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A Surge in Growth for a New Kind of Online Course - NYTimes.com

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Mainline article without much new, but good read

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Articles about the evolution, availability, and popularity of MOOCs and other movements to contain the costs of college and make education more career-relevant. iHire.com
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Open Educational Resources and Creative Commons

Open Educational Resources and Creative Commons | Free Education | Scoop.it

Eliademy started with a mission to democratize education with technology. How do you democratize education on a global scale? There are multiple paths that one can take but some basics need to be there. One of them is the availability…

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Lots of information about Open Resources and pleas for all of us to make resources widely available.  A very worth-while endeavour. 

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Here’s What Will Truly Change Higher Education: Online Degrees That Are Seen as Official

Here’s What Will Truly Change Higher Education: Online Degrees That Are Seen as Official | Free Education | Scoop.it
With information technology poised to transform degrees, students will be able to acquire credentials at a fraction of today’s costs.
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A good summary article that looks at the ways of credentialing MOOC and other non-traditional education approaches.  Open Badges and related credentials are discussed.

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The Man Who Snuck Into the Ivy League Without Paying a Thing

The Man Who Snuck Into the Ivy League Without Paying a Thing | Free Education | Scoop.it
If you want to start taking classes at an Ivy League university unenrolled and undetected, says Guillaume Dumas, a 28-year-old Canadian, start with big lecture courses.
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Amusing anecdote,  but with a germ of interest.  Knowledge can be freely attained, credentials are more difficult and are raise exciting, evolving, complex issues.  A more comprehensive look at 'dropping in' to college courses is included in the book: Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar: Self-Education and the Pursuit of Passion.  MOOCs are a more legitimate, and probably ultimately more useful, means of gaining the knowledge.  But, the aspects of college not easily included in a MOOC education can largely be gained by the BUccaneer scholor approach.

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Wharton Using MOOCs To Recruit MBAs | Poets and Quants - Part 2

Wharton Using MOOCs To Recruit MBAs | Poets and Quants - Part 2 | Free Education | Scoop.it
Will invite top 50 MOOC students to apply
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By now not surprisingly, MOOCs are turning out to be great recruitment tools for the elite Universities and Business Schools.  More importantly, they are spreading enormous amounts of knowledge widely, and driving down the cost of acquiring even the most coveted of credentials, a Stanford, Wharton, or Harvard MBA!

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Getting Credit for What You Know

Getting Credit for What You Know | Free Education | Scoop.it
College wasn’t right for Daniel Gamez when he first tried it as a recent high school graduate nearly two decades ago. The Texas economy was booming; he was in a hurry to start working.
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Welcome to the world of competency-based alternative credentials, sometimes known as occupational certifications. According to the Census Bureau, some 5 percent of American adults hold occupational certifications. And alternative credentialing is poised to transform American education—driving students and employers in many fields to focus on outcomes and competency, rather than seat time and institutional prestige.

The National Association of Manufacturers is now an ardent champion of the idea, as are the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, and the National Network of Business and Industry Associations, a new consortium whose members are expected to create 75 percent of the jobs coming online in the next five years.

Eight percent (8%) of companies now use MOOCs for staff development, projected to be 27% in 2016.  The familiar innovation adoption curve can easily be constructed to predict 50% adoption and ultimately adoption by all but the laggards.  As credentialing concurrently accelerates, the opportunity to prepare well and inexpensively for high-paying jobs will be available to everyone, youth, middle-aged career changers, and even older workers to quickly prepare for a well-paying job.

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Top eLearning Stats and Facts For 2015 Infographic

The Top eLearning Statistics And Facts For 2015 Infographic To find out more please visit: The Top eLearning Statistics and Facts For 2015 You Need To Know Countless reports, surveys, and studies have shown that eLearning industry isn’t showing any...
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How Online Education Can Save You Money Infographic

How Online Education Can Save You Money Infographic
A college education is a must. While there are many brick-and-mortar institutions, a degree from one could cost you more in the end.
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Simple infographic to compare costs of Online, Public, and Private University costs.  MOOCs were conveniently omitted.  The challenge is to compare the value of the various forms of education.  If an education obtained from universities now is of more value than a MOOC education, it won't be for long.  Educating oneself by duplicating a university curriculum with MOOC study is probably a greater accomplishment than obtaining most college degrees.  Beyond knowledge, it demonstrates discipline, determination, and preparation for life-long-learning. 

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The Genius of Obama's Two-Year College Proposal

The Genius of Obama's Two-Year College Proposal | Free Education | Scoop.it
On Friday, President Obama traveled to Tennessee to propose that community college be free for all Americans willing to work hard—just as elementary and secondary schooling has long been universally free to students.
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It is easy to focus on MOOCs and other eLearning when the subject is FREE education.  But now, there is an exciting development shaping up -- FREE community college for everyone. Tennessee is leading the way and, hopefully, the rest of the country will get onboard. In Tennessee,almost 90 percent of graduating high school seniors have signed up for its new universal community-college program.  While this article is somewhat unfocused, there is helpful information contained. 

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Blended Learning: A Disruptive Innovation [INFOGRAPHIC] #edtech #edutech

Blended Learning: A Disruptive Innovation [INFOGRAPHIC] #edtech #edutech | Free Education | Scoop.it
Check out this in-depth infographic all about Blended Learning. Learn what it is, why it's spreading, and how it works in real and virtual classrooms.
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This infographic is an excellent summary of blended learning and it's growing popularity.

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Fascinating growth of number of people enrolled in college.  Although switching from counting High School Grads to Total Students Enrolled probably distorts the numbers badly, the 20 million enrolled is staggering when compared to the 1.3 million in 1960 and the approximately 15% growth through the 1980s.

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Enter the GROOC: Better Than a MOOC?

Enter the GROOC: Better Than a MOOC? | Free Education | Scoop.it
Now we can call a MOOC for what it is: Missed Opportunity for Online Collaboration.
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An effort to get peer-learning into MOOC world will be initiated in the Fall of this year.  We'll see lots more of these types of effort to provide some of the elements of traditional higher education added to the MOOC movement.  Whether or not they are re-named, great strides will be made to strengthen eLearning. I hope that they all succeed.

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7 great MOOCs for techies -- all free, starting soon!

7 great MOOCs for techies -- all free, starting soon! | Free Education | Scoop.it
To keep up in the world of high tech, IT pros must be constantly refining their existing skills and picking up new ones along the way. These seven free online courses can help.
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As everything accelerates, it is great to have a synthesis of trends and advice to keep up.

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The Science of Attention in eLearning Infographic

The Science of Attention in eLearning Infographic | Free Education | Scoop.it
The Science of Attention in eLearning Infographic
Attention refers to the capability of the brain to choose one aspect on which to concentrate while ignoring everything else in the environment.
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News fkash!

The less engaging the course the more difficult it is for students to hold their attention. And,

People do not pay attention when information is boring or presented in an uninteresting way.

Student reviews should help weed out those MOOCs that don’t recognize the above truths.  Data collected by the MOOC platforms will play a role, perhaps even a greater tole in improving attention-capture.

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Pursuing The Equivalent Of An MBA For Free | Poets and Quants

Pursuing The Equivalent Of An MBA For Free | Poets and Quants | Free Education | Scoop.it
Laurie Pickard has already completed 20 B-school courses and exceeded a typical MBA curriculum for virtually free
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Here is an update on an exciting person. The good news is that she will be making the No-Pay-MBA widely available.   Pickard plans to offer a No-Pay MBA community and support package, including a handbook, a regularly updated course guide, a course checklist, support networks, a digital credential, and a web presence where No-MBAs can present their work to potential employers. Go Laurie!

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8 Reasons Why Open Badges Are Awesome Infographic

8 Reasons Why Open Badges Are Awesome Infographic | Free Education | Scoop.it
8 Reasons Why Open Badges Are Awesome Infographic
Are you looking for a fresh approach to recognising your learners skills? Open Badges is a program by Mozilla that issues digital badges to recognize skills and achievements.
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Open badges may well be the key employment credentials in the coming decades.  Clear representation of one's skills, knowledge and credentials will allow employers to more quickly and accurately select potential new hires. The challenge is to assure that they are robust and actually represent the capability that they indicate.

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Harvard Pitching MBA Admits At Rival Schools

Harvard Pitching MBA Admits At Rival Schools | Free Education | Scoop.it
Bharat N. Anand, faculty chair of HBX, tapes a CORe session on accounting
Harvard Business School is now positioning its online program of business basics to MBA admits at rival schools as a pre-MBA boot camp experience.
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Kindergarten for incoming MBA student attending other-than Harvard, and for incoming Harvard MBA students.  It costs $ 1,500 and provides preparation for students that haven't worked in positions that readied them for an MBA program. 

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Reading: Learner engagement in MOOCs | Technology Enhanced Learning Blog

Reading: Learner engagement in MOOCs | Technology Enhanced Learning Blog | Free Education | Scoop.it
MOOCs – 9 points on what I like, and what I don’t
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Written from the perspective of a MOOC student and a MOOC developer, this discussion points the direction of MOOC development.  MOOCs will increasingly serve the purposes of a wide range of users, from register only, to consuming selective content, to those wishing career impact and everything in between.

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Higher Education Is Not a Mixtape

Higher Education Is Not a Mixtape | Free Education | Scoop.it
Will higher education go the way of music albums and cable TV? Is it inevitable that the Internet will break apart degrees and colleges? Some entrepreneurs think so. Fortunately, they are wrong.
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You can only connect the dots backwards.  You can't connect the dots if the dots haven;t yet appeared.  Desperate arguments that colleges and universities needn't change can't even see the changes needed to survive.  MOOCs and other forms of learning will facilitate life-success (employment, intellectual curiosity and satisfaction, and life-long-learning) as universities have not and cannot.  It will be obvious looking back. 

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Smart, Low-Income Students Who Shun Good Colleges

Smart, Low-Income Students Who Shun Good Colleges | Free Education | Scoop.it
When asked in a research survey why he didn’t apply to a selective U.S.
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It’s Never Too Late to Learn Infographic

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It’s Never Too Late to Learn Infographic
Ever since the 19th century, when education was first standardized, learning in popular imagination is highly connected to age.
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This is great.  At age 75 I assure you that I've learned more (and taken more courses) since MOOCs emerged three years ago than I did in undergraduate school, and two master's.  Courses are simply much more convenient, available, and understandable.  And, they are free or ridiculously inexpensive.

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Understanding the Building Blocks of Online Learning:

Understanding the Building Blocks of Online Learning: | Free Education | Scoop.it
Through the writings and research of pre-eminent online learning expert, Dr. Tony Bates (Instalment 1 of an 8 part series)
For almost 50 years, Tony Bates has been a consistent, persistent and inf
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Online learning is the key to a successful response to the drivers of change in post-secondary education. It has the capacity to be responsive to a wide range of learning needs and can be offered at unprecedented levels of scale, unconstrained by time and place and offering great cost-effectiveness.

MOOCs facilitate requisite career skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, independent learning, ability to work in a variety of contexts, to work in teams and to navigate cultural differences, exceeding traditional colleges and universities in scope and learning outcomes.

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Blended Learning Explained Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Blended Learning Explained Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Free Education | Scoop.it
The Blended Learning Explained Infographic provides the current state of blended learning across U.S. and 4 models of blended learning implementation.
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The low cost of MOOC learning can be integrated into other types of learning environments.  The wealth and diversity of ways to learn makes learning learning alternatives available and may well reach far more students.

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How to Get a Free Education Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

How to Get a Free Education Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Free Education | Scoop.it
The How to Get a Free Education Infographic takes a look at alternative ways to become educated for free!
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Yes, more and more people are racing to FREE education.  And, employers are embracing it in hiring, training, and strengthening their workforce in many ways.  Competition among for-profit, not-for-profit universities and companies, are driving learning outcomes up, utility of the acquired education, and personal satisfaction to ever higher levels.  The rate of change will only increase and positively impact each of us favorably.  Thanks for a nice summary infographic.

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Universities offering MOOCs doubled in 2014

Universities offering MOOCs doubled in 2014 | Free Education | Scoop.it
The number of massive open online courses continued to grow in 2014, and the number of universities offering them doubled.
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The process of acceptance of MOOC credentials will have many hills and valleys.   And, one of the ways entrenched interests always tries to stave off innovative challenges is to co-opt the challenge.  It is a predictable thing that Universities would try to take advantage of MOOCs to sustain their business model.  But, in the long run, it will be the best teachers preparing MOOCs, students taking them, and employers valuing them.  Some universities will adapt and play an important role.  Others won't.

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Coding Bootcamps Emerge as Fast Tracks to 6 Figure Salaries - Mind/Shift

Coding Bootcamps Emerge as Fast Tracks to 6 Figure Salaries - Mind/Shift | Free Education | Scoop.it

"Marlon Frausto is in pursuit of the new American dream. Just a few weeks ago he left his job, in Hispanic marketing for the legal industry, and moved to San Francisco.

Every day he wakes at 5:30 a.m., commutes 45 minutes by train, and studies until 9 or 10 at night. He’s spending down his savings and says he’s getting help from “my loving family.”

At age 26, Frausto has gone back to school. Sort of. He’s enrolled in a brand-new kind of trade school: the immersive web-development program, also known as a “coder boot camp.” These programs promise, for several thousand dollars, to take people like Frausto and, in a manner of weeks, turn them into job-ready web developers."


Via John Evans
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Why are boot camps preferable to MOOC education? Structure, peer interaction, help with the soft side of employment, and perhaps job placement assistance.  How can these be provided to supplement MOOCs without a $ 12,000 cost to the student?

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