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The Crisis in Higher Education

If you don’t know what MOOC stands for —  read this article for a great look at what’s new and exciting in the field of education for everyone  —  attainable for everyone  —

Excerpt:  Rise of the MOOCs

“I had no clue what I was doing,” ­Sebastian Thrun says with a chuckle, as he recalls his decision last year to offer Stanford’s Introduction to Artificial Intelligence course free online. The 45-year-old robotics expert had a hunch that the class, which typically enrolls a couple of hundred undergraduates, would prove a draw on the Net. After all, he and his co-professor, Peter Norvig, were both Silicon Valley stars, holding top research posts at Google in addition to teaching at Stanford. But while Thrun imagined that enrollment might reach 10,000 students, the actual number turned out to be more than an order of magnitude higher. When the class began, in October 2011, some 160,000 people had signed up.

Read full article via The Crisis in Higher Education – Technology Review.

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No Excuse List – Education

There are many of these sources for education that are free or a reasonable cost  —  recommended for all entrepreneurs and small business owners who need “learning” in a particular task or challenge or just business generally.  Kudos to this site owner for keeping up with the listing.  A couple of weeks ago we posted several sites here that were offering education and course work  —  many of those previous posted sources are also on this list.  However, this list also adds sources not previously posted.

Check out this list of links No Excuse List.

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6 Business Courses You Should Take

Guest Post by  Hannah Munson

Many business owners and entrepreneurs often think that you have to go to college to get a bachelors or masters degree.  Sure, while most students do go to college to get a degree, many people go to take a few classes that the universities offer to learn from the professionals teaching the course.  If you currently own a business or are thinking about creating one but you don’t want to get a full degree, here are some business courses that you should heavily consider taking to help grow your business:

#1 Technology Commercialization
Technology isn’t going away, and what you’re going to find out is that it’s just going to get better and better.  This type of class is going to teach you how to use the existing technology today with your business.  With that technology, you can improve your business and help cut costs.

#2 Practicum in Entrepreneurship
This is a great class to potentially team up with other classmates that already have a mindset that you do.  In a class like this, many students are able to network and meet with a CEO of a startup or reputable company.  This is a great way to see how successful companies function and what they do to be where they are today.

#3 New Venture Planning
If you’re thinking about starting up your own business, the New Venture Planning class will give you the ins and outs of how to create the best business plan.  As you already know, a business plan is a crucial component to your business.  With this business plan, it will help you receive lending offers and who knows, you may even find that some VCs may want to lend you money as well.  In this class, you’re going to learn how to write, complete and create your idea on paper.

#4 Finance Classes
Financing is a crucial part to your business.  If you don’t know how to manage your money the right way, you can quickly find your business failing fast.  To help you better understand finance; consider taking some core financing classes.  Even if it’s just the basics on how to understand cash flow, you will find that these classes can help you learn a lot about the inner workings of your business and its money.

#5 Buying a Small Business
Some entrepreneurs often think about skipping the start up theory and dive right into buying an existing business.  But as you probably know, you don’t want to buy a small business without knowing a lot about it.  This is where your buying a small business class will come in.  With this class, you’re going to learn how to evaluate businesses and find one that is going to make you a lot of money in the long haul.  If you’re looking to find the characteristics of a successful company, this is it.

#6 Taxes and Business Strategy
We all know that you can never get away from taxes.  With so many great tax saving opportunities out there, you will have to learn which ones are going to work the best for you.  With this type of class, you’re going to learn about understanding how taxes work, how they affect your business and how you can save.

Hannah Munson helped create the cost helping resource, www.howmuchisit.org   This website will literally help you find the pricing on anything ranging from a class at school to a new laptop.

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12 Dozen Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free

Continuing education  —  this list is extensive by categories.  Some of these overlap those already posted today but there are so many more I felt this too should be a part of our “education” focus this afternoon.

Excerpt:  If you’re interested in learning something new, this article is for you. Broken down by subject and/or category, here are several top-notch self-education resources I have bookmarked online over the past few years.

Note that some of the sources overlap between various subjects of education. Therefore, each has been placed under a specific subject based on the majority focus of the source’s content.

Extensive list of resources for free education online via 12 Dozen Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free.  From Marc and Angel Hack Life

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Universities with the Best Free Online Courses

Continuing education  —  this is a great list of the top universities and their offering of free coursework.  Education

Excerpt:  No tuition money? No problem! There are many top universities that offer free courses online. This list ranks several of the best free university courses available for people who want to enhance their personal knowledge or advance in their current fields.

Check out top universities offering free course programs via Universities with the Best Free Online Courses.  Education Online

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Open Yale Courses

Continuing education today  —  check out what is available from Yale as free courses and lectures.

Excerpt:  Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.All lectures were recorded in the Yale College classroom and are available in video, audio, and text transcript formatsRegistration is not requiredNo course credit, degree, or certificate is available

Check our what is available free from Yale via Open Yale Courses.

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TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

We have often posted a particular topic from here  —  but for everyone, this site is great to check often.  Education

Excerpt: Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world

Here is another site to check out frequently via TED: Ideas worth spreading.

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Free Online Course Materials | MIT OpenCourseWare

We have mentioned this source previously but it is worse re posting today.  Check out MITs offers  — education

Excerpt:   Unlocking Knowledge, Empowering Minds. “OCW will enable us to create better educational linkages.”Karen WillcoxMIT Aeronautics and Astronautics professorUnited StatesRead more Free lecture notes, exams, and videos from MIT. No registration required.

Check these out via Free Online Course Materials | MIT OpenCourseWare.

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Where to Get the Best Free Education Online

Continuing  —  a free education online, this site gives you a list with information on the top picks.  Education

Excerpt:  While most online resources won’t grant you a college degree, there’s a lot more to the internet than Wikipedia when it comes to learning. Whether you learn best through video or text, want to take a year-long course or just to touch up on a few topics, there are more than a few places online that can give you the full experience. In fact, there are enough that it can get quite overwhelming, so we’ve rounded up the best resources to make it all a bit more manageable. Here are some of the best places to get an education without ever leaving your computer.

Read list and blurbs  via Where to Get the Best Free Education Online.  From LifeHacker

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Education for Everyone: Khan Academy

I think everyone has heard of the Khan Academy by now.  But, just in case you have not, we are into education today and this is a great site  — all free.

Excerpt:  A free world-class education for anyone anywhere.

The Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We’re a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.

All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

Check out the possibilities via About | Khan Academy.

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Online Courses from the World’s Experts | Udemy

Did you guys know about this site?  There are many free courses plus some paid   OR   if you have expertise and something to teach, create a course.   Great site to use and know about  —  small business education

Excerpt from their introduction FAQ:

What is Udemy?
Udemy is a website that empowers anyone to teach and learn online. On Udemy, there are thousands of online courses from the best instructors in the world. Furthermore, if you’re an expert you can share your knowledge by creating an online course on Udemy.

Udemy’s platform makes it easy for experts to build an online course. Instructors can use video, PowerPoint, PDFs, audio, zip files and live classes to quickly build a course and share their expertise with anyone in the world with an internet connection.

  • What kinds of courses do you offer?

    Courses on Udemy are usually multi-part, meaning there are many lessons within one course. Udemy instructors get to choose what format(s) they want to teach with – but most courses include a mix of video, audio, presentations and documents. You can take courses across a great breadth of categories, including: business & entrepreneurship, academics, the arts, health & fitness, language, music, technology, games, and more.

  • How much do courses cost?

    The majority of courses on Udemy are free, but some are paid. Instructors choose the price of their course, so prices often vary greatly depending on subject, instructor and the depth of the content

    Check out courses available or sign up to create and teach a course  Online Courses from the World’s Experts | Udemy.

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7 Free Education Websites You Don’t Want to Miss

Check the list to see if any apply to your needs  — or perhaps help a colleague by pointing he/she to the source list.  Small business education

Check these out  7 Free Education Websites You Don’t Want to Miss – Goodnet.

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Education Start-up Adds 12 New University Partners

This collaboration believes in free online educationkudosway cool!!!!!!    Small business take note.

Excerpt:  Koller and Ng’s online education platform, Coursera–founded in fall 2011–has signed on a dozen new university partners in its goal to democratize education. The list of universities that have pledged to offer free courses on Coursera now includes educational powerhouses California Institute of Technology, Duke University, Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Georgia Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, Rice University, UC San Francisco, University of Edinburgh (in Scotland), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Toronto, University of Virginia, and University of Washington. The 12 new schools join existing members Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Michigan, and University of Pennsylvania.

Read full article via Education Start-up Adds 12 New University Partners | Inc.com.

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Gamification: Insights And Emerging Trends

Another great article today on gamification……  it is time to explore if you have not done so already.

Excerpt………Gamification is expanding beyond the initial verticals of media and fitness: The next target verticals are education, eCommerce, local retail (example: Belly), and financial services.

Read full article……via Gamification: Insights And Emerging Trends | TechCrunch.

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Harvard Launches Small Business Mini-MBA


The three-day executive education program will offer small business leaders help with financial strategies for growing companies.

In small business as in much of life, you learn a lot as you go. And for the rest? Harvard has a program for that.
Harvard Business School today announced a new executive education program for small business leaders.

The program, called “Leading Your Small Business Through Its Lifecycle,” aims to help entrepreneurs determine effective financial strategies during different stages of a company’s life. The three-day program, scheduled for June 24-27, will include classroom discussions, case study analysis, and presentations.

The program takes place on the HBS campus and will be open to entrepreneurs with businesses at varying stages of growth that make up to $5 million in annual sales.

Knowledge doesn’t come cheap, of course—the program fee is $7,500—but then again, education is an investment.

See original post announcement here…….via Harvard Launches Small Business Mini-MBA « Inc. Wire..

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