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Researchers Recommend Core Changes in Education Troubling trends involving work, college, and social inequity cited (IRVINE, Calif) -- Close the gap between the no-frills learning that too often happens in-school and the interactive, hands-on learning that usually takes place out of school. Take advantage of the Internet’s ability to help youth develop knowledge, expertise, skills and important new literacies. Use digital technology to combat the increasing reality of the haves and have-nots in education. Those are among a series of recommendations outlined in a new report released today by the Connected Learning Research Network, an interdisciplinary research network dedicated to reimagining learning for the 21st century.

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Instructional design and the MOOC Amy Collier This is an exciting and challenging time to be an instructional designer. Universities’ surging interest in online learning—including MOOCs—has created a need for instructional designers in departments where they may not have been wanted or needed before. URDHVA PRASARITA EKAPADÂSANA Perform Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II Pose), right leg forward. Inhale and cartwheel your left arm up and over your head, creating a nice opening in the left ribs. See also Challenge Pose: Standing Split with Kathryn Budig Dr. Scott D. Miller: MOOC-Covered Towers? Online Education's Coming Impact on Traditional College When I recently mentioned to some higher-education colleagues my concern about MOOCs, I was astonished that none of them seemed to know what I was talking about. They ignore MOOCs at their peril. Here's why: MOOCs, or "massive open online courses," reflect the continuing emergence and influence of consumer demand in the traditional higher education arena, with a technological vengeance. For years, colleges have been responding to rising student expectations -- building new and more deluxe student centers, remodeling residence halls, adding food courts and fitness centers and going wireless campus-wide. Such physical changes, along with revisions of curriculum and addition of innovative student-support programs, have been necessary to position colleges and universities for financial stability in tough enrollment markets.

Open Learning Initiative At Harvard Extension School, free and open learning is hardly a new concept. In fact, the Extension School was founded with this mission in mind: to create an affordable way for any motivated student to take courses at Harvard. We stay true to this mission today, offering several free courses and nearly 800 for-credit courses at reasonable tuition rates. Markdown Basics Getting the Gist of Markdown’s Formatting Syntax This page offers a brief overview of what it’s like to use Markdown. The syntax page provides complete, detailed documentation for every feature, but Markdown should be very easy to pick up simply by looking at a few examples of it in action. The examples on this page are written in a before/after style, showing example syntax and the HTML output produced by Markdown. It’s also helpful to simply try Markdown out; the Dingus is a web application that allows you type your own Markdown-formatted text and translate it to XHTML. Note: This document is itself written using Markdown; you can see the source for it by adding ‘.text’ to the URL.

A very interesting and systematic approach to a subject that escapes many older people who have simply given up trying to learn new things on the internet. Your five step process is a reciepe to success. Something that all of us should be striving for. You have done a service to the learning public and my hat is off to you. Oh oh better put that hat back on as I am prone to skin cancer. by gjipstra Apr 19

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