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So, your Master of Science in Marketing degree won you a great job when you graduated ten years ago. But social media wasn’t around ten years ago, so you either stayed with traditional marketing jobs, went back to the University in hopes of finding courses in Social Media Marketing taught by someone with actual social media experience, or learned social media marketing techniques in your spare time. Entrepreneurial Marketing is just one example of the dozens of online University-level courses offered at Peer-to-Peer University (P2PU). Courses are free, mostly asynchronous, and taught with structure, guidance, and support around open course materials.
P2PU is a grassroots open education project that organizes learning outside of institutional walls and gives learners recognition for their achievements. Courses are offered free of charge and P2PU is run largely by volunteers. P2PU has received seed funding to cover operational costs and because web hosting costs are very low, P2PU has few other operational expenses. Although P2PU may charge small registration fees in the future to ensure perceived value in the course, P2PU promises that it won’t restrict access to course information. Although not accredited yet, individual instructors are seeking accreditation from their affiliated institutions. In fact, some students are already receiving credit from some western universities.
The P2PU initiative is very popular with web technologists who are almost completely self-taught in the web design and development fields. Most traditional academic institutions don’t offer university-level courses or degrees in emerging web scripting languages. In fact, the courses were so popular that P2PU created a sub school called P2PU Webcraft. Webcraft courses are mostly taught by expert peers working in the field, not college professors with advanced degrees. However, the skills gained can lead to high-paying jobs where real experience ranks above a college degree.P2PU is always looking for volunteers to propose and teach open courses. So, if you’ve got an idea for a course and some spare time, consider facilitating a P2PU course of your own!
Regardless of what you believe about WikiLeaks, if you’re living in the U.S., chances are you’ve developed your opinion based on what WikiLeaks means for the U.S. I’m not trying to change your opinion but I’d like to expand your perspective. Everyone around the globe is talking about WikiLeaks, whether or not Twitter acknowledges it. So, while we’re busy wondering and tweeting about what WikiLeaks means for our national security and international reputation, others around the world are blogging about what they now know about America (thanks to WikiLeaks) and what it means for their countries.
Flickr is one of the most popular photo sharing sites on the planet. However, it’s not just a place to dump your pictures. I use Flickr as much, if not more, to find pictures. One of my favorite features on Flickr is the Explore Creative Commons photos. There are several different Creative Commons licenses. If you don’t know what Creative Commons licenses are, learn more before using any Creative Commons licensed content. Briefly, Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that offers an alternative to full copyright.
Flickr has a very handy Creative Commons search for finding content under the various licenses. Depending on what you plan to do with the images you find, you’ll need to search for content in the appropriate areas. Why not honor the golden rule and set a creative commons license on some of your original photos, too. By default, Flickr designates your uploaded photos with the ‘all rights reserved’ copyright. However, you can modify your entire account license so that every single image is Creative Commons licensed. If you prefer to modify the copyright license on selected images, change the license type under the Owner Settings of each picture by clicking on the edit link.