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Learning for life2


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This class was presented as part of Darien Library's December Classes in the Adult Technology Education Program.

This class was presented as part of Darien Library's December Classes in the Adult Technology Education Program.

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  • Why:People learn for a number of reasons.Examples:Necessity: job training or life skill (home remodel)Keep mind sharpInterestBenefits:Keeps your mind sharpImproves memoryIncreases self-confidenceOffers an inexpensive way to try something newSaves money as you learn to “do it yourself”Gives you a feeling of accomplishmentHelps you meet people who share your interestsBuilds on skills you already haveOffers an opportunity to learn a new skill or trade and increase your incomeGives you a new interest that you can share with family and friends
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    • 1. Learning for Life
      Resources for Self-Education
      Heather Martyn
      User Experience Librarian
      Darien Library
      December 6, 2010
    • 2. Introduction
      Three Types:
      Online Videos
      Podcasts via iTunes
      Library Resources
    • 3. Video Sites
      • Streaming video
      • 4. Accompanying materials
      • 5. Short lectures & full courses
    • TED: Ideas Worth Spreading
      TED: Technology, Entertainment, Design
      “Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.”
      TED is a series of conferences and programs around the world.
      Parts of these events are taped and made available online.
    • 6. TED Talks Video Site
      Twenty minute videos on a vast array of topics.
      Searchable by speaker, topic & theme
      Accessible to everyone
      TEDx Darien:
      Darien Library Conference Room, December 19 at 4 p.m.
    • 7. Going to University Without Paying the Bills
      Of course, you won’t get credits or a degree…
      Many people are interested in university-level learning for the sake of knowledge itself.
      Open Educational Resources projects are one way to take advantage:
      A tool for current students
      A benefit to the learning community as a whole
    • 8. Open Yale Courses
      “Open Yale Courses provides lectures and other materials from selected Yale College courses to the public free of charge via the internet. The courses span the full range of liberal arts disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, and physical and biological sciences.”
      Courses include syllabi, suggested reading and problem sets.
      Audio-only and transcripts are also available.
      Streaming only.
    • 9. Harvard University Extension School:Open Learning Initiative
      “The Harvard Extension School’s Open Learning Initiative brings a selection of noncredit online courses featuring Harvard faculty to the public for free.”
      Syllabi, readings, etc. available on the course websites
      Audio-only available
      Streaming only
    • 10. MIT Open Courseware
      “MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.”
      Different classes have different materials
      Streaming only
    • 11. Cornell University CyberTower
      “CyberTower's Tower Topics series features short videos highlighting some of the most fascinating research being conducted by Cornell faculty members. The series also shines a spotlight on some of the hidden treasures in the Cornell University Libraries.”
      Streaming only
    • 12. iTunes U
      • Audio only
      • 13. Downloadable
      • 14. No accompanying material
    • iTunes
      iTunes is free software by Apple
      It can be used on (almost) any computer
      Download at
      iTunes has free podcast (online radio) content, including free recordings of university lectures
    • 15. iTunes U
      “Learn anything, anytime, anywhere”
      “iTunes U — a powerful distribution system for everything from lectures to language lessons, films to labs, audiobooks to tours — is an innovative way to get educational content into the hands of students.”
      You can download these recordings to listen offline
      You can sync them (use them) with an iPod or other mp3 playing device
    • 16. Library Resources
      • University Courses
      • 17. Technology Instruction Videos
      • 18. Language Learning
    • Library Resources:
      Modern Scholar: Great Professors Teaching You!
      The Teaching Company: The Great Courses
      Darien Library Second Floor Helping you learn, master, and apply digital tools and techniques
      Speak with the Lower Level Help Desk
      Mango Languages
      Available to Darien Library members from our website:
    • 19. More Resources:
      We have just scratched the surface of what is available. Other sites for finding free lectures and learning materials are:
      Open Culture
      Video Lectures
      Darien Library: Ask us!
      Information Services: (203) 669-5236
      Instant Message (AIM & Y!): deweydarien
      Text Message: Text AskDL to 66746 (standard message rates apply)