Open Culture

Open Culture is one of a number of “metaresources” collating and bringing together information about online resources. Its main focus is online lecture courses and MOOCs (massive open online courses). At the time of writing Open Culture provides links to some 1,300 lecture courses and over 1000 MOOCs. There are also listings for audiobooks, ebooks, language courses and resources for children.

What they say

“Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It’s all free. It’s all enriching. But it’s also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high quality content whenever and wherever you want it.”

What I say

The core content of Open Culture is its links to lecture courses and MOOCs. It’s good but, like other sites aiming to collate open access resources (including this one!), it struggles to stay ahead of the game. Dhawal Shah’s Class Central, which focuses exclusively on MOOCs, list over 7000 – seven times as many as Open Culture.

If it were a competition, Open Culture might lose out to Class Central, at least when it comes to listing MOOCs, but it’s not a competition! The more sites that are out there promoting this kind of online content the more people will become aware of them.

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