Extracts on Free Education

Preservation 101 is a comprehensive self-paced online course that focuses on the preservation of paper collections and related formats. Participants will learn about the basics of preservation in the context of small and moderately-sized library or archival collections – how to identify deteriorated materials, how to properly care for collections, and how to set priorities for preservation. 1

ICAATS (www.icaats.org.in) is one of the institutions that has give a boost to electronic distance education.

Several free online courses are offered by the SBA to help prospective and existing entrepreneurs understand the basics about government contracts. These self-paced courses are easy to use and understand. They will take about 30 minutes to complete. You, however, can exit a course at any time. Because most of the courses offer audio explanations, it is recommended that your computer speakers be turned on. 2

Review clusters of related course content- This PDF document suggests some possible sequences of courses that relate to varioussubject areasin adult and family literacy. Start here to see how you might begin to fit Thinkfinity courses into your literacy program! 3

AOPA Air Safety Foundation interactive courses are free and easy to use. Most courses take about an hour to complete, but you control the pace. If you start a course and prefer to finish at another time, your progress is automatically saved for your convenience. 4

The copyright of the article Free Online Courses in Entrepreneurs is owned by Bonny Albo. Permission to republish Free Online Courses in print or online must be granted by the author in writing. 5

Need help managing your diabetes or dealing with stress? WebMD offers free courses to help you deal with children�s weight problems, diabetes, stress, and breast cancer. Classes last four weeks and are conducted online at a scheduled time. They have a online student lounge where you can chat with other students. 6

Brush up on your skills or learn new ones, online and for free! The web offers a huge assortment of online learning opportunities that are accessible and affordable. 7

The first university to offer course material free online was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in 2001. Its OpenCourseWare project now offers lecture notes, exams and other resources from more than 1,800 courses spanning the institute’s entire curriculum. The material has been accessed by 40 million visitors from nearly every country, with visitors averaging a million a month, according to its Web site. Nearly half — 49% — are self-learners; a little more than a third are students; and 16% are educators. 8

HP offers free online class to help you at home or at the office. They offer courses on every thing from how to improve your digital photography to learning the basics of CorelDRAW 12. 9

Cnet offers a range of technology and computer courses that change every few weeks. They all have a set start and end date, but you can log in and proceed at your own pace. 10

The OOPS example of tapping into a motivated group of specialists could be a model for developing countries without a big budget for localizing courseware, Mr. Chu says. "In the old days, there were very few ways for a white-collar [worker] or a student to use his knowledge to help people," he says. "Now they can use their knowledge not only to earn money for themselves but also to really help others." 11

Currently, three free resources are offered–two aimed at students and one at teachers. The student resources cover web design and object-oriented programming, in which students use Java to create their own Pong game. The third resource is designed to help teachers learn more about project-based learning. 12

Despite comparisons with the open-source movement, there are crucial differences, notes Richard Wyles, whose Flexible Learning Network is working on a national e-learning network in New Zealand. "With open-source software, quality increases as lines of code get fine-tuned and replaced," he says. "With content, that happens far less often. Instead, it increases without any real quality control." That is, after lecturers and teachers have submitted their notes and other course material so that others can access it, there is no built-in way to ensure this material isn’t inaccurate or outdated. He is enthusiastic about wiki-based software, which promotes more-frequent revisions. 13

Getting a handle on aerodynamics doesn’t have to involve dry textbooks and dense equations. In this course, you’ll learn need-to-know concepts that will help you avoid unintentional stalls and spins (approx. 14

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