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EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ MissionU Says It Can Replace Traditional College With a One-Year Program By Mar 20, 2017 Join a community of instructional designers and other strategic leaders Top Stories: A venture-backed company today announced a new educational offering billed as an alternative to the standard undergraduate experience. It will last only one calendar year, feature a curriculum designed in close coordination with well-known employers, and cost nothingâat least at the outset. Students who attend, however, must promise to give up 15 percent of their incomes for three years once they land a job that pays $50,000 or more.
A crop of startups have embarked on the laudable task of ridding the classroom of stale PowerPoint slides. One of the latest is Pear Deck, which just closed a $4 million Series A round led by Growth Street Partners. Existing investors, including Village Capital, Hyde Park Venture Partners, and AOL c
Barry Malkin embodies transformation. An entrepreneur throughout middle and high school, he remembers selling friends 25 cent tickets to watch Flintstones movies projected on a wall in his basement. He spent a decade working in finance on Wall Street, followed by a move to education advising and
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The product manager (PM) position is a precarious one because the role can vary vastly
This story is part of a series from EdSurge Research on how schools are redefining student success using MyWays, a framework created by Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC). Stay tuned for the complete guide, due out in April. This work is supported by NGLC. EdSurge takes full responsibility f
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ opinion Save Your College (and Americaâs Workforce) Through Corporate Training By & Mar 25, 2017 How should colleges teach in the digital age? Connect to the thinkers and stories shaping the future of higher ed Following last yearâs U.S. Presidential election, itâs crystal clear that the unfettered globalizing forces of the past 30+ years may have produced more wealth in aggregate, but have dislocated workers in less competitive industries. Dislocated workers have now become disgruntled voters.
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ Google Maps for Degrees? How One College Plans to Chart Out Student Pathways By Mar 24, 2017 How should colleges teach in the digital age? Connect to the thinkers and stories shaping the future of higher ed Gone are the days when a college advisorâs main duty was to help students choose their major and register for courses. Thatâs because more and more schools, like Portland State University (PSU), are building tools to help students get to their degree faster. Currently underway at the Oregon college are efforts to build interactive degree mapsâwhich are expected to officially launch in Decemberâthat will act somewhat like a Google Maps to help students visualize and chart out their four-year plan.
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ column A New Architecture for the University Campus of the Future By Mar 22, 2017 Anton Grassl / ESTO Photography How should colleges teach in the digital age? Connect to the thinkers and stories shaping the future of higher ed As schools innovate and transform what teaching and learning look like on their campuses, the design of academic buildings is likely to change in dramatic ways as well. Classrooms and lecture halls may, over time, fade away and become relics of our educational past.
A trip to Hiroshima, Japan early in his teaching career set Eric Westendorf on a path to revolutionize curriculum.
“I spent two weeks in schools observing teachers planning and teaching," he says. "It was fascinating.” He saw teachers meet as a group to plan lessons that addressed students’ nee
Most universities take a conservative approach with their endowment funds. Not so for Southern New Hampshire University, which has partnered with Rethink Education, a venture firm based in White Plains, NY, to launch a $15 million seed fund to support early-stage edtech startups.Dubbed “Rethink Educ
As an English teacher with 24 years of experience, I often feel I’ve explored every possible avenue to help my students grow as writers. That is truer today than ever as new technology has increased the instructional possibilities, and evidence-based, on-demand testing has forced me to get creative.
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ What Students With Learning Differences Really Want Us to Know By Mar 27, 2017 Ben Gurewitz A few weeks back, EdSurge traveled to SXSWedu to hear talks about technology and chat with educators and entrepreneurs. But while there, we met someone who spoke about how edtech could better serve students with learning differences in a manner weâd never heard before. In fact, that individual, Ben Gurewitz, is a student with learning differences himself. Gurewitz is a Bay Area native and currently a freshman at the âbut that represents only a small fraction of how he spends his time.
Coursera sits somewhat awkwardly on the border between traditional higher education and the Silicon Valley-forces working to disrupt it. The venture-backed startup based in Mountain View (near all those online giants like Google and Facebook) has partnered with more than 150 colleges and universitie
Educational media is at an inflection point. As online learning companies compete for the attention and wallets of learners, players like MasterClass, Linked Learning, Cognotion and Harvard are investing in producing videos that are so beautiful they could be National Geographic documentaries or si
Who better to learn from than the experts? That’s the guiding idea behind MasterClass, an online education platform that allows users to learn tennis from Serena Williams, practice acting with Kevin Spacey, and sharpen their cooking skills with chef Gordon Ramsay.But the website’s collection of cour
When Apple released its first iPad seven years ago, the company thought one area it would revolutionize was education. But today the device’s presence in classrooms is spotty.So when Hiram College announced last month that it would provide every student and professor an iPad starting this fall, it m
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ column Can Grit Be Measured? Angela Duckworth Is Working on It By Mar 27, 2017 Grit is important. Many K-12 educators and researchers all share that starting point. If children try hard, stay on task, and keep pressing through difficulties, good things happen. When school systems want to track the role of grit, or help instill it, however, everything gets trickier. Something as simple as testing students for grit...isnât simple at all. The famous marshmallow test, developed in the late 1960s by Stanford psychologist Walter Mischel, is a clever way of assessing young childrenâs self-control, as seen by how long they can resist the temptation to grab a nearby snack.
The AskHistorians section of Reddit has become a popular forum for history buffs to share their knowledge in a strictly moderated environment. The goal is to celebrate the past, and the group’s rules are clear: No discussion of current events (defined as less than 20 years old) and “no soapboxing” o
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ Students Use The Internet of Things, Big Data and Big Ideas to Build Smarter Cities By Mar 19, 2017 How should colleges teach in the digital age? Connect to the thinkers and stories shaping the future of higher ed Using waste to heat homes or sitting on park benches that detect air quality (while also charging phones) are just a few examples of what it means to live in a Smart City. In countries such as South Korea and the United Arab Emirates, designing a smart city might mean planning and developing brand new cities from scratch.
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ opinion Communicate Often and Better: How To Make Education Research More Meaningful By & Mar 17, 2017 Question: What do we learn from a study that shows a technique or technology likely has affected an educational outcome? Answer: Not nearly enough. Despite widespread criticism, the field of education research continues to emphasize statistical significanceârejecting the conclusion that chance is a plausible explanation for an observed effectâwhile largely neglecting questions of precision and practical importance.
Leaving the classroom to work in the edtech industry can feel like a sort of betrayal. In California, while the tech sector booms, a teacher shortage looms. Teacher turnover rates are on the rise, particularly in low-income school districts. For teachers at under-resourced schools, the world of star
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ Why Students Living on Campus Take Online Courses By Mar 21, 2017 Dale Whittaker, provost and executive vice president at the U. of Central Florida Join a community of instructional designers and other strategic leaders Top Stories: Students at the University of Central Florida are busy, and itâs not always with classes. They have sports to play, student organizations to run, even parties to go to. So to keep class schedules as flexible as possible, and to offer more sections without putting up new buildings, UCF leaders have turned to offering more online courses for students on campus.
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ Getting Girls into STEM: The Power of Blended (and All-Female) Instruction By Mar 21, 2017 Shutterstock This article is in our guide: More articles from this guide: Jackie, the team captain of all-girls robotics team, knows a thing or two about breaking the mold. During for women, she explained what itâs like to be a female student competing in a male-dominated program: âNot only were we the only all-girls robotics team,â she explained of a recent competition, âwe were the only team that actually allowed girls to touch the robots.
A new President. Lost music legends. Planet discoveries. Brexit. A lot happens in a year—especially these past 12 months. More personal celebrations matter, too—which is why we’re thrilled that EdSurge HigherEd is celebrating its first anniversary. As a result, we’re pausing to reflect on what we’ve
EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/ Building Education Technology for the Developing World By Mar 22, 2017 When Tulsi Parida joined Newsela in August 2014, she was the 19th employee at the fast-growing New York City-based startup. During her time there, the company tripled in sizeÂ and she earned a promotion. Last July, however, Parida felt an itch to tackle educational needs in her native country, India. So she packed up and moved to Mumbai, where she found work at . âMy move to India was driven by my desire to see the impact of technology in education in the Indian context,â Parida says.