Learn how to re-use open educational resources in four short weeks

If you have been with Saylor Academy long enough (or have just poked around our site enough), you will know that open educational resources (OER) have been at the heart of our courses from the very beginning. We use OER for our learning materials as much as feasible and our courses themselves can be remixed … 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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Palo Alto College Projects $225,000 savings from Saylor OER Textbook Adoption

We want to share some great news out of San Antonio, Texas. Palo Alto College, part of the Alamo College family, has adopted an openly licensed textbook that was originally published as part of our Open Textbook Challenge. Professor John Dunn, who serves as Department Chair, informed us that a faculty review committee officially adopted … Read More …

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Saylor Academy hosted textbooks now in HTML and editable by anybody

Not by our own intention, our Bookshelf page is one of the most popular single pages on our site. Nor are we surprised — we host over 100 full-length textbooks, many of which cover 100- and 200-level undergraduate courses in popular disciplines like business, psychology, and communication. For over two years, we primarily offered two … Read More …

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Giving and getting feedback for your work

Seeking feedback on the work that you do as a learner is important. For one thing, it implies that you create your work with an expectation of sharing it, which has cognitive benefits (see #13, “15 Surprising Discoveries About Learning“). For another thing, it allows you to gather others’ perspectives, insights, and critiques toward improving your knowledge and … Read More …

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Maximizing your learning through online tools: Strategic Planning – Part 2

Editor’s note: this guest post is the second in a short series by Ankit Khandelwal, a prolific student of online courses. This article covers free and inexpensive online resources for developing expertise in business strategy outside of a traditional degree program. Continuing from before In the previous post, I talked about some of the ways to … Read More …

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This poster explains Creative Commons for the rest of us

Visit Amit Agarwal’s Twitter profile as of today, and you will be greeted by a banner that reads, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” A lot of digital ink has been spilled over explaining Creative Commons licenses; based on the rule quoted shared by Agarwal, clearly many of us do … Read More …

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Maximizing your learning through online tools: Strategic Planning

Editor’s note: this guest post is the first in a short series by Ankit Khandelwal, a prolific student of online courses. This article covers ways to use freely available materials to develop confidence and competence in business management skills outside of a traditional degree program. Introduction You may have heard of the term strategic planning … Read More …

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