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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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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New open textbook released: Information Systems for Business And Beyond

Just in time for Open Education Week and ongoing legislative proposals before the U.S. Congress, today we announced a new open textbook produced in collaboration with author David Bourgeois, Ph.D. Information Systems for Business and Beyond is free for download, reuse, and remixing under a Creative Commons license (CC BY). The book is already in use in … 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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Resource: Homeschool Commons

If you’re looking for free and open resources to use in homeschooling, Home School Commons might just have you covered. The materials skew heavily toward being openly-licensed and public domain, are organized by grade level (pre-school to college prep), license, and subject. Newcomers to the world of open educational resources will find especially useful the … Read More …

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We Love Resources: New Features in CK-12

Our friends over at CK-12 have made some sleek, blogworthy improvements to their platform. In addition to giving visitors the ability to create and remix open textbooks online (oh, is that all?), now teachers and students can keep materials and discussions in a newly-improved dashboard. What’s included in this dashboard? Like Kirk in his captain’s chair, teachers can pilot … Read More …

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OER Textbook replacement courses launched on Net Texts

Net Texts has launched their free “OER Textbook Replacement Courses” collection for Science, Social Studies, Math, and English. Each of the “40 ready-to-use courses…can act as a complete textbook replacement or as a framework that teachers can supplement with their own curriculum materials” and is ideal for “1:1 computing programs, blended learning environments, flipped classrooms, … 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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