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My intent with this blog was to share new learning resources and ideas with project managers. It started to focus more though on learning resources and when Degreed, published this,

I realized I did not need to blog about new learning resources, all you need to do is read the Degreed blog and use their platform. There are of course other resources out there but I have found Degreed to be the best. 

I want to close a chapter on this blog and go back to the drawing board. When I am back up and running, I will be sure to let you know. 



Posted on: August 01, 2016 04:45 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Calculate Your Learning Velocity Using Degreed

With so many resources available to choose from on the internet, from Open Consortium to creative Learning Communities, it begs the question of how to track all your progress. Today it is possible to watch enough YouTube videos and learn how to play guitar, just ask my stepson. He has become a fantastic guitar player almost entirely on his own by watching YouTube and just practicing. 

So I thought I would share a simple site you can use to track ALL of your learning, no matter the source. Degreed helps you find, track, and recognize ALL of your learning. They provide free resources to track and score all of your learning, everything from books to traditional classrooms and online open learning communities.

Using a scoring system similar to how your credit rating is determined, Degreed scores your learning. A YouTube video is worth .5 - 1 point while a traditional college course may be worth 80-100 points. When you extrapolate that idea further, a typical undergraduate course is worth about 1,750 - 2,000 points and it just goes up from there. 

It shouldn't matter, whether you learned how to write JavaScript in college or in your parent's basement. The same applies to project management. I studied for my PMP for six long months on my own and passed the test. Sometimes I wish I would have taken a 3-day bootcamp and then taken the test but in the end the result was the same. 

So as you continue to grow as a project manager and a leader in your neck of the woods, I highly recommend checking out Degreed. They provide a one stop shop for all of your online learning and have become the unofficial online registrar for open learning. You are able to track your progress, analyze trends, create your own learning pathways, and discover new learning resources you never knew existed. 

Also, if you are a fan of Scrum and Agile project mangement, look at how you could use this points based system to turn your learning into a personalized Scrum project. If you want to learn JavaScript or play guitar, you could research different learning resources, create story points based on their points in Degreed, calculate your "learning velocity" and start learning and reviewing your progress on a monthly or quarterly basis. I have always believed project management is the key to helping add balance and structure to the online open learning community. With Degreed, that could become a reality. 

Thanks again for sharing this moment. 

Posted on: June 05, 2015 01:35 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)

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