Massive Open Online Courses are fantastic ways to get a structured education without the typical associated costs, but they often take a long time to get through. A MOOC could take anywhere from a few days to a few months. There are other ways to learn something new online within 60 minutes, though.
TED Talks might not give you a thorough understanding of Design or Accounting, but many can help you develop a opinion by taking a new spin on things. They are generally pretty short (some even as short as 5 minutes) and send a message, whether it may be to inform you about an issue, explain a new way of thinking about an existing topic, or inspire you to take a stand or some sort of action. There are tons of them on Netflix and all over the internet. Here are a couple great ones to check out.
Can’t remember how to use a specific feature on Excel? Or maybe you need to learn how to apply heavy makeup for an awesome costume party. YouTube has all sorts of awesome vloggers who put up interesting tutorials covering all sorts of topics. The advantage here is that you can even make requests for something you need to quickly learn to complete a project. Here are a couple of extremely popular YouTubers!
Helpouts by Google
YouTube tutorials are awesome, but what if its going too fast or you don’t understand a part of it? Some people just learn better from a live teacher. For them, Google Helpouts saves the day. Helpouts lets teachers post their expertise, the duration they are willing to devote to a video, and price (although many are free). Some Helpouts are pre-recorded and work largely like any other video tutorial, but others allow you to set up a time to meet with a live tutor who can walk you through a task or even teach you about a particular topic like a school teacher or college professor would. Curious to learn more? Check out this intro video.
A lot of fantastic learning happens in a classroom setting (in person or through open online courses), but even more happens just by picking up on what is going on around you and by immersing yourself into a project that you need to look up information in order to complete.
Career Tip: You can add achievements to your Accredible profile that aren’t courses your registered for through our course finder feature! Just click on the ‘add course’ button on your profile and select the wrench to customize your entry and add your projects and courses completed outside of MOOCs. Then remember to link your Accredible profile to your LinkedIn page so your connections can check out all your accomplishments!
Udacity announced 4 more classes in their partnership with Google. In addition to the mini-class Web Performance Optimization (covered by Accredible here), there are 3 full-length classes:
Accredible covered all 4 of these last week here.
Here is the list of Canvas classes that started last week (there’s still time to catch up!) and Coursera classes starting this month.
What is Team Accredible learning?
Our blog editor Elizabeth continues OpenLearning’s Gamification class and she just finished Week 4, which covered the use of scenarios as levellers. If you want to catch up on the previous weeks, here is Week 3, Week 2, and Week 1.
Udacity now has an Android app. It includes everything Udacians have come to expect with the iOS ones, with offline video viewing capability coming in the near future. Download it on the Google Play store.
Google and Carnegie Mellon are working on combating the high attrition rate for MOOCs. As Venture Beat reports, the project “overhaul the way people perceive MOOCs.” CM researches have argued that MOOCs fail to keep students interested because they lack the traditional systems that in-person ones use. It’ll be interesting to see what this research reveals, so stay tuned.
Coursera is holding the “Coursera Cup” which is a leaderboard ranking countries with the most active Courserans per capita. Right now Singapore is in the lead. Check where your country stands, and then start learning!
OpenLearning participated in Australia’s annual CEO Sleepout, a fundraiser in which business leaders sleep in the streets to raise money and awareness for homelessness. Read about his experience on the OpenLearning blog.
edX’s first partner university from France, Sorbonne Universités, has joined the platform. Classes will be offered starting Spring of next year, and will include each of the universities in the Sorbonne.
Today Udacity had two new announcements relating to Google: a new app and new classes.
Two months ago Udacity released an iOS app, and today they’re releasing their Android app. Other than the ability to download videos for off-line learning, everything learners have come to expect on the iOS app is available on the Android one.
Udacity recently added a few more classes to their collection of ones developed in partnership with Google. The original ones were HTML5 Game Development and Mobile Web Development. Here are the new ones:
Learn how to best use Google App Engine to build applications that scale well in Developing Scalable Apps. The class will encompass a final project, building a tool similar to Meetup.com. All the frontend will be provided; your job will be to build the scalable backend. Prior experience programming and working with databases is necessary.
Are you a developer with rusty design chops? Then UX Design for Mobile
Developers is the class for you! The difference between User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) will be covered, and the class is designed to give you the most useful and applicable design techniques. There are no prerequisites for this class.
The last class, Developing Android Apps, is still being created, but you can see a sneak preview (Lesson 1) right now. The class will guide you to develop a cloud-connected Android app, as well as learn the principles and tools used in Android development. Prerequisites are knowledge of an object-oriented programming language.
Let us know on Twitter or Facebook which class you’re most excited about, and happy learning!