Journal article on OER and college credit co-authored by Saylor Academy staff

With lead author John Hilton III of Brigham Young University, our staff members Lindsay Murphy and Devon Ritter have written and had published the article “From Open Educational Resources to College Credit: The Approaches of Saylor Academy” in open-access journal Open Praxis [Vol 6, No 4 (2014)]. The article considers the Saylor Academy’s history, philosophy, … Read More …

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Earn Tuition-Free College Credit Transferable to Thomas Edison State College

We are excited to formally announce that students can earn up to 34 tuition-free credits that can be transferred and applied to an undergraduate degree at Thomas Edison State College, a state-owned accredited college who has been a long time partner of the Saylor Academy. Students can earn the credits through our self-paced “Earn College Credit” … Read More …

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Two Saylor Academy Courses Recommended for College Credit by American Council on Education

The Saylor Academy is thrilled to announce that two of our STEM courses, Chemistry I and Molecular and Cellular Biology, have been recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®). Thanks to ACE CREDIT, Saylor Academy students can now earn recommended college credit for CHEM101 and BIO101b … 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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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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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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Upcoming Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference

We are pleased to share the announcement for the 2014 Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA) annual conference at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. This save-the-date for “the only national, nonprofit membership association dedicated solely to assisting textbook and academic authors” arrives hot on the heels of our announcement yesterday of the new open textbook Information Systems for … Read More …

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Announcement: Space Systems Engineering Course Starts March 3rd

In collaboration with staff from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, we are thrilled to present a free, online, six-week course in Space Systems Engineering. [Edit 07/25/14: This course originally ran in the spring of 2014. It is now available as a self-paced course that you can begin any time…even now.] Register now, then find out … Read More …

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U.S. and Student PIRGs Report on Affordable Textbooks

The U.S. PIRG Education Fund and The Student PIRGs yesterday released a report on “Fixing the Broken Textbook Market”, based on a survey of students on 150 college campuses. Among the report’s findings: Students will risk poor grades rather than purchase assigned textbooks The price of textbooks can produce a “ripple effect” on a student’s … Read More …

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Saylor.org’s President speaking at the TransformingEDU Summit at CES 2014

This Thursday, our own Amanda Antico-Majkowski will be in Las Vegas at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as part of a TransformingEDU Summit panel on the future of education. For the panel on “The Next Edition of Digital Textbooks and Courseware”, moderated by Casey Green of Campus Computing, Amanda will be joined by leaders … Read More …

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Higher Education Tsunami Conference – Bridging Nations Foundation

Bridging Nations Foundation, a D.C.-based nonprofit that exists for the “promotion of dialogue and technological progress between the nations of the United States, India, and China”, is hosting a conference on the future of higher education. The Higher Education Tsunami Conference will be held next Tuesday, December 10th, at the foundation’s Dupont Circle headquarters. “There’s … Read More …

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Release: K-12 OER and College Credit Pathways for Online Learning (video)

Earlier in November, we presented two topics at the 2013 Open Education Conference: Creating a path towards an affordable, accredited higher education together The Saylor Foundation K-12 Initiative – Full Curriculum OER Our share-worthy press release has all the details, but you can view the full presentations, including YouTube videos (skip to the end) here: … Read More …

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