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Udacity: The Past, Present and Future of User Experience

The Past, Present and Future of User Experience
2013-04-26 22:47:00

Happy Friday, Udacians! As we prepare for the weekend, we at Udacity are getting inspired about the future! For some of you, gearing up for the future might involve enrolling in our summer classes, offered in partnership with San Jose State University. Or, you might be be more focused on the immediate future with fun weekend plans. For me personally, thinking about what's ahead involves the future of user experience at Udacity. Have you taken a Udacity class and embarked on a project where user experience has come into play? For instance, are any HTML5 alums still thinking about how to optimize game design for a great user experience? Has anyone from our How to Build a Startup class learned any surprising lessons from their user interviews? We’d love to hear what you’ve done and how our classes have shaped your experiments! Share your experiences by May 13th and you could be invited to attend a special panel discussion at Udacity, the evening of May 23rd, with the fol…

 

Saylor.org: MOOC News & Reviews: An Interview with Tina Grant, NCCRS

MOOC News & Reviews: An Interview with Tina Grant, NCCRS
2013-04-26 18:19:39

If you’ve been having a slow start to your Friday morning, or just been cruising (or carousing) around for some interesting news, you might have noticed the article MOOC Credit Watch – Q&A with the National College Credit Recommendation Service. In this piece, MOOC News & Reviews‘ Robert McGuire interviews NCCRS Director Tina Grant. The breakdown: NCCRS, affiliated with the [...]…

 

Coursera: 3 Tips from Jonathan Haber on Coursera Time Management!

2013-04-26 04:31:00

Editor’s note: Jonathan Haber is a Courserian who is taking classes for 12 months on Coursera to experiment with a project of his called “Degree of Freedom”. He is guest blogging on our site throughout this next year to keep us up-to-date on his progress! Good morning Coursera-land! A few weeks back, I ran a series on MOOCs and time over at my Degree of Freedom site that delved into subjects like how to schedule classes and set priorities in an online learning world where schedules are so flexible. Because the flexibility of anywhere, anytime learning comes at a price. For if it’s easy to schedule this week’s lectures and assignments on any day of the week, it’s just as easy to let them slip into next week. And do that enough times and pretty soon the workload needed to complete a course becomes so daunting that it becomes easier just to drop the class. One of the key reasons I’ve heard that people dropped a MOOC course they had every i…

 

Saylor.org: Be the (face and voice of the) change you wish to see in the world

Be the (face and voice of the) change you wish to see in the world
2013-04-25 15:53:03

One of the first places I go on a website is the team page, if there is one. There’s something about seeing the faces, names, and quirks behind the site that kind of takes the strange off and kickstarts community. There’s nothing really surprising in that, of course. It’s why we invite you to share [...]…

 

: Create a Website to Complete a Project that Started with a Website

Create a Website to Complete a Project that Started with a Website
2013-04-25 12:02:09

The world’s new reality It all begins and ends with the web. We can engage students in the creation of that reality, and maybe tweak it towards joy and sustainability. The web has changed our lives. It is the virtual which is also the real.… Read the rest…

 

Udemy: 1,400 students in 2 days

1,400 students in 2 days
2013-04-24 20:54:46

Within just 2 days of publishing his Udemy course, Justin Mitchel is already interacting with over 1,400 students—all presumably enthusiastic about learning to code. I interviewed him to find out exactly what he did to achieve these results, why he’s focused on reach over revenue, and the one thing every instructor can do to attract more students into their courses. How did you get over 1,400 students into your course in 2 days? I receive and read all of the... Continue reading »…

 

Udemy: Instructor Story: How Lee Varis became a Udemy Bestseller

Instructor Story: How Lee Varis became a Udemy Bestseller
2013-04-24 19:12:02

Lee Varis joined Udemy recently and has already joined the ranks as a Udemy Bestseller. I spoke with Lee about why he chooses to publish courses on Udemy and how he got so many students into his course during his first two months. Lee teaches The Fundamentals of Photo-Illustration in Photoshop.   Why Udemy? I heard about Udemy from a friend. I’m also on Lynda.com and creativeLIVE, but they both only pay me 15-20% of sales. Furthermore, Lynda gives me no control... Continue reading »…

 

Coursera: First Real Life and Virtual Coursera Ideahack Meetup on Gamification on April 26th!

First Real Life and Virtual Coursera Ideahack Meetup on Gamification on April 26th!
2013-04-24 18:05:19

Hello friends! On April 26, the Digital October Center in Moscow will host a first-ever interactive, ideahack meetup for participants of the Coursera Gamification course with Professor Kevin Werbach, which will simultaneously happen in person and online! Here is more information: WHO: Up to 200 Students from Moscow (in-person) and up to 45 students from all over the world (virtual). WHAT: A 2-hour Gamification Problem Solving Meetup called Ideahack! Together with virtual and face-to-face students, small groups of ~10 will create solutions for sustainability issues by applying gamification principles. WHEN: On April 26, from 8-10AM EST (7-9PM Moscow time) in-person and online (link will be sent to those who successfully register). LANGUAGES: The meetup is bilingual (English + Russian); simultaneous translation provided. SPECIAL BONUS: Kevin Werbach, from University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, will personally review the results of the teams’ work. PRIZE…

 

Learning Solutions Magazine: Citrix Adds Do-it-yourself Webcasting, Announces New HDFaces GoToTraining Beta by News Editor

Citrix Adds Do-it-yourself Webcasting, Announces New HDFaces GoToTraining Beta by News Editor
2013-04-24 05:01:00

From small-group presentations to stadium-filled sales seminars, Citrix connects people with a full range of video-enabled collaboration tools.

 

Saylor.org: Course o

Course o
2013-04-23 18:27:57

Curious about organizational behavior? Interested in the benefits of diversity in the workplace? Need to touch-up on your negotiating strategies? Then consider your curiosity satisfied and needs fulfilled: BUS 209 Organizational Behavior is our iTunes U Course o’ the Week! You will also learn how work attitudes affect the atmosphere, about motivation’s influence on job [...]…

 

Udacity: A Day at Udacity: Andy

A Day at Udacity: Andy
2013-04-23 17:00:00

Hello! My name is Andy. I’m Udacity’s “Lead Instructor.” I’m not exactly sure what that means, but whatever it is, it’s pretty awesome. I get to work with enthusiastic, creative people to solve interesting educational problems. One of those people is Chris. He teaches math at Udacity. Chris is happy because he's thinking about circles. Friday morning, Chris and I were getting ourselves pumped up about circles. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “What!? Are you saying you weren’t ALREADY pumped about circles!?” And no, of course I’m not saying that. These shapes are amazing! I mean, any circle that you’d ever want to draw can be fully described by just three numbers. Three! That’s right. A circle--a collection of an infinite number of points--can be fully defined by just three numbers! Wow. The majestic circle! Fully defined by three parameters! Once we got excited, we had to brainstorm how…

 

Learning Solutions Magazine: Toolkit: Lectora Inspire by Joe Ganci

Toolkit: Lectora Inspire by Joe Ganci
2013-04-23 05:01:00

Lectora from Trivantis is not a newcomer to the eLearning development tool market. However, the latest version is an overhaul from the ground up, and in this review, Joe reports that it feels like a brand-new tool.

 

Udacity: Keepin

Keepin
2013-04-22 21:14:00

This weekend, Udacity proudly participated in the second annual She++ conference at Stanford University. The She++ conference is Stanford’s first conference on women in technology; we listened to experiences from women tech entrepreneurs, encouraged each other to follow our passions (even if we have doubts!), and rolled up our sleeves to broaden our tech horizons in fun workshops. Udacity hosted a workshop called “Create Your Own Mini Online Course,” where we talked about one of our big passions - creating interactive online courses to teach principles from the STEM fields. We shared our experiences with online learning pedagogy, and attendees designed their own mini courses using our course creator technology! We built up an appetite creating Udacious mini courses! Attendees created out-of-this-world mini courses in making a salad, making paper airplanes, wilderness training, and raising awareness around including women in clinical trials. Big thanks to everyone…

 

Saylor.org: Free MOOC from Sunstone Business School and the Saylor Foundation

Free MOOC from Sunstone Business School and the Saylor Foundation
2013-04-22 17:45:17

We’ve teamed up with Sunstone Business School for their upcoming MOOC “Being an Effective New Leader“! Materials from our BUS401: Management Leadership help to round out the course, which is built, hosted, and facilitated by Sunstone. You’ll learn how to1: Influence without authority Make decisions even with incomplete data Help people do their best to [...]…

 

Saylor.org: Saylor.org Out and About

2013-04-22 15:35:01

Our own Angelyn Pinter is presenting on “Full Curriculum OER”, an overview of the Saylor Foundation’s Common Core-aligned K12 offerings, at Open Educational Resources Day in Spokane, WA on Monday, April 22. If you are in the area, you should check her out! More information on Open Educational Resources Day is here.

 

Saylor.org: MMD: Is Digital Interaction Bridging Gaps?

MMD: Is Digital Interaction Bridging Gaps?
2013-04-22 14:30:58

Good morning and happy Monday! As the sun rises on another Monday morning, we look at a world the is so digitally interconnected, and yet human interaction and teamwork are still key to bridging gaps. Can the internet become the medium for this effective interaction to occur? We begin with a look at MIT and [...]…

 

Coursera: Congrats to the First Students to Earn Verified Certificates with Signature Track & A Chat with The Coursera Team!

Congrats to the First Students to Earn Verified Certificates with Signature Track & A Chat with The Coursera Team!
2013-04-22 06:49:00

We’d like to offer a big congratulations to the first group of Courserians to earn a Verified Certificate! We recently awarded more than 700 Verified Certificate for students in Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from UCSF and over 200 for each of the following courses: Introduction to Genetics and Evolution from Duke University and Microeconomics Principles from University of Illinois. Other courses with students recently earning Verified Certificates include Calculus: Single Variable from University of Pennsylvania, Algebra and Precalculus from UCI and Bioelectricity from Duke University. Congratulations from all of us to you! [Jacob Lyles and Leith Abdulla with their Verified Certificates, beaming!] Since launching Signature Track, we’ve received lots of questions from Courserians around the world. In the following Q&A, our Certificates team shares some insights about the program and students who participated— and hopefully answers some…

 

Coursera: Design and Create an Invention that Improves Your Life!

2013-04-22 05:05:00

University of Pennsylvania’s popular Design Course was a huge hit when it was offered the first time, as it was popular with students who wanted to become designers or just learn about how to effectively design and create things from scratch. Many students in the course created every-day inventions that helped improve their lives, ranging from an automatically adjustable ice tray called “The Ice Slider” to an iPad holder called “Fixo”. The Course is being offered again and will start on April 29th (Next Monday!). We hope you to see you there! The awesome teaching staff at UPenn helped put together an illustration of select student projects to show you the diversity of cool stuff you can learn to design when you take the course. Check out the presentation below: Enroll in Design Course!

 

Learning Solutions Magazine: Free eBook: 129 Tips on Using Technology in Virtual and Physical Classrooms by Jennifer Neibert

Free eBook: 129 Tips on Using Technology in Virtual and Physical Classrooms by Jennifer Neibert
2013-04-22 05:01:00

There are often two reactions to the idea of virtual classrooms—utter excitement, fearful apprehension, or both. The virtual environment may intimidate instructors accustomed to physical classrooms. But it doesn’t have to be intimidating! Learn more in the latest free eBook from The eLearning Guild!

 

Learning Solutions Magazine: From Scattered Information to Transformational Performance Support: Where Are You? by Dr. Conrad Gottfredson

From Scattered Information to Transformational Performance Support: Where Are You? by Dr. Conrad Gottfredson
2013-04-22 05:01:00

Targeted performance support enables effective performance in the workplace. It helps people do what the organization needs them to do to continuously accomplish strategic objectives. Here’s a look at a system that provides this kind of support and significant benefits. The results can be transformational!