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How to Master Microlearning Infographic

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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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Somewhat off the MOOC theme of delivering full higher-education type courses, micro-learning is often task or issue specific.  Everywhere, information is becoming more compressed.  Infographics, word clouds, video clips, and the ability to run audio at higher speeds (I like 2x with closed caption enabled) all deliver information quickly.  Making information available for the specific task at hand allows us to gain needed information and apply it immediately. We will see this trend continue indefinitely. Knowledge workers face an ever increasing need for life-long-learning and it is needed at an increasing rate.

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How do you measure the ‘success’ of a MOOC?

How do you measure the ‘success’ of a MOOC? | Free Education | Scoop.it
Here’s a question I’ve been battling for some time .. how do you measure the ‘success’ of a MOOC? The problem is that I haven’t been able to define what the ‘success’ is supposed to be, so to try and measure it seems, well, a pointless exercise.
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Each measurement suggested is indeed a measure of success.  There isn't one measure. Personally, I've finished dozens of MOOCs and have been successful by most measures. For the dozens that I haven't done all homework, quizzes, team projects, and forum participation, I've gained what I wanted and consider most a success because I got what I wanted from the course.  Every individual has a purpose with every MOOC.  No single, or universal measure would apply for me. Surely no small set of measures would suffice for the tens of millions of MOOC students.  Big Data, generating representative personas, segmenting the students will allow providers with success measures that will serve to continually improve MOOCs.

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Announcing Global Freshman Academy

Announcing Global Freshman Academy | Free Education | Scoop.it
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Surprising that it is only freshman courses until you realize that while one is taking the freshman courses  EdX and ASU can have time to make higher level courses available. This news is another step in conquering the cost and availablilty to all of higher education.  Good for you, ASU.

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Top 10 Most Influential People in eLearning in 2015 Infographic

Top 10 Most Influential People in eLearning in 2015 Infographic The Top 10 Most Influential People in eLearning in 2015 Infographic provides a ‘movers and shakers’ list that is compiled from a corporate online learning perspective, on the basis of...
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Criticism is rarely appropriate. But, any list of 10 people that omits one who has contributed more than all of the 10 cited is surely deficient. Salman Amin Khan surely deserves to be on the list, or to comprise the entire list.

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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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‘Lean Startup’ Revolution Sweeps Through Business Schools

‘Lean Startup’ Revolution Sweeps Through Business Schools | Free Education | Scoop.it
Oren Jacob, Lean LaunchPad instructor at Haas and former Pixar studio tools director – Ethan Baron photo
The powers that be sit on high in Steve Blank’s Lean LaunchPad class at the U.C.
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Entrepreneurship according to Steve Blank dominates MOOC how to start a business type courses.  In June, EdX will offer an entirely different approach.  Eric von Hippel has been teaching Lead User concepts for many years to the few thousand students lucky enough to attend MIT's Sloan School.  The Kaufman Foundation found that start-ups started on the concepts taught by von Hippel are five times as likely to succeed. Watch for von Hippel's MOOC to debut in June of this year on EdX, and don't just start a lean start-up, start a successful one.

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Coursera CEO: Employers Recognizing The Value Of Online Learning

Coursera CEO: Employers Recognizing The Value Of Online Learning | Free Education | Scoop.it
Rick Levin, CEO of Coursera and former President of Yale University When Rick Levin left Yale University two years ago as one of the Ivy League’s most successful presidents in history, he imagined taking a year-long sabbatical, writing on economics...
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Unavoidably we compare MOOCs to extant resources and institutions, Universities, seminars, corporate training, etc.  In fact MOOCs are no more similar to the university experience than an iPhone is similar to a WalkMan. You can only connect the dots looking back.  None of us can see the future clearly. Corporate and employee acceptance of MOOC education for life-long-learning and career advancement is well on the up ramp of adoption curve. The future won't map one-to-one with the past. MOOCs will modify so many things with unexpected consequences that predictions are impossible, but fun to do.  Most institutions threatened by MOOCs will in fact fall victim to them simply because MOOCs have the overwhelming exonomic advantage.

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What is a MOOC? - YouTube

Learn more and enrol in our courses: iversity.org Directed by Abigail Liparoto & Sergej Hein @ Be Proud Of Your Kids Script: Hannes Klöpper Art Department: A...
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Iversity, the German MOOC platform has provided a great video introduction to MOOCs.  This can be a valuable aid in telling others what MOOCs are all about.  The specifics in the video are about iVersity, which is a very robust platform.  Perhaps it is more oriented to certification than others.

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Top 5 Reasons to Sell Your Online Courses Infographic

Top 5 Reasons to Sell Your Online Courses Infographic
If you are new to the e-learning business and want to test the waters without investing a lot of money, you may want to start by selling your courses through an online training provider.
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I've not seen any studies of the effect of a small ($20 or so) charge on MOOC completion, learning outcome, or other, but suspect that it influences those numbers. The ones that I pay for are the ones that I am most likely to stick with.  But, then, interest in the subject matter may influence my choice of paying or not.

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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

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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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