Global Knowledge will launch a flexible course delivery format called “Blended Live” at the end of October 2018. This will be a hybrid model which combines the flexibility of on-demand and self-paced online learning with the physical presence and expert direction of the instructor-led training format.
“We have created a learning experience that will resonate with many in the corporate world,” explained Kevin Pawsey, Global CIO at Global Knowledge, on a blog post.
The first Blended Live courses will be amongst Global Knowledge’s most popular subjects: Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices, Cybersecurity Foundations, and Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions.
Global Knowledge’s online platform includes the Open edX codebase and has been developed in partnership with IBL Education.
It’s not just a buzzword. Blockchain is a true technological advancement that will transform the financial, medical, legal, and software services industries.
This week I attended the 2018 Finovate conference in New York and noticed how many high-profile banking and supply-chain executives were paying extreme attention.
For sure, blockchain-based networks, decentralized apps, and distributed ledgers are quietly changing the world. When the concept was introduced in 2008 by Satoshi Nakamoto, an unknown person or people who later developed the bitcoin digital currency, no one predicted this upcoming revolution.
Why is this so relevant?
A blockchain is a secure and distributed database, which maintains a growing list of ordered and encrypted records, called blocks. Each block has a link to a previous block, a timestamp –the date and time when the record was created– and the history of every file. Users can only edit the parts of the encrypted blocks that they “own”, as they possess the needed, cryptographically created private keys to write to it (obviously, these private keys, which are a few lines of data, can be stolen; but also they can be secured at almost no expense).
In addition to this immutable ledger that the network maintains, a blockchain has another primary component: a decentralized, autonomously managed, peer-to-peer network. This makes blockchain excellent for recording every digital transaction, exchange of goods and services, medical records, contracts, electoral voting, identity management, and private data. Naturally, it opens the possibility of mass disintermediation of transaction and trade processing, eliminating any “middleman”. Also, the usefulness of blockchain extends to storing any kind of digital information, including software.
In other words, it’s a new Internet of value, a transformative technology of the second digital age.
[Disclosure: at IBL we are creating self-paced and adaptive Blockchain for Business courses for organizations]
Mikel Amigot is the Founder of IBL News and IBL Education (Open edX)
Harvard University’s cutting-edge and free 100 courses on edX.org –covering topics from calculus and climate change to Shakespeare and Stravinsky– are a good tool to enrich a face-to-face classroom experience and enhance professional development-oriented skills.
HarvardX has suggested four approaches:
Use online courses to deepen your content knowledge and learn new teaching strategies. For example, the course CS50x: Introduction to Computer Science includes new and effective instructional strategies.
Allow students to virtually interact with other course participants, so they can learn the views of other people and collaborate with them. In the Practical Improvement Science in Health Care course, students feel connected and realize that others around the U.S. are on a similar journey and their voices matter.
Enroll and connect with a global community of teachers. Leaders of Learning, a course which examines theories of education and leadership, allows for this kind of collaboration.
Earn certificates of participation that can be used to apply for professional development credit at the state or school district levels. This page details how to work with continuing education credits.
The Yidan Prize Foundation granted this month the 2018 Yidan Prize for Education Development to edX CEO, Anant Agarwal. Mr. Agarwal was recognized for making education more accessible to people around the world via the edX online platform.
The Yidan Prize judging panel, led by former Director-General of UNESCO Koichiro Matsuura, invested six months to consider over 1,000 nominations spanning 92 countries.
Simultaneously, Larry V. Hedges of Northwestern University received the Yidan Prize for Education Research for his groundbreaking statistical methods for meta-analysis.
Founded in 2016 by Charles Chen Yidan, the Yidan Prize aims to create a better world through education.
The Yidan Prize for Education Research and the Yidan Prize for Education Development will be awarded in Hong Kong on December 10, 2018, by Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-Ngor, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Following the ceremony, the laureates will be joined by about 350 practitioners, researchers, policymakers, business leaders, philanthropists, and global leaders in education to launch the 2018 edition of the Worldwide Educating for the Future Index (WEFFI), the first comprehensive index to evaluate inputs into education systems rather than outputs, such as test scores.
Dorothy K. Gordon, chair of UNESCO IFAP and head of the judging panel, commended Professor Agarwal for his work behind the MOOC movement. “EdX gives people the tools to decide where to learn, how to learn, and what to learn. It brings education into the sharing economy, enabling access for people who were previously excluded from the traditional system of education because of financial, geographic, or social constraints. It is the ultimate disrupter with the ability to reach every corner of the world that is internet enabled, decentralizing and democratizing education.’’
Vice President for Open Learning Sanjay Sarma praised edX for creating a platform “where learners from all over the world can access high-quality education and also for enabling MIT faculty and other edX university partners to rethink how digital technologies can enhance on-campus education by providing a platform that empowers researchers to advance the understanding of teaching through online learning.”
In the past six years, edX built a community of over 17 million learners from around the world; partnered with more than 130 prestigious universities, institutions and corporations; and continues to make the edX platform available for free as the Open edX open source software.
The Open edX platform has been adopted by 1600 sites, where over 20 million additional people learn every day.
Public Funding. As an initiative of the French Ministry of Higher Education, FUN receives from the Government half of its €2.5 million annual budget every year.
Fees from members and non-members. Similar to edX.org consortium, academic and non-profit organizations pay €4,500 for the first edition of the course, with a discount of 20 % for subsequent runs.
Licensing of content through different platforms, such as FUN Campus (15 universities and 50 courses) and FUN Corporate. Both charge fee for the use of the courses and for access to user data.
White label platforms and private courses through branded platforms for professional associations, government agencies, national governments and even universities (i.e. in Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire). Other examples are a platform for French public servants, professional training in Luxembourg, and the nuclear power industry.
User fees. Some courses charge a small fee to students who wish to earn a certificate.
Understanding the blockchain technology and how it has started to transform many industries is critical. Following this trend, the edX platform is adding another course this month.
UC Berkeley is launching this September 29 a course developed by faculty from its Computer Science department. The course titled Blockchain Technology will provide for six weeks a wide overview of many topics related to this space, including the foundation of Bitcoin.
Taught by Rustie Lin and Nadir Akhtar, instructors at Berkeley this open course will also explore enterprise blockchain implementations in JP Morgan’s Quorum, Ripple, Tendermint, and HyperLedger.
In July 2016, TU Delft reached the million learners milestone.
“The experience that TU Delft is gaining from the MOOCs serves as a springboard for other types of innovative education for a range of target groups,” the university explained. The most important programs are on the professional certificate field, especially with subjects such as electric cars, railway engineering, design in health and leadership for engineers.
This November in Boston during the Global Forum, edX will select a winner the for 3rd annual Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning award.
With this award, “edX celebrates the contributions and innovations of MOOC teachers in the edX community, and amplifies the powerful role that MOOCs play in the transformation of education today,”said Nina Huntemann, Director of Academics and Research at edX.