May the 4th be with you! 16 free courses for Jedi, Rebels, and Imperials

Whichever side of the Force you call home, Saylor Academy has great courses for grizzled veterans of the rebellion and young conscripts alike, as well as for citizens who would just like to better understand the political, social, and economic landscape of the galaxy. Although we don’t offer technical courses on lightsaber repair, elementary hyperdrive … Read More …

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8 courses inspired by Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! Today is one day of the year when we try, if only momentarily, to recall that we are not just passengers on this “spaceship Earth“, but, indeed, its crewmembers. We offer no morals, no platitudes, no adjurations, just a short list of courses, inspired by this particular day, for folks living on our pale … Read More …

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Saylor Academy hosted textbooks now in HTML and editable by anybody

Not by our own intention, our Bookshelf page is one of the most popular single pages on our site. Nor are we surprised — we host over 100 full-length textbooks, many of which cover 100- and 200-level undergraduate courses in popular disciplines like business, psychology, and communication. For over two years, we primarily offered two … Read More …

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Giving and getting feedback for your work

Seeking feedback on the work that you do as a learner is important. For one thing, it implies that you create your work with an expectation of sharing it, which has cognitive benefits (see #13, “15 Surprising Discoveries About Learning“). For another thing, it allows you to gather others’ perspectives, insights, and critiques toward improving your knowledge and … Read More …

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Creative Commons Open Business Models Initiative – Call for Participation

Creative Commons seeks to hear from businesses that use or might use open models and Creative Commons licensing to support their business models. Under this initiative, businesses will both contribute and receive feedback, advice, etc. on achieving sustainability with open models. Clearly, the Saylor Academy’s model depends on open content, both curated and created, which … Read More …

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Partnering with Accredible to build interactive portfolio certificates

With Accredible, we have just announced our work to build the next generation of course certificates. As Accredible says on their post, Accredible’s certificates go beyond the standard PDF certificate, showing what a student has learned by embedding evidence and insights into a clear format optimized for glancability. A soft launch, which will include 93 or our … Read More …

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