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Come to College! Get Funded! Northeastern Offers The Nation’s Only Student-Run Venture Accelerator, IDEA

Come to College! Get Funded! Northeastern Offers The Nation’s Only Student-Run Venture Accelerator, IDEA

April 30, 2013

Northeastern University has a student-run venture accelerator with $250K in cash. Is this what it takes to keep kids on campus.

College is crazy expensive–and it’s getting more expensive all the time. Entrepreneurs like Peter Thiel are fond of saying it’s not worth it. But 23-year-old Chris Wolfel, who is getting his bachelor’s from Northeastern University this spring, found college to be not only a good investment, but the perfect launching pad for his entrepreneurial dreams.

For the last two years, Wolfel has been the CEO of IDEA, the only student-run venture accelerator in the country. Founded in 2009, IDEA offers workshops, meetups, coaching, mentoring, and most importantly, funding, all from alumni donors, for student startups. Wolfel and his team were able to raise $250,000 to help launch almost 300 businesses by students from every school across the university.

Why VCs can’t afford to ignore EdTech any longer

Why VCs can’t afford to ignore EdTech any longer

April 30, 2013

The education space is massive, very broken, barely touched by technology and has been largely underserved by entrepreneurs and investors. The opportunity for disruption, significant value creation and outsized returns is huge.

Two years ago, most top-tier VCs would not have touched an education technology company with a 10-foot pole. That’s all about to change – in fact, it’s already changing.

Take a look at some of the recent bets placed by big-name firms on exciting education companies over the past 12 months: Accel with Lynda, NEA with Desire2Learn and Edmodo, Emergence with Top Hat, a16z with Udacity, Benchmark with Minerva and the list goes on.

The education space is massive, very broken, barely touched by technology and has been largely underserved by entrepreneurs and investors. The opportunity for disruption, significant value creation and outsized returns is huge.

Every Day eLearning – Don’t miss an exciting week of eSeminars

Every Day eLearning – Don’t miss an exciting week of eSeminars

April 30, 2013

Wow it’s been a busy month+ for me. I’ve been traveling the world, meeting with amazing people all over the globe and I’ve learned so much about the way folks are working and creating great eLearning. Now that I’m back (at least for a little while) I really want to spend some time sharing eLearning ideas, secrets and strategies with as many people as possible.

I thought it might be fun to expand our regular eSeminar schedule and offer a special WEEK LONG eSeminar Series – and thus … Every Day eLearning. All next week from April 29 – May 3rd I’ll host daily eSeminars for you to join. They are free as always and appropriate for eLearning designers, developers and managers of all levels. I hope you’ll find one or more of interest and join us for these fun, informative sessions.

Here’s the list of next week’s sessions.

New Kentucky fund will support education innovation across the state

New Kentucky fund will support education innovation across the state

April 19, 2013

A new non-profit fund will help support education in Kentucky by
funding innovative programs that could increase the number of students
graduating from high school ready for college or careers.

The
private Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky would distribute
money on two levels, according to an announcement Monday. It would
financially support large educational programs with potential statewide
impact, but also be able to underwrite innovative local projects
developed by school districts or teachers.

Ultimately, officials
said, the aim is to establish a “venture capital pool” to help Kentucky
educators who want to try new ideas, but lack financial support, and
then help sustain programs that work.

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2013/04/15/2601468/new-kentucky-fund-will-support.html#storylink=cpy
Renowned eLearning Expert Jay Cross to Headline April 30 Learning Techniques Webinar by Harbinger Knowledge Products and Raptivity Software

Renowned eLearning Expert Jay Cross to Headline April 30 Learning Techniques Webinar by Harbinger Knowledge Products and Raptivity Software

April 19, 2013

Harbinger Knowledge Products,
a global leader in interactive eLearning, presentation and website
software, announced today that nationally renowned eLearning expert Jay
Cross will headline the company’s free learning techniques webinar,
“Making Learning Stick,” April 30 at 11 a.m. Pacific Time.

Cross has been called the Guru of Informal Learning and is credited with originating the term eLearning.
He is the CEO of the Internet Time Alliance, which helps corporations
and governments use networks to accelerate performance. Cross has
challenged conventional wisdom about how adults learn since designing
the first business degree program offered by the University of Phoenix. 

The 60-minute “Making Learning Stick” seminar is designed for anyone
responsible for course development and instruction to learn innovative
techniques that will help students retain knowledge better and enhance
their performance.

EdTech Europe Event Profile

EdTech Europe Event Profile

April 19, 2013

EdTech Europe is an exclusive one day summit taking place June 14, 2013 addressing the current industry and investment trends in education technology and e-learning for both the academic and professional learning sectors.

EdTech Europe is an exclusive one day summit addressing the current
industry and investment trends in education technology and e-learning
for both the academic and professional learning sectors.

The event will bring together senior executives from established
professional learning and education players, innovators disrupting the
established market order and leading European institutional investors to
explore the business of education and act as a catalyst for the
consolidation and investment required in the sector.

‘eLearning Olympics’ Encourages Using Interactive Online Programs

‘eLearning Olympics’ Encourages Using Interactive Online Programs

April 4, 2013

We love local programs that integrate online learning apps in new and interesting ways! A community organization is trying to increase interest in a Jefferson County Public Schools initiative to help students struggling in class. The program developed by Louisville Central Community Centers is being called eLearn Olympics. Those two online programs presented help students [...]

MOOC Round-Up

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March 26, 2013

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Editorial Response: Why EdTech Gives Me The Willies

Editorial Response: Why EdTech Gives Me The Willies

March 13, 2013

My concerns about edtech aren’t so much that someone might make money — that’s already happening in education and everywhere else, and has been for years. Even the personal politics of some of persuasion… Read the full article …

Jason A. Llorenz: Bill Gates to SXSWedu: We Aren’t Doing Enough to Spur the Advance of Education Technology

Jason A. Llorenz: Bill Gates to SXSWedu: We Aren’t Doing Enough to Spur the Advance of Education Technology

March 13, 2013

Edtech — shorthand for broadband-powered education technology — holds the potential to transform learning from a classroom-bound process, whereby groups of students are taught by a single teacher at any given time, to a rich, personalized experience for each student. Read the full article …

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