He also mentioned websites like FreeRice which helps you learn English; academic earth where thousands of video lectures from world’s top scholars can be viewed; visiblebody for a three-dimensional look of the human anatomy, and YouTubeEdu for educational lectures.
“It’s just the tip of the iceberg as to what’s available to educators to share with students,” he said, concluding with a humourous YouTube clip on “The Five-Minute University” on what a college graduate remembers after five years of graduation.
On the educational tools suitable for lecturers, Zaid said the RSS reader gives fast access to syndicated text as you subscribe for free to certain websites and when there are updates, they email you. Other tools are blogging to teach students and for the lecturer to reflect on his own teaching, and the online forum to develop communication skills as it allows students to express their ideas in writing.
Some 30 WOU staff, mostly academics from the Schools and from the Educational Technology and Publishing Unit (ETP) Unit, attended the seminar.