Category Archives: General Academic

Exercise Your Right Brain & Improve Your Life with Art Lessons from Artyfactory.com [Video Tour Included]

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Worth a Second Look: My Favorite Articles & Videos from 2014

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New on my WORTH SHARING website:  Some of my favorite articles, blog posts, and videos that I posted during 2014.  Some are important. Others were merely fun or gratifying to create and I want to share them again before they disappear beneath 2015’s posts. Check them out!

Free Guide to E-Learning Best Practices and Online College Success

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Wondering what online education (e-learning) is all about… and if it’s a good choice for you? The good people at Affordable Colleges (AC) Online have created this free, well-documented, 22-page guide will help you answer these and lots more questions.

From the Guide’s Introduction (my bold added):

We interviewed experts in online learning at top universities, as well as at organizations dedicated to the advancement of online learning and to the promotion best practices. This guidebook is the result and it will help you:
* Better understand the concept of e-learning, including keys to success, critical mistakes to avoid, important concepts, and how-tos.
Understand how e-learning can be individualized, including options for students with disabilities, working adults, and K – 2 students.
Debunk many of the myths and misconceptions about online learning.”

As you can see from the Table of Contents (below), the Guide covers a lot of ground. And it does so concisely and authoritatively. This is a “must read” for anyone considering any online or e-learning experiences!

Table of Contents:

  • Types of Online Learning
  • Benefits of Online Learning
  • The Online Learning Experience
  • Who is Best Suited for Online Learning?
  • Choosing an Online Learning College or Program
  • Online Learning for Disabled Students
  • International Online Study
  • K-12 Online Learning
  • Online Learning Technology
  • Tips for Online Learning Success
  • Financial Aid for Online Learning
  • Additional Resources
  • Glossary of Terms

Click here to go to the E-Learning Best Practices and Online College Success ( http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges-guide/ )

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Turn Any Ebook into an Audiobook with FBReader & Ivona Text to Speech (TTS)

This video shows how to set up and use the free apps FBReader & Ivona TTS engine to turn ANY ebook into an audiobook! You’ll learn how you can kick back and close your eyes, while your tablet or smartphone reads that ebook to you through your headphones or speakers. Which means you can “read” with your ears while bouncing around on a bus, driving to work, standing in line at the bank or supermarket or just NYGoodHealth hanging out in your favorite recliner. How cool is that?

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Winter Blues? “Spit on Your Hands & Get Busy!” Learn Something New!

Learn something new!! Create something new!In one of Brian Johnson’s Philosopher’s Notes, I came across this quote from Dale Carnegie’s How To Stop Worrying and Start Living:

“George Bernard Shaw was right. He summed it all up when he said: ‘The secret of being miserable is to have the leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not.’ So don’t bother to think about it! Spit on your hands and get busy. Your blood will start circulating; your mind will start ticking—and pretty soon this whole positive upsurge of life in your body will drive worry from your mind. Get busy. Keep busy. It’s the cheapest kind of medicine there is on this earth—and one of the best.”

In another of Brian’s Philosopher’s Notes, he shares this quote from Sonja Lyubomirsky’s The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want

“In 1932, weighed down by the sorrows and agonies of his self-absorbed and aimless clients, an Australian psychiatrist named W. Béran Wolfe summed up his philosophy like this: ‘If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden, or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi Desert.’ He was right. People who strive for something personally significant, whether it’s learning a new craft, changing careers, or raising moral children, are far happier than those who don’t have strong dreams or aspirations. Find a happy person, and you will find a project.”

So how about you? What “personally significant” goal have you set for yourself lately? And if you happen to be housebound by this brutal winter, why not take on the challenge of learning something new?

Follow the links below to find some amazing free learning opportunities. Then “Get busy. Keep busy. It’s the cheapest kind of medicine there is on this earth…” to drive away those winter blues!

My 12 Favorite Posts from 2013

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New in 2013: YouTube Playlist “Video Tours: Great Free Training & Education Resources”

Below is a list of my 12 favorite posts from 2013. These were either 1) fun to research & write, or 2) particularly useful discoveries that I was eager to share. In particular, 2013 marks the introduction of my new YouTube Playlist “Video Tours: Great Free Training & Education Resources.” These tours gave me a chance to walk you through the coolest features of some of the best free training and education resources available. 

So… Check out my “best of the best” list below. Then tell me what you think! I look forward to your Comments (below).

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Got to YouTube Playlist "Tech Tools & Tips"

BONUS! Got a new tablet or other tech toy? Check out my YouTube Playlist, Tech Tools & Tips for info on my favorite apps & tricks.  Enjoy!

Academic Earth: Curated Listings of University Video Courses

Academic Earth is a curated collection of some of the best free online academic courses and lectures from world-class teachers and experts. This is a tour of Academic Earth’s:

  • Online course listings
  • Participating Universities
  • Curated Playlists
  • Custom-produced “Elective” videos

Enjoy!

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