Making Education Affordable: A New Vision for Community College, using OER and Competency-Based Education

Interview with John Milam, Executive Director, Knowledge To Work/ HigherEd.org John Milam and his team at the Knowledge to Work (K2W) initiative of Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) have created a new education tool for self-directed learners. Leveraging the flexibility of Competency-Based Education (CBE) and Open Educational Resources (including Saylor Academy resources), HigherEd.org partners with … Read More …

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SkillSmart and Saylor Academy Announce Skills-Based Training Partnership

SkillSmart and Saylor Academy are partnering to accelerate skills-based learning and employment opportunities. Together, SkillSmart’s skills matching algorithm and Saylor Academy’s cost-effective training platform will streamline the pathway from education to employment for job seekers. Ninety percent of employers believe that graduates lack the skills they need, while nearly 50 percent of recent college graduates … Read More …

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OER as a participatory activity

Yesterday, the Creative Commons blog posted on Active OER: Beyond open licensing policies This post is right up our open education alley, so we’re recommending it and have pulled a few juicy bits to quote below. After some treatment of “free” vs. “open” and “libre” vs. “gratis”, the author (Alek Tarkowski) gets to some issues even … Read More …

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Saylor Academy now offers over 2 years worth of tuition-free college credits with new ACE recommendations

We are pleased to announce new college credit recommendations for five more courses from the American Council on Education. These additional recommendations push the Saylor Academy over the important milestone of offering 60+ transferable college credits. That equals two years worth of tuition-free college credit transferable to some terrific, accredited partner colleges! We are honored … Read More …

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Help Saylor Academy finish 2015 strong!

Thanksgiving, a day of both gratitude and [food] consumption, is followed hard upon by the retail “holidays” of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. (Small Business Saturday is nestled quietly between.) Today is something a bit different: #GivingTuesday, a “national day of generosity” and a great day to invite our community to help Saylor Academy finish … Read More …

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Quick reactions from Open Ed 2014

Some of our team spent Wednesday through Friday of last week at the “family reunion” of the open education community, the 2014 Open Education Conference (just down the road from our offices, as luck would have it). In addition to sponsoring, volunteering, and presenting in several sessions, we spent the days hearing a few score speakers … Read More …

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