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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Thanks for the pictures, Internets.

This blog has been pretty quiet lately — our apologies (or maybe “you’re welcome”…take your pick). Last week was “Copyright Week“, at least according to some; despite being late to the party, we wanted to say thanks to JD Hancock for thanking us for our editing and re-using his photo. For free. Without asking. We … Read More …

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Virtual labs, maker spaces, and hands-on science

A few days ago, I read a piece on promising new developments in virtual labs (“Massive, open, online…lab experiments?” | The Boston Globe). The proposed “iLabs” join many other good, free, online virtual labs and simulations — the Indian government’s Virtual Labs and University of Colorado’s PhET simulations among them. Add to these the “citizen science” … Read More …

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Flying Dodos, Super History, and Saylor.org

If you haven’t heard of Flying Dodos, we wouldn’t blame you — after all, they only launched early this morning. We’re sponsoring their SuperHistory DodoFrame – a long-ish name that describes an interactive, embeddable HTML5 widget that puts the first appearances of comic book superheroes on a timeline with the historical events that helped inspire their … Read More …

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ICYMI, back in business

It’s a new day; let’s get started. New Saylor Executive Director Saylor Foundation Welcomes Amanda Antico-Majowski as new Executive Director. Check out our press release and learn why we are so excited. Care to meet the rest of the staff? Zev Vernon-Lapow is the latest Saylorite in our snapshots series. Events Connected Educator Month – The Department … Read More …

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ICYMI – Because, science.

We have friends in high places. Really high, like NASA (yeah, that NASA).  Check us out. NASA Interviews - Real “rocket scientists” talk about their experiences and what led them to a career in science. Check them out. PluggedInVA Training Program - PluggedInVA will incorporate Saylor.org course materials into its program, where adults who have not completed … Read More …

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We’re contributing to Learningpod™, a free practice test question platform for all

A new practice test question site, Learningpod™, launched yesterday with 20,000 questions in its database and more on the way. The Saylor Foundation is among the founding contributors to the site, along with Kaplan Test Prep, Manhattan Prep, OpenStax College, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), and the Council for Economic Education. One tough thing for education … Read More …

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A walk around our neighborhood (of online learning providers)

In case you missed it, on Friday Sylvia at MOOC News & Reviews put out Part 6 of her around the world tour of MOOCs: “MOOCish” Online Ed Resources. It’s not a short read, but it’s conversational and it’s worth your time. She touches on the issues of classifying MOOCs, as well as on what we’ll call … Read More …

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You Need Skills for the “Eat What you Kill” Economy

Formerly the purview of brand ambassadors, artists, and creatives, the contract/gig/freelance — or “eat what you kill” — economy is coming for you. Actually, it may already be here. According to the Intuit study “Twenty Trends that will Shape the Next Decade”, 40% of jobs will be freelance by 2020. Some feel contract work will … Read More …

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20 Summer Professional Development Learning Opportunities

What’s on your learning docket this summer (besides Saylor Summer School, of course)? If the great list at Lifehacker University: Summer Semester 2013 is a little too straight-up academic, you might try MOOC News & Reviews‘ Summer Professional Development MOOC Opportunities list. You’ll spot our Accounting Principles I, HTML Coding and CSS for Beginners, and Job Search Skills program there. Here … Read More …

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A MOOC Mini Primer

If you want a good, brief primer on xMOOCs, business models for online education, California higher ed politics, open educational resources, and free/open textbooks — all on one page — you could do worse than Abby Clobridge’s “The Wild West of MOOCs“. She mentions the Saylor Foundation…ever heard of ‘em?

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