Crowdsourced Learning for Professionals

Author: Geoff Simon
Published: March 22, 2012 at 5:25 pm
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In today’s fast-moving business world, entrepreneurs and executives alike face a unique learning challenge. There’s little time or energy to engage in high-value educational opportunities. Luckily, the new crop of crowdsourced e-courses is helping business leaders fast-forward, often helping acquire new knowledge while on-the-go.

Crowdsourcing has made Web-based learning is a concept whose time has come. Universities and colleges of every ilk are offering virtual learning programs. These are excellent options for business people who want to boost their career or grow their business, but they can't afford the time out of the workforce, or the cost of a traditional program.

Crowdsourced Ivy League Learning

Interestingly, educators from some of the top colleges and universities are teaching courses. Some examples . . .

Udemy: With their recently announced new FacultyProject.com, you can now enroll in an impressive lineup of free e-courses under its Udemy program. Udemy is staffed by educators from several world-class schools including Northwestern, Dartmouth, Vassar, Duke, and Vanderbilt. As an example, you can enroll in an Introduction to operations management class taught by top professor at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, Gad Allon

Udemy’s crowdsourced courses span the gamut, ranging from Law, Engineering and Business to Public Health, Archaeology and Literature. Each course is a curated collection of videos, PowerPoint presentations, PDF documents, articles and other materials, with an online forum to take the collaborative spirit even further.

"We couldn't be more proud of the educators that have agreed to participate in this truly unique endeavor. Each is participating without pay, simply because they are interested in bringing knowledge to the global community".

Duolingo:  For professionals with a need to operate internationally, Duolingo flattens the language learning curve. A free language learning site, Duolingo is a crowdsourced text translation platform. Crafting lessons that incorporate Google Translate as a learning tool, Duolingo allows users to study and test through a progression of various language lessons.  As an added bonus, you are also helping translate the web as well with Duolingo.

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Geoff Simon is currently the owner/operator of Simon Search Marketing, a small search marketing firm in Los Angeles, CA. Previously Geoff worked in a content optimization, search analyst role at Disney Interactive Media Group, Intermark Group and G2 Direct & Digital. …

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