Thursday, December 31, 2009

Best audiobooks of 2009 iTunes & Audio Books For Free

iTunes “Top Sellers of 2009” Fiction Audio Books
More Best in Audio Books: iTunes Releases its List for 2009
NY Times Notable Books of the Year: Books and Audio Books You Shouldn’t Miss
Audio Book Bestsellers for the Week of November 29, 2009

If you love listening to audiobooks on your commute to work in the mornings, then check out iTunes' selection of the best audiobooks of 2009. They've got some great picks for fiction and non-fiction, including the top sellers over the past year. The Last Lecture by the late Randy Pausch tops the best selling non-fiction titles. Stephanie Meyer's vampire series Twilight looks unstoppable taking over three of the top 5 best-selling spots. Editor's picks for audiobooks include one my personal favorites from this year, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, as well as books from Mitch Albom, Dan Brown, Christopher Buckley, Tracy Morgan and Ron Paul. You can view the complete audiobook list on iTunes. Continue reading here

Audio Books For Free allows you to download free audio books if you are willing to settle for poor sound quality and a large number of files per book. Unfortunately, they carry only older books that are no longer under copyright - if you are looking to download new books or download audio book bestsellers for free, you are out of luck. For $7 you can download Jack London's White Fang at 48Kb/sec sound quality, but you can download it for free at 8Kb/sec. They also offer their entire collection of audio books on DVD for $120. is one of the leading sites for downloading audio books and you pay for the books you want to download, is another popular site for downloading audio books.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Top 10 Free Resources for Digital Learners

Digital learning or e-learning has come up as a huge incentive for millions who have left hope for reading and learning due to lack of time or money. The biggest benefit of Digital learning is that one does not need to be presented in class rooms live, despite; he can learn things all the time. Digital learning is merely not a medium to learning for student pursuing higher studies but also in corporate sectors where companies are using this as a tool to train their employees. Following are some of the best free resourced for Digital Learners.

Columbia University Interactive
Columbia Interactive provides a list of selected courses on e-learning at Columbia University. The huge database at Columbia University includes digital resources like   faculty interviews, learning tools, semester-length e-courses, and more than 100 shorter e-seminars. The open course ware at Columbia University is maintained by Columbia University Digital Knowledge Ventures (Columbia DKV).

Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative
Digital learning courses provided at Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative are to meet out the great challenges of education in the 21st century that is to make intelligent use of modern information technology. For learning community, it’s mean providing free materials, activities and assessments to them and OLI (Open Learning Initiative).

Duke Law center for the Public Domain
To propagate and expand the ideas as covered by the public domain in form of ideas, images, sound, discoveries, facts and texts which are free to use and prepare without any objection from intellectual property rights, The Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke Law School has for the first time have adopted this idea.  And to achieve the objective, it has started the program in September of 2002 as part of the school’s wider intellectual property program.

Harward Extension School
Digital learning options in more than 100 streams provided at Harvard Extension School are for students who are too busy in life to take course in subjects of their choice and opinion.  The courses provided at Harward Extension School can be taken from any corner of the world and are open for enrollment.

Gresham College
Gresham College as prepared by Sir Thomas Gresham in 1597 is an independent educational institution operated from Barnard’s Inn, Holborn, in the centre of London. The college provides free public lectures by its eight professors and don’t award degree or teach courses.

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication virtually providing course ware for all the MIT course content. These are open ware courses and are provided as permanent MIT activity.

Open University
Here at Open University, access to the students is provided for Open University course material which is a learning space, where students can have free study units each with a discussion forum.

Tufts University
Tufts Open Course Ware is part of new educational approach as initially adopted by MIT which provides free course content to everyone online. The courses at Tufts are most useful and radical for students especially in life sciences apart from other multi disciplinary courses.

University of California
OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a free and open digital publication from the University of California that provides University level educational programs including syllabi, lectures notes, assignments and exams.

University of Washington
University of Washington online courses provide free digital learning in broad range of popular subjects formatted for high quality instruction online. At courses in University one can enroll at any time.


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Learn the Philippine Tagalog Language with Free Online Audio Lessons

Friday, December 4th, 2009 from blog learnmoretagalog.  Here’s a good place to start if you’re determined to learn the Tagalog language and you want it done inexpensively and effortlessly.

So why not pursue your goal of learning the Philippine's Tagalog language now. You don’t have to download anything or install any program on your computer. As long as you’re connected to the Internet, the lessons are available to you 24 hours a day every day. Jump right away to the Learn More Tagalog web site at:

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Free Classes via iTunes

From NY Times:  Open University, a distance-learning institution based in Britain, has delivered 10 million free downloads of lectures via Apple's iTunes U, which is two years old. 

“There are still a lot of universities in the world that define the value of their experience as somehow locking up their content and only giving people access to the content when they enroll in the program,” Mr. Bean said. “The courage comes from taking the next leap of faith. Universities no longer define themselves by their content but the overall experience: the concept, the student support, the tutoring and mentoring, the teaching and learning they get and the quality of the assessment.”  Continue reading here

Using iTunes U, along with Google’s similar service,
Open University

From the Apple Website:  iTunes U  How Apple Makes It Happen  From portable computers and mobile devices to software and servers to iTunes U, Apple makes all the technology you need to make mobile learning a reality for your students.

Teachers are using iLife and iWork applications on the Mac to create customized educational materials, such as language lessons that students can listen to on the bus or at home. And with the help of tools like Podcast Producer and Wiki Server — both of which come with Mac OS X Server — IT professionals at your school can help you produce and distribute all kinds of multimedia content on iTunes U or a class wiki. Once your classroom presentations and lectures have been captured and published, students can download them from iTunes. Then they can transfer them to iPod or iPhone and take it all with them. And suddenly, any place — a cafĂ©, a bus stop — can be a place to learn.

YouTube online education

The Global Health eLearning Center developed by the USAID Bureau of Global Health is a response to repeated requests from field staff for access to technical public health information. We have heard from USAID Population, Health, and Nutrition officers (PHNs) and from Foreign Service Nationals (FSNs) that they want to be current on global health topics, yet find it a challenge to obtain the information because of logistical and time constraints. The Global Health eLearning Center provides Internet-based courses that:

eLearning Technology

This might be an interesting blog to explore to learn more about elearing tools and how to.  Tony Karrer's eLearning Blog on e-Learning Trends eLearning 2.0,  eLearning Solutions Enterprise 2.0. Personal Learning Informal Learning, Corporate eLearning,  eLearning Design,  Authoring Tools, Rapid e-Learning Tools eLearning (e-Learning),  e-Learning Software Blended,  e-Learning e-Learning Tools Learning Management Systems (LMS),  e-Learning ROI and Metrics

Thursday, November 12, 2009

How to learn a foreign language online FREE

Cooking online learning, Celebrity chefs, TV shows and Internet change how we cook

when one wants to find a new recipe these days, just go online. 
Today’s economy and dwindling advertising revenue were at work against Gourmet, but the bigger picture is that the food world has changed. People s who love to cook now have a dizzying array of choices when they’re looking for information and recipes. They can search online, watch cooking shows, flip through personality-driven magazines, read food blogs.

It’s a world of celebrity chefs, social networking and recipe cyber-swapping, specialized niche websites and blogs, ingredients of all sorts easily ordered online.

Television has been one of the most powerful forces in this new world, rocketing to stardom such cooking gurus as Rachael Ray, Sandra Lee, Paula Deen, Christopher Kimball, Bobby Flay and Buddy Valastro, the Cake Boss.

“The Food Network is like MTV was in the ’80s,” says Lee, host of Sandra’s Money Saving Meals and Semi-Homemade Cooking With Sandra Lee.

Just good eating.
The TV chefs and their shows have distinct personalities that appeal to their particular fans.

For instance, Ray, bubbly host of the Food Network’s 30 Minute Meals With Rachael Ray and editorial director of her own magazine, Every Day With Rachael Ray, says she believes fans of her cooking show are attracted to it because of its accessibility and her “can do” attitude.

“For someone like me who loves to eat food, prepare food, read about food and talk about food,” she says, “it’s great to have so many resources right at my fingertips.”

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I will be starting a cooking blog online that gives links and news like these so check back regularly. The Philippines needs some good cooking schools and some small time business people can start right in their homes to teach how to cook world class.

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Links to cooking shows, cooking menus, online shows

Here are some of the of the food links, just click the links,,15jb,00.html

Read more at my cooking school blog
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Online education expanding, awaits innovation

CHICAGO – When Janice Barnwell decided to boost her career by obtaining a master’s degree in business, the working mother chose an online university because of the convenience and the low cost.

The 44-year-old’s educational experience exceeded her expectations, and her new employer paid for her to take four more courses online to sharpen her skills.

The online education sector grew 13 percent last year and had been growing at about 20 percent in previous years. Nearly one in four students take at least some college courses online, up from one in 10 in 2002. Two million students, most older than the traditional 18-22 year-old undergraduates, take all their courses online and two million more take one or more online course. Continue reading here the complete article

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Distance education Learning Philippines online

Distance education offers several advantages. Unlike traditional education in which one goes to school regularly to meet teachers and classmates, a student availing himself or herself of distance learning can “attend” classes while at home or in the workplace with the use of e-mail, chat and video conference. Assignments and announcements are posted online.

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Online links to explore Online learning

Post your online courses in youtube FREE

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Online education company invests P100M in RP unit

Avalon English+, one of the largest educational companies in South Korea, recently made an initial investment of P100 million to set up its local subsidiary in the Philippines, Ubiquitous English Network of Avalon International Inc. (U-ENAI), an online education company teaching English using breakthrough technology.
It is expected to exceed its initial investment when it completes by end of 2010 its international high school in the country with a projected capital of $3.5 million or roughly P170 million. Other business ventures in support of its education services include an international education program to the US, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia in addition to Emersion English camps in countries around the world.

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A Virtual Revolution Is Brewing for Colleges

Students starting school this year may be part of the last generation for which “going to college” means packing up, getting a dorm room and listening to tenured professors. Undergraduate education is on the verge of a radical reordering. Colleges, like newspapers, will be torn apart by new ways of sharing information enabled by the Internet. The business model that sustained private U.S. colleges cannot survive.

The real force for change is the market: Online classes are just cheaper to produce. Community colleges and for-profit education entrepreneurs are already experimenting with dorm-free, commute-free options. Distance-learning technology will keep improving. Innovators have yet to tap the potential of the aggregator to change the way students earn a degree, making the education business today look like the news biz circa 1999. And as major universities offer some core courses online, we’ll see a cultural shift toward acceptance of what is still, in some circles, a “University of Phoenix” joke.

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