A few links to websites offering free access to “cultural & educational media” including online course work, archives and scholarly articles.
- MIT OpenCourseWare – MIT OpenCourseWare is a free web-based publication of MIT course materials that reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT.
- Tufts OpenCourseWare – Tufts OpenCourseWare is part of a new educational movement initiated by MIT that provides free access to course content for everyone online. Tufts’ course offerings demonstrate the University’s strength in the life sciences in addition to its multidisciplinary approach, international perspective and underlying ethic of service to its local, national and international communities.
- HowStuffWorks Science – More scientific lessons and explanations than you could sort through in an entire year.
- Open Yale Courses – 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.
- Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative – No instructors, no credits, no charge. Use these self-guiding Carnegie Mellon materials and activities to learn at your own pace.
- UC Irvine OpenCourseWare (Social Science) – Rapidly with the addition of nearly 10 new courses every month. Many of our OCW offerings are directed at working adults seeking continuing education, with the option to enroll in instructor-led, for-credit courses, related to the OCW content.
- OpenLearn (Arts and Humanities) – The OpenLearn website gives free access to Open University course materials.
- MIT Writing and Humanistic Studies – The MIT Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies gives students the opportunity to learn the techniques, forms, and traditions of several kinds of writing, from basic expository prose to more advanced forms of non-fictional prose, fiction and poetry, science writing, scientific and technical communication and digital media.
- OpenLearn – The OpenLearn website gives free access to Open University course materials. Multiple subjects are covered.
- American Memory – The Library of Congress provides extensive multimedia offerings on various topics through their American Memory Collection, including their outstanding Built in America project that showcases historical buildings through photographs.
- The Rosetta Project – A global collaboration of language specialists and native speakers building a publicly accessible online archive of all documented human languages
- Self Made Scholar Directory – Free online directory of web-based classes and courses.Thanks to Marc and Angel Hack Life for much of this list.
Some links related to Aaron Swartz’s work on providing open access to academic journal articles from JSTOR:
“In a 2011 article for The Atlantic, Julian Fisher gives a thorough breakdown of the reasons for JSTOR’s pricing and the pricing for other academic libraries. Even in the pre-internet age, Fisher explains, authors were not paid for the articles they wrote for publication in academic journals; instead their research was funded through grants or by their university (as Bustillos explained). The cost of physically printing articles in a journal is where the need for a price tag stems from.”
“scientia est potentia”
“Knowledge is power”
Latin always makes a statement sound extra scholarly.