Digital Writing Month: Striving for Inclusion in Open Online Learning (CHE)

October 28, 2015 by Maha Bali I’ve been working for some time on ideas of inclusion & (in)equality in open education, and of the possibility of a postcolonial MOOC (with Shyam Sharma), and gathering ideas from others on how to envision a more inclusive, diverse and equitable open online learning experience. Putting Ideas into Practice In a couple of days, I get … Read moreDigital Writing Month: Striving for Inclusion in Open Online Learning (CHE)

Campus Tech Leaders Report More Support for Free Educational Materials (CHE)

October 29, 2015 by Ellen Wexler College technology leaders appear more optimistic these days about open-source textbooks and open educational resources — teaching and learning materials that can be used at no cost. According to the latest Campus Computing Survey of top technology officers at colleges, released on Thursday, 81 percent believe that open educational resources … Read moreCampus Tech Leaders Report More Support for Free Educational Materials (CHE)

The 10 Ed-Tech Companies That Are Raising the Most Money (CHE)

By Ellen Wexler  OCTOBER 28, 2015 Investment in education technology is at a new high. In the first half of 2015, venture-capital funding in ed tech totaled well over $1 billion. CB Insights, which tracks investments in private companies, puts the number at $1.4 billion. EdSurge, an education-technology reporting website, estimates that the investments total … Read moreThe 10 Ed-Tech Companies That Are Raising the Most Money (CHE)

The Looming Gamification of Higher Ed (CHS)

By Kentaro Toyama OCTOBER 29, 2015 In 2011 there was a loud buzz about gamification — the use of game elements such as point systems and graduated challenges for activities not usually considered games. An online game called Fold.it allowed people untrained in biochemistry to decode the protein structure of an AIDS-related enzyme. The fast-rising … Read moreThe Looming Gamification of Higher Ed (CHS)

4 Problems That Can Sour Colleges’ Partnerships With Online-Education Enablers (CHE)

OCTOBER 27, 2015 By Sarah Brown When the University of Florida announced last week that officials were terminating a big contract with Pearson Embanet to run the institution’s online academic programs, it stirred further questions about the for-profit companies at the heart of these partnerships, known as “online-education enablers.” Some colleges that have enlisted enablers to move … Read more4 Problems That Can Sour Colleges’ Partnerships With Online-Education Enablers (CHE)