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Provider: Internet Archive (nonprofit organization)
Descriptions: The Internet Archive, a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts, holds a great many free diversions, and many of these are educational-- full-text books, university lectures, music, films, photography and software. There is also the Wayback Machine, for viewing earlier versions of websites: "Browse through 85 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago." In collaboration with the National Federation of the Blind, Internet Archive now also provides free access to more than a million books for blind, sight-impaired and dyslexic readers.
Keywords: books, collaborative, continuing education, culture, digitization, education, full text, general reference, history, images, Internet, libraries, multicultural, multidisciplinary, multilingual, open access, popular, technology, video
Provider: National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health
Descriptions: Features include digitized books viewable with "turning the pages" technology, and oral history audio files. The History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine collects, preserves, interprets, and presents materials documenting the history of medicine, biomedical science, health and disease across all time periods and cultures. It provides access to manuscripts, books, photographs, films and other historical resources. The Division promotes, conducts, and facilitates scholarly research and public education through seminars, lectures, exhibitions, film programs, Web sites, databases, publications, catalogs and finding guides.
Keywords: archive, books, digital, digitization, films, history, history of medicine, images, interactive, links, NIH, NLM, video
Provider: MedTech Publishing Company LLC in partnership with HIMSS
Descriptions: This newsletter, published in partnership with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, keeps the reader up to date on new products, technologies and techniques in health care information management. A blog and RSS feed are included.
Keywords: blog, electronic health record, healthcare, information management, information science, medical devices, news, podcasts, products, software, technology, video
Provider: Mayo Clinic
Descriptions: As of January 2011, a selection of 30 Grand Rounds video presentations by Mayo Clinic staff members are posted here and freely accessible. Click on the title to launch the video, which will open in a new window. Mayo Clinic's free Physician Update email newsletter (link included) highlights any newly-posted presentations.
Keywords: disease, education, free, graduate medical education, medicine, tutorial, video, webinars
Provider: Dolan DNA Learning Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Descriptions: Genes to Cognition (G2C) Online examines thinking and disorders of thinking across six levels of analysis: Genes ~ Biochemicals ~ Cells ~ Brain ~ Cognition (Behavior) ~ Environment. This interactive resource focuses on cognitive disorders, cognitive processes, and research approaches. A dynamic map of a network of connected topics facilitates exploration of a library of more than 750 unique items. A linear Selected Items menu above each map can be used to tour selected content. Links to other sites, to video short lectures and to news items are included. This site also has a blog. Note: Adobe FlashPlayer required for full use.
Keywords: anatomy, animation, biomedical ethics, blog, brain mapping, genetics, images, links, neurology, neuroscience, news, physiology, video
Descriptions: Xtranormal (free registration required) offers an easy way to produce short animated videos for use online. "It's free to create an Xtranormal account, to publish movies, to store projects on Xtranormal, and to use any of Xtranormal’s sharing tools. In addition though, Xtranormal offers the ability to use “premium” assets on your account – things like actors or sets that are different from the default... You’ll need purchased Xtranormal Points (XP), our virtual currency, to get these." Prices for paid features range from $5.00 to $150.00. Xtranormal films can be posted on a Youtube account or otherwise published. Individual educators can submit requests for completely free access to all resources on the Text to Movie platform when making educational-use movies. Requests are handled on a case-by-case basis and granted to verified educators. Apply via the Customer Service link.
Keywords: animation, education, free, podcasts, software, video, Web tools
Descriptions: A database of nearly 4 million freely usable images and other media files. The majority of those not in the public domain are under Creative Commons or GNU licenses; explanations and guidance are provided. In addition, anyone can contribute images.
Keywords: Creative Commons, general reference, images, video, wiki
Provider: Australian Broadcasting Co.
Descriptions: A simplified graphic presentation of open-heart surgery. Includes some very basic anatomical information, the pre-op steps, the main players in the OR, and monitors of brain and heart activity.
Keywords: cardiology, interactive, surgery, video
Provider: Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Descriptions: uScience is a new pilot repository of classroom-tested and peer-reviewed instructional resources for undergraduate-level science courses, to be focused primarily on human health issues. The uScience site is an expansion of MedEdPORTAL that facilitates faculty experimentation with new instructional strategies. Each resource found in the uScience collection is a complete learning unit, including activities, presentation, data, resources, instructor guide and with some, assessment. Each resource is peer-reviewed for content and instructional effectiveness. The first resources made available include units in cellular and molecular biology, anatomy and physiology, evolutionary biology, chemistry and physics.
Keywords: anatomy, biology, chemistry, education, faculty, images, medicine, open access, physics, physiology, science, student, video
Provider: TED Conferences, LLC
Descriptions: "Ideas Worth Spreading." This organization has posted free videos of talks given at the TED annual conferences, with Creative Commons licensing that allows free downloading and re-use as well as viewing. "The annual conference now brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes)." Speakers include world-renowned scientists addressing global issues; performers include musicians and other artists.
Keywords: art, Creative Commons, culture, multicultural, multidisciplinary, science, video
Provider: Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education
Descriptions: The Cleveland Clinic, certified by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, provides this website with a wide selection of (text and video) online CME units in approximately 40 medical specialties. Nursing, Dentistry and Health Care Administration are included along with medical specialties from Allergy/Immunology to Women's Health. A series of fee-based, live CME conferences is also offered.
Keywords: allergy, audiology, bioengineering, cardiology, CME, conference, continuing education, courseware, dentistry, dermatology, emergency medicine, infectious disease, neurology, nursing, ophthalmology, pharmacology, physician, podcasts, psychiatry, psychology, social work, student, surgery, video
Provider: James A. Sullivan, M.A., 1970, Developmental Biology, University of Virginia
Descriptions: Photos, animations and interactive models of cells and cellular processes; definitions and explanations included.
Keywords: animation, cell biology, microbiology, student, tutorial, video
Provider: Baylor College of Medicine
Descriptions: BioEd Online is an award-winning life sciences educational resource from Baylor's Center for Educational Outreach. Designed for teachers and their students from elementary to high school level, it contains engaging multimedia teaching and course materials, including lesson demonstrations, on genetics, neuroscience, viruses, environmental science and more topics. Resources include a library of downloadable slide sets, as well as videos, podcasts and .pdf teaching guides. BioEd Online is edited by a distinguished group of Baylor College of Medicine faculty and staff, and funded by NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Education and others. The website also features a series of video presentations for K-8 students on life science experiments in space, funded by NASA and sponsored by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute. Although all courses are free to HISD teachers and Baylor-affiliated faculty and staff after obtaining a log-in, full access to some requires a subscription for other users. Teacher contact-hour certification available for more advanced courses.
Keywords: Baylor, biology, brain, communicable diseases, continuing education, courseware, education, environmental, faculty, full text, genetics, Internet, K-12, life sciences, natural sciences, neuroscience, news, NIH, partial open access, podcasts, science, student, video
Provider: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Descriptions: This area of the RWJF site is devoted to current healthcare issues. Of particular interest is its clear and timely information about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Keywords: Affordable Care Act, consumer health, data, full text, healthcare administration, healthcare policy, images, population, public health, society, statistical, video, workforce
Provider: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Descriptions: This set of newsletters encompasses every application and type of spectroscopy, including medical imaging. The reader can sign up for RSS feeds on areas of particular interest (including MRI, NMR, proteomics and chemometrics), view podcasts, and check on industry conference schedules. Note: Free registration is required for access to some areas of this website.
Keywords: conference, education, industry, medical imaging, podcasts, portal, video, webinars
Provider: Society for Neuroscience
Descriptions: The Society for Neuroscience offers the expected features, many of them open to non-members: meeting abstracts dating back to 2000; its latest Annual Report; information on its policies and guidelines; and Neuroscience in the News. There are unexpected free treasures in the section, History of Neuroscience: a selection of full-text classic neuroscience articles; six volumes of "The History of Neuroscience in Autobiography;" and a large series of Quicktime videos of autobiographical/scientific talks and interviews from eminent neuroscientists made between 1994 and 2008. Also notable is the inclusion of useful resources for non-scientists and educators: the NERVE "Virtual Encycloportal" for K-12 students and their teachers; and consumer information, like "Brain Facts: A Primer on the Brain and Nervous System," and a series of Flash videos, "Searching for Answers," on various brain diseases and disorders.
Keywords: biography, brain, consumer health, courseware, disease, e-books, education, full text, history of medicine, images, K-12, links, neuroscience, news, scientist, student, video
Descriptions: From the provider: "ScienceStage.com is a virtual conference room, lecture hall, laboratory, library, and meeting venue all in one. It offers new methods of scientific presentation, scientific discourse, and academic knowledge transfer by using video streaming, audio streaming, and text features. Sign up for a free account to be able to post material and join the ScienceStage community. Many different scientific disciplines are represented here, along with some humanities. Browse by field/discipline and content type. Video resources include links to Grand Rounds videos available on the Web, and to TED talks. Free registration is required for full participation and to post items, but most content is open to visitors.
Keywords: international, Internet, links, medicine, multidisciplinary, open access, publishing, science, scientist, social networking, video, Web tools
Provider: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Descriptions: From the website: "...the PHIL offers an organized, universal electronic gateway to CDC's pictures. We welcome public health professionals, the media, laboratory scientists, educators, students, and the worldwide public to use this material for reference, teaching, presentation, and public health messages. The content is organized into hierarchical categories of people, places, and science, and is presented as single images, image sets, and multimedia files."
Keywords: continuing education, images, infectious disease, public health, toxicology, video
Provider: University of Oxford
Descriptions: A collection of about 600 predominantly audio, and some video, files of lectures by and interviews with Oxford University faculty. Of particular interest are those from the Medical Sciences and the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisions, including several podcasts on Darwin. (Instead of clicking the hyperlink title of a listing, click on the "show media items" button to see individual podcasts under that heading.)
Keywords: astronomy, biology, education, humanities, medicine, multidisciplinary, philosophy, physics, podcasts, video
Provider: Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Descriptions: Partners in Animal Health was established in 2005 by Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. The program's mission is to improve animal health and well-being through the creation and distribution of innovative educational materials for veterinary professionals and pet owners. All text and videos geared to pet owners are freely available, while videos for veterinary students and veterinarians may require a subscription.
Keywords: veterinary medicine, video, wellness
Provider: Applied Math and Science Education Repository (AMSER)
Descriptions: From the website: AMSER (the Applied Math and Science Education Repository) is a portal of educational resources and services built specifically for use by those in Community and Technical Colleges but free for anyone to use. AMSER is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of the National Science Digital Library, and is being created by a team of project partners led by Internet Scout.
Keywords: consumer health, continuing education, courseware, Creative Commons, curriculum, education, general health, mathematics, multidisciplinary, philosophy, podcasts, portal, science, student, technology, video
Provider: AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association)
Descriptions: This organization "...is dedicated to promoting the effective organization, analysis, management, and use of information in health care in support of patient care, public health, teaching, research, administration, and related policy." Some resources here are for members only. The Education section includes links to podcasts and mp3 files of informatics classes and recorded conference proceedings, many of which are free.
Keywords: advocacy, education, electronic health record, healthcare policy, informatics, standard of care, video
Provider: National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM)
Descriptions: This website from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) contains useful resources on preparing plans to meet any kind of disaster-- storms and flooding, earthquakes, terrorism, pandemics-- and links to many governmental and outside sources. In addition to providing a clearly organized site, to help the new user navigate the website, a video tutorial has been posted.
Keywords: bioterrorism, courseware, disaster, emergency preparedness, federal agencies, libraries, pandemic, public health, technology, tutorial, U.S. Government, video
Provider: Center for Information Technology, National Institutes of Health
Descriptions: This is a service of the NIH's Center for Information Technology, a growing, searchable collection of National Institutes of Health and Health and Human Services streaming videos and podcasts. Thousands of lectures (including some Grand Rounds), meetings and special events are made available here. Most are open for worldwide public viewing (RealPlayer required.) A minority are restricted to agency employees and clearly marked as such. Lectures and events are also presented live via this site. Reading the FAQ section and testing before playing to an audience is advised. These presentations average about an hour in length and span a wide array of topics.
Keywords: biomedical research, education, federal agencies, Internet, life sciences, medicine, NIH, podcasts, research, science, U.S. Government, video
Provider: National Science Foundation
Descriptions: The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers full grant-funding information to the research community- from opportunity, to application deadline, to awards. NSF policy on data sharing and data management are also provided here. Those seeking grant information may want to go straight to the Site Map for faster navigation to their areas of interest. The NSF funds approximately 10,000 new scientific grant awards annually for research in a variety of scientific fields. To the general public, the NSF site provides a multimedia gallery of news, speeches and lectures, special reports and overviews of NSF research.
Keywords: biology, biomedical research, general reference, grants, images, medical illustration, medical imaging, publishing, reports, research, RSS feed, science, U.S. Government, video
Provider: NIGMS - National Institute of General Medical Sciences
Descriptions: "The mission of [NIGMS] is to support research that increases understanding of life processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention." NIGMS provides training and career grants, including a grants and opportunities program for minorities. This website is a gold mine for educators, providing scientist interviews, short films on special topics, an image database, posters, fact sheets, even interactive games. One can access or sign up for Biomedical Beat, the free NIGMS online newsletter, as well as order many other free publications. For researchers there is a blog, NIGMS Feedback Loop, that keeps one up to date on funding opportunities and future plans.
Keywords: biomedical research, blog, disease, federal agencies, free, gateway, genomics, grants, health sciences, images, informatics, life sciences, medicine, NIH, open access, pharmacogenomics, podcasts, research, science, scientist, video
Provider: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Descriptions: NASA's fascinating website shares a wealth of information with the public, using multimedia formats, on NASA's past, current and future research and space missions.
Keywords: astronaut, astronomy, federal agencies, general reference, images, laboratory, news, podcasts, research, RSS feed, technology, U.S. Government, video
Provider: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Descriptions: Free lecture notes, exams and videos from MIT. "MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity." (Note: These courses, even where complete, cannot be used for academic credit.) Materials from most courses taught at MIT are available here, and a special section for High School educators is available.
Keywords: courseware, engineering, faculty, free, K-12, multidisciplinary, science, student, video
Provider: AAMC (Associaton of American Medical Colleges)
Descriptions: MedEdPORTAL is a free peer-reviewed publication service and repository for medical and oral health teaching materials, assessment tools, and faculty development resources. Copyright and patient privacy issues are addressed during the submission process so users around the globe can download and utilize any of the published resources for educational purposes. Free registration is required for access. Educational videos are available for download, and CME and career networking resources are also available.
Keywords: courseware, Creative Commons, curriculum, dentistry, e-publishing, education, faculty, medicine, open access, peer review, podcasts, repository, video
Provider: MD Anderson Cancer Center
Descriptions: In addition to providing a public resource on the trials currently being conducted at MD Anderson, each page here includes links to text and videos that address patients' more general questions about clinical trials and studies, including eligibility criteria, the phases of a clinical trial, and the benefits and risks of volunteering to participate.
Keywords: biomedical ethics, cancer, clinical studies, clinical trials, dosage, drug metabolism, drug pathways, drugs, ethics, glossary of terms, hospitals, Houston, oncology, patient education, radiation, research, TX, video
Provider: William Herring, MD, FACR, Albert Einstein Medical Center
Descriptions: This free radiology education resource includes podcasts, lectures (some by faculty at Albert Einstein Medical Center) and interactive tutorials. The materials are divided into categories that include Lectures, Notes, Images, Case of the Week, and Quick Quizzes. Visitors can find lectures on topics ranging from bone tumors to heart disease. Many of the talks are available as .pdf files or PowerPoint presentations. FlashPlayer required for most lectures.
Keywords: bone, diagnosis, education, free, medical imaging, orthopaedics, orthopedics, osteology, radiology, tutorial, video
Descriptions: Jing is free software for capturing and annotating screen shots or creating screencasts, and the results can be integrated with documents, saved and shared. This easy-to-use application lends itself to collaboration projects and to creating tutorials or illustrating technical bugs in action. A Pro version is also available at a very low cost. Jing is available for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, or Mac OS X.
Keywords: free, mashups, software, video, Web tools
Provider: Alzheimer Research Forum
Descriptions: This site contains and links to a huge number of resources for the Alzheimer researcher. Features include: a live discussion forum; citations to the latest papers (linking to PubMed); an international listing of institutes and laboratories; separate links for news on drugs, conferences and research; clinics information for the consumer; and more items too numerous to list here. It also provides links to the AlzSWAN Knowledge Base (see separate website listing) and its tutorials, and a collection of special seminars, on-line journal club discussions, recorded talks and other presentations that describe a variety of scientific hypotheses about the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease.
Keywords: aging, Alzheimer, biomedical research, brain, collaborative, drugs, full text, informatics, links, networking, neurology, neuroscience, news, ontology, RSS feed, scientist, video