Outside Resources

College Hack Apps:

StudyBlue - provides learning tools that includes flashcards, notes, study guides and more!  

Studious - Once you put your class schedule into the app, it will silence your phone automatically during your class times. It can also remind you when homework or tests are due.   

SelfControl - Ever have issues while studying with distractions from your phone or laptop giving you updates from Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, email, or your favorite websites? SelfControl lets you set a period of time to block certain websites or mail servers by adding them to a "blacklist". When the timer is up all your websites and notifications will be back. It's better than a quiet study room.   

Alarmy (SleepIfUCan) forces you to get out of bed. You set your alarm by registering a picture of somewhere in your house that is away from your bedroom. When the alarm goes off, the only way to shut it off is to walk to the area and take a picture of the registered area.  

Mint is an app that helps keep track of your spending. It will track your spending habits. Keep track of what you have and what you owe. It's never too early to budget your money and plan for investments.   

Sworkit allows you to exercise anytime and anywhere in 5-60 minute allotment times. It's a great way to take a 5-10 minute study break. This app has an extensive list of workout routines starting at the very lowest of thresholds to intense workouts.  

Circle of 6 helps you stay safe whether you're on campus or off. You program 6 trusted contacts that with a press of a button will send a pre-programmed "come and get me" message with your GPS location. It will easily call national or local emergency hotlines if needed as well. A great app to stay SAFE.   

EasyBib generates citations in MLA, APA and Chicago style. You either scan the book barcode with your phone or you can enter the book title and the app will create the bibliography for you.  

Open Educational Resources:  

Open Educational Resources (OER) are free and open online educational materials offered by universities and organizations worldwide. Anyone interested in building their capacity through education has an opportunity to create and share knowledge by participating in this international learning network.  

OpenCourseWare (OCW)  

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: This is a free and open sharing online publication of over 2,000 of MIT's course materials. http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm

UMass Boston: Faculty, staff, students and learners across the world are invited to explore this free online educational resource. http://ocw.umb.edu/

Utah State University: The educational materials offered strive to promote lifelong learning and provide open access to higher education. http://ocw.usu.edu/

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Open public health courses, materials and images are easily accessible and offer the opportunity to share public health knowledge to the international community. http://ocw.jhsph.edu/

Carnegie Mellon University's Open Learning Initiative (OLI): This online publication provides students, educators and independent learners with tools and resources to improve their teaching and learning. http://oli.cmu.edu/

Tufts University: Course content is openly shared with free access.  http://ocw.tufts.edu/ and http://sites.tufts.edu/tuftsoer/

Merlot (California State University System): Free and open multimedia educational resources for teaching and learning. http://www.merlot.org/

MOOC (Massively Open Online Course)  

EdX (Havard-MIT Inititative): An open source resource which offers free access to online courses and MOOCS.https://www.edx.org/

Stanford University (OpenedX): Delivers digital course content as an open source platform for software developers to use and exchange ideas for the support and improvement of online teaching and learning. http://online.stanford.edu/openedx

Coursera: Almost 1000 courses are offered from universities and organizations with free universal access. https://www.coursera.org/

Open Textbooks:   

Minnesota State Colleges & Universities: This site provides links to a few free online textbooks developed by faculty across the disciplines.  http://asa.mnscu.edu/educationalinnovation/open/find.html Free Online Video and Audio for Online Learners  

University of California Berkley: Gain free access to course video and audio used to support courses offered at the university. http://webcast.berkeley.edu/

HippoCampus (Monterey Institute for Technology and Education): There are over 5,700 free videos covering 13 subjects for learners in middle school to college. http://www.hippocampus.org/HippoCampus/?user=hippocampus

General Open Educational Resources:  

Washington Community and Technical College's Open Library (OCL): "...is a collection of shareable course materials, including syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments designed by teams of college faculty, instructional designers, librarians, and other experts". http://opencourselibrary.org/

Open Culture: Open Culture offers cultural and education media from a variety of universities. Choose from free online courses, MOOCs, movies, audio books, ebooks, textbooks, language lessons, k-12 education...etc. http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses

External Writing Resources  

The following is a list of external writing resources. Most have links to other helpful pages. When you leave Normandale's web space to visit these or other sites, we cannot not accept any responsibility for the content of those sites. Websites to use as a guide for writing essays:  

Purdue University Online Writing Lab This site has many printable handouts on grammar, writing resources, and ESL tips. It also includes excellent links to reference resources, style and editing guides, business and technical writing, and more. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/

St. Cloud State University http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/

Strunk's Elements of Style http://www.bartleby.com/141/index.html

ESL Flow This website provides guidance on academic writing basics as well as worksheets and exercises on grammar points.  http://www.eslflow.com/academicwritng.html Websites focused on grammar:  

Grammar Bytes Test your grammar knowledge through interactive exercises. http://chompchomp.com/exercises.htm

English Page Free online English grammar lessons & ESL resources http://www.englishpage.com/

Capital Community-Technical College This is an excellent guide to grammar & writing http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/

English Club This website has grammar lessons and quizzes to check your understanding. Additional help is provided at the Grammar Help desk if you still have questions. http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/

Websites with information on a variety of documentation styles:  

Research and Documentation in the Electronic Age This is an online style manual from Bedford Books. It contains extensive guides in plain English to research in various disciplines and documentation styles. http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/

Cornell Univeristy LIbrary   This is an online citation management source for APA style. http://www.library.cornell.edu/newhelp/res_strategy/citing/apa.html#list

The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison This is another online citation management source, but for MLA style. It includes an "Introduction to MLA" podcast. http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/DocMLA.html