Our Diploma Pathways are now Certificate Programs

The certificates formerly known as “diplomas” are back with a new name and a refreshed certificate template. We are calling the course sequences “Programs” and each program is further differentiated as a [full] curriculum or a specialiazation. Here is an example certificate for the Customer Service Specialization: You can find the new page here: www.saylor.org/certificate-programs … Read More …

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Heather Hiles of the Gates Foundation to Keynote Day 1 of Saylor Higher Education Summit

We are excited to announce that Heather Hiles, Deputy Director of Postsecondary Success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will deliver the Keynote address for Day 1 at the Saylor Higher Education Summit taking place this June 21st and June 22nd in Washington D.C. Heather is a visionary and leader in the higher education … Read More …

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What Does Open Mean to You?

Starting today (or the recent past, if you are reading this post in the future), and extending throughout the summer, Saylor Academy will be running a short survey (only 1 required question) aimed at learning more about what the members of our community — students, teachers, and blog readers alike — think about the term … Read More …

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Report: Student Savings from Saylor Direct Credit Courses

In December of 2012, Saylor Academy officially launched a program aimed at providing students with opportunities to receive transferable college credit for our tuition-free courses. The cost for this credit: time spent learning from one of our free courses, and $25 to have an exam proctored. This initiative has since taken on a name, Saylor Direct Credit, and has grown … Read More …

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Using the DBSelf plugin to sync course enrollments, grades, and completion between Moodle and Eportfolio

For the last couple of months, you may have noticed that both your in-progress and completed courses – non-legacy courses, that is – are synced from your Saylor Academy ePortfolio to learn.saylor.org. Syncing that information between the two systems turned out to be a bit of a challenge. Moodle (the LMS we use for learn.saylor.org) … Read More …

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Release: Alternative Credit Project™

American Council on Education Unveils Alternative Credit Project Course Pool Saylor Academy Participating in Initiative to Help Nontraditional Learners Gain College Degrees and Credentials Washington, DC (Oct. 21, 2015) — The American Council on Education (ACE) today announced the pool of courses selected as part of ACE’s Alternative Credit Project™, a groundbreaking initiative to boost the … Read More …

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Posted! (Non-certificate) final exams for our legacy courses

This post is only about our archived courses — if you are learning with us at learn.saylor.org, the courses, exams, and certificates work the way they did yesterday, the way they do today, and the way they will tomorrow! One of the major requests we have had since we closed the old testing center last month if to make final exams available for … 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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Wrap-up: Survey of Systems Engineering MOOC

Our recent foray into the MOOC world, a systems engineering course produced in partnership with NASA personnel, was an astronomical success (pardon the pun). Over 9,000 students from 143 countries enrolled and nearly 600 completed the final exam; nine students who completed the Mars Sample Return Mission project took a VIP tour of the Goddard Space Flight Center. … 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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Announcement: Space Systems Engineering Course Starts March 3rd

In collaboration with staff from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, we are thrilled to present a free, online, six-week course in Space Systems Engineering. [Edit 07/25/14: This course originally ran in the spring of 2014. It is now available as a self-paced course that you can begin any time…even now.] Register now, then find out … Read More …

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