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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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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