thescienceofreality: You don’t need to be in school to improve…


You don’t need to be in school to improve your education. Check out Coursera!

One of the biggest issues that I continue to see pop up for people, especially within the young adult generation[s], is the problem of being at a loss for readily available, and seemingly ‘affordable’ educational sources, information, and courses. I recently reblogged a post with a brilliant list of 500 FREE online courses from top universities, which was pretty popular. Then I received a suggestion from a lovely follower of mine to check out Courseera, as I might be interested. So, in addition to the previous online free courses post, I present you with yet another amazing and FREE resource for personal mind expansion. Courseera offers dozens of free online courses from various universities such as Princeton, Stanford, University of Michigan, and University of Pennsylvania
Below you can view the different types of courses offered on this useful site:

Knowledge is power. Educate yourself, explore, and expand!

UPDATE: Within the last few weeks 12 World-Class Universities [new to Coursera]  have added more than 100 courses to be available for FREE on Coursera, in addition to the already spectacular selection! 

Below is a list of the newly accessible Universities and the courses they each provide:

You can also view a list of all courses available here. Enjoy & keep expanding!!

livefromthenypl: Doug Reside, the Digital Curator for the…


Doug Reside, the Digital Curator for the Library for Performing Arts, wrote this incredibly helpful step-by-step guide to retrieving data off of outmoded hardware: “Digital Archaeology: Recovering Your Digital History”.

Have you found any cool/weird/helpful old hardware lately? One thing to say about digital humanities One thing to say about digital humanities:


I’ve been asked to give a talk about digital humanities to the Professional Historian’s Association Historically Speaking session in Melbourne. Now, I’d class myself someone who keeps up with discussions about digital humanities in order to provide better, more useful and useable access to…

racismschool: Project Offspring was born out of a dual reaction…


Project Offspring was born out of a dual reaction of love and frustration. I am a fan of social media as are most of my friends and family. The reason I have so much passion for this project is because as much as I love the community involved in social media, I have yet to find a place that is truly there for everyone.

There seems to be an overwhelming amount of bigotry that is overlooked and often encouraged on some of these sites. The Offspring Project is hoping to change that.

Everyone needs and deserves a safe place to be creative, vent, have fun, meet new people and/or just relax after a hard day.

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queer & anonymous: Three Free Ebooks On Unschooling.

queer & anonymous: Three Free Ebooks On Unschooling.:


1. The Uncollege Manifesto: Within two weeks of reading this book I made plans to quit school. It doesn’t pertain to high school, but holds contagious inspiration that any unschooler will gobble. You have to sign up for the UNcollege newsletter to get a free copy-…

jmjohnso: The Digital Innovation Lab has teamed up with…


The Digital Innovation Lab has teamed up with William L. Andrews, foremost expert on slave narratives, to transform UNC’s Documenting the American South North American Slave Narratives digital collection into a searchable database of people and places. The database would enable search and analyses within and across narratives and support spatial and network visualizations. This approach would provide additional layers of exploration for scholars and students and could assist genealogists and descendants of slaves interested in tracing their family histories.

Because there are about 275 narratives of varying lengths, our team is employing automation in combination with crowd-sourcing refinement to develop a complete set of names and places. We automatically extracted words that might be reasonably considered proper names and locations (capitalized words). From there, a team of undergraduate students are working to verify whether a word is, or is not, a proper name of an actual person or a location. Locations will eventually be georeferenced so that they can be marked on (historic) maps.

(via Slave Narrative Name Database Project – Digital Innovation Lab)