The Open Education Consortium

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The Open Education Consortium is a worldwide community of hundreds of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing open education and its impact on global education. You can look for free online video lectures and over 40,000 courses. There are 6 UK educational institutions are members.

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Living Books About Life

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Just found a series of curated, open access books about life, funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), and published by Open Humanities Press (OHP)Living Books About Life.

The books were produced by a globally-distributed network of writers and editors, and were repacked existing open access science research by clustering it around selected topics with theme about life: e.g., air, agriculture, bioethics, cosmetic surgery, electronic waste, energy, neurology and pharmacology. The Series editors are Clare Birchall (University of Kent), Gary Hall (Coventry University), Joanna Zylinska (Goldsmiths, University of London).

University Educational Podcasts Resources

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Nowadays, more and more university put educational resources online openly for students to learn flexibly.

Other resources:

Podcasts resources

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Free podcasts resources:

  • Audio Books Corner provides a small collection of free audio books.
  • Audio Literature Odyssey is a collection of literature podcast produced by Nikolle Doolin.
  • Books Should Be Free produces free audio books from the public domain.
  • Classic Poetry Aloud is a collection of Podcasts of classic poems and English literature.
  • Free-books.org provides various of free resources, including MP3 books, teaching materials.
  • Free Christian Audio Books provides free Christian-themed audio books.
  • Free Classic AudioBooks provides downloads in mp3 and in m4b audio book format for iTunes and the iPod.
  • Kids Audio Books offers free kid’s stories in mp3 format.
  • Kiddie Records offers a wide collection of children’s classics from Kiddie Records Weekly.
  • LearnOutLoud podcast directory helps you to find both entertaining and educational materials, save your time and turning your ‘dead time’ (time spent commuting, exercising, doing chores, etc.) into ‘learning time’.
  • LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. It makes all public domain books available as free audio books.
  • Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format.
  • NOVA Podcasts provides many audio and video podcasts from NOVA, which is the highest rated science series on television and the most watched documentary series on public television.
  • podiobook is free serialised audiobooks which are distributed via RSS, much like a podcast. Listeners can choose to receive the episodes of their books via an RSS feed or by listening to episodes by directly downloading episodes from this site.
  • Podcast Alley is a collection of education podcasts from various sources.
  • Poetry Archive allows you to listen to the world’s premier collection of poetry recordings for free.
  • Project Gutenberg provides human-read and computer-generated audio books.
  • Storynory has more than 100 free audio books for kids.
  • The Spoken Alexandria Project is creating a free Creative Commons library of spoken word recordings, consisting of classics in the public domain and modern works (with permission). AAC, Ogg Vorbis, and MP3 audiobooks available for free download and redistribution.
  • The Internet Poets’ Cooperative allows you access to hundreds of free poetry recordings in mp3 format.
  • Thought Audio provides some free audio books.
  • verkaro.org produces original audiobooks free to the public.

Prezi

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Prezi is a web-based presentation and storytelling tool that uses a single canvas instead of traditional slides. It provides a 30-day free trial.

Have a look the 17 Interesting Ways to use Prezi in the Classroom by Tom Barrett.

VoiceThread

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A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments – using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). It provides a free limited version.

Writeboard

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Writeboard is completely free. It lets you neatly organize to-do lists, notes, photos, files, and writeboards online. It is useful when you are collaborating with multiple people on a writeboard. Now you can see what others have changed or added to their versions of the writeboard.

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