August 18, 2017: Friday News Roundup

Happy Friday, Udemy readers! In this week’s roundup, we visit an unusual middle school in Brooklyn, discover the fastest growing freelance skill, and more.

A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry
We like how this Brooklyn school is shifting its focus from letter grades to mastery of age-appropriate skills. At a time when learning outcomes are aggressively measured by standardized tests, this refreshing approach, sometimes called competency-based learning, puts greater emphasis on the learning process. Great to see a conscious effort to develop a growth mindset while kids are still in school.

How the U.S. Army Recruits and Retains Millennials
What can your organization learn from the way the U.S. military manages its millennial workforce? The U.S. Army recruits 60,000 people every year, and the Chief of Staff Senior Fellow explains here that they have the same challenges around attracting and retaining talent that companies face. He shares his tips, including recognizing ambitions and setting expectations and giving millennials room to innovate.

The Top 15 Traits Educators Need To Teach Successfully Online
This list will resonate with Udemy instructors, for sure. Empathy, flexibility, humor—these traits are important offline too but can be difficult to communicate over the internet. The best instructors know how to translate classroom magic to the online medium.

The Fastest Growing Job Requirement For Freelancers Barely Existed A Year Ago
Can you guess what the headline is referring to? Spoiler alert: it’s virtual reality, and it tops the list of fastest growing skills, all of which are tech-related. The only non-tech skill on the list is something called econometrics, “a branch of economics that uses mathematical models and statistics,” which still sounds pretty technical to us.

The Journal Of Marcus Aurelius Is Essential Reading If You Want A Clear And Focused Mind
Yep, even in our high-tech, fast-paced world, you can learn a lot from a guy who lived 2,000 years ago. The writings compiled to form his “Meditations” are described as “a timeless manual for living a balanced life,” which is something we could all use. So, take a tip from Aurelius and read his advice for controlling in your brain’s wandering tendencies.