Category Archives: Opinion

Multilingualism in Britain

Multilingualism in Britain: A Snapshot From the Trenches

Great Britain is unusual. Geographically isolated, densely populated, and equally blessed and burdened with a history of “ruling the waves”. The majority of foreign nationals in Britain have always been nationals of the Commonwealth, invited guest workers from earlier in the 20th century.

The history of British power has always stood in contrast to Britain’s political need for close ties with the European Union. And over the last decade, there are two things that have really put a strain on the identity of this country: the economic crisis and the expansion of the European Union. EDUKWEST’s kick-off post on Multilingualism in Europe showed that the second language spoken on this island is now not Punjabi or Welsh, but Polish. As Britain is becoming a more multilingual place, why is education policy not following suit?

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Greek education

The Road Not Taken…Yet

When the ancient Greeks decided they wanted to teach a class, they started by simply talking to their students. It was all oral lecture. That worked for awhile, but as humanity’s understanding of the world advanced, the topics became more complicated and they just couldn’t remember it all. So they needed a way to gather together all of the different things people were discovering and talking about.

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Accelerated Learning

Accelerated Learning for Accelerated Times

Editor’s Note: This post has first been published on edcetera – straight talk on edtech.

Constant distraction is the bane of the digital age. Most of us are now connected 24/7, the Internet is just a click away for the good and for the worse. Especially education, or better the way we acquire and retain information, is shaped by mobile devices that can come up with answers and relevant information when and where we need it.

Another factor is the fast pace of the technology space in general. Not only does it incessantly throw new gadgets and matching applications at consumers, but it also demands workers with skills in the latest programming language, social media product or design software.

This environment seems to call for education solutions that drastically cut down the time spent to learn a skill in order to make sure that employers can access a pool of employees with the latest set of skills needed.

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online education mainstream

The Real News behind Starbucks and AT&T: Online Education has become Mainstream

Editor’s Note: This post has first been published on edcetera – straight talk on edtech.

This week Starbucks and AT&T both announced new initiatives to educate their workforce. The two programs are indicators of changing perception when it comes to the value of a degree. While Starbucks wants to encourage its employees to complete classic undergraduate studies, AT&T looks into new, very granular forms of skill-based certifications.

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Instructure Canvas

Instructure Canvas – The next Dominant Education Platform?

Instructure Canvas is quietly building what could become one of the dominant platforms in online education, from academic to vocational and lifelong learning. In this post I want to focus on three indicators that show Instructure’s growth in different verticals of the market and the overall potential the Canvas Network has for institutions and for-profit education.

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YouTube plans Aggressive Moves to win back Talent

In August 2013 Jason Calacanis gave a keynote at Vidcon, one of the biggest conferences in the YouTube centered content creator world. Usually talks at Vidcon are around the latest YouTube stars, how they made it etc. Calacanis being Calacanis took the opportunity to present his view on the YouTube ecosystem from the monetary perspective.

Earlier that year Calacanis wrote a blog post titled “I ain’t gonna work on YouTube’s farm no more” which generated a lot of attention and feedback from the YouTube creator community. The basic message of the post and his talk at Vidcon: YouTube’s remuneration system is broken and talent will eventually find new platforms and better ways to make money in order to create better content. If you are interested in this topic you should at least watch the video of his talk.

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Tech Education

Tech Education Boosts Salaries – But for How Long

I have not refrained from comment about the upsurge in coding startups attracting large amounts of funding and also media coverage.

My ambivalent feelings toward this movement were supported by the, in my opinion, misleading underlying message in that infamous video that people’s lives will inevitably become better when they know how to program.

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Chegg's next acquisition

Who is going to be Chegg’s next acquisition? Here are three Options.

The upcoming launch of the Chegg Career Center is the next logical step for a company that aims to become the one-stop-shop for everything higher education.

The transition from textbook rental juggernaut to student hub began with Dan Rosensweig taking over as CEO in early 2010. Under his leadership Chegg went on an acquisition spree prior to its IPO last year. The goal was to turn a business that essentially had two peaks per year into a portal that would be used by students 300 days per year.

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MOOC Movement

The MOOC Movement is Healthy and Growing

Editor’s Note: This post has first been published on edcetera – straight talk on edtech

With the recent developments in the MOOC vertical one might wonder if edX is essentially the last MOOC standing. As many pointed out over the past months, the O in MOOC standing for “Open” has become increasingly meaningless.

Besides adding more and more paid features to the platforms, MOOC students from certain countries got banned from participating in the courses as their home countries are under US trade sanctions. And while edX is also looking for ways to monetize the platform and reach a state of self-sustainability, one major difference remains: it is a non-profit.

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