Category Archives: Opinion

Op-Ed Liberal Arts Degree EDUKWEST

The Second Life of the Liberal Arts Degree

The modern economy has no real respect for degrees—other than demanding at least a Bachelors for every position and from every applicant.

Higher education in America has become confused with trade school: everything from four-year computer science degrees to Masters-level management schools are concerned with occupational education. They are advertised as the necessary link between academic life and employment: high schoolers take jobs; college graduates enter careers.

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Full Stack Education Startup OP-ED EDUKWEST Vineet Madan

The Full Stack Education Startup

Back in my pre-startup life running corporate development for a large educational publisher I saw dozens, if not hundreds, of education technology companies passionately focused on solving a single problem for instructors, students or administrators. While the focus should have simplified everything they were doing very few of them emerged from the morass to become compelling, scalable businesses with sustainable economics. Why is that?

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WordPress Education Platform EDitorial EDUKWEST

Is WordPress the next major Online Education Platform?

WordPress, the content management software created by Matt Mullenweg, already powers over 23% of all websites on the Internet.

With the acquisition of WooThemes the company has now the potential to become a major player in the online education market, both in terms of reach and revenue.

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Future of Live Tutoring on the Internet EDitorial EDUKWEST

The Future of Live Tutoring on the Internet

The Internet opened up huge opportunities for tech savvy tutors not that long ago. If you had a basic understanding of how to set up a website, a bit of SEO and online marketing knowledge, chances were high to grow a tutoring business from a local customer base into an international operation. Skype, tutoring platforms and marketplaces, YouTube and social media represent only a handful of the new tools tutors had at their disposal. Glory days.

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OP-ED Transformation in Education Jason Pfaff EDUKWEST

The Next Wave of Transformation In Education

Online education radically transformed the long held notions of time and space as it related to educational delivery.  We saw commercials highlighting a working parent attending an MBA class in their pajamas.  Schools promised compressed timeframes that allowed for a faster time to completion, and extreme flexibility was promised allowing us to fit classes into an already hectic life.  That wave is cresting and rolling back out to sea, but its legacy is that it forced everyone to re-think when and where learning could happen, and how fast a degree could be earned.  The next wave will challenge those same notions, and force us to rethink that paradigm again, but how exactly that happens could surprise you.

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