Looking for intellectual engagement?

Have you thought about returning to college or perhaps want to explore a favorite subject without attending a course 'on-the-ground'?   Many libraries are pointing their patrons to Coursera, which describes itself as:
. . . a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. We envision a future where the top universities are educating not only thousands of students, but millions. Our technology enables the best professors to teach tens or hundreds of thousands of students.  Through this, we hope to give everyone access to the world-class education that has so far been available only to a select few. We want to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.

Another site that is causing quite a stir is TedTalks . . . 

 We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we're building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world's most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other. This site, launched April 2007, is an ever-evolving work in progress

On TED.com, we make the best talks and performances available to the world, for free. More than 1400 TED Talks are now available, with more added each week. All of the talks are subtitled in English, and many are subtitled in various languages. These videos are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.

 Let us know what you think about these sites the next time
you are in the Library -- we'd love to hear from you!