A shrinking Public Domain hurts open education

We let Public Domain Day sneak by without comment only because we didn’t want to spoil a perfectly good New Year’s Day; Monday, however, is a perfectly good day to be spoiled with disappointments. Public Domain Day isn’t exactly a real holiday, but it is a real day, January 1st of every year, marking which cultural […]

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Thinking about competency-based education: a definition, many promises, and some perils

Nate Thompson attended a forum on competency-based education and offers his takeaways below. On September 15th, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), with co-hosts Excelsior College and Fielding Graduate University, gathered leaders for a forum on competency-based education (CBE). The group met with the intention of affirming the methods and goals of CBE, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Thoughts on the one-year bachelors degree, MOOCs, success, community, and nonprofit education

In the midst of the recent craze and controversy about free online learning, Jonathan Haber wanted to see things from the learner’s perspective. He undertook a daunting project: earn the equivalent of a four-year philosophy degree* in just a quarter of the time. He documented everything at Degree of Freedom, and recently recapped his experience […]

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