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2016 Top 10 Tools for a Free Online Education

2015 50 most popular moocs of all time
#1 Understanding IELTS: Techniques for English Language Tests if offered by FutureLearn, the UK’s first MOOC platform. The course focuses on preparing students for IELTS (International English Language Testing System) tests, the most popular English language test for higher education and global migration. IELTS tests are used by over 9,000 organizations and recorded over 2.2 million individual administrations last year. The course centers around familiarizing students with all portions of the test, understanding the assessment process, and getting feedback from other students on written and spoken English skills. The course has received almost 700000 students in its two runs, and is taught by Chris Cavey.
Additional info:
Platform: FutureLearn
Institution homepage: British Council
Total enrollment: 690567
Lecturers: Chris Cavey

2. Programming Mobile Applications for Android Handheld Systems – Part 1 / University of Maryland Lecturers: Adam Porter
The MOOC Programming Mobile Applications for Android Handheld Systems – Part 1, from University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) on Coursera, covers the basics of developing mobile apps for the smartphones and tablets on the Android platform, from development environment setup to creating apps. This course and Part 2 are part of the Coursera Mobile Cloud Computing with Android specialization track. Total enrollment since the course’s launch is about 600000K. The course, which has both archives and several sessions scheduled for 2015, is taught by Dr. Adam Porter of UMD. Porter is a professor of Computer Science at UMD and the UMD Institute for Advanced Studies. He has won awards for teaching and research, and has served on the editorial boards of several scientific journals.

FREE EDUCATION: A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a category of online course where the participants are distributed and course materials also are dispersed across the web. MOOCs are a very recent variant of online education, which itself is a form of distance education. MOOCs are open and one of their main features has been the level of connection and collaboration by participants online. The positive learning experience is at the heart of these learning events. The best know MOOCs are CCK08, PLENK2010, DS106, which had multiple facilitators. The most recent developments in MOOCs digres from this collaborative development and resemble more traditional courses. They allow for a single teacher to teach tens or hundreds of thousands of students. Researchers of MOOCs put question marks by the pedagogies and teaching strategies used in this model of MOOCs as they follow a traditional top-down teaching approach that is not valued in the initial MOOCs because of their connective nature. Even though the new MOOCs are open, the technologies used and the lack of human contact involved in their participation might negatively effect the quality of the learning experience. However, they have received extensive publicity as they seem to make e-learning scalable and might make it profitable.
Students in MOOC's typically watch short video lectures, complete automatically graded tests or assignments, and use online communities to work through concepts they don't understand. In most cases, no official university credit is given, but providers of the programs plan to make money by offering students who finish the courses a certificate if they pay a small fee.
Udacity, Udemy and edX—the latter of which is backed by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology—are all competing with Coursera for attention, students and venture dollars. Udacity's founder, Sebastian Thrun, said his company planned to remain focused on computer science and related fields. "We are not doing humanities."
Courses offered by Stanford University, the California Institute of Technology, Princeton University and others, has attracted attention. The courses do however not offer the same level of credits and recognition that traditional courses from these institutions award to paying students. edX, an effort run jointly by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and the University of California at Berkeley; and Udemy, a company offering free courses that are mainly taught by book authors.


Sign up and join a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on entrepreneurship in education. The course will be designed after the old style - building community and learning together socially rather than watching video clips and answering multiple choice questions. There is an incredible group of experts (people who have done it before and succeeded) that will be coming together to share ideas. "Ed Startup 101" is completely free and is open to anyone. The course meets Wed mornings online from August 27 to December 14th., 2012. You can participate in all of the activities or just lurk - whichever you prefer.


It's just irresponsible of institutions like Princeton, Harvard, MIT, etc... to put their respected names on this concept without believing in it. If they believed in it, they would offer the actual credits to go with it. When these well-respected universities lend their names to this mockery of higher education it gets translated to a different idea with the minor leagues (aka community colleges).


Find Free online programming - Applications and Online Tutorials ORIENTATION, PROGRAMMING, Mac, ASP, COLD FUSION, (D)HTML & CCS, JAVASCRIPT, PERL, CGI, PHP, SQL, VB, XML


About Coursera
Coursera, which was founded in fall 2011 by two Stanford University professors, signed its first partners and brought in $16 million in venture backing in April. It now has 33 partners. Under the current business model, universities develop their own classes, and Coursera provides the online platform and operational support free of charge.Very high quality free classes available from stanford and berkeley through coursera. Coursera is committed to making the best education in the world freely available to any person who seeks it. We envision people throughout the world, in both developed and developing countries, using our platform to get access to world-leading education that has so far been available only to a tiny few. We see them using this education to improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in. Brown University, University of Florida, Columbia University, Emory University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine—give the for-profit company a larger footprint in the increasingly crowded market for the so-called "massive, open online courses."
When University of Virginia trustees ousted their president l - a decision they later reversed - one reason cited was concern about being left behind online. (Virginia was included in Tuesday's announcement.)
A free and open collection of college level courses
. There are no registrations or fees required to take our courses, and you will earn a certificate upon completion of each course. Because we are not accredited, you will not earn a college degree or diploma; however, our team of experienced college professors has designed each course so you will be able to achieve the same learning objectives as students enrolled in traditional colleges. 


OPEN CLASS online database course by Standford

Distance Learning - Free College Education on the Net. But is it accredited?

The “first nonprofit, tuition-free online university.”


Make a MOOC: Shaken or Stirred
Since the tsunami is upon us, why fight the MOOCarama? As a public service for those ready to join the fray, I have create a new web tool that, via new biometric code sensors, reads he aura of your interests, and generates the name and hashtag for your new MOOC. And then you can start the angel funding by tweeting it! Try out the new MOOC Shaker
The basic structure is a set of words as a “prefix”, then an adjective, then a topic, then a colon and a cheesy subtitle. I found a lot of material Absurd College Course generator as well as from the sources Stephen Downes lists in his corral of MOOCs. Go ahead, you know you want to shake, rattle, and roll a MOOC!


Kahn is a breakthrough in global education? Stand Alone Virtual School that becomes the operating system and teacher becomes the coach.
Kahn Academy - All on Youtube. Free for Everyone. He channels information of 1 week in school in 10 minutes.Algebra, Geometry, trigonometry, economics, physics, SAT prep, GMAT prep.
bill gates funds it and sits their WITH HIS KID while using it.

Academic Earth is Similar to Kahn

Free education on the Internet. No books to buy, no hidden fees Complete courses and tutorials for more than 120 different vocational and academic disciplines, committed to providing quality online education--free of charge--to a vast global audience. The course materials and tutorials you find here are not simply collections of short how-to articles that you can find in newsstand magazines. No. Free-Ed.Net courses cover entire vocational and academic topics. Taking a course at Free-Ed.Net is like taking a course from a traditional school or college. It's hard work, but the payoff is great.


What you can get for free from Packt
Code Downloads - Download and support pages
Even if you haven't bought the book, you can download the code files for complete books in exchange for your email address.
Packt Article Network - Visit the Packt Article Network to read through articles, interviews, case studies and tutorials written on a number of different subjects.
Top 5 Free Things from Packt! AJAX Whiteboard eBook, Sample Moodle eBook, Open Source CMS Sample eBook, Planning TrixBox Deployment free chapter
Making its way to number four is a PDF version of chapter 4 from the TrixBox Made Easy book, ImageMagick Color Tricks.

FreeTechBooks - Find Free online computer science books and lecture notes
A collection of computer books and  lecture notes which are published under free / open licenses.  They have books in many categories already,  including programming, scripting, systems, and computer science.

Find Free and Open Source  educational resources for learners and educators around the world. Free classroom courseware tools.

Study Free at MIT They put their classes online. Everything.
Class notes, sound recordings of the professor's lectures, handouts, syllabus, reading  assigments, exams, everything, for 1,600 courses. They want people around the world to use this everywhere; India, China, Malaysia, Europe. Russia. Everywhere. Students use this for extra study, or to study additional subjects, or to study if they can't afford a good university. Professors and teachers use this to improve their teaching material. they also have videos of all sorts of interesting video presentations at on business, tech, science, and many other diverse subjects... by nationally reknown speakers...


Digital Diploma Mills:  Wrestling the Military-Academic Complex The Automation of Higher Education history of how this got started & the connections


Currently 11TH graders who apply are appointed by their Member of Congress to serve as Pages in the U.S. House of Representatives. Forty-four slots are reserved for Republican Pages.
To be eligible for the summer program, applicants must be 16 years of age at the time of their appointment, have a “B” average or better, and be willing to serve as a page for approximately one month during the summer before or after their junior year of high school. The definition of a “B” average is a 3.0 on a 4-point scale, or an 80 or better on a 100-point scale. Summer applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement may have their application reviewed by the Page Board for consideration. Applicants should submit a completed application to their Member of Congress for review and recommendation. The Speaker's Office will not accept applications from students directly – ONLY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS MAY FORWARD AN APPLICATION.
An official transcript of all grades (from 9th grade through at least the first semester of the current year) is required to verify the cumulative grade point average of “B” or better in the major courses. Only grades in the following subject areas will be included in the GPA tally: English, science, mathematics, social studies, and foreign language – ELECTIVES ARE NOT INCLUDED.
Along with the application form and transcript, the following items are required: social security number, a signed parental consent form, a 50-100 word essay on why they want to become a Republican Page or a Democratic Page, a resume of extra-curricular activities, three letters of recommendation, and a letter of support from the sponsoring Republican or Democratic Member of Congress. Member must also submit a member Certification form indicating their knowledge of sponsorship of the student. The committee will consider only complete applications submitted in writing.
The workday begins at 9:00 a.m. for summer Pages and extends to at least 5:00 p.m., or until the House adjourns for the day – whichever is later. The Pages report to their Page Supervisor where the first order of the day may be filing the Congressional Record from the previous day's proceedings. The Pages serve primarily as messengers, delivering legislative material between the various buildings of Capitol Hill. During the course of the day, the Pages accumulate points for “runs” (or deliveries). Those with the highest number of points may be excused early when the House goes into late-night sessions.
The dress required for males is a navy blazer, long sleeved white shirt, dark gray slacks, dark socks, dark shoes, and a standard issue tie. For females, a navy blazer, long sleeved white blouse, dark gray skirt or dark gray pants, dark shoes, appropriate hose, and a standard issue tie are required. The ties, which are provided during orientation, are navy with red and white stripes.
Pages are required to live at the Page Residence Hall, 501 First Street, S.E., under the supervision of a director, assistant director, and four proctors who reside on the premises. The first floor is set aside for males and the second floor for females.
The triple rooms are furnished with twin beds, dressers, desks, and chairs. Each of the rooms has a large walk-in closet, a study area, toll-controlled telephone, private bathroom, and three air-conditioning units. A community room with color television is available on the first floor. A kitchen and pantry area is also available for Page use. A laundry room, study room, computer room, and fitness room are all located on the second floor.
The pages are paid approximately $1,568 gross per month, with an automatic payroll deduction of $400 to cover the cost of the dorm and five breakfasts, five lunch and seven dinner meals per week. It will be prorated for less than a month. They are responsible for their transportation to and from Washington and their uniform. In addition, a one-time refundable security deposit of $100 payable to the U.S. Treasury is required for the dorm.
Please keep in mind that Pages are employees of the U.S. House of Representatives, and are an important part of the legislative process. Before making your decision to become a page, it is imperative that you understand that all family activities, as well as home school and community activities, which would interrupt your Page School and/or work activities must be put on hold until you are no longer a Page. Pages will not be permitted to return home to attend family reunions, parent promotion ceremonies, family trips, home school activities such as conferences, sports events, proms, etc., if they occur during the work week.
Page Documentary Video - Want to actually see "hands-on" what Page does, where a Page lives and receives schooling (school year Pages)? This documentary video gives a close  look at the Page School, Residence Hall, and work aspects of the Program. You may order a copy by contacting the Legislative Resource Center at (202) 226-5200 or mail your request, along with your payment of $15.00 to:
Legislative Resource Center
B-106 Cannon House Office Building (HOB)
Washington, DC 20515

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