Web Search Tools and Open Educational Resources
General Search Engines
Ixquick: the world's most private search engine
Specialized Search Engines
Think Tank Search: search for latest research reports on your topic provided by research institutions
FindSounds.com: find short sound effects clips on the web
Open Educational Resources (OER)
OER stands for Open Educational Resources. As defined by the Hewlett Foundation, they are: teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.
https://sites.google.com/site/ccbcoer/home site prepared for CCBC including OER description and repositories
http://libguides.lcc.edu/oer/ OERs at Lansing Community College
Public Domain Images on Flickr search for shared photos on the internet
Online Open Learning
Duolingo - Learn a new language online for free. Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese, French and Bengali are only a few available.
With a library of over 2,700 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 255 practice exercises, we're on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.
Ted.com: Ideas Worth Spreading
TEDTalks began as a simple attempt to share what happens at TED with the world. Under the moniker "ideas worth spreading," talks were released online. They rapidly attracted a global audience in the millions. Indeed, the reaction was so enthusiastic that the entire TED website has been reengineered around TEDTalks, with the goal of giving everyone on-demand access to the world's most inspiring voices.
Free Online Courses
Get free online courses from the world’s leading universities. This collection includes over 250 free courses in the liberal arts and sciences. Download these audio & video courses straight to your computer or mp3 player.
Blogs, Articles and Videos from the World's Top Thinkers and Leaders
University of California at Berkeley
A large variety of audio and video courses similar to UCLA’s offering but all are accessible to the public.
Open Yale Courses provides lectures and other materials from selected Yale College courses to the public free of charge via the internet. The courses span the full range of liberal arts disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, and physical and biological sciences.
The following noncredit free Harvard courses are offered online by Harvard Extension School’s Open Learning Initiative. Featuring Harvard faculty, the courses are open to the public.
Stanford on iTunes U provides access to a wide range of Stanford-related digital audio content via the iTunes Store, Apple’s popular online music, video, and podcast service.
MIT (Massachussetts Institute of Technology)
MIT OpenCourseWare is a free publication of MIT course materials that reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT.
Carnegie Mellon University
OLI is an open educational resources project that began in 2002. We use knowledge from learning science and the affordances of the web to transform instruction, significantly improve learning outcomes and to achieve significant increases in productivity in post secondary education.
Courses from London’s oldest higher education institute in subjects including: Art and literature, Business, History, Law, Mathematics, Medical science, Music, Politics, Religion, Science, Unusual.
Oxford University (UK)
This free site features public lectures, teaching material, interviews with leading academics, information about applying to the University, and much more. All the material is arranged within a series of related talks or lectures and may be in audio, video or document format.
Wikipedia: List of educational video websites http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_educational_video_websites
Wikipedia list of a variety of sites offering free courses, lectures, and podcasts.
Academicearth: Online course search engine
We are building a user-friendly educational ecosystem that will give internet users around the world the ability to easily find, interact with, and learn from full video courses and lectures from the world’s leading scholars.
Freevideolectures.com - Online course search engine
To organize the world's educational videos and make them universally accessible and down-loadable. To change the way we learn and to revolutionize the education system and raise the quality of education.
Learnerstv.com: Online course search engine
This is a comprehensive site providing thousands of downloadable Video lectures, Live Online Tests, etc in the fields of Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Medicine, Management and Accounting, Dentistry, Nursing, Psychology, History, Language Training, Literature, Law, Economics, Philosophy, Astronomy, Political Science etc FREE to its visitors.
Udemy: Online course search engine
Udemy enables anyone to take and build courses online. Our goal is to disrupt and democratize education by enabling anyone to learn from the world's experts.
Wolframalpha.com - Factual knowledge search engine
Wolfram|Alpha introduces a fundamentally new way to get knowledge and answers— not by searching the web, but by doing dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms, and methods.
Yovisto: online course search engine
Yovisto is a Web 2.0 platform to upload, share, search, tag, and discuss academic videos. In addition to the function of a video search engine, yovisto enables the search within lecture videos. Yovisto provides an automated mechanism to generate a full-text index of the videos.