adult learning

LEARN online

More knowledge is available at your fingertips than ever before in history, with more of it being free than not.

The equivalent of a college degree is now free and highly available, merely for the doing. But don't worry about assembling four years worth of balanced curriculum to learn what will take you to the next level. The 21st century is about learning in the moment of need.

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Learn Now

Here are some great online places you can take courses right where you sit! Learn to expand your professional skill set, learn for fun, learn to keep your brain sharp, or go "meta-learn": explore and experiment to discover how you learn best.

Whatever the reason, these offer you unprecedented opportunity at the lowest cost ever in history (most are free). Carpe Diem!

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Storytelling Workshop: Extra Resources & Notes

Thank you for attending the Storytelling Workshop!

I hope you had fun, learned a lot, and are hungry for more ideas, resources, and activities to practice your storytelling.

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Atomizing Assessments

Crowd-sourcing training and learning assessments
by Katin Imes

We have an interesting swirl of needs and resources appearing in the domains of learning and professional development, and I'm curious how we can add layers of efficiency and curation for learners via crowd-sourced or distributed methods. Learners helping learners, you could say.

The needs I see appearing:

  • in-the moment learning and skills development;
  • guidance for learning paths for new skills and knowledge;
  • measurement of accomplished learning or skill development.
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Why Life-long Learning?

A skills and knowledge gap is keeping unemployment high.

UPDATE: This New York Times article titled, "Skills Don't Pay the Bills" at first blush seems to be painting a position opposite of my post, saying that American employers have lowered wages so low that it doesn't matter what skills you have, workers can't afford to work for them. However, if you read to the last line of the article, you'll see the conclusion is the same: we need to get better at learning at all ages and levels -- fast -- if the USA wants to stay a world-player in the 21st century.

We've all heard the mantra of "jobs, jobs, jobs." We hear the stories of companies they receiving hundreds of resumes for every job opening advertised. This naturally creates the idea that jobs are scarce out there.

But did you know that there are presently 3.6 MILLION job openings in America right now? (As of the last day of September, 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Job Openings and Labor Turnover Report, Nov 6, 2012.) And that number has remained unchanged since August.

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Dr Edward de Bono at Creative Innovation 2010 - "Re-thinking the future"

As a young man in my 20's, discovering Edward de Bono's book, "Lateral Thinking: Creativity Step by Step" was a big deal. It was a new approach and seemed to amplify a kind of "smart" that hadn't been defined for me in school.

Here he presents an entertaining 18-minute talk that nicely summarizes his hypothesis that society's level and methods of thinking are "excellent for some things but not good enough."

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MIT launches MITx Online Automated Interactive Courses Spring 2012!

MIT launches online, automated courses with certificates this spring with 6.002x Circuits and Electronics! Employing an open-source extensible LMS platform, simulated labs, and interaction with students and professors, the MITx program has me excited!

Rock on, MIT! Education for everyone means a better world.

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