Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Learning neat stuff

One of the great things about the Internet is how many people share fascinating information. Over the past year or two, some great resources have come up to help you learn everything from math to economics, science to how to do things.

One common project is universities putting lectures and other resources online. Besides iTunes University (most easily accessed through iTunes on your computer, or the recently added iPad app) MIT does this through their MITx program (a pilot class launched this spring, and more are coming in the fall)

Another great option, that I've already mentioned are the TED talks - these are generally 18-20 minute video talks (with full transcripts) of experts in their field talking about all sorts of amazing things. We're going to begin highlighting these and some other video and media resources of this kind on Fridays, so keep an eye out for some great quick ways to learn something new and awesome.

Another interesting video-based option is Khan Academy, a series of short videos that each teach a specific kind of skill or topic - math, art history, chemistry, astronomy, physics, statistics, and much more.

Finally, if you like learning through video, remember that UMF offers Atomic Learning to all students, staff, and faculty, where you can learn all kinds of computer software tools and techniques through watching short tightly focused videos. You can get there through the Launchpad in MyCampus.

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