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I don’t write anymore, I sketch #sketchnote

I don’t write anymore, I sketch #sketchnote | Free Education | Scoop.it
A couple of months ago I had one of those ‘ah ha’ moments I should have had 25+ years ago at school. I have never been good at taking notes. Never.
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We are all moving to visual communication and other rapid means of communication.

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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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MOOC Market: 2015 expected to be a pivotal year according to research.

MOOC or Massive Open Online Courses are online educational courses which can be accessed by unlimited number of students. These are provided by private ...
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The full study is a market research study priced at about $ 1600. But significant data are provided to encourage buyers.

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Best Free MOOCs In Business For October

Best Free MOOCs In Business For October | Free Education | Scoop.it
You had to know the time was coming. The proposition always seemed too good to be true. Free courses taught by renowned faculty? How could they afford that?
Indeed, MOOCs democratized higher education.
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Truly amazing. More education is available, faster, and with more career impact than ever before.  MOOC education is racing forward with course sequences and focus that better prepares folks to earn a higher salary, obtain better jobs, and grow personally.  Is traditional education capable or likely to catch up with the wave of improved learning outcomes and career success?

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The Next Generation Social LMS Infographic

The Next Generation Social LMS Infographic | Free Education | Scoop.it
5 Features That Define The Next Generation Social LMS
Social learning has been in existence for ages now. Inherently, man’s basic desire is to observe, learn, and share.
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A defining and differentiating feature of educational technology is the evaluative element that has grown from our attitude about technical advance. We evaluate, assess, and improve.  Clearly, assessing improvements in learning outcomes has not been central to higher education.  It will take a while, but widespread recognition of the superiority of MOOCs  over traditional university education will take time.

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A College Without Classes

A College Without Classes | Free Education | Scoop.it
MANCHESTER, Mich.—Had Daniella Kippnick followed in the footsteps of the hundreds of millions of students who have earned university degrees in the past millennium, she might be slumping in a lecture hall somewhere while a professor droned.
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Competency Based education can result in a degree from a mojor university (Purdue, U of Michigan, and others) for approximately $5,000 per year.  I'm convinced that an industrious student could finish the BS requirements in a year, resulting in a $5,000 BS.  More and less costly alternatives will emerge.

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The Case for Mobile Learning Infographic

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The Case for Mobile Learning Infographic
The Case for Mobile Learning Infographic presents provides interesting mobile usage statistics and stats on where mobile devices are being use as well as where learners prefer to use them.
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With the dizzying evolution of learning, mobile learning is making progress as rapidly as any learning segment and faster than most. This infographic provides truly impressive numbers.

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Millennials Who Are Thriving Financially Have One Thing in Common

Millennials Who Are Thriving Financially Have One Thing in Common | Free Education | Scoop.it
Millions of America’s young people are really struggling financially. Around 30 percent are living with their parents, and many others are coping with stagnant wages, underemployment, and sky-high rent.
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unless we disrupt higher education and provide better, more cheaply (read that as widespread adoption of MOOCs,) home ownership will be for the very few children of ultra-rich parents.  Crippling college debt is already impacting marriage, childbearing, home ownership, business formation, and other activities dependent upon personal financial circumstances.  How can we put a quick end to the college rip-off of exorbitant student debt, useless degrees -- for many of the 50% that achieve any degree for their indebtedness.

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Pros and Cons of Open Source LMSs Infographic

Pros and Cons of Open Source LMSs Infographic
Open source software is disrupting the world of enterprise software.
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Soon, we'll all have our personal LMS to guide our careers and interests.

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4 eLearning Trends To Watch Infographic

4 eLearning Trends To Watch Infographic
Online options are growing, and the classroom format is changing to incorporate the technology.
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the four trends of Big Data, Customization, Entertainment, and Mobile are certain to influence future education, but there are many more. Information compression and other acceleration of information dissemination and acquisition is one that is not yet widely recognized. BUt, the 'killer' trend is -- FREE!  The cost of acquiring knowledge is spiraling downward and were it is not yet all free, it is affordable for millions previously excluded.

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Leading the Learning Revolution Infographic

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Leading the Learning Revolution Infographic
There is a Math Crisis in the United States. Early math skills are the number one predictor of later academic success, yet less than half of students are proficient in math.
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There is a Math Crisis in the United States. Early math skills are the number one predictor of later academic success, yet less than half of students are proficient in math.  And traditional education is the culprit. The excitement, engagement, and excellence of all kinds of eLearning are the emerging answers.  Leave it up to the kids, and they will solve this national problem.

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Traditional Training vs the Bite Size Approach Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

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The Traditional Training vs the Bite Size Approach Infographic explains why Microlearning is the training solution for employees’ shrinking attention spans!
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MOOC providers have evolved substantially in the three years since they burst on the scene.  Obsolescence of skills and knowledge is accelerating.  MicroLearning has been effectively adopted with the shorter videos, and the ability to turn on closed captions and run the videos at 2X.  And, the MOOC universe has been supplemented with microLearning where the entire subject or a practical subset can be conveyed in minutes.

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Study provides foundation for the future of digital higher education

Study provides foundation for the future of digital higher education | Free Education | Scoop.it
The study supports previously published research that has found online learning to be equally or more effective than in-person instruction.
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When an approach equals or exceeds century old practices one must take notice.  The good news is that eLearning comes with Big Data and facilitates rapid improvement and evolution. Digital learning is inextricably intertwined with the data that allows in-depth analytics. Improved learning outcomes, individually tailored learning, cost efficiency, and time flexibility are but a few of the advantages that eLearning enjoys. 

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How to Master Microlearning Infographic

How to Master Microlearning Infographic
The Fortune 500 and other cutting-edge companies are using microlearning to change the way they approach training and development.
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Microlearning will be an unbelievable force.  One can learn exactly what is needed for the task at hand and apply it immediately. Need to automate an Excel operation that you do frequently?  http://www.excel-easy.com/vba/create-a-macro.html And, there are tens of thousands of microlearning possibilities priced right -- FREE. 

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Why Pay When You Can Get The MBA For Free?

Why Pay When You Can Get The MBA For Free? | Free Education | Scoop.it
Coursera’s homepage
The University of Illinois’ College of Business at Urbana-Champaign did the unthinkable this week. It agreed to put the entire MBA curriculum of a new and innovative program online for free.
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Do you want the piece of parchment paper that no one ever asks for anyway? If not, you can take the complete MBA degree in 18 or more separate courses at no cost whatsoever. So the big question is why wouldn’t students just take the program for free, put it on their resume, and say—very justifiably—that they have an MBA education? Believe me, they will.  Employers do and will increasingly measure the results obtained by each new hire and value those hires based on their contribution to company success rather than on academic credentials. 

There is no question that elite schools, through their admissions process, act as a filter.  Employers can somewhat rely on employee quality by recruiting from the elite universities.  Evolving recruitment strategies will find ways to assess potential hires who claim preparation by means other than attending those universities.  Testing will help with skills assessment. Ways to judge soft skills will improve, but most of all, success in the work place will be the credential for advancement or moving to a new employer.

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MIT Intros MOOC 'Micro-Master's' - Campus Technology

MIT Intros MOOC 'Micro-Master's' - Campus Technology | Free Education | Scoop.it
There's the master's degree. And then there's the "micro-master's." That's what MIT is calling its new "modular credential," which will have no admissions requirements.
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How can employers help but take notice of an MIT micro-masters?  And, what a bargain it is for a young person's career.

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Reading: Open Badge’s and MOOCs #openbadges

Reading: Open Badge’s and MOOCs #openbadges | Free Education | Scoop.it
Badges continue to interest me, and the development of open badges in online courses and commercial/corporate settings seems to be gaining momentum?
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College degrees may be of decreasing value to employers, and hence to careers.  Can the emerging Open Badges movement be more useful to employers in finding appropriate candidates for jobs needs to being fulfilled?

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The Talent Gap: College Grads Are Not Getting the Skills Employers Want

The Talent Gap: College Grads Are Not Getting the Skills Employers Want | Free Education | Scoop.it
 
About a third of all jobs in America require a college degree. Large numbers of people are going to college — over 23 million will be enrolled in college by 2020 — but there’s a big gap between what they’re learning and what employers want.
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The critical failure of traditional higher education to produce graduates that meet the needs of employers is being directly addresses by eLearning providers such as MOOC platforms and others.  A great reference is https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/08/14/group-seven-major-universities-seeks-offer-online-microcredentials

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Online Training is Green Infographic

Online Training is Green Infographic | Free Education | Scoop.it
Online Training is Green Infographic
Everyone is trying to save money and help the environment. But did you know that eLearning saves not only the the environment, but money and increases learner’s content retention!
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It hadn't occurred to me that eLearning has positive environmental impact.  Is there really any aspect of learning in which eLearning doesn't excel, including learning outcomes?  Perhaps the green aspect of eLearning will merely be the frosting on the cake as the powerful knowledge dissemination will make many of us more environmentally conscious and  equip us to do something about the environmental problems we face.

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Coursera, Apple, and the future of global higher education - Inside Higher Ed (blog)

Coursera, Apple, and the future of global higher education - Inside Higher Ed (blog) | Free Education | Scoop.it

I"Apple would make a long-term commitment to underwriting a full portfolio of best-of-breed courses, with less pressures on short-term revenue models to support open ..."

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Via Leona Ungerer
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Interesting article, but the author may have missed the boat entirely.  It is nice to be benevolent, but there is a commercial opportunity to drive online learning that dwarfs other purposes of learning.  Employment will be the driver of learning, and eLearning will play a greater and greater role in recruiting, career development, retention, and every other aspect of employment.

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How to Build a Better Digital Book

How to Build a Better Digital Book | Free Education | Scoop.it
It was, she remembered, the first standing ovation she ever received as a librarian.
Laura Fleming was working at an elementary school in River Edge, New Jersey, a tiny, suburban school district across the river from Manhattan.
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Amazing that books have moved slowly to take advantage of digital potential.  Here is a discussion of children's books with some exciting digital extensions.  I've long desired technical books that did such things as hold an illustration visible while it was the subject of the text, interactive calculations that would allow in depth consideration as the reader considered the implications, etc. 

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How Twitter can be used for informal personal learning?

How Twitter can be used for informal personal learning? | Free Education | Scoop.it
I joined Twitter in January 2008 and in the last 6 years, 4 months, and 7 days since my first tweet I have made or posted nearly 33,000 tweets!
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YES!

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The Value of Organizational Learning Infographic

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The Value of Organizational Learning Infographic
How do you gauge the business impact of organizational learning programs? What are the main obstacles encountered when linking learning programs and business outcomes?
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As the lines blur between school, work, entertainment, and leisure, no single 'model' will be a one-for-one replacement of the institutions and organizational arrangements we have today. Hiring people to educate them will be one concept. Consider this scenario: hire an employee to increase diversity, match them with a mentor as an assistant (or apprentice), expect them to be productive 75% of the time and in targeted training 25% of the time.  In less than 6 months you would probably have an employee well-suited for their job and the company would reap the benefits diversity brings.  


Most importantly, the employee would not accumulate school debt that might be a lifetime constraint. 

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Traditional Training vs the Bite Size Approach Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

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The Traditional Training vs the Bite Size Approach Infographic explains why Microlearning is the training solution for employees’ shrinking attention spans!
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The information in this infographic has profound implications for education, corporate training, life-long-learning, and every other aspect of knowledge acquisition. Available, excellent, and very specific learning will dwarf other forms of knowledge acquisition.

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The Best Free Educational Websites for Kids Infographic

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The Best Free Educational Websites for Kids Infographic
The Best Free Educational Websites for Kids Infographic presents the top website where kids can have fun and learn all at the same time!
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Many of these sites are for young kids. The infographic concept could be applied fruitfully to the many personas of MOOC users: elementary, secondary, recent HS graduates, career-changers, retired, and those seeking career advancement. Then, an infographic can be created to guide us to the correct infographic.

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The ROI of Social Learning Infographic

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The ROI of Social Learning Infographic
Eighty percent of learning takes place through on-the-job interactions with peers, experts, and managers, according to Bersin and Associates.
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Seminar providers are finding it harder and harder to sell their services. This infographic won't be encouraging. Learning from each other is clearly powerful, but I'd love to see the infographic of learning together the content that needs to be learned by all -- that instance where needed learning isn't already mastered by a peer.  Not only can we learn more faster now, but our rate of improvement as learners is increasing.

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Can Starbucks Salvage the American Dream?

Can Starbucks Salvage the American Dream? | Free Education | Scoop.it
What it's actually like to pay your way through college as a barista.
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There is too much to say about Arizona State University's "credit for MOOCs" initiative.  Starbuck's support for employees finishing their degrees in certainly one thing.  

One advantage of a MOOC education is that grade inflation does not benefit the provider.  Many college degrees are virtually worthless, or hazardous to your career! Why? Because most colleges hesitate to flunk non-performers and forfeit the collection of additional tuition and fees.  Perhaps it is heresy to expect MOOC learning to be more rigorous than traditional colleges, so call me a heretic. 

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