In recent months – we’ve enhanced what’s now a list of 875 Free Online Courses from top universities.
Here’s the lowdown: Our big list of free courses lets you download audio & video lectures from schools like Stanford – Yale – MIT – Oxford – Harvard and UC Berkeley.
Generally the courses can be accessed via YouTube – iTunes or university web sites.
If you want to ballpark it there are about 27,000 hours of free audio & video lectures here.
And if you spend 8 hours per day enriching yourself you can keep yourself busy for the next 10 years.
At no cost.
Here are some highlights from the complete list of free online courses.
(ed:..brilliant..!..just bloody brilliant..!..what a cool resource..)
Oxford’s Bodleian library is putting its rarely seen archive of treasures online for all to enjoy. It’s a brilliant democratic move.
One way libraries are opening their secret worlds to everyone is by putting some of their most curious or majestic items online. Oxford’s Bodleian – one of Europe’s greatest and oldest libraries – is the latest to do so with digital.bodleian giving users unprecedented opportunities to browse precious volumes and their wondrous illustrations from our armchairs – anyone still has armchairs – or cafe stool or even in a punt (it’s Oxford after all).
You can do all the online things people love to do online from assembling your own collection of favourites to taking a selfie with Cicero (except the latter) but the most intriguing aspect of this and other digital rarity collections is that it changes the nature of research.
Instead of an arduous activity undertaken by determined scholars visiting the digital Bodleian is a pleasant browse through the virtual past that all of us can undertake.
It is like something out of a story by the librarian and fabulist Jorge Luis Borges in which all the great books and philosophies of the world have become one walk-through art gallery – their strange languages fusing into brilliant illuminations. That is to say this way of consulting a library replaces reading with seeing.
More than 100 solar power and battery systems are being offered free by power giant Vector to individuals – community groups and schools in the Auckland region.
A competition titled Future of Energy which launches today will give free use of 100 Vector solar and battery systems to the public and community groups for 10 years. Another 30 systems will go to state and state-integrated schools.
Vector chief executive Simon Mackenzie said the combination of the batteries and solar panels would provide ‘thousands of hours’ of free power to winners.
‘Each winner will receive a world-leading system – incorporating 3kW Vector solar panels installed on their roof – plus a Telsa Powerwall home battery free for them to use for the next 10 years’ he said.
‘The combination of Vector Solar panels and Telsa’s Powerwall battery means you can store solar power during the day and cook your dinner with it at night’.
For the first 10 years Vector will retain ownership of the systems. Ownership will then pass to each winner.
A smart apartment with all the amenities of a two-bedroom house proves that a small space can have big potential.
English entrepreneur Simon Woodroffe has designed a compact living space that elegantly reconfigures to meet a resident’s needs.
Yo!Home comes with a master bed that can be lowered over the sunken living room area, while a dining table rises electronically with the touch of a button and disappears neatly into the floor.
The nifty ‘pocket kitchen’ which includes the washing machine – cooker – sink and storage space – can also be tucked away into the wall.
To take advantage of the unused floor space in front of the living room/bedroom area – four sets of doors can be lifted for more storage.
Motorists woke up one mid-70s morning to find new one-way streets made direct crosstown journeys impossible by car. Forty years later Groningen boasts two-thirds of all trips made by bike … and the cleanest air of any big Dutch city.
Traffic lights with rain sensors to give quicker priority to cyclists on wet days … Heated cycle paths so cyclists won’t slip during bouts of frost … This might sound like science fiction to you but in the Dutch city of Groningen it will soon be everyday reality.
The inhabitants of this lively northern university city regard their homestead as the cycling capital of the Netherlands. They might very well be right: 61% of all trips in Groningen are made by bicycle, rising to more than 70% for trips made to educational institutions.
You might think the city authorities would be satisfied with these statistics. But apparently it’s not enough and new plans are in the pipeline to push cycling even more.Intelligent traffic lights and heated cycle paths are only part of the plan. New ‘park and bike’ areas with bike rental services will emerge on access roads to encourage commuters to leave their cars behind and enter the city by bike. Five thousand new parking places for bikes will be built near the main train station – next to the existing 10,000 that believe it or not have proved themselves insufficient.
And a ‘bicycle effect analysis’ will be obligatory for each territorial development project to ensure that provisions are made for bikes right from the start. These are just a few of the new bicycle-friendly measures.