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SoftChalk Cloud powers the ODG Accelerated Career PATHS program

The Accelerated Career PATHS for Higher Education program is powered by SoftChalk Cloud, an award-winning platform that includes learning objects, creation tools, and management functions. SoftChalk LLC hosts the platform allowing organizations like Open Doors Group (ODG) to focus on content rather than infrastructure. 

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have…


Added by Open Doors Group on June 22, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

An Online School who's making "waves"


Added by Mike Pouraryan on June 20, 2014 at 8:25pm — No Comments

Dream Team provides the PATHS program to develop leaders for higher education

A dream team of experts committed to lowering barriers to higher education has developed the PATHS program to develop managers in higher education. This 8-week pilot of the the Open Doors Group Higher Education Leadership Platform will enable faculty and new managers to accelerate their careers. For more information on the program, read the Press Release. Registration for this affordable, convenient program is now open. The program runs…


Added by Open Doors Group on June 13, 2014 at 7:21am — No Comments

21st century skills for the management track in colleges and universities

For years educators have focused on providing students with 21st century skills like collaboration and critical thinking. Now it is time for the educators to gain skills that will move them into and advance them within the management career track: department chair, division head, dean and above. The new leaders are confronted with a much different educational scene than the one that retiring managers addressed. Education is disrupted by technology, business models, and more. Academic leaders…


Added by Jacky Hood on June 10, 2014 at 7:34am — No Comments

PATHS will open the doors to academic leadership positions

Open Doors Group has been increasing access to education for all learners for several years. Now this organization is opening the doors to the management track of colleges and universities with Accelerated Career PATHS for Higher Education. Unlike exclusive fast-track programs, PATHS in egalitarian in admissions. Anyone aspiring to department chair, division head, dean, or VP at a college or university is welcome to join this affordable convenient program. The…


Added by Open Doors Group on June 10, 2014 at 7:17am — No Comments

Open Doors Group launches PATHS Program to address shortage of leaders in higher education

PRLog (Press Release) - Jun. 6, 2014 - San Jose, CA. Open Doors Group (ODG), the League for Innovation in the Community College, and SoftChalk LLC today announced that registration is open for PATHS, an eight-week online program designed to accelerate career paths for higher education professionals. PATHS will address the pending leadership crisis by providing a unique, career-boosting opportunity for…


Added by Open Doors Group on June 6, 2014 at 4:52am — No Comments

Chinese villagers learn and prosper using Taobao

From an Economist blog post: "Taobao, a large online retail platform, has become increasingly important to rural economies across China. Establishing online stores on Taobao requires little more than decent internet links and a logistics chain (often motorcycle delivery), so millions have been able to start selling goods at low cost. The trend has reversed the fortunes of…


Added by Jacky Hood on June 1, 2014 at 7:43am — No Comments

A Retiree Digitizes 27 Million Old Newspaper Pages in His Livingroom (and Libraries Fight to Catch Up)

Tom Tryniski, an eccentric retiree has digitized (so far) about 27 million newspaper pages working alone in his living room and has made them free for anyone to search....The Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has caught up. The entire run of the paper is now digitized.....So how much did the BPL pay to finish the job? Absolutely nothing. Read the entire story in Reason Magazine.

Added by Open Doors Group on May 18, 2014 at 10:41am — No Comments

Recent Cool Education Links tweeted by Open Doors Group

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  • DScribe Editing and Mixing process from University of Michigan

Added by Open Doors Group on May 18, 2014 at 8:45am — No Comments

Africa's Largest University says Lip Service to OER is not Sufficient

The University of South Africa (Unisa) has approved an Open Educational Resource (OER) Strategy.

“As the African University in service of humanity, we have a responsibility to share the gift of knowledge” said Narend Baijnath, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Unisa. “OER provides the vehicle for our institution to lead by example in widening access to educational opportunity.”

Unisa acknowledges that the vast quantities of content and teaching materials, especially openly licensed…


Added by Jacky Hood on May 15, 2014 at 1:52pm — No Comments

CNA Speaking Exchanges connect English learners with people in senior residences

FCB Brasil and the CNA language school network are launching the Speaking Exchange project, which connects CNA students in Brazil with Americans living in retirement homes. This meeting is carried out via an exclusive digital tool that uses video chat technology to bring the students face to face with Americans. Truly a win-win.

Watch and listen to the details.

Added by Open Doors Group on May 12, 2014 at 7:01pm — No Comments

On #hashtags

Some insightful ideas as ODG continues its' drive for Social Media Awareness:

Added by Mike Pouraryan on May 4, 2014 at 1:29pm — No Comments

On Social Media: What drives Traffic?

Food for thought:

This Chart Shows Why Pinterest Is Way More Important Than Twitter Or Reddit For Traffic Referrals 

If you want to drive traffic on the Web, you are likely posting your content to several of the big social sharing sites, like Facebook and Twitter, without knowing which ones are getting your site the most eyeballs.  

Added by Mike Pouraryan on May 4, 2014 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Opportunity for a Volunteer Mentoring Coordinator for Open Doors Group

Well-organized, outgoing coordinator needed to match academic leaders (mentors) with aspiring academic leaders 9mentees) across the U.S. and Canada employing an automated tool. Mentor-matching is part of the Higher Education Leadership Platform that is being piloted by the League for Innovation. Fifty mentor-mentee matches are needed by August. Coordinator will have access to at least 1500 academics and information about the jobs to which the mentees aspire. Watch this …


Added by Open Doors Group on May 2, 2014 at 2:20pm — No Comments

Overemphasis on educating for technology jobs -- that aren't there!

Great to see Is There a STEM Worker Shortage? quoting Professor Hal Salzman of Rutgers’ Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy who says the shortage is a myth. Here is a similar and longer article in Atlantic Monthly:…


Added by Jacky Hood on April 15, 2014 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

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Added by Jacky Hood on March 29, 2014 at 8:49am — No Comments

Higher Education Leadership Platform announced by League for Innovation, ODG, and SoftChalk

A huge thank you to Open Doors Group partners League for Innovation in the Community College and SoftChalk LLC for their assistance on this all-important initiative. A hug for former COT marketing manager Sharyn Fitzpatrick for tweeting the news a few seconds after the release. Follow Sharyn…


Added by Open Doors Group on March 28, 2014 at 7:03am — No Comments

California Network for Higher Education Access seeks volunteer content creators

The California Network for Higher Education Access will be completely revamped and relaunched by July 2014. We have a strategist, a project manager, and a technologist. The team needs 2 or 3 more volunteers to add content. 

The Network was created in early 2010 to serve the needs of the OER Center for…


Added by Open Doors Group on March 22, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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