California’s multi-million dollar online education flop is another blow for MOOCs (The Hechinger Report)

by RYAN DEROUSSEAU April 14, 2015 Once-celebrated online courses still haven’t lived up to the hype “Reinvent.” That was the giddy catchword of a plan by the University of California to create an all-digital “campus” that would revolutionize higher education by providing courses online for students shut out of the system’s brick-and-mortar classrooms at a … Read moreCalifornia’s multi-million dollar online education flop is another blow for MOOCs (The Hechinger Report)

How LinkedIn’s Latest Move May Matter to Colleges (CHE)

April 17, 2015 By Goldie Blumenstyk LinkedIn’s purchase of the online-course company Lynda.com has the potential to do to higher education what Airbnb has done to the hotel industry, says one observer. Whether or not college leaders realize it, last week’s announcement by LinkedIn that it would spend $1.5 billion to buy Lynda.com, a provider … Read moreHow LinkedIn’s Latest Move May Matter to Colleges (CHE)

Ed-Tech’s Inequalities (Hack Education)

Audrey Watters 08 Apr 2015 “Education is the civil rights issue of our time,” you’ll often hear politicians and education reform types say. Here’s US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan back in 2010, for example: Education is still the key to eliminating gender inequities, to reducing poverty, to creating a sustainable planet, and to fostering … Read moreEd-Tech’s Inequalities (Hack Education)

Odyssey — Week 11

The eleventh common session for the Sunoikisis-Odyssey course will be tonight at 7:00 pm EST. To view the recording of the class, see below. Click here to go to the Google+ Event Page. Readings: Odyssey, Books 21 and 22 Visit the Common Sessions page on our Odyssey course website (http://sunoikisis-odyssey.chs.harvard.edu/common-sessions/). This page will be home to all class live-streams and recordings, so … Read moreOdyssey — Week 11

LinkedIn Will Buy Online-Learning Company for $1.5 Billion (CHE)

April 9, 2015 by Andy Thomason LinkedIn announced Thursday it has agreed to acquire the online-learning company lynda.com for $1.5 billion, The Wall Street Journal reports. It is the social-networking giant’s largest acquisition to date, and signals its continued expansion into the education realm. lynda.com offers more than 2,900 courses online, which include video tutorials for various skills. “Imagine being … Read moreLinkedIn Will Buy Online-Learning Company for $1.5 Billion (CHE)

How ‘Elite’ Universities Are Using Online Education (CHS)

April 10, 2015 By Steve Kolowich After years of skepticism, higher education’s upper class has finally decided that online learning is going to play an important role in its future. But what will that role be? Recently, conversations about “elite” online education has revolved around the free online courses, aka MOOCs, which Stanford, MIT, Harvard, and … Read moreHow ‘Elite’ Universities Are Using Online Education (CHS)