Why our physics courses had to change

MIT recently announced that it was removing renowned physics professor Walter Lewin’s lectures from both MIT OCW and edX following a sexual harassment allegation from a woman in one of Dr. Lewin’s edX classes. According to the announcement, MIT’s decision is based, in part, on the desire to prevent “any further inappropriate behavior.” As OER … Read More …

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Need to jumpstart that minor in Craft Beer Studies? We might be able to help…

Did you know… …that Paul Smith’s College has announced a new minor program in “craft beer studies and operations”? And did you further know… …that the craft beer minor includes “a collection of business courses in management, marketing, advertising and promotion, in addition to practical coursework in brewing and the business of beer“? And did … Read More …

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What we’re thankful for this Thanksgiving (and not just our days off)

We will close our offices from this afternoon through Sunday to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends over the next few days, although of course the free learning goes on! Speaking of learning, is there a word for sesquicentennial-plus-one? That’s how long the streak of the official Thanksgiving holidays in the U.S. has gone unbroken, … Read More …

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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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