Category Archives: Creative Commons

TED talks on Autism and other child & family topics

maxresdefault copyDo you want to listen to ideas worth spreading? is a website devoted to global conferences where experienced and respected people share their thoughts and ideas with the world. The TED annual conference series began in 1990, and since June 2006 the talks have been offered for free online viewing through the website, which now has over 2,400 talks. Altogether, the talks have been watched over one billion times worldwide.

A great talk to start with is ‘How autism freed me to be myself‘ by 16 year old Rosie King, who challenges stereotypes of people with autism and contextualizes the issue by asking us, “Why be normal?” Rosie’s talk is only 6 minutes long, but has been viewed well over one million times and has both a transcript and multi-lingual subtitles. There are currently seven other TED talks on autism at

Other child & family areas to browse within the video library include:

Play (14 talks)

Family (19 talks)

Parenting (26 talks)

Children (92 talks)

TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation. TED’s speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can. You can download most TED Talks in MP4 or MP3 format either directly from the website or through the TED app, which allows you to watch talks offline from your mobile device, although you will need to first download the TED app via iTunes or Google Play. This is great if you have a slow internet connection or you want to watch Talks when you’re travelling.80x15



3d585a21-b04b-4305-8afe-5196323566aeThere is a shortage of physicians and nurses across the world skilled in the care of ill children, and training on how to expertly treat children with life-threatening illnesses is only available at relatively few teaching hospitals across the world. In response to these needs, Boston Children’s Hospital and IBM launched OPENPediatrics – a peer-reviewed, open-source, and not-for-profit education platform providing information on best practices for the care of critically ill children to healthcare providers around the world.

The OPENPediatrics platform focuses on three things:

  • giving doctors access to the data-driven tools they need to make critical decisions
  • providing a structured learning program for doctors to gain advanced training, and
  • providing access to a global community focused on the care of critically ill children.

Access the OPENPediatrics website at:

Some of the resources created for the OPENPediatrics site — including those in the new multimedia library — are now being made available to the general public as well. Alongside the monthly expert videos, there are an initial 48 animations and illustrations (with many more to follow) which have been released under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA licence so that clinicians and academics may use them in their own instructional materials. As the platform grows, content will extend beyond critical care.

Overall, OPENPediatrics is a very impressive innovation and it is easy to imagine the model being applied to other health disciplines around the world.

Child Psychology: a free introductory course

nbm36_177150130.psThis free 8 hour course covers some of the main ideas that are central to child psychology, with a particular focus on early development.

Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development and studying these changes is endlessly stimulating. In this 2014 study unit from The Open University, you will be introduced to the discipline of child psychology and some of the key questions that guide the understanding of childhood. These questions include ‘What influences children’s development?’ and ‘How do psychologists study the physical and cognitive changes that occur during childhood?’ As you work through this material, you will also gain a deeper understanding concerning how psychologists work with young children across a range of applied settings through activities and audio-visual materials.

Access the course at:

The course is freely available to study at any time. There is no need to register if you just want to read the content without participating in activities, but registering enables you to track your progress and download an activity record.

OpenLearn courses are licensed for you to use under the Creative Commons licence ‘Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share-Alike’ so you may use the materials as they are or in modified form. You may translate, modify, print, network, reformat or change the materials in any way providing that you meet the terms of the licence. cc-by-nc-sa

If you are interested in Child Psychology, you might also visit the free online Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development that I reviewed in 2014.