Doctrine & Covenants 11:7, “Seek not for riches but for wisdom; and, behold, the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto you, and then shall you be made rich. Behold, he that hath eternal life is rich.”
Proverbs 1:5, “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:”
John 8:32, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Education is an eternal necessity. The greatest lesson I have learned from going to college is to always be learning. I LOVE TO LEARN. It sure is hard at times, though. I’m not the best learner, nor the smartest student, but I love to continue to learn about most everything. And learning is so important in life and salvation.
I have slowly found these sites over the past year or two. And since education is so pivotal in the grand scheme of our salvation I decided I would post them on my blog. I challenge you to find a passion or interest that you personally have, a topic you want to learn about and develop, and then LEARN about it! When you choose that you want to learn about something then it is so much more interesting and worthwhile. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!
- Academic Earth – The simplest (and probably overall best) way to access video lectures from the best universities in the country. Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Yale, and many others have some of their highest rated courses available to anyone. One of TIME’s top 50 websites.
- The Forum Network – An NPR and PBS public media service. “The Forum Network online library features thousands of lectures by some of the world’s foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policy makers, and community leaders, available to citizens of the world for free.”
- TED.com – This is what started my obsession for online lectures. This is more for the consumer world, but a great place to go through the looking glass for a quick visit (16 min. each) into the genius of some of the world’s best. They have new lectures every week and it just keeps getting bigger and better. From JK Rowling to Steve Jobs, JJ Abrams, Dean Kamen and Bill Gates.
- BYU-Free Courses – How about this little gem? Building a Functional Family, Dating, Bowling, Finding Your Ancestors, Preparing to Serve the Lord, Gardening, Temples, Personal Development, Spelling and many more!
- MIT Open Course Ware – One of the most open and available universities to the public. You can find class outlines, assignments, and tests for a lot of different courses. Check out, P.E. 550 – Designing Your Life. It seems like an awesome course to review.
- Yale – Open Yale Course – I have learned that this is a FABULOUS source of lectures. Every class I’ve looked at has had many different video formats, mp3, AND the transcript available for each lecture. They also often include the midterms! LOVE IT. I am doing “Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible)” and am loving it!
- Princeton - Lectures, talks, and events all available onlline.
- Berkeley Webcast – Ohhh, they have a couple Japanese courses, too. Maybe I’ll review a little later.
- LectureFox.com – A very basic, but exhaustive, directory of free lectures from various schools.
- Khan Academy – Just found this one. A great resource, even for homework assignments.
Doctrine & Covenants 93:36, “The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth.”
Doctrine & Covenants 130: 18-19, “Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection. And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come.”