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Learning Solutions Magazine: Nuts and Bolts: Metaphors by Jane Bozarth
What are your metaphors about teaching and learning? How do they affect your practice?
Over the summer, Udacity students around the world competed to see which team could complete the most Udacity content. Last Saturday, the team leaders of the seven winning High School Challenge teams came to Palo Alto from around the world to celebrate their accomplishments and meet each other and the Udacity team. Students and parents flew from the U.K. and Dominican Republic, and several were able to make it from New York and New Jersey, despite Hurricane Sandy. And we had an action packed day! We visited Stanford and Google to take a look at their self-driving cars. At Google, the 13 team leaders even got a chance to take a ride. Udacity CEO Sebastian Thrun (and his son) talk to the challenge winners at Stanford. We toured the Udacity office, where we discussed some company lore (for example, did you know that Udacity was almost named “Knowly?”), ate lunch (and in true Udacity fashion, most people sat on the floor), and had some conversations about t…
Learning Solutions Magazine: DevLearn Conference and Expo 2012: Recap by Bill Brandon and Jennifer Neibert
DevLearn 2012 was an incredible event. It capped a remarkable year of change with more professionals registered and attending (just short of 2000) than at any previous eLearning Guild conference. In this brief recap, we’ll try to give you a better sense of the excitement at the Aria last week. In this case, it’s important that what happened in Vegas, does NOT stay in Vegas!
We have a never-before-shared or tested (we’re walkin’ on the wild side today) cross promotion strategy for our instructors. We’re calling it Partner Up! What do I mean by that? This month, we suggest you partner with a fellow instructor and cross promote each other’s courses. For example, Cathy Erway’s Healthy Cooking course would interest some of the students in Kino MacGregor’s Intro to Ashtanga Yoga course and vice versa. Healthy eating and fitness—it makes sense, right? Take a moment and... Continue reading »…
Khan Academy: Pressure in the heart
Rishi Desai, M.D. has released the first videos in a new series looking at how the pressure created by your heartbeat moves blood through your heart. Pressure in the Left Heart - Part 1 Pressure in the Left Heart - Part 2 Pressure in the Left Heart - Part 3…
Udemy: The November Challenge: We
Udemy is giving back to our instructors this month. We’re holding a November Challenge to recognize the instructors who hustle month after month to find new students for their courses. Here are the terms: For any instructor who earns $200 or more in the month of November from coupon code-driven course sales will receive a free Udemy hoodie! Trust me—you want one of these hoodies. They look great, and they’re comfortable! For our top selling instructor this month, we’ll fly... Continue reading »…
I enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a live Google Developer Live hangout on the topic of how Udacity uses App Engine. Unfortunately there was not enough time to respond to all the great questions on air. What follows is my best attempt to respond to the remaining questions.krmboya: "In your opinion, how low-level should the average modern programmer go? Is it still worth learning assembly language and various pointer-manipulation tricks?"I recommend you should always learn as much about computing as you can. You can be a productive software engineer without knowing Assembly or C. However, I do think it is necessary to eventually become familiar with Assembly or C if you want to be a really great software engineer.Kenny: "What are the disadvantages of using Google App Engine and how does it compare to a service like Amazon's AWS?" Shahriar: "What makes Google app engine a better choice over using the AWS stack?"Comparing Google App Engine and AWS is like…
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Udacity: Udacity Flips over Entrepreneurship! 30,000 entrepreneurs from 10,000 early-stage startups in over 350 cities worldwide
We're excited to announce our partnership with the folks over at Startup Weekend that is going into super drive! Together with Steve Blank, Startup America Partnership, and Techstars, we'll be supporting a new model in entrepreneurship training that will blend online and face-to-face education. The innovative program aims to inspire, educate, and empower some 30,000 entrepreneurs from 10,000 early-stage startups in over 350 cities worldwide. In a four-week class, founders will learn “how to build a successful startup,” using the basics of Business Model Design from Alexander Osterwalder and Customer Development from Steve Blank, delivered via Udacity’s online classes and coached in live sessions by seasoned startup veterans. Udacity’s online course will be delivered in a flipped classroom model by Startup Weekend, the global non-profit that’s hosted more than 800 such events worldwide. Steve Blank provided the course content; his Lean LaunchPa…
CourseSites: Designing with Quality in Mind
Currently our undergraduate program is working toward program level approval from Quality Matters (QM). QM is a national organization that provides external reviewing services based upon their eight standard rubric. (For more information on QM, please see their site: http://www.qmprogram.org/.) In … Continue reading →…
Learning Solutions Magazine: ADL Collaborating with AICC on the Experience API by News Editor
The Aviation Industry Computer-Based Training Committee (AICC) and the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative have agreed to collaborate to improve and solidify the Experience API (formerly referred to as “Tin Can”), ensuring its viability for the aviation industry and other communities served by AICC.
Learning Solutions Magazine: Intuition Unveils Revolutionary Knowledge Management Platform by News Editor
Intuition, a leading global knowledge solutions provider announced at DevLearn Conference & Expo the release of a new revolutionary knowledge management solution, Intuition Advantage.
Learning Solutions Magazine: DevLearn 2012 Enters the Record Books by Bill Brandon and Jennifer Neibert
The eLearning Guild's DevLearn Conference & Expo opened October 31 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event has attracted a record number of professionals and exhibitors, and this spotlight gives a few of the highlights from the first day.
Learning Solutions Magazine: vTrainingTracker Launches at DevLearn: New Tin Can Learning Record Store by News Editor
vTrainingTracker is a Tin Can API-enabled Learning Record Store fully compatible with both the .90 and .95 versions of the Experience API (also known as Tin Can API). This SaaS (software as a service) offers new opportunities to track, report, and reward learners.
Khan Academy: DC motors
Karl Wendt looks into how DC motors work and shows you how you can build your own. He also demonstrates the motor controller he used in building Bit-zee bot. Brushed DC motor explained Build your own motor Compare the hair dryer motor to the one you can build. And here are videos about the motor controller for Bit-zee bot: Build a motor controller for your Bit-zee bot Why does Bit-zee need a motor controller?
Khan Academy: Trolls, kings, and solving systems of equations
Sal has created new algebra videos to explain solving systems of equations: Trolls, Tolls, and Systems of Equations Then check out the follow-up videos on Solving the Troll Riddle Visually and Solving Systems Graphically. Elimination The King’s planning a party and needs your help figuring out how many cupcakes to order. King’s Cupcakes: Solving Systems by Elimination This video leads into the first exercise on elimination, which has a new guide video: Simple Elimination Practice. Then, the King needs more party planning help in managing The Potato Chip Issue: How many bags of potato chips do people eat? This leads into the next exercise on elimination, which also has a new companion video. Substitution Next, a little bird visits the King to teach him a new solving method: substitution. Talking bird solves systems with substitution The exercise using substitution has a new companion video. Solutions to Systems Sal then investigates spec…
Cross-posted with the Google App Engine blog:This post is part two of a two-part series on how Udacity is using App Engine to teach thousands of students how to program online.Today’s guest blogger is Chris Chew, senior software engineer at Udacity, which offers free online courses in programming and other subjects. Chris shares how Udacity itself is built using App Engine.Steve Huffman blogged yesterday about how App Engine enables the project-based learning that makes his web development course so powerful. People are often surprised to learn that Udacity itself is built on App Engine.The choice to use App Engine originally came from Mike Sokolsky, our CTO and cofounder, after his experience keeping the original version of our extremely popular AI course running on a series of virtual machines. Mike found App Engine’s operational simplicity extremely compelling after weeks of endlessly spinning up additional servers and administering MySQL replication in…
Learning Solutions Magazine: Float Mobile Learning Introduces Tappestry for Organizations and Events by News Editor
Float Mobile Learning, the leader in developing custom mobile learning applications and mobile learning strategy, introduced new features for Tappestry today at DevLearn that will allow business professionals to capture and share learning and productivity data in a controlled and secure environment.
Learning Solutions Magazine: vTrainingRoom Launches Cloud-Based LMS with Tin Can Integration by News Editor
At DevLearn Conference & Expo 2012 in Las Vegas, vTrainingRoom today announced the release of ScholarLMS, the first-of-its-kind Tin Can API-enabled learning management system.
Learning Solutions Magazine: Skill Pill M-Learning and Prentice Hall/Pearson launch The Mobile MBA at DevLearn 2012 by News Editor
At DevLearn 2012, Skill Pill M-Learning is launching The Mobile MBA, a learning resource package consisting of a book, mobile videos, and tools to help boost business performance.