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Click here to read “I am Different from Other Women in the World” The Experiences of Saudi Arabian Women Studying Online.

Education in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is segregated in all levels. The education system is controlled by religious authorities that restrict women’s access to education and limit their participation in certain professions. Therefore, women’s choices are limited to certain professions or employment. They are not allowed to study engineering, journalism, pharmacy or architecture, as these professions are traditionally considered male activities.


MIT Professor Shigeru Miyagawa flipped his classroom as he taught two versions of Visualizing Japan to two distinctive audiences at the same time. He co-taught the massive online open course (MOOC)as well as the residential version of the course. The students in the residential class were assigned the MOOC video lectures and quizzes to complement their classroom work.

A student comparing the classroom with the MOOC experience calculated that in the lecture classes, the professor spoke 80 percent of the time, while in the flipped classes, he spoke less than 50 percent of the time. The difference wasn't just quantitative; the flipped class increased student participation and led to a qualitatively richer and more fun educational experience. “I don’t think I can ever go back to a pure lecture-style teaching,” says Miyagawa.


Neuroscientist Michael Merzenich looks at one of the secrets of the brain's incredible power: its ability to actively re-wire itself. He's researching ways to harness the brain's plasticity to enhance our skills and recover lost function.

Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free — not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. With Coursera (cofounded by Andrew Ng), each keystroke, quiz, peer-to-peer discussion and self-graded assignment builds an unprecedented pool of data on how knowledge is processed.

Childhood in the Digital Age. Try learning with a MOOC
This MOOC has just started (8 June 2015) and will be offered again in July and August
“The amount of technology available to children today is greater than in any previous generation, and it is more specifically designed to capture their imaginations. Join us as we delve into the lives of children and discuss the potential benefits and limitations of technology in their lives.”
Click here to go to this MOOC at FutureLearn.

What education do we need for the 21st century? What is the purpose of education in the current context of societal transformation? How should learning be organized? These questions inspired the ideas presented in this publication. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS UNESCO REPORT Published May 2015||
CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE WEB SITE and search for a kiosk near you. There are kiosks at Manly, Frenchs Forest, etc. and there are also free online courses.
Broadband for Seniors is delivered by community-based organisations. These organisations provide senior Australians, aged 50 years and over, with a friendly and secure environment to receive computer and Internet training. The Internet connection and computers at the kiosk can be used by seniors for practice and personal computer computing outside of scheduled training times.

Turning Grey Into Gold’ report:

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Coursera free online courses:

U3A online courses

Australian Universities and Colleges free courses

The Open CourseWare Consortium:

YouTube EDU:

Don’t forget to download and use the iTunesU App…great for the iPad
The free iTunes U app gives you access to the world’s largest online catalogue of free education content from leading institutions – approx. 800 education institutions.

Use this aggregator to find a free MOOC in your area of interest

LINK TO TONY’S FREE Ebook”Lifelong Learning With An iPad”
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