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100 Intro Open Courses on Everything You've Ever Wanted to Learn. Posted on Wednesday May 12, 2010 by Staff Writers While the classes you take through an online college are a great resource, you can augment your learning by taking some time to see what entirely free courses are out there offered by universities. Taking these courses can be a great way to get a foundation of knowledge or expand on what you already know. Here are 100 open courses that are designed for beginners, so you can start your educational journey on the right foot. Business and Finance These courses will help you learn a little bit more about the business and financial worlds.

Introductory Economics: Take this course to learn the basics of economics. Math Improve your understanding of math with these courses. Introduction to Probability and Statistics: Learn how to better use statistics and probability in real life through this course. Science Through these courses you can gain some valuable scientific knowledge. Literature Social Sciences History and Politics Technology Engineering.

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TEL Conferences & CPD. Online-Education Trend Will Leave Many Students Behind. You have probably heard some of the hoopla about elite universities offering free online courses through Coursera, a new Silicon Valley start-up founded by Stanford University computer-science professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng. In just the past few weeks, Coursera has added 12 universities to its lineup, bringing its total to 16, including Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Duke and Johns Hopkins. The company’s website says its goal is to “give everyone access to the world-class education that has so far been available only to a select few,” and, accordingly, much of the news coverage has focused on how this will democratize learning.

Two weeks after Coursera announced its initial round of partnerships, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced a plan to invest $60 million in a similar course platform called edX, and then a third company, Udacity, announced that it too would join the fray. (MORE: Can Computers Replace Teachers?)

Let's stop pretending. I think I may have mentioned this before, but I work with researchers - people who spend time living in data and coming up for air only when they have actionable insights in tow. In some ways this has been a bracing change of pace for me, and for the most part it has been very interesting to witness. I don't think any of my colleagues in Rosslyn would put it this way, but I like to think that the unspoken refrain in this kind of work is: look -- really look -- at what is in front of you. stop pretending that things are otherwise. act accordingly. Rinse. Repeat. I like this idea a lot.

Let's stop pretending that the answer to 70-20-10 is to double down on formal learning hierarchies.Let's stop pretending that 'social learning' is something new (or something that can only be achieved using social media).Let's stop pretending that what you're collecting with your LMS has a lot to show in terms of learning analytics, ROI, or business intelligence. How to Turn Your Classroom into an Idea Factory. Culture Design Thinking Teaching Strategies Brightworks School Students building a cafe at Brightworks School in San Francisco. By Suzie Boss The following suggestions for turning K-12 classrooms into innovation spaces come from Bringing Innovation to School: Empowering Students to Thrive in a Changing World, published in July by Solution Tree.

How can we prepare today’s students to become tomorrow’s innovators? If we’re serious about preparing students to become innovators, educators have some hard work ahead. How do we fill the gap between saying we must encourage innovation and teaching students how to actually generate and execute original ideas? Across disparate fields, from engineering and technology to the social and environmental sectors, innovators use a common problem-solving process. In the classroom, this same process corresponds neatly with the stages of project-based learning.

Good projects start with good questions. Innovators have a tendency to think big. Related. Faculty Focus Email. Incredible changes have occurred in the brief 25 years I have spent as a professor in higher education. In the area of technology alone, significant innovations have impacted the way people work, play, and learn. The benefits these technological advances bring to faculty and students are incalculable. Yet, some areas of higher education have undergone very little change. In particular, the methods used to evaluate and ensure that quality teaching is occurring in traditional and online classes. Yes, there are those required course evaluations dutifully and anonymously completed by students at the end of every term, but these are typically viewed quantitatively and do little to transform instruction. The quality of teaching is rarely given serious attention. Basically, if a professor simply shows up to teach class (and sometimes even if she doesn't) she receives a satisfactory rating without consideration of how well she did her job.

Reference: Weimer, M. (2010). Workload_strat. Karen Cator - The Cruciality of Connected Educator Month. Connections – Developing a Global Outlook Bringing together diverse students through the learning experience - Leeds Met Repository Open Search. This resource sets out to help staff supporting learning to develop inclusive learning activities, environments and programmes to support the development of a global outlook. A global outlook is broadly defined as the capabilities for “effective and responsible engagement in a multicultural and globalising world” and comprises the two inter-related dimensions of inclusivity and global relevance (D Killick, 2011). The focus in this resource is specifically upon helping domestic and international students to develop the willingness, the confidence, and the skills to study together and so to live and work together after graduation – but all the principles which are explored here should serve to bring students together across the broader range of diversity represented on our campuses.

In an era when peer learning is finding strong advocates in higher education, it may be that cross-cultural interactions will (at long last) find their place. 25 Ways To Use Twitter To Improve Your Professional Development. Although LinkedIn gets a lot of love as a professional social media site, Twitter is a force that can’t be ignored by up-and-coming young professionals. It’s a great place to get connected and informed, and an especially good resource for growing professionally.

But how exactly can you use Twitter for professional development? Check out our list to find 25 different ways. Keep your Twitter profile employer-focused : Maximize the space that you have in your profile to share a professional description of yourself. Hobbies show personality, but accomplishments and professional interests might help you land a job. Professional Twitter names can be helpful, too.

Cash in on your good karma that you’ve earned by helping others and call in a favor yourself. How to Stick with It When You're Learning Something New On Your Own. I have found, as an "older adult" doing some hardcore online courses, that a lifetime of "independent study" spoils one! I love learning and read a lot, but I have very short tolerance for lots of detail in areas that don't interest me. I know I can never learn everything, and I have the general knowledge and self assurance to say "next" when I find something I don't need any more of.

Like Sherlock Holmes, I think! I think a lot of people not finishing online classes is probably just this. We are not as willing as very young people to let the professor define what's important and give it all equal attention. Also, we are well aware that it's in one ear and out the other in many cases. CTL Events - Award-Winning Teachers on Teaching. Free Social Teaching and Learning Network focused solely on education.

New Teachers. Every teacher remembers their first day in the classroom. The first day of school is an exciting day filled with fresh new beginnings, nervous stomachs, and high expectations. Right before the students first walk into our classrooms, all of us wonder if there is one tidbit that we may be missing. So for all of us, though social media, I turned to my PLN and asked these outstanding educators from around the world to share their best advice for beginning this school year, whether it's our first one or our thirtieth one. Best wishes to all of you as you start this exciting journey! One thing I would tell new teachers is to get to know their students. I realize knowing the subject is crucial, but knowing our students is setting the bar higher. Thanks to all of you who contributed your wisdom. Photo credit: laffy4k via photo pin cc.

Five Tips for New Teachers to Become Connected Educators. Editor's Note: Connected Educator Month (CEM) was launched by the Department of Education in August 2012, and this year, it's being held in October. This post from Lisa Dabbs is a great primer for becoming a connected educator, and it's a must-read for CEM. (Updated 10/2013) This month, the U.S. Department of Education kicked off Connected Educator Month, with engaging keynotes, panel discussions, book chats, and more. During this month, educators in the U.S. and globally will have opportunities to connect themselves and their communities, online and in-person, to support their professional practice.

The timing couldn't be better, as most teachers are preparing to hit the ground running as they gear up for back-to-school! While the idea of being or becoming a connected educator is important, as a new teacher, this may seem completely overwhelming. Be sure to read each one and give us some feedback. 1) Be Able to Define What It Means to Be a Connected Educator What is a Connected Educator? A to Z Tips for New Teachers. Always exhibit an interest in what you are teaching. If you think it’s important , your students will, too. Have an assessment for how to grade your students. Be prepared with your lesson. Have “bell ringers” to keep students on task when you are collecting papers, etc. Let’s admit it, we’d all like to spend our spring breaks relaxing... What if we could keep a seamless record of students’ ideas and thoughts... Observe this Easter season with your students by trying these fun activities!

March is National Nutrition Month. Discover how teachers can help their students improve their study habits with... Try to make connections with other areas of study with cross curricular activities whenever possible. Critique your lessons each day for what you liked and what needs improvement. Dress for success , your “teacher uniform” should not be too casual, Decorate your room . Don’t READ your notes ...talk with the students.

Try and Focus on the positive each day. Set up a Grading system . Be Organize . Become an Organized Teacher with 3 Simple Binders. With every new year comes new goals and resolutions. Last summer, I decided my new school year goal would be to tackle the piles and piles of paperwork that are always overtaking my desk. Admittedly, I am a naturally messy person. The paraprofessionals in my classroom (who I cannot live without) have learned this and do not attempt to go behind my desk as they know they may get lost in my piles. When we rang in 2012 (ok, I was asleep…) I knew that I would really need to focus on getting my classroom organized so that I when it comes time for me to go out on maternity leave in March, someone else can take over without too much confusion.

Being a special education teacher requires an extra level of organization due to all of the IEP paperwork. Since my reorganization effort, I have begun to use binders to manage all of the important documents that I need be easily accessible while I’m teaching and readily available for meetings. October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Mindfulness for Teachers. Tech Czech » “Why didn’t anyone tell me about this?”: What every learning technologist should know about accessible documents #ALTC2012. I gave this presentation at the ALT Conference 2012 in Manchester. Presentation Download presentation from Slideshare. Abstract The title of this presentation is a composite of the many responses we receive when we deliver training on accessible documents to teachers as part of the Load2Learn project, an online collection of downloadable curriculum resources in accessible formats.

This presentation will focus on five essential technologies that are easily within reach of anyone. The word “accessibility” is enough to raise a feeling of dread in any technologist, bringing to mind images of limiting design possibilities, creating alternative versions and other chores. But there is not that much to know. 5 Key Questions to Ensure Teacher Effectiveness.