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Free Online Learning at GCFLearnFree

http://www.gcflearnfree.org/

“For more than a decade, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free. “–From the website.

Thanks to Earnest Shinault at Gaston Park Library for this posting.

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Open Culture

http://www.openculture.com/

Open Culture editor Dan Colman scours the web for the best educational media. He finds the free courses and audio books you need, the language lessons & movies you want, and plenty of enlightenment in between.”–From the website.

Free Online Learning

www.gcflearnfree.org

Submitted by Earnest at Gaston Park:

From the website: “For the past decade, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free. We believe there’s freedom in the ability to learn what you want, when you want, regardless of income or circumstances. We offer 125 tutorials on the subjects you need to continue your education—or get it started. Everything at GCFLearnFree.org is completely free. There’s no catch and no gotchas.”

DOAB : Directory of Open Access Books

http://www.doabooks.org/

The primary aim of this site is to increase the discoverability of books of open access books.  It is geared to academic books, but many of the books available could be of interest to public library customers.

How U. S. Students Compare Internationally

https://www.census.gov/newsroom/cspan/students_compared/

“[S}tatistics that show U.S. 15-year-old students scored below average in math and about average in science and reading – and their scores have been mostly flat in the last decade – when compared with their international peers.”–From the C-SPAN’S America By The Numbers, U. S. Census webpage.

Detailed information, data, statistics comparing students in the United States and students in foreign countries.

 

Free Certificate Courses

www.openculture.com/free_certificate_courses

From Open Culture, a list of free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), with most offering certificates.

Understanding Evolution

http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/about.php

“Understanding Evolution is a non-commercial, education website, teaching the  science and history of evolutionary biology. This site is here to help you  understand what evolution is, how it works, how it factors into your life, how  research in evolutionary biology is performed, and how ideas in this area have  changed over time.”–From the website

Codecademy

http://www.codecademy.com 

You can learn the basics of HTML, JavaScript, Ruby, and more, here by using the free, interactive web-based lessons on this site.

Best Online Programs

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education

U. S. News and World Report offers its ranking of the best online bachelor’s and graduate degree programs nationwide.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

http://plato.stanford.edu/

“Welcome to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP). From its inception, the SEP was designed so that each entry is maintained and kept up to date by an expert or group of experts in the field. All entries and substantive updates are refereed by the members of a distinguished Editorial Board before they are made public. Consequently, our dynamic reference work maintains academic standards while evolving and adapting in response to new research. You can cite fixed editions that are created on a quarterly basis and stored in our Archives (every entry contains a link to its complete archival history, identifying the fixed edition the reader should cite).”–From the website

National University Rankings

http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-universities

The 2014 U. S. News and World Report rankings of national universities has been released.  Princeton is now at the top of the list.  The University of Tennessee is #101, the University of Arkansas is #128, Mississippi State University is #142, and the University of Mississippi is #150.  The University of Mempis was RNP.

U.S.A. Learns

http://www.usalearns.org

U.S.A. Learns is an outgrowth of a project that was conceived by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy (DAEL).  DAEL promotes programs that help American adults get the basic skills they need to be productive workers, family members, and citizens.  The major areas of support are Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and English Language Acquisition.  These programs emphasize basic skills such as reading, writing, math, English language competency and problem-solving.”–From the website.

America’s Literacy Directory

“America’s Literacy Directory (ALD) is a web site that allows users to find local literacy providers in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. The ALD includes literacy programs for adults looking for adult basic education, adult secondary education, computer literacy and English as a Second Language.

By entering an address or a ZIP code, you can find detailed information about area literacy programs and the services they offer. You can also generate a map and driving directions for all programs listed in the ALD.”–From FAQ https://literacydirectory.org/?op=doc&doc=faq

OATD: Open Access Theses and Dissertations

http://oatd.org/

An index to over 1.5 million theses and dissertations from over 600 institutions around the world. Searchable by keyword.

College Scorecard

http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education/higher-education/college-score-card

From the White House Blog:  “The interactive College Scorecard gives students and families five key pieces of data about a college: costs, graduation rate, loan default rate, average amount borrowed, and employment.”  Users can search by name, location, type of college, area of interest or other popular criteria.