In a world where we have to trust people and institutions to keep our finances safe and deliver the food we eat, blockchain technology is revolutionary. Blockchain technology is built on a distributed ledger that is both transparent and immutable. It was originally designed to track digital currency like Bitcoin among other uses. But today, it has evolved to help facilitate secure online business transactions by eliminating the need for a central third party.
Talking about scientific and technical databases/ repositories, no one can afford to miss OSTI. Office Of Scientific And Technical Information (www.osti.gov) A real giant. Dedicated and committed to America’s science and technology future in the realms of energy security, environmental stewardship, nuclear security and safety, and overall leadership in science, technology, creativity and innovation, the site is run by the U.S. Department Of Energy (DOE). It strives to provide comprehensive access to the results of the DOE research and development investments.
Presentations play a central role in almost all areas of group communications. With a generous blend of images, presentations are generally more show than tell. Many a times we need to give presentations at places with incompatible infra structures ( sockets, cables, voltage standards, soft interfaces, etc.). At these times, equipped with just a browser and Internet, online presentations become our saviors. Online presentation software, besides overcoming compatibility issues, has a number of advantages such as sharing, collaborating, 24⁄7 availability, global presence, device agnosticism, etc.
Academic search engines play a very important role in discovering academic resources, scholarly works, journal articles, etc. Below is a guide/ survey of some of the outstanding, free academic search engines. A few of them are inclusive of academic repositories and databases as well. 1. African Journals Online Run by a non profit organization in South Africa in partnership with a large number of African journals, it is probably the world’s largest collection of peer-reviewed, African-published scholarly journals.
Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step; journey of a thousand learnings begins with a single click. The big question is how to find that single click? The answer is right below; click any of the links and begin your journey of a thousand learnings. They are free. They are academic. They are multidisciplinary. Details here Bon Voyage! African Journals Online. (www.ajol.info) BASE: Bielefeld Academic Search Engine.
The open seas of on-line learning has quite an interesting Eco-system. MOOCs, without any doubt, are one of the most dominating species, but there are others, often working in the background, keeping the system thriving and sustaining. Open Educational Resources are one of those entities that makes online learning all that rich and vibrant. These educational resources complement and supplement MOOCs on the one hand and, going further, they enable a large body of learners, both traditional school/ college going students as well as self learners and, the teachers as well, by providing open, share-able, often modifiable, mix-able and remix-able (depending upon the licenses), syllabi, contents, books, videos, slides, and other assets.
The recent emergence of Massive Open Online Courses, commonly known as MOOCs, is revolutionizing the online education world and is having a profound impact on higher education. With the growing adoption of MOOCs, the number of MOOC providers has also increased many folds. Below is a comprehensive and up-to-date list of MOOC providers; might be helpful to all interested. Peace and cheers. List of MOOC Providers EdX - A Not-for-profit enterprise with MIT and Harvard universities as founding partners.