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learning, personal science and art

  • infed.org - Hundreds of pages and millions of users across the world exploring education, learning and social change.


  • Resourceaholic - Ideas and resources for teaching secondary school mathematics

Theory and practice

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  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferrer_movement - an early 20th century libertarian school inspired by the anarchist pedagogy of Francisco Ferrer. He was a proponent of rationalist, secular education that emphasized reason, dignity, self-reliance, and scientific observation, as opposed to the ecclesiastical and dogmatic standard Spanish curriculum of the period. Ferrer's teachings followed in a tradition of rationalist and romantic education philosophy, and 19th century extragovernment, secular Spanish schools. He was particularly influenced by Paul Robin's orphanage at Cempuis.With this ideal in mind, Ferrer established the Escuela Moderna in Barcelona, which ran for five years between 1901 and 1906. Ferrer tried a less dogmatic approach to education that would try to draw out the child's natural powers, though children still received moral indoctrination on social responsibility and the importance of freedom. Ferrer championed practical knowledge over theory, and emphasized experiences and trips over readings. Pupils were free and trusted to direct their own education and attend as they pleased. The school also hosted lectures for adults in the evenings and weekends. It also hosted a printing press to create readings for the school. The press ran its own journal with news from the school and articles from prominent libertarian writers.Following Ferrer's execution, an international Ferrer movement (also known as the Modern School movement) spread throughout Europe and as far as Brazil and the United States, most notably in the New York and Stelton Modern School.

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blended_learning - a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through delivery of content and instruction via digital and online media with some element of student control over time, place, path, or pace. While students still attend "brick-and-mortar" schools, face-to-face classroom methods are combined with computer-mediated activities. Blended learning is also used in professional development and training settings. A lack of consensus on a definition of blended learning has led to difficulties in research about its effectiveness in the classroom. Blended learning is also sometimes used in the same breath as "personalized learning" and differentiated instruction.

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flipped_classroom - an instructional strategy and a type of blended learning that reverses the traditional learning environment by delivering instructional content, often online, outside of the classroom. It moves activities, including those that may have traditionally been considered homework, into the classroom. In a flipped classroom, students watch online lectures, collaborate in online discussions, or carry out research at home and engage in concepts in the classroom with the guidance of a mentor.

Social learning theory

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_learning_theory - (Albert Bandura) posits that learning is a cognitive process that takes place in a social context and can occur purely through observation or direct instruction, even in the absence of motor reproduction or direct reinforcement. In addition to the observation of behavior, learning also occurs through the observation of rewards and punishments, a process known as vicarious reinforcement. The theory expands on traditional behavioral theories, in which behavior is governed solely by reinforcements, by placing emphasis on the important roles of various internal processes in the learning individual.

Many classroom and teaching strategies draw on principles of social learning to enhance students' knowledge acquisition and retention. For example, using the technique of guided participation, a teacher says a phrase and asks the class to repeat the phrase. Thus, students both imitate and reproduce the teacher's action, aiding retention. An extension of guided participation is reciprocal learning, in which both student and teacher share responsibility in leading discussions.[26] Additionally, teachers can shape the classroom behavior of students by modelling appropriate behavior and visibly rewarding students for good behavior. By emphasizing the teacher's role as model and encouraging the students to adopt the position of observer, the teacher can make knowledge and practices explicit to students, enhancing their learning outcomes. [27] With increased use of technology in the classroom, game-based social learning platforms such as Kahoot! are being integrated into the curriculum to reinforce knowledge while encouraging peer-to-peer support, debate, critical thinking and development of leadership skills.

Another important application of social learning theory has been in the treatment and conceptualization of anxiety disorders. The classical conditioning approach to anxiety disorders, which spurred the development of behavioral therapy and is considered by some to be the first modern theory of anxiety, began to lose steam in the late 1970s as researchers began to question its underlying assumptions. For example, the classical conditioning approach holds that pathological fear and anxiety are developed through direct learning; however, many people with anxiety disorders cannot recall a traumatic conditioning event, in which the feared stimulus was experienced in close temporal and spatial contiguity with an intrinsically aversive stimulus. Social learning theory helped salvage learning approaches to anxiety disorders by providing additional mechanisms beyond classical conditioning that could account for the acquisition of fear. For example, social learning theory suggests that a child could acquire a fear of snakes by observing a family member express fear in response to snakes. Alternatively, the child could learn the associations between snakes and unpleasant bites through direct experience, without developing excessive fear, but could later learn from others that snakes can have deadly venom, leading to a re-evaluation of the dangerousness of snake bites, and accordingly, a more exaggerated fear response to snakes.

Popular education




Education systems

Formal education

  • computerbasedmath.org is a project to build a completely new math curriculum with computer-based computation at its heart—alongside a campaign to refocus math education away from historical hand-calculating techniques and toward relevant and conceptually interesting topics.
  • CS in VN

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dharma_transmission - In the western understanding, dharma transmission stands solely for recognition of authentic insight, whereas in the Japanese monastery system dharma transmission is a formal notification that someone is fully qualified to take a leading role in this system. In the USA and Europe dharma transmission is linked to the unofficial title roshi, older teacher. In the Western understanding roshis are "part of a tradition that imputes to them quasi-divine qualities", someone who "is defined by simplicity, innocence, and lack of self-interest or desire". Nevertheless, the authorisation of teachers through dharma transmission does not mean that teachers are infallible, as is clear from the repeated appearance of scandals.

According to Lachs, those scandals have also been possible because of the status given to roshis by dharma transmission, and "a desire for the master’s aura, recognition, and approval": The students expect the real teacher to be an ideal teacher and look forward to having such an ideal teacher lead and instruct them. The student who enters the practice having read a myth will expect to find the myth and will think they have found the myth. Unfortunately, they have found the myth without recognizing it for what it is. What they really have found, all too often, is another story of ordinary, flawed human behavior.

UK & Scotland

Informal education

Home schooling

  • Phoenix Home Education Camp - an inclusive and welcoming home education camp in West Wales. P.HEC is organised and run by a group of home educators, with the full support of the folks at the Pengraig community. Home education events have been running at the farm for eleven years now, which means that we have been able to gather together a skilled, experienced team of organisers and workshop leaders to ensure a fantastic camp for everyone, kids and adults alike.


  • Creative Interdisciplinary Research in Collaborative Environments - CIRCLE's members are researchers and creative practitioners at the University of Edinburgh and elsewhere. They work across the creative arts, architecture, the humanities, the physical and social sciences. Their research focuses on developing creative collaborative environments, employing methods across disciplines. Their aim is to develop effective and affecting interactive environments, within a critical framework, seeking the insights that interdisciplinary inquiry might allow.

Community Learning and Development


  • UNISTATS - Compare official course data from universities and colleges
  • PhDTree - academic genealogy & family tree



  • arXiv is an e-print service in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics, owned and operated by Cornell University.
  • arxivist - uses your preferences to sort arXiv articles --- making it easier to find new arXiv submissions that are pertinent to you.

  • Public Library of Science (PLOS) is a nonprofit publisher, membership, and advocacy organization with a mission to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication.
  • PLOS ONE is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication. PLOS ONE welcomes reports on primary research from any scientific discipline.

  • ViXra.org is an e-print archive set up as an alternative to the popular arXiv.org service owned by Cornell University. It has been founded by scientists who find they are unable to submit their articles to arXiv.org because of Cornell University's policy of endorsements and moderation designed to filter out e-prints that they consider inappropriate.

  • Zetoc - one of the world’s most comprehensive research databases, giving you access to over 30,000 journals and more than 52 million article citations and conference papers through the British Library’s electronic table of contents.

  • FreeCite - an open-source application that parses document citations into fielded data. You can use it as a web application or a service. You can also download the source and run FreeCite on your own server. FreeCite is distributed under the MIT license.

  • Altmetric - a London-based start-up focused on making article level metrics easy. Our mission is to track and analyse the online activity around scholarly literature.
  • SelectedPapers.net - a free, open-source project aimed at improving the way people find, read, and share academic papers.
  • SciCurve - transforms the old indexed-search based method of systematic literature review into interactive and comprehensible environment.

  • ScienceSeeker - a central site for finding and following science news and discussion. We collect thousands of posts and articles from hundreds of science sources; we aim to be the most comprehensive science hub on the web.
  • 2cultures.net syndicates in real-time 100 English language Digital Humanities blogs and related sites from around

the world.

  • Digital Humanities Now showcases the scholarship and news of interest to the digital humanities community through a process of aggregation, discovery, curation, and review.
  • Econ Journal Watch publishes Comments on articles appearing in economics journals and serves as a forum about economics research and the economics profession.
  • Journal of Things We Like (Lots) - JOTWELL - invites you to join us in filling a telling gap in legal scholarship by creating a space where legal academics can go to identify, celebrate, and discuss the best new legal scholarship.

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sci-Hub - a website with over 64.5 million academic papers and articles available for direct download.[2] It bypasses publisher paywalls by allowing access through educational institution proxies. Sci-Hub stores papers in its own repository, and additionally the papers downloaded by Sci-Hub are also stored in Library Genesis (LibGen).

Citation management



See also Free/open

Some rights reserved.

  • Jorum is the place where you will find free open educational resources produced by the UK Further and Higher Education community.
  • Great Writers Inspire - This collection of freely available literary resources is aimed at students from sixth-form to university, their teachers, and at lifelong learners. It contains lectures, eBooks and contextual essays for reuse by individuals and the educational community.
  • CK-12 provides open-source content and technology tools to help teachers provide learning opportunities for students globally.

Open Access

  • Open Access Index - a method to measure an author's engagement with Open Access. Is there a need, and how should the index be calculated?
  • DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals
  • OCLC is a worldwide library cooperative, providing services and research to improve access to the world’s information.
    • OAIster is a union catalog of millions of records representing open access resources that was built by harvesting from open access collections worldwide using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). Today, OAIster includes more than 30 million records representing digital resources from more than 1,500 contributors.
  • Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences.
  • PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.


  • Jisc - drives innovation in UK education and research, and have been doing so for more than 15 years. registered charity working on behalf of UK higher education, further education and skills to champion the use of digital technologies. Historically, JISC stood for Joint Information Systems Committee
  • JISC Digital Media helps the UK’s higher education, further education and skills communities embrace and maximise the use of digital media (still images, sound and video).
  • JIsc Advance brought together collective expertise to help organisations get the most from technology. Its services (such as the Regional Support Centres, Jisc Legal and Jisc TechDis) continue to run, but the organisation itself closed in July 2013.
  • JISCMail has a large collection of groups which enable academics, support staff and researchers to collaborate
  • Open doors - We asked JISC colleagues: what aspect of your work has made the biggest difference to supporting people in universities, colleges and other learning providers to work more openly?
  • OSS Watch provides unbiased advice and guidance on the use, development, and licensing of free software, open source software, and open source hardware.

Peer review

  • PubPeer - Search publications and join the conversation.

Knowledge sharing

  • RoMEO is part of SHERPA Services based at the University of Nottingham. RoMEO has collaborative relationships with many international partners, who contribute time and effort to developing and maintaining the service. Current RoMEO development is funded by JISC.
  • AHRC is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, along with the other UK Research Councils.
  • CiteSeerx is an evolving scientific literature digital library and search engine that has focused primarily on the literature in computer and information science. CiteSeerx aims to improve the dissemination of scientific literature and to provide improvements in functionality, usability, availability, cost, comprehensiveness, efficiency, and timeliness in the access of scientific and scholarly knowledge. Rather than creating just another digital library, CiteSeerx attempts to provide resources such as algorithms, data, metadata, services, techniques, and software that can be used to promote other digital libraries. CiteSeerx has developed new methods and algorithms to index PostScript and PDF research articles on the Web. Citeseerx provides the following features.

  • OpenConf - Peer-Review, Abstract and Conference Management. Known for its ease of use, clean interface, and outstanding support, OpenConf has powered thousands of events and journals* in 100+ countries.

  • Academic Torrents - We've designed a distributed system for sharing enormous datasets - for researchers, by researchers. The result is a scalable, secure, and fault-tolerant repository for data, with blazing fast download speeds. [21]


  • WorldCat is the world's largest library catalog, helping you find library materials online.
  • EDINA provides online services and resources for UK Higher and Further Education. The Data Library assists staff and students in the discovery, access, use and management of datasets for research and teaching. Together they are a division of Information Services.

Knowledge transfer

  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) supports UK businesses wanting to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance by accessing the knowledge and expertise available within UK Universities and Colleges.

Technology transfer

  • Edinburgh Technology Transfer Centre provides specialist laboratories and high-spec office accommodation to spin-out and start-up companies and project teams involved in research and development programmes.
  • SPECIFIC, an academic and industrial consortium led by Swansea University with Tata Steel as the main industrial partner, is funded by EPSRC, Technology Strategy Board and the Welsh Government.

Open source

  • Serendip-o-matic - connects your sources to digital materials located in libraries, museums, and archives around the world. By first examining your research interests, and then identifying related content in locations such as the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Europeana, and Flickr Commons, our serendipity engine helps you discover photographs, documents, maps and other primary sources. Whether you begin with text from an article, a Wikipedia page, or a full Zotero collection, Serendip-o-matic's special algorithm extracts key terms and returns a surprising reflection of your interests. Because the tool is designed mostly for inspiration, search results aren't meant to be exhaustive, but rather suggestive, pointing you to materials you might not have discovered. At the very least, the magical input-output process helps you step back and look at your work from a new perspective. Give it a whirl. Your sources may surprise you. [22]



Educational technology

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Educational_technology - Educational technology is the effective use of technological tools in learning. As a concept, it concerns an array of tools, such as media, machines and networking hardware, as well as considering underlying theoretical perspectives for their effective application.

Educational technology is not restricted to high technology. Nonetheless, electronic educational technology, also called e-learning, has become an important part of society today, comprising an extensive array of digitization approaches, components and delivery methods. For example, m-learning emphasizes mobility, but is otherwise indistinguishable in principle from educational technology.

Educational technology includes numerous types of media that deliver text, audio, images, animation, and streaming video, and includes technology applications and processes such as audio or video tape, satellite TV, CD-ROM, and computer-based learning, as well as local intranet/extranet and web-based learning. Information and communication systems, whether free-standing or based on either local networks or the Internet in networked learning, underlie many e-learning processes.

Theoretical perspectives and scientific testing influence instructional design. The application of theories of human behavior to educational technology derives input from instructional theory, learning theory, educational psychology, media psychology and human performance technology. Educational technology and e-learning can occur in or out of the classroom. It can be self-paced, asynchronous learning or may be instructor-led, synchronous learning. It is suited to distance learning and in conjunction with face-to-face teaching, which is termed blended learning. Educational technology is used by learners and educators in homes, schools (both K-12 and higher education), businesses, and other settings.

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_educational_resources - freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes.The term OER describes publicly accessible materials and resources for any user to use, re-mix, improve and redistribute under some licenses.[1]The development and promotion of open educational resources is often motivated by a desire to provide an alternate or enhanced educational paradigm.
  • media.ccc.de - OMG! OER! - Polish government decided in favour of open-licensed e-textbooks. This is not to liking of big textbook publishers, reaping in profits hand over fist. While their black PR campaign focuses on technicalities, it seems obvious that their real beef is with the liberal licensing.

  • OER Commons - a public digital library of open educational resources. Explore, create, and collaborate with educators around the world to improve curriculum.
  • Open educational resources (OERs) | Jisc - Explaining open educational resources (OERs) and surrounding issues for senior managers, learning technologists, technical staff and educators interested in releasing OERs to the education community.

  • Open Educational Resources (OER) - teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions. OER form part of ‘Open Solutions’, alongside Free and Open Source software (FOSS), Open Access (OA), Open Data (OD) and crowdsourcing platforms.




  • WikiEducator is an evolving community intended for the collaborative planning of education projects linked with the development of free content, development of free content on Wikieducator for e-learning, work on building open education resources OERs, on how to create OERs, networking on funding proposals developed as free content

  • EduTechWiki is about Educational Technology (instructional technology) and related fields. It is hosted by TECFA - an educational technology research and teaching unit at University of Geneva.
  • HLWIKI International - Our objective is to build a health sciences librarianship wiki with an international perspective.

  • Peeragogy is a collection of techniques for collaborative learning and collaborative work. By learning how to “work smart” together, we hope to leave the world in a better state than it was when we arrived.

  • e-Learning Tags is a social bookmarking site where eLearning Professionals discover, share, vote and discuss interesting and remarkable content related to the e-learning field!

  • Metacademy is a community-driven, open-source platform for experts to collaboratively construct a web of knowledge. Right now, Metacademy focuses on machine learning and probabilistic AI, because that's what the current contributors are experts in. But eventually, Metacademy will cover a much wider breadth of knowledge, e.g. mathematics, engineering, music, medicine, computer science… [24]

  • DIY is a safe place for kids to learn new skills online and share what they make and do with other creative kids. Every member has a public portfolio to share their projects and talents with their family, teachers, and friends.There are more than 130 DIY Skills to earn by completing special challenges, from Animator to Solar Engineer to Zoologist. Parents and Teachers have access to their own dashboard to follow along progress and keep tabs on social activity.


  • Scholarpedia - the peer-reviewed open-access encyclopedia, where knowledge is curated by communities of experts.
  • Academia - the easiest way to share papers with millions of people across the world for free. A study recently published in PLOS ONE found that papers uploaded to Academia receive a 69% boost in citations over 5 years.


  • Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a Free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites.
  • LON-CAPA is a full-featured open source course management, learning content management, and assessment system
  • Claroline is an open source platform for collaborative e-learning and working online. Available in a wide number of different languages, Claroline can be downloaded for free and freely installed.
  • Fedena is a free & opensource school management software that has more features than a student information system. Use fedena to efficiently manage students, teachers, employees, courses & all the system & process related to your institution.
  • GLEU Studio is a one-stop shop for technology-enhanced learning at Goldsmiths, and represents a major rationalisation and simplification, transforming how the unit interacts with learning and teaching across the University.

  • Q.uiz.Me - The educational quiz game designed to strengthen and test knowledge within subjects including Maths, Spellings, Science and History [26]


See also Social#Wiki


  • nb - annotate course material online, either for yourself, or to discuss it with the class. voting for comments and questions. annotation of pdf, html, and chronological annotation of video.



  • VideoLectures.NET is an award-winning free and open access educational video lectures repository.



  • MOOCs and Libraries - MOOCs and Libraries is devoted to documenting librarian and library involvement in Massive Open Online Courses



Google Course Builder



  • Class Central is a free online course aka MOOC aggregator from top universities like Stanford, MIT, Harvard, etc. offered via Coursera, Udacity, edX, NovoED, & others.
  • CourseTalk - MOOC reviews & ratings for Coursera, edX, Udacity and more.
  • Mooctivity is a comprehensive catalog of MOOCs/online courses from Coursera, edX, FutureLearn and others with a social platform for online students.
  • TopFreeClasses.com will help you find and compare MOOC courses from Coursera, Udacity, edX, Stanford, MIT, and many others.
  • CourseBuffet is a course catalog for online learning. [29]
  • iversity - bring higher education into the digital age. With our courses, online-teaching becomes interactive, social and accessible around the globe.
  • Rheingold U. is a totally online learning community, offering courses that usually run for five weeks, with five live sessions and ongoing asynchronous discussions through forums, blogs, wikis, mindmaps, and social bookmarks.
  • Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning.


  • html5 varilable speed video++
  • subtitles++
  • video stream times out if paused, does not resume--
  • no time code link--
  • no links on videos, no hypermedia/popcorn.js like--
  • copyright status??
  • Presencing Institute - Hubs are self-organised place-based groups that meet in-person to watch the live sessions together and to practice the methods and tools that are introduced in the Lab.

  • u.lab Scotland - a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) offered for free by the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT). It offers to “put you into the driver’s seat of innovation and change” by helping you to make transformational change by changing yourself.


  • figshare is a repository where users can make all of their research outputs available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner.



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  • OU Learning Design Initiative (OULDI) started with institutional strategic funding in 2007 and has been funded by JISC under the Curriculum Design programme since September 2008.
  • Educase is a nonprofit association and the foremost community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education.
  • Design Informatics focuses on designing with data. We can harness massive connectivity, analytic power and industrial-strength simulation to design tangible products and intangible services to transform the ways we work, live at home, care for each other, and play. Edinburgh Uni.