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2012-12-09 07:34:33

Sharing for Learning My name is Nellie Deutsch (here’s more about me). I’m an English teacher first, but I wear other hats, too. I’ve been using social networks to connect for learning. I’m interested in online personal connections but not with family or close friends.… Read the rest…

 

Udacity: MOOCs, employment, and congrats to a student!

MOOCs, employment, and congrats to a student!
2012-12-07 22:46:00

To close out the week, we’d like to do a spotlight on a fellow Udacian.  We want to congratulate Tamir Duberstein who recently landed a job at Square. Tamir completed a total of 6 courses on Udacity as he sought to transition into software engineering .  He received the highest distinction in Intro to Statistics, Intro to Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence for Robotics, and Design of Computer Programs.  He also completed two other courses Applied Cryptography, and Web Development.  As a result of his hard work we were able to connect him with two employers in the course of a year.  Tamir was mentioned in an article from The Chronicle of Higher Education. To learn more,  here’s the full story.And coincidentally, McKinsey & Co. just released a report on global youth education and employment.  A long read, but our long-term mission of advancing the education and careers of students by broadening access to higher education continues…

 

Udemy: Udemy CEO, Eren Bali

2012-12-07 21:04:27

I’m Eren Bali, the CEO and Co-founder of Udemy. I want to thank you for making Udemy such an amazing community. Recently, a lot of people have asked me why I started the company. The answer lies in my personal story, and I wanted to share it with you today. I was born in a small village in Turkey. My primary school was a one room schoolhouse where a single teacher tried her best to teach 5 different grades at... Continue reading »…

 

Udemy: Udemy CEO, Eren Bali

Udemy CEO, Eren Bali
2012-12-07 21:04:27

I’m Eren Bali, the CEO and Co-founder of Udemy. I want to thank you for making Udemy such an amazing community. Recently, a lot of people have asked me why I started the company. The answer lies in my personal story, and I wanted to share it with you today. I was born in a small village in Turkey. My primary school was a one room schoolhouse where a single teacher tried her best to teach 5 different grades at... Continue reading »…

 

: Creating an Inclusive Online Classroom

2012-12-07 01:35:09

We don’t call on the first child to raise his hand As teachers we avoid calling on the first child who raises her hand, because when we do, we take away the other students’ chance to think. When the first child is called upon, all thinking stops and all the attention goes to the teacher, who declares the answer correct or incorrect.… Read the rest…

 

Udacity: Local NJ News Profiles Udacity High School Challenge Student

Local NJ News Profiles Udacity High School Challenge Student
2012-12-06 20:52:00

In case you missed the results of the High School Challenge.  Here’s a great recap from one of our winners in their local NJ news, the Freehold Patch: Freehold High School students win Udacity Challenge Congratulations again to the Freehold High School team who took 3rd place.  We are proud of this team who completed 750 units as a team.  We are honored that so many high school students participated and took this opportunity to further educate themselves beyond the traditional classroom.  In total, 2,591 students took courses and 14,862 units were completed.  This is a great accomplishment and we hope to see further engagement from those in high school looking to get college-ready.  Stay tuned for future challenges!

 

Learning Solutions Magazine: EMEA Reporter: Immersive Training in South Africa by Nic Laycock

EMEA Reporter: Immersive Training in South Africa by Nic Laycock
2012-12-06 06:01:00

Faced with an increasingly common situation in developing nations—economic growth that brings a huge influx of qualified but inexperienced professionals into a workforce that does not have enough experienced people to coach them—a South African electricity utility is innovating immersive simulations to give the new workers what they need. Here is their story.

 

Udemy: How to: Get Record Course Sales Your First 30 Days on Udemy

How to: Get Record Course Sales Your First 30 Days on Udemy
2012-12-06 04:21:25

Do you remember when you first published your Udemy course? When you clicked “Publish,” you probably experienced a moment of euphoria. Then, slowly, panic took over as you realized you had to figure out how to market and sell your course. At Udemy, we get to see behind the scenes of instructor course creation and promotion, and we put together tactics you can use during your first 30 days of promotion. We will continue growing this post as we see... Continue reading »…

 

Coursera: Professor Profile: Jim Fowler, Ohio State University

Professor Profile: Jim Fowler, Ohio State University
2012-12-06 00:46:00

Editor’s note: Professor Jim Fowler from the Ohio State University is teaching Calculus One. If you have never seen calculus before (but always wanted to) and have taken algebra at a high school level, this course is for you. We asked Professor Fowler to tell us a little more about his course and himself. You can sign-up for his January 7th courses here. Q: Tell us a bit about yourself. A:I’ve got a two year old, so I’m preparing to have the difficult conversation where I reveal that squares are, despite appearances, rectangles. Q: What course are you teaching? I’m teaching Calculus One. Q: What kinds students should be interested in your course? A:If you’ve never seen calculus before but you know some high school algebra, you should enroll right now. Calculus is beautiful, but it is also super useful. Numbers come up all the time, and calculus strengthens our intuition for those numbers. What’s the square root of 1,000,001? Why&rsqu…

 

Coursera: Coursera and your career

2012-12-04 19:15:00

People from around the world come to Coursera with professional aspirations in mind and some of our favorite e-mails have been from students who have used their courses to find new jobs. One student recently told us how the Gamification course helped him land a position with a gamification company. Another student, Dawn, accepted a communications position with the University of Illinois Cancer Center after completing Fundamentals of Pharmacology. She talked about the course content at length during the interview process and now uses her newfound knowledge regularly in her new position.With students like these in mind, we are developing Coursera Career Services, a recruiting service that connects passionate and committed Coursera students with positions that match their skills and interests.  If you opt-in to our Career Services, we will try to find companies that match your interests, skills and knowledge.  If you do well in a Coursera class and allow us to share that informa…

 

Learning Solutions Magazine: Nuts and Bolts: Content Becomes its Own Context by Jane Bozarth

Nuts and Bolts: Content Becomes its Own Context by Jane Bozarth
2012-12-04 06:01:00

Concepts sometimes map over from one field of human activity to another, and the result of the juxtaposition can be a better understanding of both fields. In this month’s column, Jane offers her review of a new book about the music business in which she found many parallels to the learning and development business, and the insights she gained.

 

Udemy: Object Oriented Programming: A Critical Approach

Object Oriented Programming: A Critical Approach
2012-12-04 05:45:08

These days if a programming language ain’t got that OOP, it ain’t worth a thing. Well, anyway, that’s how it sometimes seems. When I started programming back in the early 80’s hardly anyone had heard of OOP (Object Oriented Programming). When Byte magazine published a “Special Issue on Smalltalk” in 1981, the writers had to explain not only what object orientation was but also how a graphical user interface worked (most computers had text-based displays). They even had to give... Continue reading »…

 

Udemy: What is Object Oriented Programming: A Critical Approach

What is Object Oriented Programming: A Critical Approach
2012-12-04 05:45:08

These days if a programming language ain’t got that OOP, it ain’t worth a thing. Well, anyway, that’s how it sometimes seems. When I started programming back in the early 80’s hardly anyone had heard of OOP (Object Oriented Programming). When Byte magazine published a “Special Issue on Smalltalk” in 1981, the writers had to explain not only what object orientation was but also how a graphical user interface worked (most computers had text-based displays). They even had to give... Continue reading »…

 

Udemy: 5 Tips: How to Photograph Children

2012-12-03 23:05:40

Photographing children can be quite challenging especially if they are between the ages of one and four years old. Children at this age are usually uncooperative because they don’t want to sit still and have a very short attention span. I have been photographing children professionally for over ten years and have given up expecting them to pose in front of the camera. Okay, sometimes it works, but not without a lot of coaxing, bribing, and tearing your hair out.... Continue reading »…

 

Udemy: 5 Ways to Increase Your Intuition with Yoga and Meditation

2012-12-03 22:25:52

Intuition can sometimes get a bad rap. It’s got a reputation for being weird, woo-woo or strange. But intuition is simply a way of knowing — that’s available to everyone. Plus, we’re biologically hard-wired to be think and act intuitively. Most of us have a hard time remaining observant of our emotions and thoughts. Generally spiritual intuition seems to come on spontaneously, after we’ve developed our physical intuition and gotten to the point in our meditation practice where we feel... Continue reading »…

 

Udemy: How to Create a Website

2012-12-03 21:31:14

Many people get lost when it comes to creating a website. Where do I start? What do I need to learn? Am I coding this right? These are all common questions. If you’ve never written any code for a website and have no idea where to start or if you’ve written some code but don’t know what the next step is — don’t get discouraged! What you’re reading right now will help guide you through the web development process. Here’s... Continue reading »…

 

Udacity: Udacity November Updates

Udacity November Updates
2012-12-03 20:54:00

With November coming to an end, here’s a recap of a few things we announced in our monthly newsletter in case you missed it.  (To stay up to date on the latest Udacity news make sure you sign up!) To get a taste of what launched Udacity and the MOOC movement, we are bringing back the original AI course!  We have re-launched it with some new improvements and you now have a second chance to learn the fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence from Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig.  For a bit of history, we posted the back story on our blog last week. November has also been our month of working to continue to broaden access. We’ve made all of our courses available for download and updated our terms of service to match.  The goal of this is to help students who have restricted access to YouTube or have slow internet connections.  You can download courses here.  We have also signed with Amara to have 100% of our courses close captioned in English and m…

 

Learning Solutions Magazine: City & Guilds Acquires Kineo by News Editor

City & Guilds Acquires Kineo by News Editor
2012-12-03 06:01:00

City & Guilds, the UK’s leading vocational education organization, has acquired Kineo and Kineo’s share of Totara LMS.

 

Learning Solutions Magazine: Selecting a Digital Curation Tool by David Kelly

Selecting a Digital Curation Tool by David Kelly
2012-12-03 06:01:00

Digital curation—filtering content from many online resources in a way that adds value through organization and tagging—is an increasingly important practice for workplace learning professionals. What tools are available to make digital curation a less labor-intensive practice, and how do you choose the right one? Here is a short guide to solving this puzzle.

 

OLI. Carnegie Mellon University: OLI Anatomy & Physiology Faculty Webinars

2012-11-30 13:09:19

OLI is inviting all faculty who are involved in teaching anatomy and physiology to join us in a conversation about delivering this challenging subject matter in their institutions. The call will include faculty who have been involved in the development ……