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Google's Open Course Builder: A Giant Leap into 21st-Century Online Learning

Google's Open Course Builder: A Giant Leap into 21st-Century Online Learning
"Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." -- About Google Google is the most powerful nonhuman teacher ever known to actual humans. Implicitly and ceaselessly, Google performs formative assessments by collecting the following data: the content, genre and media that interests you most; when and for how long you access your external cloud brain; what your hobbies and routines are; with whom you work and communicate; who will get your November vote; and whether you prefer invigorating clean mint or enamel renewal toothpaste. By continuously refining the nuance of your sociogram, Google has already customized your next web exploration and taught itself to teach. You Are Now Entering the Learning Management System If you are an advanced geek, you will be able to author and publish your own e-learning space using Open Course Builder. With his gray beard and soothing demeanor, Senior Research Scientist Daniel M. Credit: Google

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Udemy Launches Teach2013 To Bring Big Names To Online Courses Could the future of education be taught by industry experts in an online setting? Udemy is trying to find out thanks to their new Teach2013 tool. It’s basically a call for experts and thought leaders to teach their own online courses. They’re hoping a crowd of people will encourage people like Bill Gates, Michelle Obama, Richard Branson, and Biz Stone to answer the call. Udemy would of course stand to benefit from getting these big names, but it’s an interesting approach and it may not work. More Details via Press Release Udemy, the leading online education marketplace, today launched Teach2013 , a campaign designed to empower and encourage industry experts worldwide to create online courses and deliver them to people around the globe in 2013. “Imagine what we could accomplish if every expert shared his or her knowledge with the world,” said Eren Bali, Udemy co-founder and chief executive officer.

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Visual Learning Systems Launches Interactive STEM iPad Textbook Visual Learning Systems (VLS) has launched a first of its kind textbook for the iPad that you should know about. Tackling the challenge of engaging students in science, this new textbook taps into their natural curiosities by utilizing hands-on applications and leveraging all the features of the iPad. Packed with hundreds of captivating video clips, fun interactives, and vibrant images, student curiosity is peaked, making the curriculum come alive while opening their eyes and minds to the possibility of science as a career. Embedded self-assessment quizzes create the opportunity for students to learn at their own speed and comfort level. “The book embodies the type of interactive learning we want the students to be using”, said Del Ruff, Director of STEM for North Carolina Virtual Public Schools. Spanning 31 chapters and over 1,000 pages “Core Ideas in Life Science” fully supports the Next Generation Science Standards.

Seven Free Platforms for Teaching Online Courses More and more high schools are embracing online courses to reach more students and all times of the day. While you can spend a lot of money for online course software, you don't have to. Here are seven free platforms for teaching online courses. This list cannot begin without mentioning Moodle first. Moodle is an free platform that is commonly referred to as a course management system or virtual learning environment. Claroline is an open source program that gives users the freedom to create their own online classroom. Udemy is a new free platform for teaching courses online. RCampus is a free, web-based, platform for creating and conducting courses online. Learnopia is a free service that offers hosting for online courses. eDhii is a service that allows you to create or take self-study courses online. eDhii course creators can offer their content for free or charge a fee for their course content. Peer 2 Peer University 2010 from P2P University on Vimeo.

16 e-textbook providers: Who’s publishing and who’s selling? The e-textbook movement stands to reshape instruction as new education technologies continue to fill classrooms via tablets and other mobile devices. Meanwhile, the e-textbook market continues to evolve, and though many of the publishers' names have remained the same, new players have emerged, and old companies are adopting new strategies. Here are 16 names in e-textbooks that you should know about, as well as what each of them are doing to set themselves apart in a competitive new area of education: 1. KNO (Publisher) College e-textbook provider Kno expanded their market to the K-12 audience through a deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, who previously offered K-12 social studies e-texts through the iPad. 2. CourseSmart—whose catalog includes over 30,000 e-textbooks from 40 publishers—announced a new e-textbook pilot program last year with Internet2 and Educause. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Barnes & Noble offers a free NOOK Study app for PC and Mac computers. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.

Don't Call Them Textbooks - Technology By Jeffrey R. Young Textbook publishers argue that their newest digital products shouldn't even be called "textbooks." They're really software programs built to deliver a mix of text, videos, and homework assignments. But delivering them is just the beginning. No old-school textbook was able to be customized for each student in the classroom. One publisher calls its products "personalized learning experiences," another "courseware," and one insists on using its own brand name, "MindTap." "In the early days of TV, the first things you saw on TV were radio shows, and only over time did the next format evolve for that medium," says Don Kilburn, chief executive of Pearson Learning Solutions. Major publishers have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the past few years buying up software companies and building new digital divisions, betting that the future will bring an expanded role for publishers in higher education. But Ms. Colleges as Publishers? Entering New Sectors Mr.