Video and Free Learning

Once upon a time people in the UK would stay up late to watch Open University programmes shown after the normal schedule of programmes.

BorrowdaleAlternatively you’d buy an expensive set of videos from a professional training outfit.

You might even go to a training seminar. If you wanted to hear someone really special you’d almost certainly have to travel. This seminar would cost you.

Today, there is a huge wealth of video learning available for free. Some of the most brilliant thinkers are available at the click of a few buttons.

Today I’ve been reminded of the wonders of this while watching a number of videos.

This was today’s selection:

http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf

Neil Pasricha talking about the Three ‘A’s of Awesome. Some great thoughts about how to look at life and go after the things that are genuinely you.

http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf

A great set of science experiments from Charles Limb. What is it that happens in our brain when we are improvising?

http://positivesharing.23video.com/v.swf

Alexander Kjerulf encouraging us to think about the positives at work in the 4 minute video.

Oh, and I nearly forgot I also watched a really interesting video from Microsoft Research on MirageBlocks which looks like a really interesting way to think about the convergence of the physical and the virtual.

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