EDUKWEST Sunday Review

Sunday Review for the Week of February 10th 2014

Bringing back an old tradition from my personal blog and combining it with one from EDUKWEST we are now going to share articles, opinion and news we have not covered ourselves over the week.

Funding & Acquisition

Rip Empson on TechCrunch reported that the acquisition price McGraw-Hill Education paid for Engrade was around $50 million.

Entrepreneur took a look at campus-based investment funds., a service that lets anyone create infographics via a web interface, raised $1.8 million.


Meghan Drake of the Washington Times published an article for which she had interviewed academic leaders who question the impact of MOOCs.

On the other side of the Atlantic the Guardian published a piece titled “Moocs: changing how we learn online” – the article is supported by the Open University.

Steve Blank, one of the leaders in the lean startup movement, shared his experiences of flipping the MOOC in Inc. Magazine.


Xconomy featured an application called Benefit that aims to make the process of raising funds for schools frictionless.

Google partnered with to offer advice about student loans through its recently launched Google Helpouts platform.

Established Players

Pearson launched Acclaim, its version of an open badge platform.

Pearson partners with Blackboard to provide free flow of student data between their flagship products.


Geoff Weiss on Entrepreneur asked whether the current education system was hurting entrepreneurship.

Tim Connealy wrote about Citelighter and its decision to move from New York to Baltimore where the startup hopes to find an edtech fortune on Forbes.

Nicolas Franco sees the next big opportunity for edtech in the Persian Gulf region on VentureBeat.

John Maeda thinks that higher education is going to transform itself into longer education.

John Warner says there is no demand for higher education, only for the benefits.

Francis Sanzaro shared a day in the life of an edtech worker in Baltimore.


The New York Times brought an interesting article about Wikipedia and how the encyclopedia seems to struggle with adapting itself to an increasingly mobile audience.

Time Magazine shared a study which shows that teens are under higher levels of stress than adults.

Two thirds of Americans now have a smartphone.

In India where smartphones are not yet dominating, people came up with clever ways to make the best use of their regular mobile phones.

Kirsten Winkler is the founder and editor of EDUKWEST. She also writes about Social Media, Digital Society and Startups at