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Hang out with us on February 11th

January 28, 2015

Two weeks from today, we will hold a long overdue “office hours”* session via Google Hangout on Air. We will take questions before and during the hangout, and the video will be archived for those who are not able to watch it live. Expect updates about our website, our tech, our courses, our certificates, and our … Read More …


Competency Based Education is quietly headed for the mainstream

January 27, 2015

Anya Kamenetz (known for her book DIY U and free-to-download The Edupunks’ Guide to a DIY Credential, among other things) has just written a piece for NPR on competency-based degrees, a subject near enough to our hearts and a core initiative for some of our partners. The occasion of her article is a just-out report from the American … Read More …

Discourse forums

Beta community discussion forums — update

January 26, 2015

As we continue to try out Discourse as our discussion forums software, we welcome feedback! Here are the latest updates: So far: 23 users; 23 topics; 82 posts; 36 likes. To learn where that all fits into the grand scheme of things, see the Tweet embedded below. Our impressions and early feedback from the community … Read More …

Student learning in a desert

Tips for self-directed online learning

January 23, 2015

We call our program “self-paced”, but we do not often mention that, in many respects, it is “self-directed” as well. Although we lay out pathways and course structures and choose particular resources, how you use any of those tools — and why — is ultimately up to you. How you find your way around these … Read More …