We have a new address!

You may have heard rumblings of this here and there. You may have seen some of the pictures. We have indeed moved across the Potomac from Washington, DC to Arlington, VA (we can just see the Capitol dome in the distance…from one window…at a rather oblique angle). More specifically, we have moved from the Georgetown … Read More …

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Documentary film screening (D.C.): Courageous Learning

If you are in D.C., consider this event for your calendar; if not, keep an eye out for this documentary film (and when you spot it, watch it). The U.S. Congressional E-Learning Caucus hosts the premier of documentary film Courageous Learning on June 23, 2014 at noon in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center (Room HVC-200). From the announcement … Read More …

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Open Course Option in Business Administration Now More Open Than Ever

We are thrilled to share the news that Thomas Edison State College (TESC) has made two prior learning assessment (PLA) courses available under a Creative Commons Attribution-only license (CC-BY 4.0). These courses can be used by students hoping to demonstrate prior learning towards TESC credits and can be adapted by other parties and institutions interested in PLA … Read More …

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Wrap-up: Survey of Systems Engineering MOOC

Our recent foray into the MOOC world, a systems engineering course produced in partnership with NASA personnel, was an astronomical success (pardon the pun). Over 9,000 students from 143 countries enrolled and nearly 600 completed the final exam; nine students who completed the Mars Sample Return Mission project took a VIP tour of the Goddard Space Flight Center. … Read More …

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A tour of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center with SSE101 students

Editor’s note: Links to more information appear at the end of this post. Destination Greenbelt José Alvarez boarded a plane in Guatemala with his aunt. His destination, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, MD, was nearly 3,000 miles away. Alvarez is one of nine students who attended a VIP tour of GSFC’s facilities as … Read More …

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“BitTorrent from space”: Outernet wants to broadcast free information via satellite to everyone

If you watch our social media streams (of course you do!), you saw mention the other day of a new outfit called Outernet. Their mission is to broadcast open information from space at no cost to the end user; in their words, the program is “the modern version of shortwave radio, or BitTorrent from space.” The concept … Read More …

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1776 Challenge Cup: Emerging Legal Issues for Social Entrepreneurs

In the scheme of things, social entrepreneurship — the practice of pursuing opportunity while actively “tak[ing] into account a positive return to society” — is quite new. It should come as no surprise, then, that new and existing legal structures can both help and hinder the mission-driven entrepreneur. Arent Fox LLP hosts a panel discussion … Read More …

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SkilledUp graphic: Life of a Front-End Developer

The graphic below, “Life of a Front-End Developer”, is from our friends at SkilledUp, who connect eager learners to great online courses and thence (such is the idea) to excellent jobs. It so happens that Introduction to Computer Science I, our most popular course, is available via SkilledUp. Fancy that. (We don’t often share infographics, for reasons, … Read More …

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