Do you want qualifications in e-learning?
An increasingly large number of universities offer graduate programs in e-learning or educational technology. I focus here only those that are available fully online, although some other universities (e.g. Royal Roads University and Pepperdine) offer mixed mode programs. Again, this list is NOT comprehensive.
The Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment (DIIA) at the University of Texas at Austin offers a wealth of practical information on tutorials, lists of recommended resources, and instructions on how to incorporate technology in teaching and learning
George Siemen’s site has been organized to present a whole picture view of elearning.
Tennessee Board of Regents provides a list of resources designed to provide online instructors with priniciples and best practices for online teaching
Mauri Collins and Zane Berge, two very experienced and able online teachers, provide an excellent list of resources for moderators and facilitators of online discussion.
The purpose of What a Site is to help teachers locate, evaluate, and integrate web resources for their area of interest– the subjects that they teach
For (free) guidelines on the pedagogy and design of online learning, go to Georgia Southern University’s Centre for Online Learning site; or try Rubric for Online Instruction from California State University Chico’s Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (thanks to Richard Elliott’s e-Learning Watch for these tips)
MIT Opencourseware OCW is a free publication of course materials used at MIT, including lecture notes, problem sets, labs, videos of lectures and demonstrations in a wide variety of subjects
Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to seven introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University
The Open University (UK) has now made huge amounts of its written distance course material on many subjects freely available through its OpenLearn project
e-subjects.co.uk offers a wide range of courses that you can use in a Moodle installation. All courses are released under a Creative Commons License and are free of charge.
OER Africa. OER Africa has been established in the belief that Open Educational Resources (OER) have a tremendously powerful positive role to play in developing and capacitating higher education systems and institutions across Africa. The project has been set up to ensure that the power of OER is harnessed by Africans for Africans to build collaborative networks across the continent.
The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) is a joint effort by the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, the League for Innovation in the Community College and many other community colleges and university partners to develop and use open educational resources (OER) in community college courses.
Onlineschools.com provides a guide to a wide range of freely available open source material organized by subject area, mostly offered by the above organizations.
The Khan Academy offers over 1,500 YouTube videos on mathematics, finance, biology, physics and history, mainly aimed at the k-12 sector, but some of the material is certainly useful at a post-secondary level as well.
Just two points. Check the licensing agreement (usually Creative Commons) before using any open content materials – there are often restrictions. And second, be sure you have a clear need in mind before surfing – content really is becoming free, but putting it in context requires hard work.
Online programs and learning materials
There are now hundreds of thousands of online programs and learning modules across many different subject areas.
AT&T Education’s Knowledge Network Explorer Blue Web’n has an online library of over 2,000 sites offering online courses or teaching resources.
RDI-USA partners with a number of UK universities to provide management and business related higher education programs. It markets and delivers these programs worldwide through offices and partners across Asia, North America, Africa and Europe enrolling and supporting more than 3,000 new students each year. All the universities in this consortium are respectable, accredited universities in the UK.
Also from the University of Texas at Austin is the World Lecture Hall, an entry point to free online course materials from around the world.
Learning Tools, from University of British Columbia Arts ISIT, are publicly available for academic use, within and outside the University of British Columbia. Periodically, Arts IS releases new tools to this site, so please check back in the future to see what’s new.
Online MBA Degree Program is an excellent site for anyone wanting to do an MBA online.
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign language: click here for a guide to resources
Digital Research Tools. This wiki collects information about tools and resources that can help scholars (particularly in the humanities and social sciences) conduct research more efficiently or creatively.
Other useful sites (for more, try ‘e-learning resources‘ in Google)
Stephen’s (Downes) Web: provides a stimulating and often controversial view of e-learning developments.
Rob Wall’s Open Monologue
Keith Hampson’s Higher Education Management Group
Royal Roads University: Elizabeth Wellburn’s Instructional Skill’s Workshop Online focused particular on the role of social media in education
UK Open University: Nick Pearce’s Digitalscholarship Blog on, well, digital scholarship
Also from the UK Open University: Martin Weller’s The Ed Techie
The Consultants-E provides a selection of excellent blogs/web sites on e-learning.
E-learning: just another blog
A collection of sites on different topics – mainly commercial links or supported articles but useful
Learning Light e-Learning Centre
A U.K. site with a focus on work-force training.
GrayHarriman.com’s elearning resources One of the most comprehensive sites on e-learning (USA)
New South Wales TAFE eZine Focus on vocational education and training.
Pedagogy.ir Lastly, a resource site in Iran. Its sources currently are in English, but a Persian language version is due to open in 2009.
Digital education strategies at Ryerson University, Toronto contains a range of resources on digital education
The Global Learning Portal contains many postings on the use of ICTs in developing countries. The Global Learning Portal (GLP) is an independent multi-stakeholder alliance launched by USAID, AED, and Sun. GLP is a global innovation network and platform for educators to collaborate, share content and knowledge, and acquire skills. As of August 2009, GLP has more than 4,000 registered users in 169 countries and territories
EduTech is a World Bank Blog on ICT use in education.
Sui Fai John Mak has compiled an excellent list of people who blog on e-learning