Free higher education courseware collections
Teachers, administrators in higher education, and students wanting to pursue careers in higher education institutions, can take advantage of open courseware classes that allow them the freedom to access training resources and tips from qualified experts around the world. For instruction in conducting research, designing effective, challenging doctoral programs, evaluating teacher training systems, and even developing their own open source or Web-based learning programs, education professionals in colleges and graduate universities can turn to these classes offered by Utah State University, the Connexions network, The Open University and MIT. This specific collection was put together to give those involved in higher education a broad overview of the open courseware resources and references available on the Internet. Classes like Research for the Classroom Teacher, The Impact of Open Source Software on Education, and Teaching College-Level Science teach general skills in analyzing teaching methods and curriculum, new technologies available to college and universities, as well as their students, and more.
This collection also includes specific ideas for college-level instructors needing tips for teaching science and staying current in their field, and an exploration and evaluation of existing teacher training programs and how they can be improved. Additional resources found through these courses include study questions and role playing exercises, and lecturers and assignments in website design, interdisciplinary teaching, setting goals, lesson plan development, and creating a syllabus.
- Research for the Classroom Teacher [Utah State University] - Classroom teachers learn "how to design and carry out research" in this class.
- The Handbook of Doctoral Programs: Issues and Challenges [Connexions] - This class is designed to promote more effective, engaging graduate programs for students.
- Supporting Professional Development in Initial Teacher Training [The Open University] - This course is focused on improving the methods used in teacher training programs.
- The Impact of Open Source Software on Education [Connexions] - Learn about the ways in which colleges and universities are making their coursework available to the public in this class.