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: Be the Change you Want to See in Education

Be the Change you Want to See in Education
2013-03-26 18:53:53

Schools Must Change Teachers are seeking early retirement because they cannot take the school system any longer. This is happening around the globe. Teachers need students like 18-year old, Nikhil Goyal to tell it like it is. The school system needs to change and fast.… Read the rest…

 

Saylor.org: Course o

Course o
2013-03-26 18:11:42

So, your boss asks you to write a memo on your most recent business trip to a conference. But you haven’t written one before. (Or maybe you have, but you want a little bit more practice?) Then relax, because PRDV002: Professional Writing is our iTunes U course o’ the week. In just 3.5 hours, learn [...]…

 

Udemy: DJ Tips: 6 Ways to Increase Studio Productivity

DJ Tips: 6 Ways to Increase Studio Productivity
2013-03-26 17:06:29

Everyone has a unique way of creating his or her tracks. But should you be spending 3 hours tweaking drum sounds and fiddling with minor details? How do you know when to stop tweaking and move on? With a project that contains over 30 tracks, 14 auxs and, in my case, 24 outputs to summing amps and outboard gear, your internal workflow becomes complex to manage. Majority of your studio time can be spent on tasks that don’t produce tangible... Continue reading »…

 

Udemy: You are what you think, so mind what you

You are what you think, so mind what you
2013-03-26 16:17:59

From the moment we wake up, the inner chatter of our mind starts up. It gets a bit quieter when we get fully absorbed with a creative task or mildly hypnotized with a TV programme, film or computer game. Only when we fall asleep, does it go fully silent again perhaps only to bubble below the surface of our awareness in the form of dreams. The rest of the time our mind gets involved with internal commentary about the world... Continue reading »…

 

Learning Solutions Magazine: Brainshark Launches SlideShark Broadcasting and SlideShark Pro by News Editor

Brainshark Launches SlideShark Broadcasting and SlideShark Pro by News Editor
2013-03-26 08:00:00

BrainShark continues to expand the capabilities of its SlideShark offering with new features. Mobile presenters can now invite remote meeting attendees to view live presentations over the web. SlideShark app users can now also get data on audience activity and draw on and annotate slides while presenting from iOS devices.

 

: What Can An Online School Look Like

What Can An Online School Look Like
2013-03-26 06:46:16

The possibilities are endless, and some of them are surprising and quirky. Let’s toss aside your old fashioned notions of “school” and see if we can imagine new possibilities for the wor(l)d. For the sake of this post, we are going to use the term “school” in a general way.… Read the rest…

 

Learning Solutions Magazine: Go and Animate with Go!Animate by Joe Ganci

Go and Animate with Go!Animate by Joe Ganci
2013-03-26 05:01:00

Go!Animate is cloud-based software that creates animated videos. These can be very effective for eLearning applications and much less expensive than live action shoots. Here’s a thorough review of everything that Go!Animate offers.

 

Saylor.org: MMD: The Need For Reform?

MMD: The Need For Reform?
2013-03-25 14:30:32

Good Morning and Happy Monday! Sometimes, change can be a good thing. And in other places people believe a change still needs to happen. For this week we look at reforms and changes in U.S. Federal Aid for students in higher ed., the needs for: international accrediting offices, reform in certain U.S. states, and the [...]…

 

Learning Solutions Magazine: Show Me the ROI! by Dr. Conrad Gottfredson

Show Me the ROI! by Dr. Conrad Gottfredson
2013-03-25 05:01:00

How are you validating the transfer of learning from training events to the workplace? The majority of organizations still rely on measuring learner reactions and learning mastery, not the results. There is an answer: integrated performance support. In this article, read about two basic steps that put your organization on the path out of the mire of murky measurement!

 

Coursera: Our New Front Page: So Fresh and So Clean!

Our New Front Page: So Fresh and So Clean!
2013-03-24 17:27:00

Editor’s Note: Coursera’s Lead Student Team Engineer Pamela Fox shares her reflections on our front page’s new look!I joined Coursera wayyyyy back in the day, almost a year ago, and I remember my first project was to redesign our front page in anticipation of our upcoming growth from 4 to 17 universities. So many! How would we showcase them all?! But hey, I figured it out and we moved on. We’ve grown quite a bit since then and we’re now up to 62 universities and 320+ courses, plus we’ve added the options for Signature Track and ACE, all the while managing never to upgrade our poor year-old front page. By the time we realized it was high time for renovation, it was quite the “fixer-upper.” With the combined efforts of our designer Payam, our prolific intern Marc, and our newest full-time web engineer Josh, we crafted a new front page and browsing experience. Our new front page includes: • A prominent search box, which takes pote…

 

Saylor.org: We Love Resources: UC Irvine

We Love Resources: UC Irvine
2013-03-22 18:38:04

Like the resource we featured two weeks ago (Free Music Archive), we haven’t yet found a place for the videos at Open Chemistry (UC Irvine), though in this case we might be forgiven; the site arrived with the just-finished Open Education Week 2013. Whether you’re just a die-hard Breaking Bad fan or in love with chemistry for its [...]…

 

Saylor.org: #DigEdCon Keynote Profile: Kenneth C. Green, Ph.D., Founding Director, The Campus Computing Project

#DigEdCon Keynote Profile: Kenneth C. Green, Ph.D., Founding Director, The Campus Computing Project
2013-03-22 16:59:26

“Others have opinions & epiphanies;  I try to bring data to the discussion…” -Kenneth C. Green, Ph.D., Founding Director, The Campus Computing Project We are so excited to have the very funny, very knowledgeable Kenneth C. Green, Ph.D., as one of our keynote speakers at The Saylor Foundation Digital Education Conference in April.  Dr. Green [...]…

 

Saylor.org: With Spring, A Transition: A Message from Director Alana Harrington

2013-03-21 20:15:31

To the smart, dedicated, totally awesome Saylor Community– I’m both excited and sad to announce that I will be stepping down from my post as Director of the Saylor Foundation at the end of this month.  My family and I have decided to relocate to our hometown of Houston, Texas!  The search for a new [...]…

 

Coursera: My Coursera Experience: Empowering Local Communities through MOOC

My Coursera Experience: Empowering Local Communities through MOOC
2013-03-21 20:11:26

Editor’s note: Sharon Watkins is a Coursera student who runs an Ohio-based Non-Profit “The Learning Cafe”. She’s empowering her local community by encouraging people to take courses together & improve their careers. The Learning Cafe (TLC) is an evening hours community ‘learning environment’ housed in our public high school located in a high poverty community. The purpose of our program is to raise community engagement in education by providing fresh enrichment and advancement learning opportunities.We do what many community schools do: offer a dinner, transportation, access to social services and childcare along with a wide range of classes. We want to entice reluctant learners back to school while we challenge our seasoned students with new learning choices as well. My husband brought MOOC’s and Coursera to my attention last fall. We host TED Talk discussion groups at TLC and so I watched Daphne Koller’s talk on Coursera. T…

 

Udemy: Read, Write, Count, Code: Programming For Kids (Video Tutorial)

Read, Write, Count, Code: Programming For Kids (Video Tutorial)
2013-03-21 19:31:51

It’s time to admit it, the anti-social, unkempt, thirtysomething computer programmer who still lives in his parents’ basement is a myth. Today programmers have great job prospects, making on average 78k, which is nearly double the national average. They work for large corporations and small startups, the public and the private sector, for profit and nonprofit organizations. They can even start their own companies and then flip them for millions of dollars. Ability to program is becoming as essential as... Continue reading »…

 

Udemy: Basic Music Theory and Ear Training: 5 Reasons Everyone in Music Needs It

Basic Music Theory and Ear Training: 5 Reasons Everyone in Music Needs It
2013-03-21 18:19:01

I’ve been a university Professor of Music for over 10 years now, and my students always groan about basic music theory. “Why do I need theory?” they ask. “I just want to sing / play guitar / write songs.” They think theory is the opposite of practice, and since practice makes perfect, they think, “I’ll just get good at doing what I do.” In music, this couldn’t be further from the truth. There are five reasons why: 1. If you’re... Continue reading »…

 

Saylor.org: Student Snapshot: Michael Ross

Student Snapshot: Michael Ross
2013-03-21 17:19:01

This is the first in our new series of Saylor.org student snapshots. Here, Michael Ross tells us his story. My name is Michael Ross. At the time of writing this profile I am at the age of 30. I have a strong interest in 3 majors at the Saylor Foundation, but have decided to stick [...]…

 

Saylor.org: Ninja Skills: Double-Book Your Learning

Ninja Skills: Double-Book Your Learning
2013-03-21 14:15:54

Last week, I issued a “Ninja Skills” challenge, asking for your go-to techniques for keeping track of online learning. Put another way: Problem: Managing online/hybrid classwork can be a lot harder than in the good old Trapper Keeper® days. Opportunity: Share collective wisdom on best organizational practices. Discover tools and methods beyond your wildest dreams. [...]…

 

Saylor.org: Spirit of Innovation Challenge

Spirit of Innovation Challenge
2013-03-20 16:09:00

Spurred by the premise that young people have some positively good ideas, the Conrad Foundation holds its annual Spirit of Innovation Challenge to “help students truly understand how what they are learning can be applied to something with large-scale social impact.” High-schoolers use their STEM* powers to “develop innovative products to help solve global and local problems while supporting [...]…

 

Learning Solutions Magazine: Research for Practitioners: Student Annotation of Examples Improves Learning Outcomes by Clark N. Quinn

Research for Practitioners: Student Annotation of Examples Improves Learning Outcomes by Clark N. Quinn
2013-03-20 05:01:00

A constant challenge for instructional designers is finding or developing well-designed examples, including explanations. Could learners provide and document the examples? Research to the rescue! You may be surprised (and pleased) by what this study discovered.