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Information is everywhere, so here is our (growing) curated list of good places that keep interdisciplinary learning alive online.


Open Culture leverages the power of the internet to give open access to quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning online community. It’s all helpfully organised. Their Great Lectures series is good place to start.

TED is a familiar resource to many by now but back in 2006 when Ken Robinson delivered one of the sites most watched talks it was still relatively unknown. Technology, Education, Design organises many interesting talks that for many fall into the category of Edutainment and for some are certainly ideas worth spreading.

Nautilus is a stunning platform that publishes monthly on a specific topic. Each issue combines the sciences, culture and philosophy into a single story told by the world’s leading thinkers and writers. Their issue on Time is a great place to start.

The Conversation offers “academic rigour with journalistic flair” and publishes across specialisms. Articles are often written by working academics through its partnerships with Universities. Their curious kids section gives a fascinating introduction, not least because the kids ask questions many of us don’t think to.

Nerdwriter produces some fascinating short videos (under 10 minutes) that explore a whole range of subjects and ideas. His The Death of Socrates: How To Read A Painting offers a thoughtful and moving reading of the relationship between Plato and Socrates, and how a painting can tell a story.

Vox does a lot of well put together and informative videos. It might not amount to the transformative education provided by your own deep study but what they offer is solid information that is thoughtfully constructed. Their World playlist is worth a look, as is their History section, which includes this fascinating video: How Leonardo da Vinci made a “satellite” map in 1502. Some of their most viewed videos focus on Rap as an artform; here are two to get you started: Rapping, deconstructed: The best rhymers of all time, and Kanye, deconstructed: The human voice as the ultimate instrument.

Scholarly & Academic

Bob from Learning on Screen provides “On Demand TV and Radio for Education”. It is limited to those based in UK Universities but is an excellent resource for teachers, students, and researchers. It enables the ability to watch and create public and private lists of content – Film & Philosophy, films that raise philosophical questions – while also providing the facility to edit content into essential clips for referencing and presentation. It is unique in that it provides a catalogue of broadcasted materials.

Open Humanities Press is an international community of scholars, editors and readers with a focus on critical and cultural theory. They have operated as a independent volunteer initiative since 2006, promoting open access scholarship in journals, books and exploring new forms of scholarly communication. Their New Metaphysics series has a challenging selection of titles, as does their series focused on Critical Climate Change.

Open Book Publishers are an Open Access publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences in the UK: a not-for-profit Social Enterprise run by scholars who are committed to making high-quality research freely available to readers around the world. Take a look at their Innovative Publications section for titles that explore the possibilities in digital publishing.

An und für sich is an intellectual community dedicated to innovative thinking in the humanities. The site publishes articles that engage with the “continental tradition” and religion, while often “trespassing” where they see fit. Marika Rose’s piece explores the material and immaterial implications of enchantment and disenchantment, and Josiah Solis gives a powerful explication of the phrase “Never Again”, and there is plenty more to read there too.

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Learning Online

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