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Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by TCord1964, Oct 8, 2005.

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  1. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member

  2. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Holy Cow! All this under one roof -- and free? Many courses - mostly 20 lectures or so each. If you don't hear from me for a year or two, you know where I'll be. Man, I can hardly believe this! Thanks, Mac! :)

    (Just figured it out - earning 650K 'Zens' gets you a MacBook. 100 per day is maximum earning. So about 20 years for the MacBook. Might as well get started....)
     
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  3. SpoonyNix

    SpoonyNix Active Member

    MacBook isn't available right now, but they say it is coming soon! :p
     
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  4. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    They'd better get cracking. Somewhere about 2040, they might need one or two.... :)
     
  5. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member

    They might loot a museum or something...

    More free courses can be found here. Among other an EXCEL course for free!
    https://courses.corporatefinanceinstitute.com/
     
  6. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Wow - what a selection of courses and certifications - free and paid - not high prices either. I wanted to know who these people were. I found out a bit here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporate_Finance_Institute The courses don't look like any cinch. They cover a humongous amount of ground.

    Looks credible to me. Not a degree in the whole thing - so I'm not worried about standard accreditation. Heck, if nobody will give you a job -- you can probably make yourself one with enough of this kind of knowledge. They've been around 32 years. That says something. Thanks, Mac.
     
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  7. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    @Stanislav - I'd appreciate it if you'd take a brief look at the certs and courses these people are teaching.

    My take: They're teaching a lot of things that are usually the preserve of degree programs at high-price big-name schools. What do you think of them? Worthwhile? (My first impression - yeah, they are and maybe even better than just that. Especially at the price.)

    You're the acknowledged IT and Applied Math Superman around here - I'd really value your opinion. I'm sure we all would.

    https://courses.corporatefinanceinstitute.com/
     
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  8. eriehiker

    eriehiker Active Member

    UW-Madison offers some free and interesting programs via its Dane County Extension program. There is an estate planning course, a dairy margin course, a budgeting course and maybe the most interesting a local government leadership academy that is $1200 and intended for local government leaders in Wisconsin. That one may or may not be completely virtual, but it might be very cool to actually attend.

    https://dane.extension.wisc.edu/
     
  9. Stanislav

    Stanislav Well-Known Member

    Finance analysis is an area where I only have a very superficial knowledge. But the courses look decent enough. except this: I can't shake the impression that the name is designed to be confused with CFA Institute, which offers the premier designation in the field - Chartered Financial Analyst.

    Did you look at Coursera and EdX? Their offerings are extensive.
     
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  10. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Thanks. Appreciate your time. I noticed the similarity with CFA too - and promptly put it out of my head. That was indeed hasty - but I did first check that none of their designations are close to the (moment of silence) CFA, so at least I could sleep... As you suggested, I'll take a look at Coursera and EdX. Thanks again.
     
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  11. eriehiker

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  16. Mac Juli

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  17. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    No - try to focus on those teachers who would derive benefit. (Sigh) in many cases, all you can do is wait for their retirement -and, as an administrator, try to keep autism-spectrum students out of their classes.. You know what I mean... I'm sure. Compelling people makes rebels. You don't want those, particularly in this case.

    Any teacher can learn this - but not all will apply it - or have what it takes to do so successfully. Or even the willingness.
     
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  18. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member

    Yes, I do.

    However, it is still a shame how little pedagogy is actually taught. In the standard curriculum of a German High School teacher, there is a LOT of "technical" knowledge taught (and indeed, a High School teacher has almost the same curriculum as a non-teacher student)... but almost NO pedagogy. I suppose that it is not that different in the US or in Canada. And this is not a good thing to have.
     
  19. Dustin

    Dustin Active Member

    The US military is still trying to learn this lesson too. We know that computer-based training can increase awareness of what to do, but not necessarily cause behavior change. In my former career in suicide prevention (you might be familiar with the Distress Centres in Toronto, I ran one of the programs at a Distress Centre east of Toronto) this came up a lot.

    Gatekeeper and suicide awareness training can increase understanding of how to prevent suicide but not actually change the person's actions when working with someone who expresses suicidal thoughts. Even the attitudinal changes "wear off" within 6-12 months, which might be a function of the person forgetting what the textbook answer is before they revert to their previous set of beliefs, whether on suicide prevention, sexual assault (as in the military) or supporting students with autism.
     
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  20. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Thank you for doing that; that's very noble work.
     
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