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.
This course is getting rave reviews and is a self-paced, take-it-anytime course. Friends and family: if you decide to take this course, I'll be glad to help you with any trouble spots or if you get stuck on the problems.
If you are looking to roll up your sleeves and get under the hood of coding, and make best use of your code learning time, this is a great way to do it.
And it's FREE! Amazing.
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!
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.
A skills and knowledge gap is keeping unemployment high.
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.
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."
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.