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edX partnering with two Massachusetts community colleges to “Take the learning to the learners" from Harvard and MIT to community colleges.
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Just getting a job in this economy is difficult enough. Getting one with a liberal arts degree is simply masochistic. Don't spend half a decade and thousands of dollars only to join the rest of the English majors busking in a subway.
The platform, called Class2Go, allows professors the flexibility to incorporate other online tools and to conduct research as they teach.
The newest member of the family of platforms hosting online university courses was formally presented in society last week. Its name is Class2Go, and its proud parents are a team of eight engineers at Stanford's Computer Science Department.
Academic Earth offers free access to video courses and academic lectures from leading colleges and universities.
One of the world’s largest funders of science the Wellcome Trust, the largest non-governmental funder of medical research after the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is now behind a growing campaign to break the stranglehold of academic journals and allow all research papers to be shared online.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Anant Agarwal has been named director of a new unit of MIT created to advance the school’s online-learning initiative. Agarwal will soon step down as director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory to devote himself more fully to the online learning unit with the working title Open Learning Enterprise. He will continue to lead CSAIL until a successor is identified by Ian Waitz, dean of the school of engineering.
"The development of the capabilities needed to make MITx a reality will require substantial ongoing effort," MIT Provost L. Rafael Reif said. "Professor Agarwal's initial goals are the rapid organization of the enterprise, the rapid development of a technology platform for online courses and the development of high-quality MITx subjects.
What Blackboard has done is position itself to grow its list of services and extend the shelf life for its current LMS customers (especially the ones that were slowly edging their way towards another LMS) while shoring up its client base and reach.
In order for educators to teach kids, they need something to teach. Exactly what it is that educators should teach has often been discussed and continues to be the focus of ongoing discussions for ...
"A decade into the new century we have a new way to deliver content. The internet not only delivers text, but allows it to be manipulated, transformed, evaluated, analyzed, merged with video and audio, created, and published. This goes way beyond that which could be accomplished by the printed textbook."
Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators.
Rice University's Connexions project is about to make it cheaper to attend college by publishing free textbooks online for five of the nation's most-attended undergraduate courses. If Connexions' new OpenStax College captures even 10 percent of the market for these first five courses, 1 million college students in the United States will save in excess of $90 million over the next five years. The initiative, which is backed by the Hewlett Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the 20 Million Minds Foundation and the Maxfield Foundation, will publish introductory physics and sociology books in March and three more titles this fall.
Learning today happens everywhere, not just in the classroom. But it's often difficult to get recognition for skills and achievements that happen outside of school. Mozilla's Open Badges project is working to solve that problem, making it easy for anyone to issue, earn and display badges across the web -- through a shared infrastructure that's free and open to all.
The result: helping learners everywhere display 21st century skills, unlock career and educational opportunities, and level up in their life and work. Learn more.
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American Universities are offering education to the world at no cost other than the time and attention of the learners. Those with the hunger and the horsepower have a way to feed their minds.
MIT today announced the launch of an online learning initiative internally called “MITx.” MITx will offer a portfolio of MIT courses through an online interactive learning platform that will:
organize and present course material to enable students to learn at their own pace
feature interactivity, online laboratories and student-to-student communication
allow for the individual assessment of any student’s work and allow students who demonstrate their mastery of subjects to earn a certificate of completion awarded by MITx
operate on an open-source, scalable software infrastructure in order to make it continuously improving and readily available to other educational institutions.
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The material that you can access through this website is intended to help students develop their use of digital technologies in their studies. The materials have been selected from the best OER available and cover the following learning topics:
*Developing Digital Literacies
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*Ethics, Rights and Intellectual Property
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I should state before I even get started on this post, that I am a big advocate of openness; I have managed a JISC-funded project on OER and am currently researching aspects of the 'movement'. However, this is the first post in a series that I'm calling 'Sceptic Week' (a few posts that will critically reflect upon and question movements that I fully support). So, without further ado, this post will question two common tenets: mainstreaming and sustaining...
CAMBRIDGE, MA, February 29, 2012 – MIT OpenCourseWare and textbook publisher Flat World Knowledge have teamed up to provide free, high-quality textbooks to learners accessing OCW’s innovative OCW Scholar courses. This is among the first collaborations between an OpenCourseWare publisher and an open textbook publisher and highlights the growing opportunity for open education efforts to reinforce one another in creating rich learning experiences
Each of these textbooks is now available under a CC-BY license, and the authors are receiving a $20,000 award for each accepted textbook.
By Steve Kolowich in Inside Higher Ed
Summary in Carnegie Perspectives
"In a turn that shocked many in the higher ed tech world, the e-learning giant Blackboard on Monday announced that it has acquired two companies that provide support to Moodle, the leading open-source alternative to Blackboard’s proprietary online learning platform. As part of a raft of announcements, the company said it has bought Moodlerooms, a major open-source support provider in North America, and NetSpot, which serves a similar role for Moodle users in Australia."
Why Be Open?David WileyInstructional Psychology & Technology Brigham Young University...
Dr. David Wiley is Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University. He is also the Chief Openness Officer of Flat World Knowledge and Founder and board member of the Open High School of Utah. He was formerly Associate Professor of Instructional Technology and Director of the Center for Open and Sustainable Learning at Utah State University.
The writers envision a time when students access an entire college education online. But which model will prevail?
We talk a lot about 21st century skills in education. One skill that comes with learning to think, learn, and teach online is the ability to cope with change in a creative way. Are those of us learning to work online actually gaining 21st Century Survival Skills? ~Dennis
BadgeStack is an innovative system with a game-like approach that assesses skills, recognizes learner achievement, sparks community, and excites learners of all ages.
BadgeStack recognizes achievements that usually go unrecognized when learning happens outside of traditional venues and settings. It's rare to get official acknowledgment for the things we do every day, like: learning from or helping peers in a favorite online community, picking up or sharing new skills during an online conference or workshop, or working with others to solve real-world problems in a multiplayer online game. BadgeStack changes that
This is a mother lode of free courses offered online by many of the top universities in the country. Mostly video archives of lectures which isn't the most effective or interesting way to learn. Still, great teachers with teaching stories, from top universities shouldn't be missed.
After all, folks around the world have this access. Hungry minds will find a way to learn. ~ Dennis
Moodle is the popular open source Learning Management System (LMS) that has taken the training market by storm in recent years. The Elearning Guild LMS Survey in 2010 showed that of the top 3 LMS applications (Moodle, Blackboard and TotalLMS), Moodle had the highest satisfaction ratings for ease of installation, cost, reporting capabilities, time to implement, living up to vendor promises and assessment capabilities.
However, in evaluating Moodle the newcomer could easily become confused by a proliferation of releases: Moodle 1.9 or Moodle 2, various distributions such as Totara and Joule, and packages called Moodle Flavours which comprise standard Moodle with the author's favourite plug-ins. So where do you start if you’re considering a Moodle implementation? If you’re not sure whether to use Standard Moodle, a Moodle Distribution or a Moodle Flavour, then this article is for you