This Week in Online Learning: Khan Academy’s Comp Sci Curriculum, How to be Remarkably Successful and More

Every day in the online learning space brings new innovations — it’s an exciting place to be.  There are gazillions of businesspeople, teachers, in-school students and not-as-traditional students trying to make it easier for everyone to learn what they want and need to know.  We’re here to help you keep up — so from better ways to learn coding to a company whose product is life lessons, here’s the week’s news in online education.

Coders Get Instant Gratification With Khan Academy Programming via Klint Finley at Wired

The learn-to-code movement has been growing like crazy, with website after website popping up to teach you HTML and programmers arguing over who should and should not learn the language of computers.  Now there’s an exciting new method coming from none other than Khan Academy, the educational-video giant that’s recently been criticized by some teachers.  People seem pretty universally excited about Khan’s computer science curriculum, though — as you adjust and type code in the lefthand editor, the image on the right changes instantly, so you can see the results of your actions.  And the classes focus on drawing and games — the fun stuff!  Now you have no excuse to not try learning.

Majoring in Free Content via Paul Fain at Inside Higher Ed

The Saylor Foundation, a foundation started by internet entrepreneur Michael J. Saylor, is almost done with their full set of courses and has set up partnerships with Excelsior College and StraighterLine, two other online course providers.  By taking classes and exams at some combination of the three institutions, students can earn some of the cheapest class credit in the country.  Add in the 13 majors and more than 240 classes available from Saylor, and online students have got themselves a pretty sweet deal.

LearnUp picks up $1.9M in funding to help job seekers brush up on skills via Robin Wauters at The Next Web

Do you ever wish there was a site that not only told you what skills employers needed, but also told you where to learn those skills?  Well, now you online learning blackboard with writinghave one — LearnUp, a startup founded by Alexis Ringwald and Kenny Ma that’s already partnering with such giants as Staples, Whole Foods and Gap.  Sign up to figure out what skills you need, see where to learn them, and then show them off to employers.

D.C.-based EverFi lands $10 million from tech executives via Steven Overly at The Washington Post

EverFi is teaching students how to live — and reaping megabucks from investors to fund their mission.  The edtech startup offers classes to high school and college students on topics such as financial literacy, responsible use of technology, and alcohol.  In other words, the classes students badly need but that their schools often don’t have the resources to teach.  EverFi pays for the high school programs through grants, and has received funding from higher-ups at Amazon, Google and Twitter.  With investors like these, who needs… well… any other investors?

9 Beliefs of Remarkably Successful People via Jeff Haden at Inc.

So you don’t want to just be successful.  You want to be remarkably successful.  Turns out you can be, if you change your thinking a little and never allow yourself to get bogged down by ego.  Jeff Haden reminds you to take work that pays, bend time to your will and always go the extra mile.  Our personal favorite is #4 — “Experience is irrelevant.  Accomplishments are everything.”  It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in a certain business or field if you’ve never actually done anything.  Get out there and prove how awesome you are!

That’s the news this week.  Did we miss anything?  Tell us in the comments or tweet @Smarterer.

  • Andrew Smith

    Awesome post.  Looks like educational innovation is a good place to be in right now!