Let’s first recap the dizzying pace of change, announcements and launches that have occurred since the Fall of 2011 between Udacity, Coursera, MITx and the latest free-learning darling, edX. It was a mere three months ago in February when I questioned whether Udacity and Coursera were in fact reforming higher education. Arguably they already have, based not only on the launch of edX in the academic vertical but continued (perhaps competitive?) innovations occurring in the corporate learning space from Skillsoft, Pearson and Saba among others. Some of you may be thinking this is reminiscent of the 1990’s West Coast versus East Coast rapper wars with a stand-off between Silicon Valley and Boston-based universities. Collectively, we know that $81 million dollars has been invested in the three (or is it four MITx?) fledgling online entities thus far. There is the possibility that edX and Coursera in particular are using these non-credentialed courses as loss leaders. Or possibly the online free courses can add up to an official credential at some point, but the student would have to purchase the actual articulation.
Think about corporate access via edX to Harvard Business School Executive Education and its talent pool.
I completed a course through Coursera from UC Berkeley SaaS Engineering Long Lasting Software. Now we have WeduboX in latin america, they just launched the beta test and their focus is the same as Udacity, Coursera and edX but in a different market: Spain and Latin America. EdX offers certificates under MITx or Berkleyx accordingly, and is affiliated with the university that runs it. Andrea, thank you for the news about wedubox, I just checked and they finished the beta phase (with about 1.000 teachers), now wedubox is on production.
I?m creating my first course and the portal is great, the looks is very similar to udacity. It should be interesting how the dynamics between the major and secondary , US and international universities, play out during this time of change.
Alison is a free website that provides lot of online courses that you can take completely free. The entire course is organized in a serial manner so that you know where to start from and how to proceed. Once you have completed the entire course, you need to take evaluation test, and hopefully, pass it. Mindfulness is a modern concept, which describes the adoption of a new mindset, which can measurably alter ones outlook and mood and is used as an empowering tool in the self management of anxiety and stress.
Mindfulness is the practice of being aware in every possible moment, while keeping a non-judgmental outlook and at the same time observing your own bodily and emotional responses. To do this you should begin to observe the ‘self’ and any reactions to situations and others in a dispassionate way.  In other words, not be a slave to our own thoughts and the emotions that they generate, but to step back and assess before the usual reaction takes place. This powerful course will teach you everything that you need to know about Mindfulness and how to start using the techniques and principles in your daily life.
The Mindfulness Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. Thankfully the recent additions of Princeton, uPenn and uMich to Coursera have alleviated that theory.


Unless the purpose of a VC has changed and pigs can now fly, it reasons to stand these funding partners have their eye on a bigger prize downstream. For example, a student completes 120 articulated credits via Coursera over a 6-year period, and she wants a degree now to show for her efforts. Through the magic of the partnerships, the student can be provided the degree for a fee. And if Coursera, edX and Udacity prove me right, they eventually will get into the corporate learning platform space.
I happened to hear about it just after the Mitx and Udacity announcements last year so I jumped in. That meteorite is headed for the dinosaurs and they best devise a way to prevent extinction. I am doing courses with EdX, Coursera and Udacity to suppliment my (quite rigid) traditional university study. The content itself is very good, sometimes at par with what you would expect from brick and mortar universities.
Alison requires you to score at least 80% to award you the certificate or diploma for that course.
Alison lets you browse Diploma courses, or you can browse subjects to see courses under them, or Categories. As I mentioned earlier, lessons proceed like ppt slideshows, with text, videos, animation, etc.
So, anyone can validate authenticity of your certificate by going to Alison’s website and providing the unique number of your certificate. However, that is understandable as the course itself is completely free, and certificates are not that costly, but what I didn’t like is that it doesn’t tells you cost of the certificate when you decide to take the course. Many businesses and individuals are introducing powerful Mindfulness techniques into their daily routines to help relieve stress in the work place and to keep a positive outlook and to help adopt a more productive approach in life. Whether you are looking to use the Mindfulness techniques to help yourself or others, upon completion of this course you can work as a Mindfulness Practitioner either on a 1-2-1 basis or with groups of people, either in a therapy practice or in the workplace.
By adopting a mindful perspective, we observe our experience but don’t get caught up in it.
By slowing down and investigating our thoughts, feelings and experiences more carefully, we create space and time to come up with wise responses to the difficulties in our lives.
We are less wrapped up in our own thoughts and feelings and so have greater ability to take others into account.
We experience the world in an open way that is not so weighed down by unhelpful psychological patterns and cultivates gratitude. Through Mindfulness, we see that events, thoughts and feelings always change, and we can learn to bear experiences more lightly, and let them go. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. I also wouldn’t be surprised if the new Academic partners in Coursera have also funded the endeavour, perhaps behind the scenes.
When Harvard realized the Bruins were out of the Stanley Cup playoffs, they decided to get cozy with MIT and their MITx initiative.
Think about companies who may be keenly interested in analyzing the online studying behaviours of people.


I see a day where corporate customers will utilize a cloud-based version of their platform but in a secure, private manner. This enables me to tailor my learning to what I want rather than some run of the mill degree.
That’s a fairly large number of learners, and shows how useful people find this website for free online learning. I personally feel that is a pretty high percentage, and something on the lines of 60-70% would have been better; but probably Alison has its reasons. This course is fully certified via the IANLPC, upon completion of the course assessment you will receive your Mindfulness Diploma Certificates from the IANLPC and Centre of Excellence.
Mindfulness helps us get greater clarity on what is happening in our minds, and in our lives. We create space between the urge to react and our actions themselves, and we can make considered and creative decisions about how to behave. We can be more considerate, empathic, compassionate, sensitive and flexible in our relationships.
We are better attuned to ourselves, to others, and to the world, and able to act more skilfully, based on present need, rather than past conditioning.
We are more able to enjoy well-being that does not depend on things going “right” or always being right.
With each institution investing $30m into the pot (when MITx launched a mere 6 months ago) shows you how much potential new money is at stake. This is a classic example of investing for the long term by all stakeholders from each of the projects. It’s those learners who are receiving a free course that will be (unknowingly?) providing data points to companies in search of trends and the like.
What originally was free could now be a revenue stream for the academic institutions and both parties are happy. At the end of successful completion of course, you are given an option to buy course certificate of completion, for which you have to pay. More than 300,000 people have successfully completed free certificate courses and free diploma courses on Alison. The course content itself consists of text, sometimes videos, sometimes sound, and sometimes animation; depending on what works best.
I also read a couple of reviews for courses in which users mentioned that there wasn’t even an option of downloadable PDF certificates for those courses, and instead the only option was to mail the higher priced certificates. I am sure I will sign up for couple of courses myself, and even get some of my employees enrolled into this. This course will take you up to 150 hours to complete from home, there is no time limit for completing the course it can be studied in you own time at your own pace.
I see these projects as opportunities to upsell fee-based programs and degrees that otherwise might not have occurred due to the lack of a sales channel.



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