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Online Colleges Won’t Solve Higher Ed’s Problems by Daniel Luzer | Washington Monthly

Online Colleges Won’t Solve Higher Ed’s Problems by Daniel Luzer | Washington Monthly

July 31, 2013

Online Colleges Won’t Solve Higher Ed’s Problems by Daniel Luzer Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), large-scale courses developed by professors and offered to students for free online, represent one of the more important trends in higher education today. Their unique structure allows technology to provide high-quality course material to interested students around the world.

Open University’s FutureLearn to Compete With Coursera, Udacity

Open University’s FutureLearn to Compete With Coursera, Udacity

July 31, 2013

FutureLearn, wholly-owned by the UK’s Open University, is working to develop online courses and become a significant MOOC provider to join the conversation with Coursera and Udacity. According to Tim Dodd of Financial Review, FutureLearn Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Simon Nelson said he believes “the digital disruption in education will broaden and enter the field of corporate training.”

Demo Day for the DreamIt NYC 2013 Class – August 7, 2013

Demo Day for the DreamIt NYC 2013 Class – August 7, 2013

July 30, 2013

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 is a very important day  - Demo Day for the DreamIt NYC 2013 class of companies including three learning companies in the Startl cohort.  Demo Day is an invitation-only event where investors, press and program supporters get their first chance to meet the graduating DreamIt NYC class. Following the demo portion [...]

Board Games in the Classroom

Board Games in the Classroom

July 30, 2013

Glory provided a new and inventive way of learning history through the eyes of four unique fictional characters. Throughout our week-long tournament of sorts, I got to experience a time period about which I knew very little and bond with my fellow Avenues students over one thing we had all grown to love: Glory.

What It’s Like To Be A College Kid With A Profitable Side Business That Pulls In 6 Figures

What It’s Like To Be A College Kid With A Profitable Side Business That Pulls In 6 Figures

July 30, 2013

Dan Shipper, 22, is going into his final semester at University of Pennsylvania. Despite Shipper splitting time between class and "real" work, Firefly is profitable.

Firefly is a 2-person startup (three if you count the intern) that has only been around for 10 months. It enables customer service reps to share their screens with customers without requiring them to download any software. Its 6,000 customers either pay $25-99 per customer service rep or a fixed monthly rate if it’s a large organization. Today Firefly announced a partnership with chat company Olark that accounts for 5,000 of its 6,000 clients.

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Changes in the Classroom

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Changes in the Classroom

July 30, 2013

(StatePoint) Across the country, parents are beginning to notice that today’s classroom looks quite different from what they experienced in their own school days. From personalized learning technologi

This 14-year-old is building connections for his startup

This 14-year-old is building connections for his startup

July 30, 2013

Fourteen-year-old Emerson Walker was sitting in class at Turpin High School when he realized he had forgotten his planner and couldn’t write down his assignments.

“I had an iPad at the time, so I thought, ‘Why isn’t there an app for this?’” he told me.

So he did what any good son of a partner at a venture firm would do — he decided to develop it himself (with some light encouragement from dad).

How Skype Became The Ultimate Free Teaching Tool

How Skype Became The Ultimate Free Teaching Tool

July 30, 2013

Connecting kids to lots of interesting experiences has become a lot easier with Skype In The Classroom, a program from the online phone service that connects students with guest speakers and other …

Inside TimeSpace, the New York Times’ new startup accelerator

Inside TimeSpace, the New York Times’ new startup accelerator

July 27, 2013

Like many entrepreneurs, Tarikh Korula takes pride in the standard perks of entrepreneurship: He doesn’t have a boss, a corporate cubicle, or a “real job.” It’s been seven years since he’s worked in what he calls a “proper midtown office.”

Dino 101 MOOC opens, offering free tuition in paleontology

Dino 101 MOOC opens, offering free tuition in paleontology

July 26, 2013

If you’ve ever harboured secret ambitions of becoming a palaeontologist or just watched Jurassic Park too many times, a new massive open online course (or MOOC) has opened for registration which might just be relevant to your interests.

"Dino 101 offers an engaging learning experience to anyone interested in palaeontology. We hope that this course will inspire the next generation of dinosaur researchers, and help excite the imagination of the general population," Faculty of Science Dean Jonathan Schaeffer told Wired.co.uk.

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