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
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
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
You can submit lectures, web-based education
materials and demonstrations by sending them as an attached document in an e-mail to email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
was created on 7/22/99 and last updated on 11/16/99