Online Education Sources HPDurbin 5/4/2012 9:27:45 AM A few days ago we talked about business training and entrepreneurship. As I mentioned in class, I have always taken additional courses at local community colleges or specialized schools, from pattern drafting to screen writing. As my career expanded, it became clear I needed to learn new back ground topics. I've included links below to some open source business education. Small Biz U, offered completely FREE through Kutztown University of PA http://www.kutztownsbdc.org/course_listing.asp Among their offerings you will find Entrepreneurial Strategies, a collection of 161 slides for self study. MIT & Harvard have just teamed together to announce they will be offering a number of online courses free. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/harvard‐mit‐announce‐new‐partnership‐that‐will‐offer‐free‐ online‐classes/2012/05/02/gIQAXlyawT_story.html Khan Academy http://www.khanacademy.org/about This service started when a college student wanted to tutor his niece or nephew in math. Not that we might want to visit Algebra II, but the site has since expanded to 3100 tutorials on many topics and more are added every day as people volunteer. Open Culture http://www.openculture.com/ Bonus points‐‐ this site regularly features Film Oddities, such as WWII propaganda films made by Disney. Not to be missed! They offer free courses, audio books, classes, classic films, text books, links to other sources. The Open University http://www.open.ac.uk/ Based in the UK, these topics are taught differently. One advantage is that creativity studies and arts education is taken much more seriously there. This is not free, but if you find yourself in a corporate style job they may pay for training. Lynda.com http://www.lynda.com/ You may be familiar with this site b/c it is one of the premier soft ware training sites. United Scenic Artists union has just partnered with this site to offer a discounted rate. But the monthly subscription is very affordable, so it is possible to purchase a membership long enough to learn a specific brand of software. US Small Business Administration http://www.sba.gov/ Your tax dollars at work! Very Dry presentation‐‐you will have to put a little starch in your thong to get through this, but it is vital information. I have had to register for a business license or create a business bank account here & there depending where I live at the moment. I also invest a little time each year keeping up with presentations at the annual TED conference‐‐ the movers & shakers of our time gather to share what is in the zeitgeist. http://www.ted.com/pages/registration Perhaps you can tell from our recent CTG field trip and the UCI design faculty that working designers & directors have a restless curiosity, and are unable to stay in a comfortable niche for long. I think this is why we sometimes can't answer your questions how we learned a topic‐ because every moment is dedicated to absorbing new information. Happy learning!
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