Category Archives: Opinion

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

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 code.org 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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Quantified Self

Quantified Self and Data driven Education – No more Excuses

In a not so distant future our lives will be much better thanks to data. To borrow the concept of a former US president, no child will be left behind in school because learning difficulties immediately show in the performance data and action can be taken by teachers and parents to make sure the children receive personalized learning experiences, tailored to their specific needs.

Of course, this won’t stop in school but run through the entire career as we all eventually become lifelong learners, always making sure that our knowledge and skills are still adequate for the job we have today and the job we will be doing next year.

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Year of the Teacher

2015: Year of the Teacher

When I first heard that this week is National Teacher Appreciation Week my immediate reaction was, “What about the other 51 weeks of the year!” I believe that our US Teacher-force is perhaps the single most important resource that we have and we as a nation ought to be celebrating and investing in our teachers.

There are 3.75 million K-12 teachers in the US (3.1 million public school teachers, 72,000 charter, 437,000 private, 146,000 Catholic school teachers). Education Reform shows an average student-teacher ratio of 16 students per teacher. This number seems low but it is a fine starting point for my argument.

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