Competency based education


Time and again I’m revisiting education because there is a seismic change happening in Educating our young population. I have written blogs that focused on the the changes that are happening due to Massive online open course ware (MOOC) movement, big companies such as Microsoft, Wipro, IBM’s investment in this sector, how universities, colleges , students need to re orient themselves to stay relevant  to the present conditions and how to learn smartly using technology tools in the following blogs.

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/classroom-learning-with-concert-of-technology/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/uncommon-sense-and-common-nonsense/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/chance-favors-the-connected-mind/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/free-online-resources/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/students-this-is-for-you/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/where-there-is-a-why-there-is-a-way/

But most of these practices are still not able to make students employable right away after coming out of colleges. There are still many factors that contribute for  success of new employee other than the core skill that is basically needed to work. Realizing this, below universities along with industry collaborations came up with a new way of imparting skills to students. This approach is considered more relevant to industries needs and is called competency based education. I want students to take a look at the following universities that are providing this education because getting jobs is very much likely.

https://www.brandman.edu/cbeducation

http://www.capella.edu/flexpath-self-paced-learning/

http://flex.wisconsin.edu/

http://pl.nau.edu/

http://collegeforamerica.org/

http://www.wgu.edu/why_WGU/competency_based_approach

I personally feel that time has come to club medicine, engineering , agriculture, life sciences and other fields together, create a course and impart training to solve some of the great challenges of the world.  I wrote about my opinion here. please check http://www.ghdonline.org/innovation/discussion/5-innovations-in-global-health-maybe-not-what-you-/?ref=dashboard#reply-14103

 

So why waiting just start learning. your feedback is appreciated.

You can live on Facebook and Twitter, long after you are gone….


If you are crazy enough and still want to live on social media you can  continue sharing, commenting and uploading pictures etc even after you are dead.  There are several services that are available that allows people to continue using the social media after death. Let’s see what we can do while we are still alive. ..

Facebook allows to remove the account or memorializes the account http://www.facebook.com/help/150486848354038  when some one dies.

Twitter deactivates the account https://support.twitter.com/articles/87894-how-to-contact-twitter-about-a-deceased-user

US government as updated it’s guidelines regarding WILL to choose a person you trust to continue using your social activities on facebook and twitter like services. http://www.usa.gov/topics/money/personal-finance/wills.shtml

Deadsoci. al a service allows you to store in advance what you want to share on your accounts after you are long gone . http://www.deadsoci.al/

LivesOn (after you are dead)  learns (predicts)  your social media habits, tastes, likes and  what you would like to tweet and continues tweeting them for you.

http://liveson.org/

A facebook app called “If I Die” let’s you create a video or text message ( For example : Your last words, your long kept secrets, your desires, whom you want to give your riches, your lover’s details, your valuable advice to your family )  that will only be published after your death.

http://ifidie.net/

In case your computer died there there is hope of bringing out all the data using the following service

http://runtime.org/

So now you know what to do when  you are still alive and want to live long after you are gone…….

which country people works more and which Don’t


A study of 34 countries has found that Mexican, Japanese and Portuguese nationals spend the most time each day on work, studying and household chores.
Belgians, Danes and Germans spend the least amount of time on both paid and unpaid work
check more details at http://www.oecd.org/document/60/0,3746,en_21571361_44315115_47567356_1_1_1_1,00.html