Start: July 28, 2014
End: August 18, 2014
Prize: Free one-year Preferred Plan Subscription – All Services (a $40 value)
MyCourseRoom.com is announcing our first contest. We are giving away our top Preferred Plan subscription to the first person to reach the Ranger Ambassador Award Level. This plan allows you to view and print your course certificates, your transcript, and take any or all of our competency and behavioral assessments. To enter:
- Go to the My Invitees section on My Hub
- Type in the email addresses of friends, family and co-workers or simply import your contact lists. An email will be sent inviting them to join the MyCourseRoom community of learners. When they click on the link in the invitation email, it takes them to our Sign Up page. When they register, you get credit.
The first person to reach 100 new registered learners will win our one-year Preferred Plan Subscription – All Services.
Anyone who is registered on MyCourseRoom.com prior to August 18, 2014, is eligible to enter by inviting friends, family and co-workers using My Invitees on My Hub. Only those MyCourseRoom learners who have not reached any Ambassador Level Award are eligible to participate.
- Only person(s) from the United States are eligible to compete in the contest. Invited contacts must reside in one of the fifty (50) United States.
- Contestants must be 18 years of age or older.
- Person(s) entering this contest must reach Ranger Level (100 individuals registered for the free MyCourseRoom learner account under the contestant’s personal invite link). These new registrants must not be affiliated with any other account in the MyCourseRoom.com database. The MyCourseRoom.com system will not send the email invitation to anyone who is currently registered. Each email recipient may only register one (1) time per email invitation link.
- Ranger level must be met between the start and end date of the contest.
Awarding of prize:
- The first person to reach Ranger Level during the three (3) week contest time frame is awarded the prize. The free one-year Preferred Plan Subscription will be available within forty-eight (48) hours of the winner being announced. If these services have already been purchased prior to winning, the winner’s account will be credited for an additional year (365 days).
- If no one meets the eligibility requirements for the prize, the prize will not be awarded. If there are two or more participants who tie, the prize will be awarded to all winners.
- The winner will be announced in the MyCourseRoom.com blog on August 25, 2014. A congratulatory email will also be sent to the winner prior to August 25, 2014.
- No purchase is necessary to participate. Purchasing subscriptions will not increase your chances of winning.
- Business Premium plans do not count toward the 100 individual registrations.
- Contest will be governed by Texas state law.
Scope creep can be one of the most hazardous threats to a project. Gold plating (a.k.a. scope creep) is when extra attributes are added to the project/product that were not originally in the list of deliverables. These extras often bring little or no value to the project. How does one deal with scope creep or gold plating? The answer seems simple, but the implementation can be a bit tricky. The answer is scope management. Scope management is when the work that will and will not be included in a project is carefully determined, documented and then managed over the course of the project.
Scope management consists of 6 processes to ensure that it is done correctly.
- Plan Scope Management
- Collect Requirements
- Define Scope
- Create WBS (work breakdown structure)
- Validate Scope
- Control Scope
In general, scope management is something that is necessary for the success of your project. For those of you with a project management background, brushing up on a quick 3-hour FREE course on scope management could be beneficial. If you are also working toward various project management certifications, this course is designed around the Project Management Institute’s Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide, 5th Edition). MyCourseRoom’s Scope Management course carries PDU, CPE and CEU credentials.
For those who do not have a professional background in project management, you will find that this FREE course offers useful concepts that can be incorporated into your own personal and professional projects.
Sign up today at MyCourseRoom.com.
MyCourseRoom.com has over 30 free courses to help you continue to grow both personally and professionally. We are thankful to the thousands of you who have helped spread the word about this opportunity. We recognize your achievements through our Scholar and Ambassador Awards and provide a way for you to share these achievements and your passion for learning with friends and family through your social network.
Scholar Awards are based on the number of course hours you have successfully completed. As you take and complete courses, your course hours are tracked, and at each level you receive a different Scholar Award badge. These can then be shared on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for friends and family to see. Look for the My Recognitions and Social Network section of your My Hub page.
Ambassador Awards are based on how many people have registered as MyCourseRoom learners from your invite link. Using My Invitees on your My Hub page, invite your friends, family, and co-workers. They will get an invitation email with a link to register for their free learner account. As soon as they click on that email invitation link and register, you get credit for that person. The more people you have registering the higher award level you will achieve. Just like the Scholar Awards, you can then post your achievements on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn under the My Recognitions and Social Network section of your My Hub page.
Both of these awards show that you are passionate for knowledge and sharing this knowledge with others. Through these awards, get recognized for what you have done, are doing and will do to encourage life-long-learning.
Are you a small business? Experience your own MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) at MyCourseRoom.com.
Set up an online university for your business within 30 minutes and select from over 900 clock hours of free training for your employees or load your own training.
You don’t have to be a large business to participate. If you only have 4 or 5 employees, you can still benefit tremendously from using our MOOC as it provides you with the ability to sustain excellent service from your employees and transition accurate knowledge to new employees in a consistent and sustained manner.
We believe that education is a right and not a privilege. We help level the ‘knowledge’ field by enabling businesses to participate in our MOOC and share knowledge with employees, members, and customers. MyCourseRoom’s goal is to influence, enable, support, and sustain businesses and professionals around the world through the sharing of knowledge and the creation of communities of learners in multiple industries such as healthcare, childcare, education, retail, and government.
Last year, MyCourseRoom launched its free education services through its public catalog and recently launched its private MOOC for businesses where a course catalog can be set up within 30 minutes. MyCourseRoom provides a multimodal course builder for businesses to load their own courses to their private catalogs while allowing them access to a free inventory of credentialed courses to ensure consistent and sustained knowledge for their employees.
Currently, MyCourseRoom serves thousands of learners who need continuing education to sustain their certifications. Businesses that use our MOOC for delivery of private courses are able to deliver skill based training, ensure delivery of regulatory compliance standards and company policies, and receive reports for personnel files and for insurance purposes.
Kofi Annan, the 7th secretary-general of the United Nations and the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, said: “Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.”
MyCourseRoom invites you to join its community of learners and businesses using its MOOC and help shift the paradigm from the idea that sharing knowledge online is expensive to one where the use of technology to share knowledge is natural and accessible to all. We help you set up your MOOC and advise you on how you can set up your courses online. Email us at email@example.com for more information.
“…Youth, who compose a majority of the population of the world, if empowered can change a mindset, a perspective and even a culture.” – Rommel Abitria
In keeping with empowering the youth, MyCourseRoom.com is pleased to announce that Youth Leadership Development, Series 2 is now available. MyCourseRoom’s two Youth Leadership Development certifications help young people develop skills and emotional intelligence through specifically designed training in the areas of personal and social competencies and help prepare students for college as well as for their future career. Each certification has 5 courses offering 25 clock hours of training and 2.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU).
Skills include but are not limited to: motivation, self-discipline, effective communication, understanding human behavior and interaction, time management, team building, project planning, problem solving, conflict and stress management, and critical thinking skills as they relate to individuals and groups. If you are a parent or educator of middle or high school students, encourage them to take these two leadership certifications. They are free and available online from any computer with Internet access. Summer is a perfect time to begin because students can take the courses at their own pace and schedule. They will begin the new school year with the emotional intelligence and leadership skills to be successful and certifications to add to their college or job applications. Sign up today at MyCourseRoom.com and select one or both of the certifications from our course catalog. Youth Leadership Development, Series 1 offers courses in:
- Conflict Management
- Diversity Awareness
- Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback
- Public Speaking Fundamentals
- Stress Management
Youth Leadership Development, Series 2 offers courses in: Effective Facilitation of Meetings
- Organization Skills
- Project Planning
- Team Building
- Time Management
To take advantage of these certifications, just go to MyCourseRoom.com and register for your free learner account.
Over time we have had requests for various courses. We are pleased to say that MyCourseRoom.com will be premiering our free course on Autism soon. This course is open to not only child care professionals but to parents and anyone who would like to learn more about this. Our course covers topics that include:
What is Autism?
Most people have heard of autism but very few know what autism is. This course covers not only what autism and the autism spectrum are but areas such as myths/facts and common characteristics. This is a great way to start educating people and raising awareness for the children and their families. This is not a diagnostic tool but rather information to assist in understanding.
Information on what parents can do to assist their child
Parents are major parts of helping a child cope with autism. They are the people who give the majority of the guidance and discipline as well as the love and attention. There are many things that a parent can do. MyCourseRoom.com has put together some areas and methods that parents can incorporate to help their child advance. In addition to what is in the course itself, MyCourseRoom.com has forums included in the course where learners can post and reply to one another. This provides the opportunity for parents and teachers to post what they have learned from personal experience and to share knowledge and ideas with others.
Child care workers, teachers, tutors and mentors play key roles in any child’s life. In most cases, a child is mandated to spend 13,608 hours in school in the state of Texas. This is the equivalent of 1,701 work days. As such, education professionals are a major part of each child’s life. Most autistic children are mainstreamed for most of their school day. Therefore, teachers in all areas need to understand autism and the strategies to effectively teach these children.
Autism is more common than one would think, the Center for Disease Control states that about 1 out of every 68 children in the United States has a form of autism. Please inform anyone you know who might be interested. If you have a newsletter or weekly email, please include a link for this information about the course. It is a free course that offers CEUs and is TEA certified and will be available soon at MyCourseRoom.com.
From the moment of our birth – or even before we are born – until our last breath, we are constantly learning. It can be conscious learning in which we are an active participant, or more often it is the knowledge we gain without even realizing it.
Learning involves our brain, which is the seat of all intelligence. Each person’s learning style is different because our brains are wired differently. It is as unique as our fingerprints.
Take the free Learning Style Assessment to understand your unique learning style.
When we learn from the natural environment – as we are continuously doing all the time – it doesn’t matter what styles we are employing. But when we are actively involved in the learning, such as in the classroom, the teaching strategies and the learning styles should go hand-in-hand to gain maximum benefit from the exercise.
Normally, classroom teaching is tailored to an auditory learning style. Use of charts and slides may have managed to draw in the attention of those who are visual learners. Audio and visual channels are just two of the different pathways through which information is received and carried to the brain for processing. There are different steps in the learning process and gathering of information is just the start.
After the gathering of information, it has to undergo various steps similar to the digestive process of our body. Like physical food is nourishment for the body, the information received by the brain through the senses is food for our intelligence. Intelligence is not a constant which has its base in some intangible area of our brain. It is a dynamic, ever changing, and constantly enlarging and evolving entity. It grows by absorbing and assimilating the sensory and factual information constantly fed to it.
Let’s look at the different steps in the process of acquiring knowledge:
Reception: The senses are the brain’s windows and doors to the external world. Information we receive comes into our brain through the senses. For the purpose of learning, sensory pathways are mainly categorized into three main channels such as audio, visual and kinesthetic. However, there are many other minor sensory inputs like smell, flavor, etc. that help add different dimensions to the information gathered. They may have greater importance in certain fields of study such as culinary arts, chemistry or even medicine.
There are other steps in the learning process such as analysis, digestion, absorption, assimilation, as well as storage in such way that it can be accessed for immediate use as and when necessary.
The three major pathways, audio, visual and kinesthetic, do not function independently of one another; there are constant interactions and overlaps between them. Depending on a person’s learning style, one pathway may be more dominant than the others. There may be an order of preference too. And the order and dominance may change according to the subject being learned.
For example, while learning poetry, a person may be at an advantage if he gets to listen to the reading of the poem. Listening to the poem draws attention to the intonations, rhyming schemes and musical quality of the piece, enhancing the overall assimilation of the spirit of the poem. On the other hand, the same person may not benefit by listening to a lecture on the working of the heart as much as he would if he gets to look at a diagrammatic representation or a working model of the heart.
A person’s learning style may be oriented towards an active style or a reflective style; a person may learn intuitively or by sensing. Sequential leaning may be ideal for some, building up knowledge brick by brick; while others learn in a global manner, taking in the whole picture first and then fitting in the pieces.
It is not possible to put people in water-tight compartments when it comes to learning styles, but at the same time, some differentiation would help in bringing clarity to the person himself regarding his preferred method of learning. It would help in taking maximum advantage of the resources available and in developing habits conducive to one’s learning style.
Take advantage of the opportunity to find out your personal learning preferences by taking the free evaluation available at MyCourseRoom.com – where learning is always free. This learning style assessment will be a tool you can use in your life-long learning opportunities.
The assessment offered by MyCourseRoom is a scientific method developed by Richard M. Felder and Barbara A, incorporating the latest insights into the human mind. All are welcome to map out their learning styles using this simple, one-hour self assessment module, as an initiation process into a fruitful learning experience.