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  • Could Badges Ever Replace Diplomas?

    As technology advances, education tends to become more open and accessible. It's possible that a recent announcement from a joint partnership between the Mozilla Corporation, HASTAC, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spells the biggest change yet in that direction. What are badges, and what do they mean for the future of education?

  • Do We Need Those Stinking DML Badges?

    In September 2011 Web developer Mozilla announced their Open Badges platform, a digital method for individuals to show off credentials they've acquired through both traditional and nontraditional means. Some critics have been quick to attack the notion of Open Badging, alleging that it commodifies education and makes for an unsupportable system. But perhaps badges are the creative jolt education needs.

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  • Community Colleges: OCW's Final Frontier

    OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a movement pioneered and endorsed by large, prestigious universities. It's catching on among 4-year colleges and universities, with totally free and open educational information available online in increasing amounts. But the movement has been slow to gain traction in community colleges.

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  • Textbook Costs: Looking at Market Forces to Understand High Prices

    As if tuition, fees and cost of living weren't high enough, college students spend hundreds of dollars every year on textbooks. And book costs are rising fast - prices for new textbooks are climbing much more rapidly than inflation rates. The Education Insider explores the market disconnect that may be at the root of this problem.

  • Sneak Peek! Early Results for the Education Resource People's Choice Awards

    A little over a week into Study.com's Education Resources People's Choice Awards, we already have some stiff competition between our nominees. We always get excited about helping students succeed, and it seems our voters are just as passionate about making education accessible as we are! Check out some of the comments voters have left about their choices, and learn about some of our our tightest races.

  • People's Choice Nominees: Best Open Education Resource

    Watching Quentin Tarantino's first film online. (For free!) Help with your calculus homework. (For free!) A Yale University English course. (For free!) The Open Education Movement makes all of these things possible and our three nominees in this category represent the coolest and most useful (free!) educational resources available to anyone online.

  • Tweet Us Your Best Money Saving Tips and Win a Laptop!

    Do you know of some creative ways to save money while in school? Study.com will give you a free laptop if you have the best money saving tip for students!

  • Ohio University Couple Wins Study.com's Win Free Textbooks for a Year Giveaway

    When Aundrea Bentley's boyfriend told her about Study.com's Win Free Textbooks for a Year Giveaway, he didn't actually expect that she'd win. And he really didn't expect that he'd win $500 for telling her about the giveaway. A happy surprise later, they've joined our long list of scholarship and award winners.

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  • Where We're Going, We Don't Need Classrooms: EduMOOC 2011

    If we could hop in the DeLorean and get a glimpse of higher education in 2021, what would we see? This week's eduMOOC (Massive Open Online Course) panelists talked about what they envision as the future direction of online learning.

  • Win Free Textbooks for a Year Contest Ends August 31

    Study.com's Win Free Textbooks for a Year Contest will close on August 31. If you haven't entered yet, there's still time! If you have entered already, makes sure to tell your friends about the contest to qualify for the $500 referral prize.

  • Educational Collaboration for the Win: EduMOOC 2011

    How are some schools making rich course offerings available despite shrinking budgets? Find out how educators and students are reaching out and adopting a win-win strategy.

  • The Most Helpful Free Education Resources

    Study.com recently ran a survey asking readers to detail their familiarity and experiences with OpenCourseWare (OCW), free college course material available online to any interested learners. We wanted respondents to tell us how they use OCW, what OCW types they find most relevant to their studies and more. Here are the results.

  • How to Learn in a Digital World: PLNs and EduMOOC 2011

    Why might types of learning that depend on classrooms and formal instructors be growing less and less relevant? What are personal learning networks (PLNs), and what advantages do they offer? These questions and more were the subject of this week's EduMOOC 2011 webinar.

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  • Education Wants to Be Free: EduMOOC 2011

    Open learning was the topic for week five of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on online learning organized by the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The panel discussion touched on how e-textbooks and the flood of free resources are fostering the movement towards openness.

  • Popular Ways that OpenCourseWare is Used

    Study.com recently ran a survey asking readers to detail their familiarity with OpenCourseWare (OCW), free college course materials available online to any interested learners. We wanted respondents to tell us how they use OCW, what kinds of OCW they find most helpful and more. Here are the results.

  • How Mobile Apps and Devices Impact Teaching and Learning: EduMOOC 2011

    How can mobile apps, as well as the mobile devices on which they run, change teaching and learning for the better? This question propelled this week's panel discussion within eduMOOC 2011, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) initiated by the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Keep reading Study.com's Education Insider to learn more.

  • A Yale Education is Within Your Reach

    Open Yale Courses is an open education program at Yale University dedicated to providing classes that realistically emulate the campus classroom experience. Students around the world can enjoy high-quality courses designed to push the boundaries of what it means to learn online. Study.com's Education Insider recently caught up with Diana E. E. Kleiner of Open Yale Courses to learn more about the initiative.

  • Win Free Textbooks for a Year

    We're excited to announce our Win Free Textbooks for a Year giveaway! Textbook costs have been rising at a rate greater than inflation for year and have come to represent a significant portion of college costs. These costs are a barrier to education for many students, but one lucky student won't have to worry about costs for a full year. The giveaway opens on August 1st, but like us on Facebook to stay updated!

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  • Learning Language as a Game: Study.com Talks with the Creators of SNOWBALLS

    Globalization increasingly infiltrates the world of higher education. Technology has heightened the speed at which we can communicate and collaborate, fostering a worldwide academic environment heretofore unseen. That brings along with it a set of challenges, not the least of which is the barrier established by highly technical foreign language terms. A pair of University of Tokyo educators has come up with an innovative solution to that problem - they've invited their students to play a game.

  • Can Technology Prevent the Education Bubble from Bursting? A Dialogue with Trent Batson

    The latest buzz in the higher education blogosphere has been about an 'education bubble.' Talk of this purported bubble has been fueled by dissatisfaction with rising tuition costs coupled with the inability of recent college graduates to secure jobs due to lack of relevant workforce skills. Dr. Trent Batson believes that the innovative use of educational technology, such as ePortfolios, may help prevent the bubble from bursting.

  • Open Education Is Transforming the Way We Learn: Ray Schroeder Speaks to Study.com

    Ray Schroeder is the Professor Emeritus of Communication and the founding director of the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service at the University of Illinois at Springfield. His numerous awards and acknowledgements include the 2010 A. Frank Mayadas Leadership Award, the Sloan Consortium's highest individual award.

  • Sharing Open Education Across All Sectors: Robert Schuwer Explains the Wikiwijs Initiative

    In the U.S., most open education initiatives are centered around higher education, but the Netherlands is taking things a step farther. The Dutch government recently launched Wikiwijs, an open education portal designed to share digital resources between the primary, secondary and postsecondary sectors of education. The Education Insider spoke with Robert Schuwer, content leader for the program and professor at the Dutch Open University, to learn more about this innovative initiative.

  • Bringing Open Education to Community Colleges: Dr. Judy Baker Introduces the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources

    Most of the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement in higher education has focused on 4-year colleges and universities. The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) is working to change that by bringing a national group of 2-year institutions together to advocate for the needs of community college students. Dr. Judy Baker, one of the founding members of the CCCOER, recently spoke to The Education Insider about the development of this important organization.

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  • How MIT's Office of Educational Innovation and Technology is Making Education Better: An Interview with Vijay Kumar

    Study.com recently attended the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC), a gathering of educators and professionals interested in the availability and application of free online college course materials known as OpenCourseWare (OCW). We had a chance to speak with several industry leaders, including Vijay Kumar, the director of MIT's OEIT (Office of Educational Innovation and Technology), who shared with us a couple of MIT's exciting innovations.

  • The Future of OpenCourseWare: Kate James Talks About The Next Decade of OCW at MIT

    Study.com recently attended the OpenCourseWare Consortium's annual conference, where we met Kate James, Senior Manager of User Experience for the MIT OCW team. We caught up with her after the conference to learn more about where her team is taking MIT as they move into their second decade of OpenCourseWare.

  • Why Should Community Colleges and OpenCourseWare Embrace Each Other?

    The Open Courseware Consortium (OCWC), an organization dedicated to making university course materials freely available online, has typically had primarily four-year member institutions as members. Read on to learn how community colleges and the OCWC can benefit each other.

  • Creating and Teaching Art Online with John Casey and Chris Follows of ALTO and Process Arts

    Study.com recently attended the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC), a gathering of educators and professionals interested in the availability and application of free online college course materials known as OpenCourseWare (OCW). We had a chance to speak with several industry leaders, including Chris Follows and John Casey, the innovators behind ALTO (Arts, Learning and Teaching Online) and Process Arts, which aim to provide OCW for teaching art and design via the Internet.

  • Promoting Low Cost Textbooks for Community College Students

    Stop breaking the bank with high textbook costs and explore some of the free or low cost options promoted by the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCOER). We recently 'attended' a webinar where members of the CCOER met with members of the OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC) to talk about how OpenCourseWare and Open Educational Resources can be best used to benefit students and self-learners around the world.

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  • Free Education for Working Professionals

    Free online educational material can be used by many types of people, and for many reasons. Study.com recently surveyed some online learners and discovered that many are working professionals. Read on to find out some good resources that are especially geared toward you.

  • Learn for Free: Top Types of Free Educational Resources

    It's never been easier to learn online, but the range of resources can be mind-boggling. Study.com surveyed some lovers of free education to find out what types of resources are most popular. Read on to find out the most popular resources and where you can find them.

  • Real Credit for Virtual Courses: How to Get Credit for Free Classes

    Online course material (also known as OpenCourseWare, or OCW) can provide free education. But how can it be used to earn credits toward real-world degrees? Read on to find out.

  • Understanding OCW: A Field Guide to Free Education

    OpenCourseWare, also known as OCW, is sweeping the education world and revolutionizing the way students and self-learners can learn. Unfortunately, many people don't even know what OCW is or how they can access free education opportunities. Read on for a full overview of OCW and the way you can use it to learn for free.

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  • Open Education Around the World: Study.com Speaks with the University of Tokyo

    In the pursuit of increasing access to education, Study.com has recently launched an interview series with OpenCourseWare (OCW) providers around the world. These institutions are at the forefront of the open education movement, which provides free educational resources to any student or self learner with an Internet connection. Read on to learn about OCW opportunities at the University of Tokyo from Emi Yamamoto of the U Tokyo Center for Research and Development of Higher Education.

  • Opening the World's Knowledge: Study.com Speaks with Tufts University

    In the pursuit of increasing access to education, Study.com has recently launched an interview series with OpenCourseWare (OCW) providers around the world. These institutions are at the forefront of the open education movement, which provides free educational resources to anyone with an Internet connection. Read on to learn about OCW opportunities at Tufts University from Mary Y. Lee, Associate Provost, Susan Albright, Director of Educational Technologies and Robbin Smith, OCW Editor.

  • Open Education Around the World: Study.com Speaks with the University of Southern Queensland

    In the pursuit of increasing access to education, Study.com has recently launched an interview series with OpenCourseWare (OCW) providers around the world. These institutions are at the forefront of the blossoming open education movement, which provides free educational resources to any student or self learner with an Internet connection. Read on to learn about OCW opportunities at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia from Professor Jim Taylor.

  • Free Books - 50 Places to Find Free Books Online

    Free books can be found everywhere--if you know where to look. Below you'll find 50 places offering free books online, including fiction and nonfiction ebooks, audio books, poetry, reference books and even free textbooks.

  • Open Education Around the World: Study.com Speaks with Taipei Medical University

    In the pursuit of increasing access to education, Study.com has recently launched an interview series with OpenCourseWare (OCW) providers around the world. These institutions are at the forefront of the open education movement, which provides free educational resources to any student or self learner with an Internet connection. Read on to learn about OCW opportunities at Taipei Medical University (TMU) from Marian Wan in the Office of Biomedical Informatics.

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  • Open Education Around the World: Study.com Speaks with the University of Notre Dame

    In the pursuit of increasing access to education, Study.com has recently launched an interview series with OpenCourseWare (OCW) providers around the world. These institutions provide free educational resources to any student or self learner with an Internet connection. Read on to learn about OCW opportunities at the University of Notre Dame from Cathy Schultz, ND OCW Project Coordinator, and Kevin Barry, Interim Director at the ND Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning.

  • Open.Michigan: Study.com Speaks with the Open Learning Team at the University of Michigan

    In the pursuit of increasing access to education, Study.com has recently launched an interview series with OpenCourseWare (OCW) providers around the world. These institutions are at the forefront of the open education movement, providing free educational resources to anyone with an Internet connection. Study.com recently spoke with Emily Puckett Rodgers, Open Education Coordinator at the University of Michigan, about Open.Michigan, U-M's innovative open learning project.

  • Building Community Through the Arts: Study.com Speaks with Fresh Arts

    The Fresh Arts Coalition is an arts group in Houston, Texas, that links member organizations from museums to theater troupes. Fresh Arts helps them gain visibility and bring their work to the greater artistic community. Study.com recently caught up with Ian Garrett, the new Executive Director of Fresh Arts, to find out how the organization works and what new arts education projects are in development.

  • Open Education Around the World: Study.com Speaks with The Open University

    In the pursuit of increasing access to education, Study.com has recently launched an interview series with OpenCourseWare (OCW) providers around the world. These institutions are at the forefront of the blossoming open education movement, which provides free educational resources to any student or self learner with an Internet connection. Read on to learn about OCW opportunities at The Open University in the U.K. from Professor Andy Lane.

  • Open Education Around the World: Study.com Speaks with the University of Cape Town

    In the pursuit of increasing access to education, Study.com has recently launched an interview series with OpenCourseWare (OCW) providers around the world. These institutions are at the forefront of the blossoming open education movement, which provides free educational resources to any student or self learner with an Internet connection. Read on to learn about OCW opportunities at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa from project lead Glenda Cox and her team.

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  • Parlez-vous Francais? Free Online Foreign Language Tutorials

    Learning a language on your own can be a very daunting task. Luckily, there are tons of resources available on the Web to help you develop your foreign language skills, from video lectures to podcasts and more. Don't miss these free online foreign language tutorials.

  • History 101: 10 Free Video Lectures

    Studying history can be viewed as a holistic exercise. In many ways, it is the examination of small parts of the human experience to understand what we collectively are. These free online courses can help enhance your insight into how we have come to be where we are.

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  • Numbers Count: 10 Free Online Math Classes

    Do you consider yourself more of a words person than someone who gets math? If so, you know how nerve-wracking it can be to have to show off numbers know-how. Not to worry, though. There are plenty of free online courses for numbers novices and experts alike. Here are ten classes you can take to make math add up.

  • World Watch: 10 Free Online International Newspapers

    Perhaps our posts from this week on studying abroad have you in a global frame of mind. But what if your passport needs to be renewed? No need to worry as you can get news, views and culture from all over the world via these online media sources.

  • Elite Institution Offers MBA Program - For Free

    Ever thought about pursuing an MBA? Well, now's the time. The London School of Business & Finance is offering its full MBA program online - for free. Keep reading to learn how you can take advantage of this offer.

  • Around the World in 80 Seconds: 10 Free Sites to Tour the Globe

    Ever wish you could take a tour of the world? Maybe school, work or limited funds make this dream impossible for the moment. Not to worry. These sites offer an up close and personal look at some of the globe's hottest travel destinations.

  • Writing 101: 10 Free Online Writing Classes

    Authors emerge from all walks of life. While many scribes complete formal college programs in creative writing, journalism and other specializations of the craft, others come to writing from different disciplines. In this way, writing is an egalitarian pursuit. Regardless of your background, you can polish your writing skills by taking these free classes.

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  • Relieve Your Stress: 10 Free Web Apps to Help You Relax

    We all experience stress. No matter how well we schedule our time, there's no way to eliminate it completely from our lives. Each day brings those little (or big) surprises that can undermine our best-laid plans to meet family, work and school responsibilities. The good news: Stress relief is only a click away at these websites.

  • 10 Free Classic Books

    A post yesterday examined how reading the classics can reveal important life lessons. It seems appropriate to recommend a few more classic books because, after all, October is National Book Month. Why not check out these great (free!) titles to glean some insight of your own?

  • Free Software for Your Online Classes

    When it comes to doing a job, the right tool can make all the difference. The same holds true for taking courses online. Without some essential tools, it can be difficult to carry out all of the tasks your instructor expects of you. That's where the below (free!) software programs come in.

  • 10 Free Web Tools for Students

    Online education, once considered outside the mainstream, has gained a great deal of credibility among college students in recent years. More good news for online learners: There are a lot of free Internet resources students can take advantage of while completing courses. Read on to learn about some popular Web-based services and applications that can help you be a more successful student.

  • Free Education? Consider OCW

    Just how much is college? Annual expenses for in-state students at four-year public schools average $15,000. Students at private colleges typically spend $35,000 each year. What's worse, higher ed costs are rising by 6% each year. OpenCourseWare (OCW) offers you a no-cost alternative to paying skyrocketing college expenses.

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