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April 21, 2015

Online Classes

There are many great online training sites for all sorts of careers and/or hobbies.  Some are quite expensive and some are, well, my favorite…free.

You are most likely already aware that all colleges and universities offer online courses.  You can earn many degrees online today.  Some people take courses at local universities and also take others online from the same or cooperating schools.  The possibilities are endless as far as subject matter.  Just for fun I searched for, "knitting free online classes" and found many sites.

Now, be careful as you search for your classes.  Make sure they are provided by a reputable source.  As you will see below many higher education organizations participate. 

If you find a free course, start one, give it a try and see if it provides what you are looking for.  If it is educational, enjoyable and you are getting something out of it, stick around for the next.  If you do not find value from the first class, quit and find another. 

Mooc graphicA couple of locations I will mention are and  They carry most any course you can think of.  They are both part of the MOOC system and have some big name universities participating with them.  I would give you a list of them but there are hundreds around the world.  A couple you may have heard of are the California Institute of Technology, Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Carnegie Mellon University, Microsoft (one of my favorites), University of Virginia and many, many, many more.

There are schools from all around the world, community colleges, technical centers and other types of educational facilities. 

Courses can be found in Business, Science, Art, Math, Programming, Humanities, Biology, Education, Psychology and (once again) many, many, many more. 

I used an acronym you may have never heard above, "MOOC" what is it?  MOOC stands for, "Massive Open Online Course" which is an online course designed to be used by huge numbers of people.  They are provided through your browser on the web.  They may be in a lecture, document, interactive training and other formats including combinations of all. Many include class discussion with other participants. 

You can supposedly get college credits at some of these; however, be warned, I have not been able to verify this.  Do not plan on getting a degree from a real university with these classes until you check it out very carefully.

Mooc-List logoFinally if you cannot find the facility or the course you want go to the MOOC list site,  You can search a huge collection full of everything you can think of.  There are other MOOC related sites and schools out there so look around, find one and get some education. 

April 21, 2014

2014-04-21 WSVA Show Notes

Today we had the April show on WSVA, 550AM.  If you have 40 minutes to learn some new tech info and listen to Jim Britt and I having fun…take a listen here.  A few calls, a few issues, a few news items and a lot more.  Enjoy the links we talked about below.

Tech News
Heartbleed Explained
If you’re an IT professional, gadget blogger or token geek in your circle of friends, chances are, you’ve been hounded relentlessly over the past couple of days about "this Heartbleed thing."

"Do I need to update my antivirus?"

"Can I login to my bank account now?"

"Google already fixed it, right?"

We’ve heard them all, but the answers aren’t all that clear or simple. In an attempt to take the pressure off — it is the weekend after all — we’ve put together a primer that should answer all of those questions and a few more. Next time someone asks you about that "Heartbleed thing," just shoot them in our direction.

Ron’s Android App Recommendation
(This app can be found on Google Play from your Android phone,
tablet or viewed on your PC from the link below.)

Snapseed is the only photo app you’ll want to use every day. It makes any photograph extraordinary with a fun, high-quality photo experience right at your fingertips. Anyone can enhance, transform, and share their photos with ease using incredibly advanced features from the leader in digital photography software. Built-in Google+ capabilities make it even more powerful to share your images with your friends and family.

Links mentioned:
"Play Some Music"
Sometimes, having your entire music collection in your pocket can be a bit overwhelming. When there are hundreds (or in our case, thousands) of tracks at your disposal, where do you even begin to listen? To help thwart that paralysis of choice, Google is going to do the guessing for you with its latest tweak to Search. From Google Now or the search bar, simply say the magic words "play some music" and your Android device will start playing a random Play Music "I’m feeling lucky" mix that’s based on recent listening habits.

  • Rent an MBA
    The best business brains can now be hired on the cheap and by the hour. Two new websites make it possible for companies and individuals to get consulting help from young MBAs newly minted from such top business schools as Harvard and Wharton.

    The same 35-hour consulting job for which a traditional, blue chip firm might charge $20,000 might cost as little as $1,500 on these sites. That’s, in part, because the participating MBAs typically are ones still in school or just starting out on their careers; it’s also because the websites don’t carry the same overhead as traditional consulting firms.

    Have a great afternoon and let me know what you would like to hear about on the show next month, Monday, May 18th.


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