Online Education

The Linux Foundation Announces Free Introduction to Open Source Networking Technologies Course

Grazed from The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation
, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the opening of enrollment for LFS165x - Introduction to Open Source Networking Technologies. Students may pre-register now for this free course, and full course content will be available beginning in early August. 

The 2017 Open Source Jobs Report from The Linux Foundation and Dice found nearly half of hiring managers are looking to hire individuals with networking expertise, and 55 percent report that formal training or certification is a priority when choosing new hires. On top of that, the way networks are built and deployed is evolving, with open source networking projects being responsible for much of this transformation.

LFS165x explores open source networking projects, from The Linux Foundation and beyond, that are shaping the future of networking and telecoms. Designed for open source enthusiasts, university students, network architects and engineers, security architects and engineers, and system engineers, this course offers an introduction to open source networking.

Is the Future of Education in Online Learning?

The online education industry was worth $166.5 billion dollars last year and it is estimated that its financial value will grow year on year.  A survey by Global Shapers of 25,000 young people from across the world reported that 77 per cent of respondents have embarked on an online course at some point.

There appear to be many benefits to studying an online course from lower overall costs to the convenience and flexibility it provides.  So, does this mean that online learning is going to dominate the future of education?

What's on Offer?

University Of Phoenix Finds Payoff In Private Cloud

Grazed from InformationWeek.  Author: Charles Babbcock.

The Apollo Education Group, parent organization of the University of Phoenix, wanted to modernize its IT operations to support larger-scale online education. As the producer of a pioneer system for working adults, Apollo needed to take greater advantage of digital outreach, or "distance education."

"We said we wanted to build the classroom of the future. We also wanted to use analytics to understand the data in our student platform and in student behavior," said Michael Sajor, CIO of the Apollo Education Group, in an interview with InformationWeek...

Cloud Computing: Online Learning Pioneer Picks Up $103M in Funding

Grazed from Sys Con Media. Author: Maureen O'Gara.

Online learning company Lynda.com has gotten $103 million in funding from Accel Partners and equity investor Spectrum Equity. Meritech Capital Partners also participated. It's the first money Lynda has taken from the outside and is meant to push the 17-year-old company into the international arena, which will mean localization, and add to its curriculum. It expects to scale its web and video platform.

Its video learning platform, available in monthly and annual subscriptions, teaches computer skills such as 3D and animation, audio, business, design, development, home computing, photography, video and web and interactive design to individuals as well as corporate, government, school and university accounts...

Online education and cloud computing collide in T.O. startup

Grazed from Globe and Mail.  Author:  Iain Marlow.

Every once in a while, industries collide and create immense opportunity. It happened a few years ago with smartphones, when increasingly more powerful computing was enhanced by the explosive growth of the wireless industry.

Dennis Kavelman has seen these collisions firsthand. He joined Research In Motion when it had only 20 employees, and he helped it become a global smartphone giant, 15,000 people strong. As COO at yet another fast-growing tech company, he may be about to see it again. Desire2Learn Inc., Kavelman says, is staring into a “perfect storm” of two industries converging: cloud computing and the enormous technological revolution taking place in the education sector. “We have a really hot market, at a time when it’s going to explode,” he says...