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FITT Resources

Instructional Design/Distance Education Links
Where Can I Find Free e-textbooks for Students?
Video on the Web
Other Interesting Links

Instructional Design / Distance Education Links 

MERLOT:  is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Links to online learning materials are collected here along with annotations such as peer reviews and assignments.


The Sloan Consortium:  The purpose of the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) is to help learning organizations continually improve quality, scale, and breadth according to their own distinctive missions, so that education will become a part of everyday life, accessible and affordable for anyone, anywhere, at any time, in a wide variety of disciplines.

MIT's OpenCourseWare: A free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners around the world. OCW supports MIT's mission to advance knowledge and education, and serve the world in the 21st century. It is true to MIT's values of excellence, innovation, and leadership.

Learning Times:  LearningTimes is an open community for education-minded people. Members have free access to a wide range of opportunities to interact with peers from across the globe -- live online, asynchronously and face-to-face

League for Innovation The League is an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement.

Kairos is a refereed online journal exploring the intersections of rhetoric, technology, and pedagogy.

Copyright Law of the United States of America

Journal of Educations Online: The Journal of Educators Online (JEO) is an online, double-blind, refereed journal by and for instructors, administrators, policy-makers, staff, students, and those interested in the development, delivery, and management of online courses in the Arts, Business, Education, Engineering, Medicine, and Sciences. 

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Where can I find free e-textbooks for students?

Bookboon.com offers a huge range of over 1500 free quality eBooks for university students, business professionals and globe trotters. Our books can be downloaded directly in PDF format, and are currently available in seven languages for everyone around the world.

Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It’s all free. It’s all enriching. But it’s also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high quality content whenever and wherever you want it. Free audio books, free online courses, free movies, free language lessons, free ebooks and other enriching content — it’s all here. Open Culture was founded in 2006.

Textbooksfree  Lists of free textbooks and other sights that provide free textbooks.

Flat World Knowledge   We are the world's largest publisher of free and open college textbooks. With our ever-expanding catalog of top quality books by expert authors, now is your chance to be a hero and help your students save thousands of dollars. Get started today and join the textbook affordability movement.

OpenStax College is a nonprofit organization committed to improving student access to quality learning materials. Our free textbooks are developed and peer-reviewed by educators to ensure they are readable, accurate, and meet the scope and sequence requirements of your course.

The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) is a joint effort by the Open Courseware Consortium, OER Center for California, League for Innovation in the Community Colleges, and many community colleges and university partners to develop and use open educational resources,  open textbooks, and open courseware to expand access to higher education and improve teaching and learning.

People.math.gatech.edu The writing of textbooks and making them freely available on the web is an idea whose time has arrived. Most college mathematics textbooks attempt to be all things to all people and, as a result, are much too big and expensive. This perhaps made some sense when these books were rather expensive to produce and distribute--but this time has passed.

Globaltext.terry.uga.edu We believe we have the means for developing the necessary content and seek support to start an endeavor that can engage many for the benefit of many more. We will work through universities, world development agencies (e.g., World Bank, United Nations), and other appropriate bodies to promote adoption of the texts.

Gutenberg.org Offers over 39,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.

Freetechbooks.com This site lists free online computer science, engineering and programming books, textbooks and lecture notes, all of which are legally and freely available over the Internet.

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Video on the Web

Teacher TV Provides an online community for sharing instructional videos.

Reuters Latest Financial News - Full News Coverage  A Global information company dealing in Financial services, media and corporate markets. To access the video page: Go to the Reuters site and select "Video from the menu on the left.

Google Video  Google Video offers viewers a way to search and see material from archived TV programs, educational videos, personal productions and more. In order to view the video you selected, you must first install the Google Video Viewer.

Frontline on PBS  Selected FRONTLINE programs can be watched here in full - RealPlayer and Windows Media formats.

Blinkx TV  Blinkx TV allows you to search the web for video and audio clips.

Internet Archive  The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an ‘Internet library,’ with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format.

wwiTV.comThis is an independent guide to streaming media available on the web. They do not provide streaming content ourselves. This site is designed to enable users of personal computers and other consumer electronic devices to easily find and access media content over the Internet.

Yahoo! Search - Video Search  Just like searching for WebPages, Yahoo search lets you search the web for material from archived TV programs, educational videos, personal productions and more. (Example: type the word "vegetarian" in the search box to find video on this subject)

BBC-TV  You can select various clips from BBC television

PC World Magazine Videos  Broadband programming about technology--from how-to's to reviews

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Other Interesting Links 

 Khanacademy: The Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We're a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.  All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

Word 2003 to Word 2007 command reference guide: Wondering where your favorite Word 2003 commands are located in the new Word 2007 interface? Or just want to explore the rich, new design with a little guidance? (This site takes a few seconds to load)

Menu and Toolbar Commands in Office 2010: Wondering where your favorite commands are located in Office 2010? This site will help you. 

How Stuff Works This site explains in simple terms how "stuff" (i.e. coin machines, flash memory, shock treatment, etc. ) work.

Time and Date: Want to know what time it is in another state or Country?  How about a countdown to the end of the year or a date of your choice?  This site offers that and more.

Intellicast: View looped images of current weather conditions. 

Columbia Daily Herald: The Daily Herald, located in Columbia, TN, is published Sunday through Friday. 

PCWorld Magazine One of the BEST magazines for computer news, reviews, downloads (free and shareware), and How-to's.  (I subscribe to the paper magazine to read in the car on trips.)

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