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Queen Rania Foundation Launches Edraak, a MOOC Portal for the Arab World (edX blog)

Queen Rania Foundation Launches Edraak, a MOOC Portal for the Arab World (edX blog) | Free Education | Scoop.it
Queen Rania Foundation Launches Edraak, a MOOC Portal for the Arab World Anant Agarwal, edX CEO | 05.19.2014 This past November, we were honored to host Her Majesty Queen Rania al Abdullah of Jorda...
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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

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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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How a Total Learning Strategy Complements A 70:20:10 Framework Infographic

How a Total Learning Strategy Complements A 70:20:10 Framework Infographic | Free Education | Scoop.it
How a Total Learning Strategy Complements A 70:20:10 Framework Using the latest data from the 2014 Towards Maturity benchmark report and the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, this infographic shows how the total learning system...
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Ten percent of learning is from formal courses, twenty percent from your peers, and seventy percent is experiential.  Clearly, an employers desire to hire candidates with relevant experience is well founded.  And, while MOOCs are low-cost, they pale in comparison to gaining knowledge on the job and from your peers.  It isn't expensive -- in fact you are paid for obtaining that education.  And, the more you learn, the more you are paid.

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Higher Education’s New Normal Infographic

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Higher Education’s New Normal Infographic
Many things have changed in higher education over the past 3 decades.
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The new normal is clearly loaded with eLearning and we haven't adjusted to MOOCs (which aren't singled out in the infographic.) What would be interesting would be the 'next normal.' Will the basic courses, english, calculus, biology, physics, disappear from colleges and universities?  Will employer interest in specific educational content (such as a series of MOOCs) that result in in-depth, job relevant, knowledge acquisition) displace the BA or even the BS?  And, will students turn to those low-cost and sought-after credentials that a student can obtain to quickly start and shape their career success?

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Massive Open Online Courses Infographic

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Massive Open Online Courses Infographic
MOOC (noun) – Massive Open Online Course, a term used to describe web technologies that have enabled educators to create virtual classrooms of thousands of students.
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An infographic formatted update on the highlights on MOOCs today.  The field of higher education will see massive and constant change in the near future, and MOOCs will continue to play a major role in its rapid evolution.

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Top 10 eLearning Trends For 2015 Infographic

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10 eLearning Trends to Follow in 2015 Infographic
10 eLearning Trends to Follow in 2015 Infographic shows elearning professionals what to follow in the coming year.
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Excellent list, but I suspect that one was to obvious for inclusion: Greater speed in acquiring information -- I'll clarify after list included:

10 eLearning Trends to Follow in 2015 Infographic

1. Big Data

2. Gamification

3. Personalized Learning

4. Mobile Learning

5. Focus on Return-on-Investment

6. APIs

7. Automation

8. Augmented Learning

9. Corporate MOOCS

10. Rise of cloud LMS


I strongly endorse 1,2,3,4,9, and 10.  Not on the list, is the emerging compression of information and its dissemination.  The infographic is a prime example, but so is the ability to watch lectures a 1.5X, 2X, and even faster.  Most students with whom I interact speed up lectures substantially, and emerging graphic representations provide potent trends in education.

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Why eLearning Is The Most Effective Method Of Training Employees Infographic

Why eLearning Is The Most Effective Method Of Training Employees Infographic | Free Education | Scoop.it
Why eLearning Is The Most Effective Method Of Training Employees Infographic
Take a look at this infographic to better understand why eLearning is the most effective method of training employees.
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eLearning is making it big in corporate training, and the results are coming in.  Facts like 26% more revenue per employee are enough to cause any CEO, CFO, shareholder, or manager to take notice and seek to obtain those benefits for their organization.  With no financial incentive like the obscene profitability of for-profit (and usurious non-profit) universities, there is little advertising push behind MOOCs that are at the leading edge of eLearning.  The sheer weight of benefit will prevail. 

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Coursera

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Take free online classes from 80+ top universities and organizations. Coursera is a social entrepreneurship company partnering with Stanford University, Yale University, Princeton University and others around the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. We believe in connecting people to a great education so that anyone around the world can learn without limits.
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Moocs are moving to supplant the traditional college degree.  While there are some excellent degree programs using MOOCs such as Georgia Tech's IT Masters and U of MD Masters of Entrepreneurship, they are still relatively expensive (compared to free) and a great deal when compared to traditional universities.  The MOOC sequences, which are free, clearly prepare one for employment, an industrious student or career-changer can complete them expeditiously, and employers will value them at least as much as other educational credentials. 

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How Remote Working Helps You Survive College

How Remote Working Helps You Survive College | Free Education | Scoop.it

If you are a student in college, most of your problems probably come from how you will finance your studies.

 

Commonly, college students take part time jobs to earn money. But juggling their work, and their classes can be taxing.

 

Sometimes they neglect their studies over work, resulting to poor grades or dropping out of school.

 

 

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The benefits are great.  A key problem, not addressed. is how to determine what kind of remote work is appropriate for you, and how you market yourself to get that work.

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The Perfect Storm: Factors Driving the Future of American Higher Education

The Perfect Storm: Factors Driving the Future of American Higher Education | Free Education | Scoop.it
Higher education is a mature industry that is on the cusp of major transformations in the next two decades, and every college and university will need to prepare to maintain their quality, efficiency and relevancy in this climate....
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Now, the problems are recognized.  Unfortunately, they are primarily problems no more relevant to the future of higher education than better printing presses are to the newspaper industry.  Unless existing universities recognize that better education at lower cost is the mandate, they won't be around to evolve further.  Missed in this interesting article (by one with a vested interest in the current model of higher education) is the whole issue of non-traditional delivery of higher education is actually proving to be better.  And, MOOCs and other eLearning are in their infancy, or at least adolescence. The forces of continual improvement will propel them to excel.  Universities will be hard pressed to match their excellence.

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Future of the executive education: Unbundled MBA

Future of the executive education: Unbundled MBA | Free Education | Scoop.it
We're already witnessing the very beginning of what will be revolutionary change to the most popular credential in all of business: the MBA degree.
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Lots can be written about the disruption of the current college/university/graduate school complex by eLearning.  The evolution will be to a far more diverse model. Public and private K-12 is becoming more individualized with myriad of approaches.  As these ever better prepared students move beyond, ever increasing options will evolve.  College, University, Law, Business (MBA), won't even resemble what not exists.  Medical, Education, and other licensed professions will change but more slowly because of regulatory and other vested interests,  None of the commenters has recognized the rate at which these changes will occur.  MOOCs have the most powerful determinant of rate of adoption -- perceived economic advantage.  And few innovations come with greater economic incentive.

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Why 'Nano-Degrees' Can Never Replace Liberal Arts Colleges

Why 'Nano-Degrees' Can Never Replace Liberal Arts Colleges | Free Education | Scoop.it
“It is like a university, built by industry.” So said the maverick entrepreneur,  engineer, and would-be education disruptor Sebastien Thrun, describing his company Udacity’s partnership with AT&T this past June.
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While the author has all of the credentials to defend some elements of higher education, he may be unaware of innovation, rates of adoption, and educational concepts beyond the traditional and the variants on the traditional that are emerging.  Perhaps there is a 'hierarchy of education" (to steal from Maslow's hierarchy of needs) where career-relevant educational needs are met first, then higher order needs are met through further education and finally, if the author's love of liberal arts is appropriate, self actualization can be achieved through learning in the humanities.  In any case, the fundamental expectation that life-long-learning, individualized learning, and very diverse learning experiences will be the norm exacerbates the challenge of traditional higher education.

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The Skills Gap Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

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The Skills Gap Infographic: The Bridging the Gap in Today’s Skill Lacking Economy focuses on the extreme skill gap in today’s economy. Is it a skill gap or education gap?
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contained here is well researched and clearly presented information about the skills gap that limits individual income, career growth, and job satisfaction of many in the US.  MOOCs clearly can lower company training costs, enhance careers, and contribute greatly to lowering unemployment.

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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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How Corporations Use MOOCs Infographic

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How Corporations Use MOOCs Infographic
With rapid growth in the number of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and students, it was only a matter of time before corporate American sat up and took notice.
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Coursolve presents an interesting use of MOOCs.  The team is attempting to make problems and opportunities faced by companies part of MOOC learning experience.  Mobilizing the MOOC student's learning, skill, and energy to contribute to real and current problems and opportunities.

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Past, Present and Future of Online Education Infographic

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Past, Present and Future of Online Education Infographic
The evolution of technology and of new learning experiences have always been closely related.
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But, what is the driving force for the future of Online Education.  Simple, it is three-fold: career enhancement, price, and flexibility.  What do traditional colleges and universities offer; lifelong debt to the unfortunate and uninformed.

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How To Prepare For An Online learning Program Infographic

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How To Prepare For An Online learning Program
This infographic describes the concepts of online learning programs. Elearning is the online learning methodology utilizing the digital technologies.
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This infographic describes the concepts of online learning programs. Elearning is the online learning methodology utilizing the digital technologies. The Infographic also deals with the perspectives to be considered for the online learning programs, top highlights of the online programs and a lot more.

Time management, planning, discipline, and self-starting are the keys to MOOC learning success.  While not so demanding for traditional full time college study, these are vital behaviors to master for successful careers.  Is it likely that successful MOOC learners are more desirable employees than graduates of 4-year on college campus programs?  Some employers think so, and more are catching on every day.

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The Rise of Podcasts as Business Education Infographic

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The Rise of Podcasts as Business Education Infographic
Smartphones have the power to make us smarter with a little help from podcasts.
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While not MOOCs, podcasts are a key resource for business education.  Vital knowledge can be gained while exercising, doing routine work like lawn mowing, house cleaning, painting, etc.

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The Economic Case Against Majoring in Fun Things

The Economic Case Against Majoring in Fun Things | Free Education | Scoop.it
For many, the reality of student debt doesn’t hit home until you make your first payment. Though you may have read your paperwork and done the math on how much monthly debt repayment will cost, in practice, paying the piper can come as a shock.
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plots income and income growth for various choices of majors.  It is clear that pursuing some of the more difficult subjects is well worth it.  

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Hire Self-Motivated People — the Single Smartest Thing a Hiring Manager Can Do

Hire Self-Motivated People — the Single Smartest Thing a Hiring Manager Can Do | Free Education | Scoop.it
How recruiters can become a hero of your hiring managers by dramatically reducing the number of hours that they have to spend motivating and watching their employees  If you are a corporate manager, you already know that you routinely spend a...
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One of the attributes of MOOC education is that self-motivation is required (along with self-discipline, and other attributes that make one a great employee.)  Availing one's self of a free education not only is indicative of knowledge gained, but of the propensity toward life-long-learning.  Clearly, MOOC-educated job candidates will be the most desirable potential employees.  It will take a few years until this is the norm, but employers that appreciate what successful MOOC students will make the best employees will reap the rewards.

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Hybrid MBAs To Cause Major Disruption

Hybrid MBAs To Cause Major Disruption | Free Education | Scoop.it
Dean Richard Lyons of UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business High-quality hybrid online MBA programs will soon be poaching students and their tuition money from part-time and executive MBA programs, UC-Berkeley Haas School of Business Dean Richard...
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An important theme, repeated here is that online education can and increasingly does have better learning outcomes.  The role of businesses in stimulating online learning of there employees is generally under appreciated.  Businesses that train 10% to 20% if the normal work week can easily get higher production.  By substituting online education for other available form, the employee benefits through full time employment and the employer benefits through more productive employees.  The cost advantage is so tremendous that the trend will be fast and unstoppable.

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Online classes really do work, according to study

Online classes really do work, according to study | Free Education | Scoop.it
It's been two years since a New York Times article declared the 'year of the MOOC' —short for 'massive open online courses.' Now, for the first time, researchers have carried out a detailed study that shows that these classes really can teach at least as effectively as traditional classroom courses—and ...
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Pretty impressive that MOOCs are being recognized as superior to traditional education in achieving learning results.

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Kyle Bowen on Four Big Ideas of What’s Next in Higher Education!

Kyle Bowen on Four Big Ideas of What’s Next in Higher Education! | Free Education | Scoop.it
Teaching and Learning: Four Big Ideas for What’s Next
Kyle Bowen of the TLT (and a COIL Co-Director) at Penn State does a great job of outlining four emerging trends in higher education for a recent EDUCAUSE interview.
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A tiny slice of what's to come.  But, there is no question that he's right about 4 concepts that will help shape the future of education.

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Donald Clark Plan B: Jeff Haywood: stunning analysis of the future of online in HE (MOOCs etc)

Donald Clark Plan B: Jeff Haywood: stunning analysis of the future of online in HE (MOOCs etc) | Free Education | Scoop.it
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The focus on economics of higher education is sound.  While lots of attention has been paid to the evolution of MOOCs and their initially identified weaknesses, less attention has been paid to the cost-effectiveness.  As the discussion shifts to the major benefits and lower-costs, existing institutions must pay attention.  There has been some discussion of adoption rates, and a sound analysis (yet to be done) will show that the parameters that determine the rate of adoption of MOOCs mostly favor more rapid adoption than is currently predicted.  Importantly, it will not be a one-to-one substitution of eLearning for traditional higher-education, but rather a very different, much less costly, and ultimately better in all aspects process.

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What Is The Future Of Education? Infographic

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The Future of Education Infographic
50% of all Americans now own either a tablet or an eReader today.
79% of American households have a computer today.
75% of American households have Internet access at home today.
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Current higher-education students are and will increasingly rely on eLearning of all kinds to enhance their education.  But, the rate of change of higher education will accelerate even faster as the education technology literate grade schoolers and high schoolers move on to post-secondary education. Employers, Internet companies, and elegant learning platforms will lead the change.  Sadly, most traditional colleges and universities will suffer -- all the way to extinction -- while a few elite universities and professors benefit handsomely.

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