Various online resources

 

Education

Some MOOCs (‘massive, open, online courses’)

Free online courses are available from a number of universities, including:

  • Coursera .
  • edX (specific universities from around the world).
  • FutureLearn (the UK’s Open University and others).
  • Ivy League (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale).

Read about the acronym MOOCs on Wikipedia.

Watch lectures from University College London

UCL Lunch Hour Lectures are an opportunity for anyone to sample the research work taking place at UCL in bite-sized chunks. Speakers are drawn from across the university, and lectures frequently showcase new research and recent academic publications. The lectures can be viewed on YouTube or listened to on SoundCloud.

Exhibitions/museums

Online tours of the world’s art museums

Google’s arts and culture website offers online tours of many/most of the world’s art museums. A website called Travel and Leisure has brought together 12 of their favourite tours from the Google website.

Fun

Games

Seniors Online Victoria has a games page, which includes code-cracker, crosswords, sudoku, trivia and word search.

Crosswords

The Guardian newspaper has two free, online crosswords every day, one quick and the other cryptic.

Jigsaws

Yarra Plenty Regional Library has 13 digital jigsaws of local places for you to complete. There are actually another 2,500 jigsaws on the website – more than enough to keep you occupied.

If you find those too easy, try these ones.

Card games

Play cards online at www.trickstercards.com, including 500, Hearts (aka Rickety Kate) and Oh Hell (aka Up River, Down River).

Crafts for a cause

Spotlight Crafts for a Cause is a Facebook group which is "a passionate community of makers, who are driven by making and doing for those we love and those in our local communities who are in need. The purpose of this group is to bring together the willing makers and the causes with a need. Volunteer your time, abilities or supplies to help each other around Australia." One of their current initiatives is to encourage people to make scrubs for healthcare workers. Return your finished items to your nearest Spotlight store.

Other

Watch live sculptures, including butterfly, chameleon, cichlid, mandrill, shoe, turtle and wolf. Watch more live sculptures.

Libraries/books

Yarra Plenty Regional Library

Many of the books that they stock in hard copy are also available electronically as eBooks. The borrowing system works the same and the ‘borrow box’ allows you to search the available books. You don’t have to have a dedicated ereader or kindle, just use your tablet/ipad or PC to download and read your favourite books. Go to www.yprl.vic.gov.au/elibrary.

Margaret Breare, from Rosanna Library, is offering support to people wanting to access digital content. Contact Margaret by email (MBreare@yprl.vic.gov.au).

[Editor’s note: I’ve just noticed that the library makes electronic copies of all of the Age newspapers for the last 15 years available for free and this includes today’s paper.]

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks that you can download.

State Library Victoria

Membership of State Library Victoria is free but takes around 7 days to obtain (because they have to check that you really do live in Victoria). Once obtained, it gives you access to all sorts of goodies, including: