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Video Resources

At ISTA you have access to different kinds of databases containing video material ranging from scientific experiments or lectures to various tutorials.

JoVE – Journal of Visualized Experiments

JoVE is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes experimental methods in video format. JoVE covers research methods and experimental techniques from both the physical and the life sciences. ISTA has access to 10 sections: Behavior, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biology, Cancer Research, Chemistry, Developmental Biology, Genetics, Immunology and Infection and Neuroscience.

Massive Open Online Courses

The library would also like to draw your attention to some platforms providing Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). As the name suggests, these are online courses taught via the web. Usually the content is open access, but some platforms may charge for certificates. In addition to traditional course materials many MOOCs provide interactive user forums to support community interaction between students and lecturers.

EdX – This nonprofit MOOC-provider hosts online university-level courses, some of them free of charge. It was founded by MIT and Harvard University. As of March 2015 the open source software platform edX hosts lectures and courses from more than 60 members, including Berkeley, ETH Zurich and TU Munich.

Coursera – This company offers MOOCs from participating universities. All courses run by Coursera are “accessible for free” but certificates of completions are charged for. The website provides courses in a variety of areas, such as Biology, Mathematics and Computer Science. Coursera is cooperating with more than 100 partner universities including Stanford, Princeton and the University of Zurich.

MIT OpenCourse Ware – This initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology contains educational materials from its undergraduate- and graduate-level courses. More than 2.000 courses are online, partly free and openly available for anyone. The MIT OpenCourse Ware serves as a model for hundreds of other institutions, which made their course materials freely accessible on the web as well.

ISTA Webcast

In 2015 ISTA began broadcasting selected ISTA Lectures on the Internet. A talk by Sir Roger Penrose was a successful start for future webcasts.

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