of knowledge, help, instruction, standardsaligned content, and expertise available to learners everywhere”

LiveMocha ● “allows people around the world to help each other with language learning, and provides our community with opportunities to learn and practice new languages together” TED ● “TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design…make the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free.” Tool to use: StumbleUpon ● Uses ratings to form collaborative opinions on website quality – so you see what is most relevant to your preferences and interests.

Additional Resources and Helpful Reads For access to additional resources about online photo sharing please visit the following link; The librarians have included links to resources about online photo sharing as well as information to get you started. Remember to check back regularly as we continue to add links to this page.

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