OpenCulture’s Huge List of Links to Over 1200 Free Online Courses

Education
OpenCulture is a great collection of links to resources about culture and learning. If you're looking for online courses offered by top universities worldwide, check out their 1200 Free Online Courses list. The collection of links represents over 30,000 hours of audio and video lessons. Even at 10 hours per day, it'd take you over eight years to get through it all. Plus there are other lists of freebies -- MOOCs, movies, audio books, ebooks, K-12 education and more.
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Top 50 Highest-Graduating Bachelor’s Colleges – Data Table

Education
This list kicks off a new series for the Hacking Knowledge site. We'll be regularly publishing a combination of college review lists and data tables for a variety of rankings. In this article, we present a data table of the top 50 bachelor's colleges in terms of graduation rate. The data comes from the U.S. Department of Education's "IPEDS Datacenter," for the AY (Academic Year) 2015-16. [caption id="attachment_269" align="alignnone" width="640"] source: unsplash[/caption] Because this is a data table and not a full college review rankings list, we're presenting the bachelor's graduation rate information, plus additional data points, without verification of a college's continued operations, as retrieved from the IPEDS Datacenter database. The information presented below includes: College/ university name (with clickable hyperlink to their official Web site) Location of main…
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How to Write Articles, Reports and Other Long-Form Content Using the Law of Least Effort

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The Writing Problem If your work time is limited, the Web can be a dangerous place for your schedule. Doing research online means navigating around "rabbit holes" of interest. Before you know it, you somehow ended up on Facebook, commented on a dozen friends' posts, debated with an Internet "troll," and watched a few cute videos of babies playing with iguanas. But what about your research? Oh yeah, that. [caption id="attachment_235" align="alignnone" width="640"] source: unsplash[/caption] Obviously, you need to prioritize, and you probably already know that. But why do some projects slip through the cracks? From my years of writing experience, I'd have to say that it comes down to early planning... or not. Essentially, procrastination can ruin your later efforts. The sooner you plan out your work efforts, the…
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Prescription for Happiness? Reading Dr. Seuss Out Loud

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Today is the 105th birth anniversary of the beloved storyteller Dr. Seuss, aka Theodore Seuss Geisel, who passed away on Sep 24th, 1991. If you visit the Google Search home page today, you'll probably see some familiar Seuss characters forming today's temporary Google logo. Seuss' stories are of course fun for "children" of all ages. So if you're depressed or simply feeling down, reading pretty much any Dr. Seuss book - preferably out loud - can uplift your spirits. Reading the same book to happy, squealing kids can infect you with the same happiness. In fact, I read his alphabet book to a couple of squealingly happy five-year old twins a few days ago and I'm still smiling.
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When Affirmations Go Wrong

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You've likely heard of "affirmations". They're a set of nice things you tell yourself will happen/ are happening to you. You write them down to make them concrete, and then you repeat them each morning and each night, so that they become embedded in your pscyhe, setting the state of mind required to accomplish these mini-goals or and situtations. This is a powerful way to accomplish goals. I know, because I used to use them for many years. But for long, complex reasons I won't get into here (yet), I haven't done affirmations for many years - since shortly after my last offline contract ended, or about five years. Yet just over a week ago, mid-week, being excited at some of my future prospects, I fired up a fresh mindmap…
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How to be Happy: 7 Lessons from Deconstructing Nirvana

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Sometimes, the answer is sitting right there under your nose but you don't see it: don't deny yourself something you're craving. If it's bad for you, do it in small degrees. That's far better than regret. If it's good for you, then why deny it? I'm one of those people who have been denying themselves, but in my defense, I didn't realize it. Let me paint a quick picture, but I'll warn you now that I'm not holding much back below, as it's important to understand how we get into downward spirals in our lives. Though there is a happy ending - or will be. The lesson comes after the list of misery. The timeline is approximate, with a bit of jumping around. The Spiralling Descent into Anti-NirvanaIf you're not…
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Sleep. Eat. Breathe.

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Our body doesn't ask too much of us to provide us with the brilliance that is life. Despite that, however, we chow down on fast food, breathe polluted air, and maybe worst of all get a few hours less sleep per week than our body needs. I say that sleep deficiency may be the worst offense we commit against our bodies, because it makes the least sense. [caption id="attachment_283" align="alignnone" width="640"] source: unsplash[/caption] In theory we sleep less because we don't have enough time, we've got too many things to get done. Yet the truth is, we'd get far more done each day (and consume less too) if we got enough rest. But I'm a practical person, I know that just because I say that we should sleep more doesn't…
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Productivity and Massively Multi-Tasking

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Want to be highly productive? Aside from any issues that you'll have to learn to deal with, high productivity comes from the ability to multi-task massively. This a key skill, as there are only so many hours in a day, days in a week, etc., and I already spend quite a bit of time learning new topics as part of my contract writing work. As a former computer programmer/ analyst, my entire mode of thinking is geared towards multi-tasking. As a former search engine webmaster and regular webmaster, there have been times where I've had to program on up to five computers simultaneously while also monitoring a half dozen websites or more and interacting with several people. It was part of the job. As I've mentioned previously, multi-tasking isn't about…
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Depression Affects Productivity: 10 Tips For Fighting It

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Overview [Feel free to skip down to the 10-point list if you like.] Depression destroys lives, robs strength and spirit. It's considered to be the fourth most important cause of disability worldwide, and expected to grow to second place by 2020. That's very frightening. In the past, it was "wrong" to talk about it and an admission of weakness. But with numbers like this, talking about it is important in coping. For those of us who try to keep depression under control and manage to live functional lives, it still sometimes sneaks up and destroys the hard-fought productivity we've gained. I make no bones about it; this is a very frank and open weblog. I suffer from the screaming blue meanies (seasonal affected disorder aka SAD aka seasonal depression) from…
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