Healthy Memory E-Learning

The January-February issue of the AARP Bulletin contained an article, FREE-Learning that provided a list of a wide variety of free educational resources on the web. For example, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, has put nearly 2,000 academic courses online. These can be found at watch.mit.edu. MIT is not the only university to do this. Harvard has courses at athome.harvard.edu.

academicearth.org is a site that features lectures from multiple universities, as does researchchannel.org that features 3500 videos from a consortium of leading research and academic institutions. The popular site YouTube also includes educational content on its education “channel” youtube.com/education. videolectures.net offers video lectures from all other the world by distinguished scholars and scientists at conferences, seminars, and workshops. A consortium of public television and radio stations offers live and on demand lectures on forum-network.org. There is an annual conference with the acronym TED (Technology,Entertainment, Design) where the world’s top thinkers and doers give talks. These talks can be found at ted.com. If your interests are in history or if you are an aficionado of the History Channel, you can go to history.com.

For information about medicine and health, webmd.com, is a good source. healthcentral.com is another good source for medical information. The University of Maryland’s Medical Center’s website, umm.edu/videos, has many interesting videos on medicine.

For learning specific tasks or skills, wonderhowto.com is a good source. howcast.com is another good source of how to videos, including belly dancing.

All of this comes under the rubric transactive memory that is used in this blog. Transactive memory is the external record of all information, from the esoteric to the mundane, throughout the world. A key to healthy memory is to access and lean about some of this information and some of these skills. Maintaining a healthy memory requires active learning throughout the life span. When you stop learning, you stop growing, and your memory health declines.

© Douglas Griffith and healthymemory.wordpress.com, 2009. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Douglas Griffith and healthymemory.wordpress.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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