[dropcap size=small]C[/dropcap]rizic brings to you list of 10 Best Educational websites.
Howcast is a website that provides instructional short-form how-to video and text content that combines practical information with various filmmaking techniques such as humor, claymation and animation. The how-to content is created in-house, through its Emerging Filmmakers Program, media content partners and individual contributors . Its Emerging Filmmakers Program allows emerging filmmakers to apply to make videos for Howcast.com and are compensated by receiving $50 a video and 50% of the advertising revenue generated from videos that generate over 40,000 views.The site currently has over 100,000 videos in its library and works with partners like Playboy, JetBlue, Nestle and the US Department of State. Content from Howcast.com spans 25 categories with a wide variety of topics, ranging from “How to Write a Resume” to “How to Survive a Bear Attack” to even virtually impossible situations like “How to Survive an Alien Abduction”.
9. Academic Earth
Academic Earth is a website launched on March 24, 2009, by Richard Ludlow and co-founders Chris Bruner and Liam Pisano, which offers free online video lectures from universities such as UC Berkeley, UCLA, University of Michigan, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale in the subjects of Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry,Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, English, Entrepreneurship, History, Law, Mathematics, Medicine,Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, and Statistics.
8. MIT Open CourseWare
MIT OpenCourseWare (MIT OCW) is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to put all of the educational materials from its undergraduate– and graduate-level courses online, partly free and openly available to anyone, anywhere. MIT OpenCourseWare is a large-scale, web-based publication of MIT course materials. The project was announced in and uses Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license. The program was originally funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and MIT. Currently, MIT OpenCourseWare is supported by MIT, corporate underwriting, major gifts, and donations from site visitors. The initiative has inspired more than 250 other institutions to make their course materials available as open educational resources through the OpenCourseWare Consortium.
HowStuffWorks is an American commercial edutainment website that was founded by Marshall Brain with the goal of giving its target audience an insight into the way in which many things work. The site uses various media in its effort to explain complex concepts, terminology and mechanisms, including photographs, diagrams, videos and animations, and articles. A documentary television series with the same name also premiered in November 2008 on the Discovery Channel.
6. W3 Schools
Blackboard is USC’s e-learning platform. Instructors use Blackboard to post and distribute course content such as syllabuses and handouts, to communicate with students via announcements and email messages, to assess student learning through quizzes and online assignments, and much more.
A Blackboard course website is automatically created for every course at USC, although each course is hidden from the students until the instructor chooses to make the course available to students. Fall courses courses are automatically created on April 15, Spring courses are created on November 15, and Summer courses are created on March 15. This streamlines the course creation process and supports the Provost’s Emergency Preparedness initiative. In the event of a campus closure or suspension of classes, the availability of courses in Blackboard will help USC instructors connect with students and continue teaching in a timely way.
4. Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan to provide “a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere”. The organization produces micro lectures in the form ofYouTube videos. In addition to micro lectures, the organization’s website features practice exercises and tools for educators. All resources are available for free to anyone around the world.
Coursera /kɔərsˈɛrə/ is a for-profit educational technology company founded by computer scienceprofessors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller from Stanford University that offers massive open online courses (MOOCs). Coursera works with universities to make some of their courses available online, and offers courses in physics, engineering, humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, mathematics,business, computer science, and other subjects. Coursera has an official mobile app for iOS andAndroid. As of October 2014, Coursera has 10 million users in 839 courses from 114 institutions.
EdX is a massive open online course (MOOC) provider and online learning platform. It hosts online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines to a worldwide audience, some at no charge. It also conducts research into learning based on how people use its platform. EdX differs from other MOOC platforms, suchCoursera and Udacity, in that it is nonprofit and runs on an open-source software platform.
EdX was founded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in May 2012. There are currently more than 60 schools, nonprofits, corporations, and international organizations that offer or plan to offer courses on the edX website. As of 22 October 2014, edX has more than 3 million users taking over 300 courses online
Udemy.com is a platform or marketplace for online learning. Unlike academic MOOC programs driven by traditional collegiate coursework, Udemy provides a platform for experts of any kind to create courses which can be offered to the public, either at no charge or for a tuition fee. Udemy provides tools which enable users to create a course, promote it and earn money from student tuition charges.
No Udemy courses are currently credentialed for college credit; its students take courses largely as a means of improving job-related skills. Some courses generate credit toward technical certification. Udemy has made a special effort to attract corporate trainers seeking to create coursework for employees of their company.
It is reported that Udemy has served more than 4 million students, and offers 20,000 course alternatives