OpenLRN

Open Learning Resources Network

Resources

  • Stephen Downes

  • Gliffy

    • A free web-based diagram editor
  • Zoho

    • Offers a suite of online web applications geared towards increasing your productivity and offering easy collaboration.
  • Live Journal

    • A free service for your journaling and blogging.
  • Bebo

    • Allows users to share photos with music, and blogs, and draw on members’ White Boards
  • Pixer

    • Lets you manipulate, edit, enhance and apply filters to your digital pictures using only your web browser
  • UStream.tv

    • You can broadcast your own live video show for free. You only need a computer device, camera and solid Internet connection. Not bad
  • WorldBridges

    • A community of communities that use ‘homegrown webcasting’ and other new media technologies to help people connect, learn, & collaborate
  • EdTechTalk

    • A community of educators interested in discussing and learning about the uses of educational technology. They webcast several live shows each week
  • WizIQ

    • Free Hosted Virtual Classroom platform
  • eSnips

    • Get 5GB of free space to upload and share your files, photos, videos and musi
  • E-LearningGuru

    • e-LearningGuru.com was founded by Kevin Kruse. He started this site as a way to offer the e-learning community practical information in a plain-language format.
  • The Mindmapping Toolbox

    • Sometimes the difference between a successful project and one that spirals out of control is getting all your thoughts and ideas laid out before you even get started. One of the best ways to do this is with mind maps, which act as a visual representation of all that stuff you’ve got floating around in your head. This kind of radiant thinking can be a great way to start out working on anything, from redecorating your house to landing a huge project, and there are loads of resources out there to make mind mapping even easier.
      • This popular Java-based mind mapping software makes it simple to create mindmaps that can be “folded” and integrated with web links.

      • Find all the information you ever needed to know about mind mapping at this website and learn all about the software that is out there to help you make the best mind maps.

      • Behavioral neurologist Vilayanur Ramachandran talks about how the mind, phonemes and visual data all work together, just like in mind maps.

      • One of the most well-known advocates of mind mapping, Tony Buzan, discusses how to tap into your internal mental power in this video.

      • This list on Wikipedia offers a guide to all of the mind mapping software out there.

      • Didn’t think mind maps had anything to do with marketing? They can help greatly, and this article will show you how you can use them in your next campaign.

      • Read this article to find out how you can use mind maps to teach and represent just about anything.

      • Like the name suggests, this blog is full of posts about mind mapping, primarily focusing on software and web applications.

  • Edumax

    • Edumax is an online learning website that provides free lessons on topics from personal development to computer programming.
  • Google Guide – Making Searching

    • Google is so easy to use, why take this online tutorial? If you’re like many people, you use only a small number of Google’s services and features. The more you know about how Google works, its features and capabilities, the better it can serve your needs.
    • Novices – Explains how to write a query that will help you find just what you want.
    • Experts – (or Experienced users) Appear to describe basic concepts, but if you read carefully, you’ll discover helpful insights into how Google works and how to use it more effectively.

    • Teens – Provides a lot of different types of sample queries and exercises (Get straight to the point, I am a teen!)

  • Mind Mapping Search

    • MindMapSearch.org is an offshoot of mind-mapping.org, the master list of mind mapping software. This Google Co-op search engine was built to give you a place to go for razor sharp results in your search for all things mind mapping.
  • Mycoted Thinking Repository

    • Mycoted is dedicated to improving Creativity and Innovation for solving problems worldwide, with that in mind, they provide a central repository for Creativity and Innovation on the Internet as a summary of tools, techniques, mind exercises, puzzles, book reviews etc, that is open to all – and can be written by all.
    • Brainstorming (You still need the free-flow once a while!)

    • Six Thinking Hats (Simply awesome to focus and broaden individual/ collaborative thinking!)

    • Fishbone Diagram (Problem analysis and identification)

    • Five Ws and H (Who? Why? What? Where? When? How? Inspector Gadget stuff!)

    • Why Why Why (This one can drive the root (cause) nuts, but you will in the end find it!)

    • SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats! Standard one!)

    • Disney Creativity Strategy (The secret tool to Walt Disney’s success! Just try it!)

  • Learning 2.0 eBook

    • This report considers how approaches to learning have evolved and what impact the new technologies dubbed “Web 2.0” are having. In it you will find examples of ways in which associations are using these new technologies and what possibilities they may represent for your organization’s professional development and other learning initiatives.
  • Go2Web2.0 – The Complete Web 2.0 Directory

    • Go2Web2.0 is a directory of web 2.0 applications and services, and currently has a searchable index of more than 2000 tools (logos), which is designed in a creative and flashy way. It blends Flash and AJAX technologies to produce a directory that is really cool and stylish, and useful if you have broadband.
  • Textbook Revolution

    • Textbook Revolution (TBR) is a great online source for FREE educational materials. This is a student-run, volunteer-operated website started in response to the textbook industry’s constant drive to maximize profits instead of educational value. The majority of the posts are brief reviews with links to the authors websites.
    • The goal of TextBook Revolution is to offer a one-stop online shopping space for students and teachers looking for free textbooks and related materials.

    • To promote the need for and availability of these resources.
    • Light and Matter – An excellent and very popular series of short textbooks on different physics subjects.

    • Digital History – An incredibly thorough and well-organized book on US History from Native Americans through 9-11.

    • Producing Open Source Software – This book is meant for software developers and managers who are considering starting an open source project, or who have started one and are wondering what to do now.

    • Educator’s Reference Desk – 2,000+ lesson plans, 3,000+ links to online education information, and 200+ question archive responses.

    • Math World – Science World is a top-notch website that will serve any science and/or math student very well. The site has individual sections for Chemistry, Math, Physics, Astronomy, and Science Biographies.

    • eLearning Guild’s FREE eBooks

      • The eLearning Guild’s Handbook of e-Learning Strategy

        • Will help you make a broad, fundamental connection between learning, e-Learning, and your organization’s mission, business objectives, and the bottom line. Chapters address everything from crafting a focused strategy, to keeping your strategy focused, to change management.

      • 382 Tips on the SELECTION of an LMS or LCMS

        • Is an awesome collection of tips from hundreds of your professional colleagues. These tips will help you navigate the LMS minefield, streamline your selection process, and help you save money! Nowhere will you find a more comprehensive set of tips that you can use to improve your LMS and LCMS selection efforts.

      • The eLearning Guild’s Handbook of Synchronous e-Learning

        • Is intended for anyone and everyone who wants to produce, lead, or promote live, interactive learning events on the Web. It’s packed with job aids, references, examples, and information to significantly reduce the amount of time required to produce online learning events.

      • 339 Tips on the IMPLEMENTATION of an LMS or LCMS

        • Is an amazing collection of tips from hundreds of your professional colleagues. Nowhere will you find a more comprehensive set of tips that you can use to improve your LMS and LCMS implementation efforts.

      • 311 Tips on the MANAGEMENT of an LMS or LCMS

        • Is an incredible collection of tips from hundreds of your professional colleagues. Why reinvent the wheel when you can learn from these tips on the management of your LMS or LCMS system! Nowhere will you find a more comprehensive set of tips that you can use to improve your LMS and LCMS management efforts.

      • 834 Tips for Sucesssful Online Instruction

        • Is a wonderful collection of tips from 336 of your professional colleagues. Nowhere will you find a more comprehensive set of tips that you can use to improve your knowledge and skills in online instruction.
      • 162 Tips and Tricks forWorking with e-Learning ToolsThe eLearning Guild conducted a survey of its members, asking for their favorite tips for using software to create e-Learning. Members could submit tips in any or all of these five categories: Courseware authoring and e-Learning development tools, rapid e-Learning tools, simulation tools, media tools, and combining and deploying authoring tools.
  • Free eLearning Books – Jane Knight

    • Jane Knight’s Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies site has a great webpage on a growing list of free books and free chapters from printed books about e-learning. Currently, you can find the following free e-books there.
  • Learning Spaces – A Free Educause e-Book

    • By exploring the learning space possibilities (from real stories at top Universities), you will probably get many new great ideas on how one can really utilize the space around us to create amazing learning environments.
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March 24, 2009 at 2:59 pm

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