Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Replacements

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) offers "Free lecture notes, exams, and videos from MIT. No registration required."

The work of the pioneering site is featured in a recent New York Times article to frame a story about the rise of online learning opportunities.  

"A decade has passed since M.I.T. decided to give much of its course materials to the public in an act of largesse. The M.I.T. OpenCourseWare Initiative helped usher in the “open educational resources” movement, with its ethos of sharing knowledge via free online educational offerings, including podcasts and videos of lectures, syllabuses and downloadable textbooks. The movement has also helped dislodge higher education from its brick-and-mortar moorings."

It's not just science and math, teaching artists have a large online presence. There's even a list of links to teaching artist videos on the ATA homepage

I love this stuff, obviously, but I can't help but wonder what will happen to teaching artists after all of the lessons have been taught, and videotaped?

Meanwhile, back on the ranch:
Districts Warn of Deeper Teacher Cuts (NYTIMES)

Also: Cinema - Body Snatchers

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