Digital Enlightenment: Using the Internet for Research, Learning, and Education

Digital Enlightenment: Using the Internet for Research, Learning, and Education

I’ve been using the Internet since 1993. But, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I truly started using the net for research purposes. One of my key interests is philosophy, and I’ve learned quickly that it’s helpful to have easy access to a wide variety and volume of information. I’ve been collecting a comprehensive list of online resources including links, ebooks, summaries, courseware, research tools, search engines, multimedia, and software that are really applicable to many fields of study.
Rather than creating traditional tables for this data, I figured I would share the original mind maps as is. I used MindJet’s MindManager to export the maps to HTML format.






Content
Map | Table of Contents | Index
This section contains links to online libraries, ebooks, search tools, and research tools for academia.

Courses
Map | Table of Contents | Index
This section contains links to free online courseware from major universities (OpenCourseWare), self study materials from various companies (e.g. The Teaching Company), and other E-Learning related sites.

Multimedia
Map | Table of Contents | Index
This section contains links to various audio and video content. This includes audio books (MP3, tape, CD), podcasts, audio/video streams from universities, and educational content from Google video.

Software
Map | Table of Contents | Index
This section contains links to a handful of software that is highly useful for researchers. Knowledge managers, outliners, and mind mapping tools.

Summaries
Map | Table of Contents | Index
This section contains links to services that provide summaries of either traditional textbook material (e.g. Cliffnotes) and major business book summary companies.

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8 Responses

  1. Eric Blue says:

    I was just checking my RSS feeds this morning, and Wendy @ LifeHacker published a great article:
    Get a free college education online
    http://www.lifehacker.com/software/education/technophilia-get-a-free-college-education-online-201979.php
    I definitely plan on including this article, and many of the included links for my next update of the resource list.

  2. Thanks for sharing this! I just came across this page from I don’t even remember where, and I’m glad I found it. Bookmarked! I’m an autodidact as well — I blog about what I learn online, while I try to learn everything I can. So it’s nice to see another autodidact around these parts! 😉

  3. Doug says:

    Thanks for the great links! I have your site bookmarked!

  4. Self Made Scholar: Learn Free
    I discovered a new blog yesterday that I plan on adding to my ever-growing collection of links for research, learning, and education. Self Made Scholar is a new blog devoted to self-education. What is self-education? “Self-education is learning in its…

  5. gidon says:

    I think my site should be included in your blog. I have links to historical podcasts, sorted by historical personalities.
    give it a look..
    http://historicalpodcasts.googlepages.com/

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