SkillSmart and Saylor Academy Announce Skills-Based Training Partnership

SkillSmart and Saylor Academy are partnering to accelerate skills-based learning and employment opportunities. Together, SkillSmart’s skills matching algorithm and Saylor Academy’s cost-effective training platform will streamline the pathway from education to employment for job seekers. Ninety percent of employers believe that graduates lack the skills they need, while nearly 50 percent of recent college graduates … Read More …

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Join our live office hours on Wednesday, part of celebrating Open Education Week 2016

Please join us for our Open Office Hours this Wednesday, March 9th at 3:00 PM EST! Our topic will be Open Courses for College Credit — we have chosen to highlight credit opportunities for open online learning in order to inform and inspire not just our current student community, but a wider community of parents, … Read More …

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Monday Morning Digest – 02 November 2015

Why California’s community colleges will soon offer some four-year degrees (The Hechinger Report) Some technical fields once well-served by two-year degrees have grown more complex; California is piloting a program to get students the additional training their industry needs without asking them to take on additional burdens. From the article: “Beginning in 2017, Littleton and her classmates … Read More …

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Monday Morning Digest 26 OCT 15

In just under the wire for us East Coasters, it’s the Monday Morning Digest — articles, apps, and other assorted things that grabbed our attention over the past week. Send links our way! Openly Licensed Educational Resources: Providing Equitable Access to Education for All Learners (WhiteHouse.gov blog) This post begins by quoting the United Nations Declaration … Read More …

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Monday Morning Digest

The Monday Morning Digest (or MMD, for short) is a collection of some of the news and opinion that caught our collective eyes over the past week. Sometimes whimsical, sometimes serious, always considered, we present these links for your entertainment and edification and everything between. ▸ Can Physics Be Taught Like Soccer? (Hechinger Report) Zhongzhou Chen, … Read More …

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Saylor Academy to Host Education Delegation from Uzbekistan

During the past few years, Saylor Academy has hosted educators from around the world as part of the United States Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). We have hosted professors and school administrators from nations including Israel, Palestine, China, Russia, Algeria, Morocco, Mexico, Finland, Ireland, Congo, Norway, Bolivia and South Korea. This year, … Read More …

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Thinking about competency-based education: a definition, many promises, and some perils

Nate Thompson attended a forum on competency-based education and offers his takeaways below. On September 15th, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), with co-hosts Excelsior College and Fielding Graduate University, gathered leaders for a forum on competency-based education (CBE). The group met with the intention of affirming the methods and goals of CBE, … Read More …

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University of Memphis’ “Finish Line” Program Expands With Saylor Academy Courses

Like many colleges and universities around the United States, the University of Memphis recognized that a segment of its student population needed additional supports and pathways to drive higher degree completion rates. One of the programs the University implemented to help address this need is the “Finish Line Program”, managed by their Center for Innovative … 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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