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Open Culture: Tools for Lifelong Learners

In my post, "Are You a Teacher or a Curator?" I explored the current meme that bloggers and thought leaders aren't "experts" or "editors", but rather those of us who collect, aggregate and deliver content surrounding our passions are more like museum "curators."

Open Culture is doing a marvelous job of curating "...cultural and educational media (podcasts, videos, online courses, etc.) that’s freely available on the web, and that makes learning dynamic, productive, and fun."

Like great museum curators, they "...sift through all the media, highlight the good and jettison the bad, and centralize it in one place. Trust us, you’ll find engaging content here that will keep you learning and sharp. And you will find it much more efficiently than if you spend your time searching with Google, Yahoo or iTunes."

Open Culture is lead by Dan Colman, whose day job is as the Director & Associate Dean of Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program. Before that, he served as the Managing Director of AllLearn, an e-learning consortium owned by Stanford, Oxford and Yale, and as the Director of Business Development and Editorial Manager at About.com. He received his PhD and MA from Stanford, and his BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

His colleague curators are Eric Oberle, a guy that provides very generous technical support for the site and Fred Hsu, the developer behind the Open Culture iPhone app, who works as a Technical Marketing Engineer at Cisco Systems to put food on the table.

What caught my eye today was a post they wrote on December 2nd entitled, "10 Power Tools for Lifelong Learners" and covers free content like audio books; courses from major universities; foreign language lessons; ideas and culture programming; "intelligent" video sites and "smart YouTube collections" and classic movies and music.

I'll wager that you'll go here and discover so much free content that you'll forever curse my name for pointing you to it! Of course, it's yet another validation point to the acceleration of knowledge, information and participative content creation that is the hallmark of our connected age and one your students will be immersed in very soon.

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