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Channel: A MOOC Mini Primer

2013-04-16 19:47:16

If you want a good, brief primer on xMOOCs, business models for online education, California higher ed politics, open educational resources, and free/open textbooks — all on one page — you could do worse than Abby Clobridge’s “The Wild West of MOOCs“. She mentions the Saylor Foundation…ever heard of ‘em? Course o

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2013-04-16 17:27:31

The world needs managers. You don’t have to like it, but there it is. Or maybe we should re-phrase: the world needs good managers. Principled managers. How do we get there? Some folks seem born for the job: cool, calm, collected; conscientious in both praise and criticism. Most others need a bit of help before they’re ready [...]…


Learning Solutions Magazine: Become a Volunteer: Change the World One Course at a Time by Jennifer Neibert

Become a Volunteer: Change the World One Course at a Time by Jennifer Neibert
2013-04-16 05:01:00

Whether you’re just getting started in eLearning or you’re an experienced practitioner looking for ways to continue building your portfolio, consider volunteering your skills and expertise to a nonprofit organization working to change the world. The opportunity to give back is incredibly rewarding, so step up and find an organization where you can donate your time and talents. MMD: Making Education OPEN to the World

MMD: Making Education OPEN to the World
2013-04-15 20:10:56

Good Morning and Happy Monday! The word of the week is “OPEN.” We begin today with the Former U.S. Secretary of Education, Richard W. Riley. Riley hopes to reduce costs for the states by creating a “plan of interstate reciprocity.” This could dismantle barriers (often caused by various regulations) and open the road to streamlined [...]…


Udacity: Sebastian Thrun: Expanding College Credit Pilot this Summer!

2013-04-15 14:26:00

Really exciting news today: We’re extending our groundbreaking partnership with San Jose State University by offering for-credit summer classes! We and SJSU continue to be committed to broadening access to effective and engaging higher learning through the use of revolutionary educational technology. We’ve seen great promise from our initial pilot (85% retention going into midterms!) and we’re incorporating key learnings this summer to enhance the overall course experience and provide increased support for students. For this summer session, classes continue to be just $150 -- that’s 10% of what most universities here in the U.S. cost -- and we’re adding really cool classes too! For just $150, and once you complete the course, you’ll get transferable college credit (to the CSU system and most major U.S. universities): Intro to Programming (newly added) Intro to Psychology (newly added) Elementary Statistics College Algebra Entry-level Math In a…


: See It to Believe It: Better and More Secure Video Streaming on WizIQ

2013-04-15 12:38:37

Do you know that a great screen is not the only thing that counts when it comes to your viewing experience? Video quality matters a lot when you want to make your online experience life-like.  As you turn more to technology to share information and connect with your students, you want the virtual experience to be as real as possible without compromising your privacy or intellectual property.… Read the rest…


Learning Solutions Magazine: When Windows 8 Arrives, Will You Be Ready? by Bill Rosenthal

When Windows 8 Arrives, Will You Be Ready? by Bill Rosenthal
2013-04-15 05:01:00

Windows 8 is making slow but sure progress into the enterprise and personal computing space. Windows 8 has a steep learning curve, and “quick-and-dirty” approaches to training will not succeed. Here is some information you will want to consider as you make your contingency plans for the day when your organization decides to adopt Windows 8.


: 10 Ways To Use Poetry for English Language Teaching Online

10 Ways To Use Poetry for English Language Teaching Online
2013-04-15 01:15:22

This is in celebration of National Poetry Month and springtime. My daffodil image is in honour of one of the first poems I learnt as a child called ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud‘. We are, perhaps, less lonely here in our cyber-cloud online, which just serves to enhance our ability to appreciate poetry in the modern age.… Read the rest…


: Authentic Learning via the WebQuest

Authentic Learning via the WebQuest
2013-04-13 22:38:16

The Last Spin WebQuest The image of a boy holding a gun to his head may horrify us, but do we choose reality? Should schools deal with such topics? The Last Spin is a short story written by Evan Hunter.… Read the rest… Is the Pell Grant in Trouble? Are We?

2013-04-13 13:15:07

Heard this on the radio the other day: Study: More Adult Pell Grant Students, Not Enough Graduating (02:54 | transcript) The US federal government-funded Pell Grant is a need-based award for 9 million US students. In sum, it’s quite a bit of cash: $34.5 billion each year, but break those numbers down, and we’re looking at [...]…


Khan Academy: New coach and classroom resources are now available!

New coach and classroom resources are now available!
2013-04-13 00:12:00

Check out our updated Coach Resources featuring classroom case studies, tips on getting started, and approaches to developing a personalized, mastery-based, and interactive classroom. Get more out of Khan Academy in your classroom! New to using Khan Academy in your classroom? If you’re just getting started, check out the Quick Start guide which provides the basics on using Khan Academy in the classroom.   Join the conversation Connect with other teachers who are using Khan Academy in our community discussion online to find out more. Below each video and article in the Coach Resources section, you can engage with other coaches and the Khan Academy community about how to use Khan Academy.   …


Udemy: How To Design a Website: Dramatically Improve Your User

How To Design a Website: Dramatically Improve Your User
2013-04-12 22:55:30

With a good user experience now widely seen as the key attribute of websites and many high-tech products, it’s important to know how to design a website, system or product to give it that user experience edge. Here are 20 quick, simple and virtually free ideas you can apply right now. 1. Run a usability test I put this one first for those people who don’t scroll — because it’s the single most powerful weapon in the user experience arsenal. Nothing... Continue reading »…


Udemy: How to Become a DJ: What Very Successful DJs Have in Common

How to Become a DJ: What Very Successful DJs Have in Common
2013-04-12 20:32:27

Britain’s late prime minister Benjamin Disraeli said “Beware of endeavoring to become a great man in a hurry. One such attempt in ten thousand may succeed. These are fearful odds.” Close your eyes and imagine this, you are playing the hottest tunes in a stadium with a sea of raving fans. For a quick second you remember, “It wasn’t long ago when I was in my bedroom, practicing technique, downloading bootleg edits and experiencing approach anxiety before talking to club... Continue reading »…


Udemy: Youtube Marketing: You

Youtube Marketing: You
2013-04-12 17:30:10

I’ve got some bad news for you. No one wants to watch your youtube commercial. They’re on youtube to see free content, and if you’re not giving them that, they’re gone. There’s a free (lousier) versions of your course just three clicks away. No one wants to see your commercial. I’ve released 24 commercials on youtube for my Photoshop Crash Course, averaging over two thousand views a piece. I spent no more than 20 minutes creating each of them, and... Continue reading »… DigEdCon Digital Poster Session

2013-04-12 13:15:28

If you can’t be with us here in DC for our first Digital Education Conference, you can get a strong taste of what’s going on in the Digital Poster Session, courtesy of some very smart, very innovative folks.…


Udemy: Market Your Udemy Course on YouTube (6 Easy Steps)

Market Your Udemy Course on YouTube (6 Easy Steps)
2013-04-12 01:46:21

Why is it a good idea to include YouTube as part of your Udemy course promotion strategy? 1.  Get discovered by people desperate to learn from you. If someone conducts a search for “How to become a comedian,” if you’re one of the few people with a YouTube video titled “How to Become a Comedian,” then you may show up as one of the first search results on Google. 2.  Keep the leads comin’ months and years from now. Your... Continue reading »… Spirit of Innovation Challenge Innovation Summit 2013

2013-04-11 20:48:15

On now! As a Champion Partner for the 2013 Spirit of Innovation Challenge, we encourage, implore, and adjure you to virtually swing by the summit, through Saturday, April 13. It’s an opportunity to be amazed and show your support for the finalist teams of curious, inspired youth. What’s in it for the winner? The chance to [...]…


Udemy: Near-Death Experience Fuels Quest for Immortality: An Artist

Near-Death Experience Fuels Quest for Immortality: An Artist
2013-04-11 19:41:52

To live or to die, that is the question. In 1979 at age 19, while living and working as a freelance artist in Toronto my health was dramatically imperiled by End-Stage Renal Failure. If the term ‘End-Stage’ sounds ominous, it’s because it was! Without emergency medical intervention I would’ve been a dead man. The toxins had accumulated to such lethal levels that the team of ER doctors was shocked that I had even managed to make it into Sunnybrooke Hospital... Continue reading »…


Udemy: Windows 8 New Features That Will Help You Make The Leap

Windows 8 New Features That Will Help You Make The Leap
2013-04-11 18:40:03

With its fresh bold approach, Windows 8 has taken the technology world by storm as an innovative and genuinely different operating system.  It captures the best of previous versions of Windows while offering new ways of working.  This approach offers the best of both worlds.  For those who like the Windows 7 style interface, you’ll be happy to discover that you can keep working in that familiar interface in Windows 8.  And for those looking for what’s next in the... Continue reading »… It

2013-04-11 12:45:54

We’re taking a hiatus from the usual schtick because today and tomorrow we’ll all be on our best behavior at the Saylor Foundation Digital Education Conference 2013, known more generally around the world as DigEdCon. We’ll put through a couple of posts, but they’ll be probably, oh, say a “6″ rather than our usual “10″ (that’s on [...]…