Archive for July, 2012

Coursera Offers Over 100 Free Online College Courses

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Coursera, an innovative startup, is offering (as of today) 116 free online courses from 16 major universities. Some courses can be taken for credit. Subjects include: statistics, poetry, history, artificial intelligence, mythology, and engineering. Coursera has the potential to bring higher education to millions of people who previously did not have access to it.

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Read more about Coursera at The New York Times.

Professor Klein’s Recent Article on Harry Potter in Reason Papers

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Reason Papers published an article by Shawn Klein entitled “Harry Potter and Humanity: Choices, Love, and Death.” Dr. Klein traces Voldemort’s immorality and inhumanity to his desire to become immortal. Conversely, he shows that Harry Potter’s goodness and humanity come from his acceptance of death.

Read the article [PDF] here.

Related: Dr. Klein’s new sports ethics blog.

Immigrants and Entrepreneurship

Monday, July 16th, 2012

In a Bloomberg Businessweek article from several years back, Vivek Wadhwa explains why, according to an SBA study, “immigrants are almost 30 percent more likely to launch a business than non-immigrants.”

Read the article here.

Also check out this interesting follow-up.

The High School Entrepreneurship Education Movement

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Steve Mariotti is the founder of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and the subject of a featured interview in our Kaizen newsletter. At the Huffington Post, he writes about NFTE’s decision in 1988 “to move the lessons outside the classroom, into a sustainable model in the real world that could have far reaching positive impact in struggling communities.” Their first step was to start a Jersey Mike’s franchise and have the students run it.

Below are the links to the four part series at Huffington Post:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Future-proofing Your Career

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Charlie Ball, writing for New Scientist, suggests three competencies that will safeguard your career against an unknown future: adaptability to rapid changes in technology, communication methods, and working practices; communication proficiency; and research skills to cut through information overload.

Read the article here.