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Open Education Database - Online Colleges and Universities | OEDb

The Open Education Database offers reviews of thousands of accredited online colleges along with scholarship information and degree guides.
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A great resource for researching online qualifications. Thanks to Liz Read for sharing this.

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Goal Setting: Free Tutorial and Top Resources

Goal Setting: Free Tutorial and Top Resources | Love Learning | Scoop.it
Goal Setting Made Easy: A twenty-minute tutorial containing a blueprint and the seven crucial, yet easy-to-follow steps to ensure you successfully reach your goals.
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Comprehensive step-by-step advice on setting goals

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The Darker Side of Goal Setting: Why Goal Setting Fails ...

The Darker Side of Goal Setting: Why Goal Setting Fails ... | Love Learning | Scoop.it

Poor goal setting makes people cynical, wastes their time and fosters confusion about where to concentrate actions and energy. How does such a potentially successful practice as goal setting, go wrong, so often?

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Mind Mapping And Goal Setting – How To Use It And Brainstorm Your Way To Success

Mind Mapping And Goal Setting – How To Use It And Brainstorm Your Way To Success | Love Learning | Scoop.it
For many people learning how to use a mind map for brainstorming and goal setting will be an exciting expansion of their current knowledge and skill set. In addition it can also be a better and eas...
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A Google Researcher Reveals 4 Crucial Things "Average Users" Should Know But Don't

A Google Researcher Reveals 4 Crucial Things "Average Users" Should Know But Don't | Love Learning | Scoop.it
Anyone who builds things for the web, or touts a product that “everybody can use,” should think about Control-F. You know, that browser shortcut that finds text on a page?
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Did you know you can use ctrl+f to find any word or phrase on most web pages?


If not then this and our other scoops on search are going to improve your online efficiency. Filter the Love Learning page tags to see all search related articles.

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4 Common Mistakes Managers Make When Goal Setting (and 3 ways to fix it)

4 Common Mistakes Managers Make When Goal Setting (and 3 ways to fix it) | Love Learning | Scoop.it
Performance expert John Hester identifies four common mistakes that managers make when they set goals for employees in the latest issue of Ignite!  The negative result is poor or misaligned perform...
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Excellent advice here for managers when setting goals WITH employees

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20 Tips for Creating a Professional Learning Network

20 Tips for Creating a Professional Learning Network | Love Learning | Scoop.it

"Networking is a prime form of 21stcentury learning.  The world is much smaller thanks to technology.  Learning is transforming into a globally collaborative enterprise.  Take for example scientists; professional networks allow the scientific community to share discoveries much faster.

Just this month, a tech news article showcased how Harvard scientists are considering that “sharing discoveries is more efficient and honorable than patenting them.”  This idea embodies the true spirit of a successful professional learning network: collaboration for its own sake."

 


Via John Evans, Aki Puustinen
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Building a Personal Learning Network is an esential part of building your career. This article highlights why and how you can build one. It focuses on Education professionals and Academics but don't let that put you off. It's relevant to anyone that wants to build their career. 


If you want to know more contact the People Development team.

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Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, January 8, 2013 4:16 AM

A Leranming atitude is one of the most important skills of this days., And a learning network is a main drive to that.

 

Pedro Barbosa | www.pbarbosa.com | www.harvardtrends.com

Patricia Valerio's comment, January 8, 2013 4:27 AM
Never stop learning is essential for improving skills. And learning, is never been so easy accessed , we only must learn how to pick the right amount of information, and in the right place.
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Interactive online Google tutorial and references - Google Guide

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This is a fantastic resource for teaching yourself Google Search.

"You can't teach me how to use Google, I use Google every day, you just type and hit enter."


If that's your reaction, then you should invest a little time in this site to really understand how search works and how you can make it work for you. Best of all it includes some excellent cheat sheets which you can print off and stick by your computer.


(Oh and it's free)

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Ten Resolutions The Most Successful People Make And Then Keep - Forbes

Ten Resolutions The Most Successful People Make And Then Keep - Forbes | Love Learning | Scoop.it
Well, it’s that time again—time to start rolling out the New Year’s resolutions. Some of us will vow to eat less, exercise more, live in the moment, be more grateful.
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Some excellent tips for a more productive and fulfilling year

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Why wait for a new year to make a resolution?

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Must-Have Job Skills in 2013

Must-Have Job Skills in 2013 | Love Learning | Scoop.it
For employees who want to get ahead, flexibility, productivity, communications skills and a strong personal brand will be essential.


"A lot of companies want us to work with their employees about how to get out of their comfort zone, how to adapt," says Mr. Handal. "Somebody's job today may not be the same as next year."


"We want to know that if we roll out a new program or new tools that the folks we have on board are going to be open to learning,"


Love Learning anyone?


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The case for taking a real lunch break - Fortune Management

The case for taking a real lunch break - Fortune Management | Love Learning | Scoop.it

Eight out of ten employees now gulp a quick lunch at their desks, says a new survey. But not taking a breather during the day, even for just a few minutes, is a recipe for burnout. The paradox here is that by pushing people too hard, you actually make them less productive. But if employees learn to manage their energy better, partly by taking short respites from work throughout the day, they get far more done, and add much more value, in far less time.


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Can happiness be a good business strategy?

Can happiness be a good business strategy? | Love Learning | Scoop.it
A happy workforce is more engaged, creative and more focused, increasing the overall productivity of a company, says Tim Smedley...
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Enterprise Learners v Entrepreneurial Learners

Enterprise Learners v Entrepreneurial Learners | Love Learning | Scoop.it

"This does not mean how to become an entrepreneur. This really means, how do you constantly look around you all the time for new ways, new resources to learn new things? That’s the sense of entrepreneur I’m talking about that now in the networked age almost gives us unlimited possibility.” John Seely-Brown


If you want to know more you can access the video (if you're at home or mobile) or the transcript via this link http://www.c4lpt.co.uk/blog/2012/10/13/becoming-an-entrepreneurial-learner/ 

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Free Personal Goal Setting Tool

Free Personal Goal Setting Tool | Love Learning | Scoop.it
Personal goal setting for high achievement just got easier! Our free Goal Setting For Success tool is an effective goal planning tool to support you in meeting your life goals and objectives.
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"Personal goal setting is a skill that once acquired can provide the mental and emotional support one needs in order to persist through and overcome obstacles and barriers. By creating sharply focused and clearly defined goal plans, you can monitor and track your progress and take genuine pride from the achievement of each step in the process"

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Nine Things Successful People Do Differently

Nine Things Successful People Do Differently | Love Learning | Scoop.it

Learn more about the science of success with Heidi Grant Halvorson's HBR Single, based on this blog post. Why have you been so successful in reaching some of your goals, but not others? If you aren't sure, you are far from alone in your confusion.

 

Here are some pointers to help you focus on the things that matter

 

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4 Steps To Achieve Your 2013 Business Goals Without Burning Out - Forbes

4 Steps To Achieve Your 2013 Business Goals Without Burning Out - Forbes | Love Learning | Scoop.it
The problem with goal-setting is that most of us fail to prioritize what's most important (and what can wait for later). Nathalie Lussier rings in the new year with a 4-step prioritization plan.
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Ignore Your Performance Goals, Increase Your Performance

Ignore Your Performance Goals, Increase Your Performance | Love Learning | Scoop.it

Why are learning goals so important? Think about it this way: if you and your team's abilities stay the same and your performance goals continuously increase, pretty soon you won't have the ability to achieve them. Thus, to stay ahead of the curve as your performance goals increase, your ability must also increase. When you and your team members focus too much on performance goals that interfere with your attention and your devotion to achieving your learning goals, you are bound for failure: how soon depends on how much your performance goals increase, how able your team is now, and whether those new goals require new skills.

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Locke's Goal Setting Theory - Understanding SMART - Goal Setting Tools from MindTools.com

Locke's Goal Setting Theory - Understanding SMART - Goal Setting Tools from MindTools.com | Love Learning | Scoop.it
Many of us take goal setting for granted as an everyday component of success. Learn the origins of common goal setting principles and why we set goals the way we do.
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This article explains the origin of SMART goal setting and how and why it has become so popular. It's good introduction or reminder to goal setting in general

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Keep a Work Diary - Management Tip of the Day - January 10, 2013 - Harvard Business Review

Keep a Work Diary - Management Tip of the Day - January 10, 2013 - Harvard Business Review | Love Learning | Scoop.it
Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars from Harvard Business Review, addressing today's topics and challenges in business management.
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Personal reflection is probably the most underated, underused way of learning and yet it's probably the most effective and cost effective method for improving performance. No fancy theories or tools, just make some time to sit and think about what you did.

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How to Reflect on 2012 and Set Yourself Up for Success in 2013 - Lifehack

How to Reflect on 2012 and Set Yourself Up for Success in 2013 - Lifehack | Love Learning | Scoop.it
If you want to know how to reflect on 2012 and set yourself up for success in 2013, then there are some simple steps that you can follow to make this happen
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Reflection is massively under rated as a way of learning. It's hard to find time and space to do this. Some of us may even feel uncomfortable telling our colleagues, or manager, that we're taking half an hour to reflect on something. But this is vital, it's often how and when we come up with the  insights we need to find the right way forward.


So before you set goals for this year, before you have your appraisal, take some time to reflect on last year. Here are some good prompts to get you going.

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Top 10 Ways to Speed Up and Beef Up Your Google Searches

Top 10 Ways to Speed Up and Beef Up Your Google Searches | Love Learning | Scoop.it
For all the time you spend online, you probably spend most of it searching for stuff. So why settle for the most basic Google experience? Here are 10 ways to beef up and speed up your Google searches and find stuff easier.
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Becoming more effective at searching on Google is a new kind of literacy, those that know how to use the power tools have a massive advantage over those that don't. Check out our other Google Scoops for handy cheat sheets to improve your search skills.

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Take Goal-Setting Beyond a New Year’s Resolution to Achieve Greater Success | Illustra Consulting

Take Goal-Setting Beyond a New Year’s Resolution to Achieve Greater Success | Illustra Consulting | Love Learning | Scoop.it
Take Goal-Setting Beyond a New Year's Resolution to Achieve Greater Success
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Some great goal setting advice in this article:

don’t just set goals because it’s traditional this time of year. Choose goals that will inspire you and motivate you and that will culminate in a greater work/life balance. 

Once you identify key areas in your life that you would like to improve, here’s a great way to structure them: 

#1 What people, resources, and new skills will you need to reach this goal? 

#2 Where and how can you meet those people and acquire those assets/aids? 

#3 If you cannot figure #2 out, then the goal is not yet realistic, so you should scale it back to one that’s feasible.
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Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can't Protect Us Anymore | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can't Protect Us Anymore | Gadget Lab | Wired.com | Love Learning | Scoop.it
You have a secret that can ruin your life. It’s not a well-kept secret, either. Just a simple string of characters—maybe six of them if you’re careless, 16 if you’re cautious—that can reveal everything about you.


This is quite a scary tale of how we all need to take much more care with our online security, both personally and professionally. 


The dangers are very real and we all have a personal responsibility to take whatever precautions we can. The really scary thing is that even with strong passwords your data might not be safe. 

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9 ways to use Evernote to increase productivity & organization | Ethical SEO Blog

9 ways to use Evernote to increase productivity & organization | Ethical SEO Blog | Love Learning | Scoop.it

Evernote is a popular free tool that you can use to organise everything you do online, from writing to do lists to saving links. Here are 9 ways you can use it to improve your organisation skills. Ibe if the coolest things about evernote is that you can access all of your notes from any device - desktop, laptop, tablet, mobile. So you always have what you need wherever you go.


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Udemy’s new iPad app turns idle time into a learning opportunity

Udemy’s new iPad app turns idle time into a learning opportunity | Love Learning | Scoop.it
Online education portal Udemy releases a new iPad app to enable learning-on-the-go.


Udemy is one of the leaders in a new generation of online education sites, that make it easy to lear anything for free.


But what's the point if you don't get a meaningful certificate or recognition out of it?


Well, it's up to you to demonstrate and explain the value you derive from the learning experience. Try keeping a learning scrapbook or portfolio to help you reflect and record this. Then you have your own evidence.


Learning does not derive value from assessment. Assessment is often just our flawed attempt to demonstrate that leaning has taken place.


Learn it for yourself, not the certificate.

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