I’m always looking at/for new ways to learn things or for a flexible way to learn things my way. One thing I am always looking out for is informal learning opportunities, be it in the form of a Youtube video, a Pin on Pinterest, talking to a friend on Facebook/Twitter/Linkedin (the big 3), finding a useful document on Scribd.com, the list goes on.
Also very interesting, however, is the rise of curated and organized “class” experiences on the Web that are open to anyone (it seems some of my not-so-crazy predictions for 2012 were correct after all). You may know from this post that I have a bit of a disappointed attitude (to put it politely) with universities claiming they have “open content” out there for anyone to take, when all they do is put up a lecture in formats like podcast, PowerPoint files or videos. Top-down approach at its best with no participation. It’s a step in the right direction but not the “best” way (disclaimer: what’s “best” for me might not be “best” for you, take this comment with a grain or two of salt).
That’s why I get really excited when I see opportunities to learn “with/from” others and share what I know as well in “class” experiences on the Web.
I recently took a Gamification course on Coursera, delivered by Prof. Werbach from the University of Pennsylvania. The class was setup as a series of short asynchronous video lectures, interactive quizzes, and peer-reviewed written assignments. A university-level course with a lot of interaction with peers and the professor, open, free of charge.
There are many opportunities for professional development out there these days, and not all of them mean “I’m sitting alone at home watching a boring lecture on Youtube” (no offense – those have their place too).
As forward thinking individuals and companies, let’s take advantage of these opportunities and learn, spread knowledge. Let’s DELIVER classes and share with the world what we know (a call for myself too). Let’s support employee professional development by encouraging our employees to take full advantage of learning opportunities online and offline.
Recently, Laura, a colleague put it in her professional development plan to take a course to improve specific skills. The company fully supported her in doing so. This is the type of forward thinking organizations need to have nowadays, in the 2020 Workplace!
Here are a few of the 1000s of places where you can learn something in a structured course, online, for a fee or for free… openly. Go learn something new today!
Coursera: Instructor-led and peer-reviewed University courses available for free, providing certificates of completion! Watch videos, participate in discussions, submit written assignments, respond to quizzes. According to the Coursera team: “We hope to give everyone access to the world-class education that has so far been available only to a select few. We want to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.”
Udemy: Curated and instructor-led courses online. Some are free others are not (but well worth paying for)!
General Assembly : “A global network of campuses for individuals seeking opportunity and education in technology, business, and design.”
Class Central: A curated list of several free online courses offered by universities on various platforms.
Udacity: Video lectures for free accompanied by problems/questions and answers, and exams. Udacity also offers certificates of completion!
SkillShare: A catalog of hybrid and local classes offered by experienced instructors.
CodeCademy: A gamified and fun way to learn code and programming with friends online!
More similar sites here. Explore, learn, teach, have fun!
Varias universidades no mundo todo têm disponibilizado seus cursos gratuitamente na Internet em diversos formatos ao longo dos anos. Um formato muito popular é o de podcasts no iTunesU ou palestras em vídeo no Youtube. Veja, por exemplo, esta vasta lista de “conteudo livre” ofertado por grandes universidades. Yale, por exemplo, disponibilizou várias palestras passadas em seu site “Open Yale“. A Open Uninversity (Universidade Aberta) permite que estudantes “experimentem” materiais de certos cursos gratuitamente em sua página de recursos OpenLearn.
Frequentemente, esses cursos não são nada mais que vídeos pré-gravados e elementos de áudio (não cursos completos e interativos) tornados públicos pelas universidades como uma forma de extensão comunitária (o que já é otimo, não me interpretem mal).
No entanto, a Stanford University está abrindo novos horizontes com seus cursos abertos online. Qualquer um (desde que compreenda os pré-requisitos recomendados) pode se inscrever em alguns de seus cursos online (gratuitamente) que ocorrerão durante o primeiro semestre de 2012. Os cursos consistem de palestras ao vivo (que também poderão ser acessadas posteriormente em um arquivo), questionários, e fóruns online nos quais os alunos poderão fazer perguntas.
A lista atual do primeiro semestre de 2012 inclue cursos sobre uma variedade eclética de assuntos que vão desde a Ciência da Computação, à Teoria dos Jogos, de Anatomia à Lingüística:
[Cursos em inglês - tradução livre de títulos]
Ciência da Computação 101
por Nick Parlante
Engenharia de Software para “Software as a Service” (SAAS)
por Armando Fox e David Patterson
Teoria de Jogos
por Mathew O. Jackson e Shoham Yoav
Processamento de Linguagem Natural
por Dan Jurafsky e Christopher Manning
Modelos Gráficos Probabilísticos
por Daphne Koller
por Scott Klemmer
Aprendizado de Máquina
por Andrew Ng
por Chuck Eesley
O Lançamento Rápido (Empreendedorismo Rápido)
por Steve Blank
pelo professor Dan Boneh
Teoria da Informação
por Tsachy (Itschak) Weissman
pelo Dr. Sakti Sirivastava
Projeto e Análise de Algoritmos I
por Tim Roughgarden
Construindo Edifícios Ecologicamente Amigáveis
pelo professor Martin Fischer
Lista adaptada do blog Aurora Rohan.
Several universities world-wide have made their courseware available in different formats over the years. A very popular format is that of podcasts on iTunesU or video lectures on Youtube. See, for instance, this broad list of “free courseware” offerings by major universities. Yale, for example, has made several past lectures available on their Open Yale website. The Open University lets students try course materials for free on their OpenLearn resources page, which. Often, these courses are nothing but pre-recorded videos and audio elements (not full interactive courses) made public by the universities as a form of community outreach (which is already great, don’t get me wrong).
However, Stanford University is blazing trails for open online courseware. Anyone (as long as they understand the recommended prerequisites)can sign up to take some of their courses online, free of charge in the Spring semester of 2012. The courses will consist of live lectures (which can also be see later in an archive), quizzes, and forums in which online students can ask questions.
The current Spring 2012 semester offerings include courses on an eclectic variety subjects ranging from Computer Science to Game Theory, from Anatomy to Linguistics:
Computer Science 101
by Nick Parlante
Software Engineering for Software as a Service (SAAS)
by Armando Fox and David Patterson
by Matthew O. Jackson and Yoav Shoham
Natural Language processing
by Dan Jurafsky and Christopher Manning
Probabilistic Graphical Models
by Daphne Koller
by Scott Klemmer
by Andrew Ng
by Chuck Eesley
The Lean Launchpad
by Steve Blank
by Professor Dan Boneh
by Tsachy (Itschak) Weissman
by Dr. Sakti Sirivastava
Design and Analysis of Algorithms I
by Tim Roughgarden
Making Green Buildings
by Professor Martin Fischer
List adapted from The Rohan Aurora blog.