Instructors can tap into a wealth of resources via the Internet: images, videos, music,...
- "The Internet is the most important single development in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting." ~Dave Barry
- "The Internet is a shallow and unreliable electronic repository of dirty pictures, inaccurate rumours, bad spelling and worse grammar, inhabited largely by people with no demonstrable social skills." ~Chronicle of Higher Education, 1997
- "Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant." ~Mitchell Kapor
- "Because the Internet has an aura of 'technology' surrounding it, the uneducated believe information from it even more." ~Thomas Friedman, New York Times
- "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn." ~Alvin Toffler
OLLI Resources ABOUT Your Course
- current courses: course page, descriptions [.pdf], list [.pdf], calendar [.pdf], current materials
- new courses: Teaching at OLLI page; course proposal: form (fill-in) [.pdf], form (print) [.pdf]
Internet Resources FOR Your Course
- Link: Your course file can refer or link to a resource -- via a web link in your PowerPoint, Word or web page;
later, click on the link: resource appears in web browser. e.g., [image, link: cartoon]
- Embedded. Your course file can include or embed a resource directly, e.g., download and insert a picture (scaling optional). Of course, any copying is subject to Copyright fair use -- see guidelines distributed to OLLI Instructors. e.g., [image, embedded (on right)].
Be sure to use safe browsing and computing practices when visiting sites.
Sites with subscriptions or "paywalls" may limit access.
You may not be able to embed certain resources, depending on your presentation application.
Here are a few ideas for types of resources and sample sites (with both Link and Embedded examples); suggestions welcome.
Reference, News, General
- [link: Wikipedia; embedded: excerpt (on right);
embedded entire page (on right) !?]
- newspapers, magazines: NYT, Time, ...
- dictionaries: dictionary.com, wordreference.com, ...
- quotes: wikiquote, brainyquote, ...
- howstuffworks.com, quizzes, blogs, jokes, "learning resources", ...
Images: Photos, Clipart, Cartoons
- learner.org Annenberg Media
- TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design)
- wydea.com, ...
- [link: YouTube: Every Word; embedded (on right)]
- NPR podcasts
- lyrics sites: elyrics, ...
- .mp3 files; sample / buy from iTunes , Amazon, ...
- [link: .mp3: Crossword Puzzle (Karpen); embedded (on right)]
- NYT Learning Network: Student Crosswords; infoplease.com
- search topics, themes:
e.g., Art, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Science, Shakespeare, ...
- create your own wordsearch, crossword puzzles, etc. (authoring sites from my Crossword course), ...
- [link: Pilates puzzle (interactive), (printable) embedded (on right)]
Applications -- many downloaded from the Internet -- can be useful for demonstrating or practicing various skills. Some apps may connect to the Internet to obtain updates and additional materials.
Your Course AS an Internet Resource
- "...dead trees with information smeared on them." ~Horizon, "Electronic Frontier"
Basic: downloadable files
The simplest way to make your course available: files that your students can download from OLLI Course Materials for Current Classes (via Current Courses).
Email a document to OLLI office; it will be converted to .pdf format, and added to Materials page -- usually within a week.
Intermediate: online document(s)
If you use a "cloud application suite" like Google Docs or Microsoft Office Live, you can create an online document, presentation, spreadsheet, form or drawing -- that you can update and your students can view directly; or, you could create a series of "placeholder" documents, e.g., one for each session, that you submit initially but update later. A link to the source(s) could be listed on the OLLI Course Materials page.
Advanced: interactive web site
If you publish your course materials via a web site or blog, you can list that link on the OLLI Course Materials page.
- link from OLLI course catalog to your site which contains expanded instructor bio and more detailed course description
- update materials more directly and frequently
- use web pages for presentation (like this workshop) and later reference
[updated: 6-May-2011] [.pdf]