4 ways higher ed has changed, post recession — from the Associated Press (via ABC News in this case) by Justin Pope, AP Education Writer
More urgent. More crowded. More expensive. Also, more flexible and accessible to millions.
That, in a nutshell, is how higher education has changed around the world in the wake of the global financial crisis that struck five years ago, and the Great Recession that followed.
Here’s how it happened…
The future of jobs and work — from futurist.com by Glen Hiemstra
- Top 10 Future Careers: 2050 and 2100 — from futurist.com by Mallory Smith
- Harold Jarche’s perspective on living in a post-jobs economy
I’d like to thank Canada’s George Siemens, Stephen Downes, Alec Couros, and Dave Cormier – as well as David Wiley over at BYU — for being the true pioneers of MOOCs.
I’d like to thank them for their innovative, entrepreneurial spirits and for their hard work in helping others build their own learning ecosystems. It isn’t easy to be change agents within the realm of higher education. They have pressed the envelop many times. Thanks all — and keep up the great work you guys! (Now can you help integrate IBM’s Watson into what MOOCs morph into?! Please…?)
Also I’d like to thank to Audrey Watters over at the Hack Education blog for her recent keynote address at Canada’s Ed-Tech Innovation Conference where she minces no words to straighten the record out. It was her article — and Professor Wang’s comments from earlier today — that made me realize that I needed to post this item.
SAP launches MOOC style online courseware — from technorati.com by Adi Gaskell
Last year I looked at the impact of Massive Online Open Courses and other forms of online learning were having on learning in the workplace.
So it’s interesting to read that software giant SAP are to launch their own MOOC style platform.
The site, called Open.SAP.com, aims to offer employees and other people interested in the SAP environment, a range of courses on topics that the company believe are key to success in the SAP world.
For instance, the first module available is an introduction to software development on SAP HANA. SAP recommend that people spend around 5 hours per week for six weeks on the course, which has thus far attracted around 20,000 students.
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Discover new ways to navigate the world around you with Google Maps and Google Earth.
Improve your use of new and existing features of Google’s mapping tools.
Choose your own path. Complete a project using Google Maps, Google Earth, or both, and earn a certificate of completion.