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Lecturesonline.org is the one-stop site to preview, examine, and download academically focussed digital work-product, such as PowerPoint lectures, demonstrations, figures, charts, graphs, and HTML pages.    Eventually, lecturesonline.org could also grow to encompass re-prints of articles, working papers, and conference papers.  Lecturesonline.org is the equivalent of an academic conference - one that encompasses all the disciplines and is being run all the time.  

In the brief life of lecturesonline the site has been well received by the academic community and the press.  Articles in msnbc.com and the Scout Report have generated interest in the site.  Lecturesonline has also been placed on important educational and online learning pages as a featured link - including a prominent position in the Yahoo Higher Educational page, the Wellspring and Refdesk.com.    The American Sociological Association picked up lecturesonline.org in September/October issue of Footnotes.

The West Virginia University Mountaineer Spirit Newspaper and the student newspaper the Daily Anthenaeum have also done nice articles on the site.   Libraries and individual faculty members have also begun to link to the site.

This is a totally non-profit site that is intended to provide a service to the academic community.  The philosophy of lecturesonline.org is modeled after the traditional lending library.  If this idea takes hold, lecturesonline.org could eventually become a giant searchable database of thousands of digitized academic lectures, educational pages, graphs, figures, charts, and research papers.

The idea of this site is to create a community of professionals freely sharing information building knowledge together.  This site materialized from my efforts to research new lectures for the demography and sociology courses that I teach here at West Virginia University. 

This brand new site (birth date 7/22/99) tries to fill a gap in the academic world; the absence of a web site  that allows academics to easily find, distribute, disseminate and trade educational materials that they produce for teaching.  The Internet is a natural tool for this task as increasingly the material produced for teaching is digital, and therefore easily viewed and downloaded from the web.   Examples include PowerPoint or other presentation lectures made for teaching, subject specific teaching web sites done in HTML, and animations or online tutorials.   

The reason that this site does not exist is a classic case of a market failure - there is no profit to be made in sharing information so nobody has set up a mechanism to do so.  Lecturesonline.org tries to fill this gap.   My hope is that the site will grow into a place where educators look first to find the basic information and materials they need to supplement their own teaching materials.  

Educators in all disciplines are invited to submit their own lectures, demonstrations and course-based web pages while also utilizing materials submitted by other educators.  All materials on the site have been submitted by academics - no sites are linked to or materials uploaded without permission. 

You can submit lectures, web-based education materials and demonstrations by sending them as an attached document in an e-mail to jkim4@wvu.edu, or by letting us know the URL so I can post a link.  Or you can FTP materials by using the anonymous login option for the User Id and www.lecturesonline.org   for the Host Name / Address in your FTP program.  

You retain ownership of any materials that you submit to lecturesonline.org - it will not be sold or utilized in any way.  You can take the material down at any time. 

If you have any ideas about how to make the site better, or how to pay for the costs of running this site, please e-mail its creator Josh Kim at jkim4@wvu.edu.  I very much encourage anyone who has ideas about improving this site to send me an e-mail.

Please go and see the Astronomy Web Project  my 13 year old brother Max has done online for a ThinkQuest Project

www.lecturesonline.org was created on 7/22/99 and last updated on 11/16/99


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