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Khan Academy: khanacademy.org gets a makeover, bug fixes, and UX improvements

khanacademy.org gets a makeover, bug fixes, and UX improvements
2013-03-13 02:02:37

Khan Academy has come a long way from when I first joined waaaaay back in 2010. The company and product have both matured. The content and experience that we offer the world has grown and changed dramatically, but this is the slow steady change of iterative improvement. And even though we’ve added over 1,000 videos and hundreds of interactive exercises to the site, that change isn’t always obvious. It’s going to be hard to miss the changes we’re releasing today. Current: New: Today, we’re launching the first piece of what will eventually be a major redesign of Khan Academy. This first step is part visual refresh, part re-focusing of the interface that folks use every day, and part foundation for future changes. This change should help to clarify exactly how our content is organized and what order we recommend proceeding through tutorials while fixing a host of other small bugs (like progress indicators not showing up or not being properly aligned).

 

Udemy: Why the Udemy Affiliate Program is So Rewarding

Why the Udemy Affiliate Program is So Rewarding
2013-03-13 01:17:02

If you want to find a great affiliate program, with a good payout & many other rewards, take a look at the Udemy Affiliate Program! Find important Udemy Affiliate and Instructor Resources at the end of this article. My Udemy Story I have been involved in affiliate marketing since 2008. I like being an affiliate because it allows me to share great resources with my website & social media contacts. Also, as an affiliate you are an intermediary between the... Continue reading »…

 

Udemy: Making an App: 6 Things You Should Consider Before Getting Started

Making an App: 6 Things You Should Consider Before Getting Started
2013-03-12 20:41:55

I often get emails from people who want to make their first mobile app. The emails usually start off something like this: “I have an app I want to develop…” If you want to make your first app, and you have an idea for it, here is what to think about next. 1. Are you making an app to promote an existing business or to make money from it? Do you want your app to be a promotional tool for... Continue reading »…

 

Saylor.org: Course o

Course o
2013-03-12 19:44:07

When Jerry Maguire was forced out of his sports management agency that he helped build (it’s a fact) in a very public, humiliating way, he reminded some several dozen of his colleagues that “there is such a thing as manners; a way of treating people.” It was true then, and it’s true now: with colleagues, with clients, [...]…

 

Saylor.org: Our first CLEP

Our first CLEP
2013-03-12 16:08:40

We’ve just launched our first CLEP-aligned course! The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP®) is a widely-recognized credit-by-exam program. According to The College Board’s website, 2,900 higher education institutions are willing to accept CLEP exams for credit. While our course is not endorsed by The College Board, we’ve carefully re-worked our Intro to American Politics course (POLSC231) into POLSC232: American [...]…

 

: Better Course Promotion and Security: Putting You in the Driver

2013-03-12 13:28:15

It’s here and it’s improved. Your WizIQ online course management is better than ever. We have enhanced your ability to promote and share your WizIQ Courses, in addition to making them more secure. We are committed to continuously improving your WizIQ experience.… Read the rest…

 

Learning Solutions Magazine: Marc My Words: End User- and SME-created Content

Marc My Words: End User- and SME-created Content
2013-03-12 05:01:00

Delegation is a key skill for instructional designers, especially when turning content development over to end users and subject matter experts. However, just as in any other management effort, it is vital to delegate with control. Here are some key errors you want to avoid.

 

Udemy: Online Course Design: 3 Practices For Beginner And Experienced Online Instructors

Online Course Design: 3 Practices For Beginner And Experienced Online Instructors
2013-03-12 00:43:23

Just starting to build a course? Looking for some new ideas? Consider the three practices I followed: Stop-Look-Listen, Mixing, and Sharing. I decided to practice what I preach and used these three practices from my book, The Plugged-In Manager, as I built my first course, Negotiation: Problems Solved, Not Battles Fought. Courses are like miniature organizations, and this online course design approach gave me a strong starting point, which I especially needed as a first-timer. Stop – Look – Listen... Continue reading »…

 

Udemy: Natural Light Photography: Chase the Light and Seriously Improve Your Photos

Natural Light Photography: Chase the Light and Seriously Improve Your Photos
2013-03-11 22:29:48

When it comes to photography courses and trying to improve the quality of your photos, learning about light isn’t that sexy is it? Many people would much prefer to learn about their shiny new camera or lenses, rather than being shown some easy natural light photography tips. But it’s fair to say that a good understanding and use of light will improve your photos far more than a whole bag full of cameras and accessories. As an added bonus, light... Continue reading »…

 

Saylor.org: Put your knowledge of OER to work at Thomas Edison State College!

2013-03-11 20:46:13

Our friends at Thomas Edison State College (one of our college credit pathways partners; learn more here and here), are looking for an Assessment Strategist for Open Courseware and Competency-Based Education. The person hired “will be responsible for exploring opportunities for developing assessments and granting credit in the emerging area of open educational resources, open courseware, [...]…

 

Saylor.org: Monday Morning Digest: Open Ed.-It Makes the World Go

Monday Morning Digest: Open Ed.-It Makes the World Go
2013-03-11 15:30:26

Good Morning and Happy Monday! Open Education Week started today and we’re very psyched about it here at Saylor. Further building on this theme, we take a look at news from around the US and the world. From the state of California,to Scotland, to Berlin, Germany, open education is the name of the game. Student [...]…

 

: Top 5 Must-Read Books For Students

Top 5 Must-Read Books For Students
2013-03-11 09:48:11

“You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes You can steer yourself wherever you choose”. ~Dr. Seuss Our students need to cultivate a love of reading to help them choose their own directions in life and to enrich their thinking skills and imagination.… Read the rest…

 

Learning Solutions Magazine: Choosing the Right Tool for the Job: 2013 Update by Joe Ganci

Choosing the Right Tool for the Job: 2013 Update by Joe Ganci
2013-03-11 05:01:00

Of all the tools available, how can you find the ones that will help you meet the needs of your staff’s talent, your eLearning topics, and the techniques and best practices you have adopted? In this update, Joe will help you discern the differences between the top tools that are available now, and he will give you an idea of what’s coming next!

 

Coursera: My Coursera Experience: A Letter to Our Professor

My Coursera Experience: A Letter to Our Professor
2013-03-10 15:22:36

Editor’s Note: The following is a letter written by a group of Iranian students who took “Think Again: How to Reason and Argue” taught by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Ram Neta of Duke University. Dear Walter and Ram, I am writing on behalf of a study group for your Think Again course in Mashad, Iran. You guys probably get this kind of reaction a lot, but I can barely begin to communicate all the excitement your course caused among us. Not only did it inspire us to study the material you provided on Coursera, but we also got hold of a copy of Walter’s book (Understanding Arguments) and read the corresponding chapters every week. So, in the spirit of thanking you for all the time and effort you put into preparing the material, we decided to email you guys to thank you personally. Also, apparently, you are planning to offer the course again shortly, but we were wondering if any of you were planning to offer any new courses with a similar theme? We learned a lot,…

 

Coursera: In Celebration of International Women's Day...

In Celebration of International Women's Day...
2013-03-09 06:05:00

Dear Courserians,We believe that everyone should be able to learn without limits. We are proud to have a strong and growing women presence from over 220 countries, actively contributing to their communities, bringing positive change in society through education. There are many long and enduring benefits to educating women not only in specific countries but across the globe. I, along with all the members of the Coursera team, thank you for being part of this community. Happy Learning,Daphne KollerCoursera Co-Founder [Daphne Koller] [Women at Coursera, celebrating International Women’s Day 2013]…

 

Coursera: Forum Refresh: Coming Soon to a Class Near You

2013-03-08 23:21:31

When most people think of Coursera, they think about the video lectures, the quizzes,and the peer-graded assignments. But there is another part which we think is equally important: the discussion forums. That’s where students debate what they’ve learnt in class, where instructors see what creative things their students have done on the side, where community TAs help guide students through problems, and where students give feedback about improving the platform and course. We’ve been collecting feedback from students and instructors about the forums, and finally found the time to start addressing that feedback. To start with, we realized that we want to be able to iterate quickly on our forums in the future, so we’ve re-written the forum codebase to use a more modern architecture and web technologies (it’s now a Backbone single-page web app, for the techies out there). Along with that re-writing, we’ve addressed some of the top usability c…

 

Udacity: Udacity Student Wins Grand Prize at Google Code-In 2012

Udacity Student Wins Grand Prize at Google Code-In 2012
2013-03-08 22:11:00

We love shouting out to Udacity students who have used our classes as launch pads for truly amazing accomplishments, and we're very excited to congratulate high school student Liezel Puzon for being named a grand prize winner in the Google Code-In 2012! Liezel made her first appearance on our blog when her and her team at Freehold High School won the high school challenge at Udacity.  She has involved herself in projects beyond what she’s learned in our Introduction to Computer Science class.  Liezel applied her new programming skills by joining the Sahana Software Foundation, an open source mentoring organization, and participating the the Google Code-In 2012. During the 7 week contest, she completed 28 tasks for the open source project. Out of the 334 students from 36 countries who competed in the contest, Liezel has been named one of 20 grand prize winners – Congrats Liezel, you rock! We'd love to hear how other students have been inspired by our classes to "Le…

 

Saylor.org: Spoiler Alert: Agenda Revealed for The Saylor Foundation Digital Education Conference

Spoiler Alert: Agenda Revealed for The Saylor Foundation Digital Education Conference
2013-03-08 22:02:50

We know. You have been anxious to see what we’ve slated for our first-ever Digital Education Conference.  Well, rest assured, after months of conference calls, emails and brainstorming we are ready to reveal our agenda (download the “pretty” copy here)!  We have plenty planned to bring about new ideas, projects, partnerships and parties…ahem…networking opportunities. Not to [...]…

 

Udemy: Time Is What You Make It: How To Make The Most Of Your Day

Time Is What You Make It: How To Make The Most Of Your Day
2013-03-08 21:44:05

The vast majority of time management systems focus on better prioritization and minimization of interruptions. This is a good thing. There is however a completely lateral way of getting more done in less linear time and that’s to change the speed and nature of your thoughts so you become more productive and creative. Have you ever been stuck in an airport lounge with the flight delay at the end of a holiday when you’ve read all your books? Those hours... Continue reading »…

 

Udemy: Want to Work as a Professional Magazine Designer or Producer? You

Want to Work as a Professional Magazine Designer or Producer? You
2013-03-08 19:20:25

Do you want to work as a Magazine Designer or Producer? What are the skills you need to learn in order to become successful? To be a marketable publication designer or producer, you need to be excellent—not just good—at the big three Adobe Applications: InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop, and at a minimum know the basics of the Digital Publishing Suite Tools. You MUST learn InDesign! Adobe InDesign is the publishing industry standard. If you don’t know it—and I’m talking KNOW... Continue reading »…