Open Learning

Making Learning Lifelong and accessible

Why post school education matters

I was fortunate enough to have a good education at school & college. I was even more fortunate to have a father who understood and impressed on me the importance of continually improving my level of education by his example.

When you are working, with a home to run & a social life it can be really difficult to find time to expand your horizons. Life won’t wait for you however – the amount of knowledge is expanding all the time, employers expectations increase and last decades premium paid career is this years minimum wage job.

That’s why I relish the opportunity given to us by the new trend towards on-line courses and MOOCs as they are known.
The pages below give my suggestions for a list of some of the best of these.

Coursera runs on-line courses with video lectures, assignments and student forums that run to a schedule and give you a certificate on successful completion. I recently took Lada Adamics Social Network Analysis course and found it both hugely enjoyable and challenging. If you enjoy a traditional style of course with a 21st century deployment you may find Coursera a good option.

Academic earth
Lectures from some of the best lecturers from some of the best universities in the world. If you want a sample of how engaging these can be that also demonstrates the limitations I can thoroughly recommend taking a look at Paul Blooms Psychology lectures.

Khan Academy

My thoughts on this resource here : Have you met Sal from Khan Academy?

Code Academy

Code Academy teaches programming in JavaScript, Python, Ruby and HTML/CSS. It’s a good resource where lessons build on each other to giving you plenty of opportunity to practice programming whilst keeping the whole experience fun.

W3Schools is one of the most popular sites on the internet. If you Google W3schools you will find that there are plenty of opinions as to its quality. I have used it for years and just because it isn’t perfect doesn’t mean it doesn’t fulfill a useful role. Make up your own mind!

W3C DevCampus

The World Wide Web Consortium has it’s own on-line resource which can be accessed at the link above. It teaches to the De-facto web standards being as these guys are responsible for writing the standards.

TED Talks

Personally I love TED talks.
You never know what you will learn and most are informative and engaging.

Skillshare boasts:Learn From Anyone, Anywhere.

Is your favorite site missing?

let me know in the comments below and I’ll look into adding it above.

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