EDUKWEST Sunday Review

Sunday Review for the Week of February 24th 2014

In this week’s Sunday Review we find out that professors were surprised to learn they don’t own the content they create for online courses, the Hour of Code is not a PR stunt, a Colorado company is programming your next professor, edtech startups with boring business models tend to be successful and more.

Must Reads

Katie Fehrenbacher at GigaOm takes a look at Khan Academy and how the non-profit is using design to pave the way for the future of education.
via GigaOm

Inc. Magazine takes a look at TaskRabbit, one of the drivers in the emerging gig economy.
via Inc.

Paris Childress explores LinkedIn University Pages six months after the official launch and concludes that it is a huge missed opportunity.
via hop online

Xia Yeliang, an expelled professor from China and free speech advocate, warns American universities that their partnerships with China may put their academic principles at risk.
via Huffington Post

Time Magazine reports on professors who were surprised to learn that they don’t own the content they created for online courses.
via Time


Carmel Deamicis takes a closer look at the Hour of Code for PandoDaily and comes to the conclusion that it is not just a giant PR stunt.
via PandoDaily

Max Nisen and Quartz took a look at Google and found that the company does not care about hiring top college graduates but takes its decision based on other factors.
via Quartz

Adam Vaccaro on Inc. Magazine found that at least some companies are still looking at the SAT score for senior-level positions.
via Inc.

Bill Gates shares his thoughts on CommonCore and aims to debunk three myths around the discussion.
via LinkedIn

Rahul Chudra shares his thoughts on the role of online education, local and global students in the internationalization of universities.
via DrEducation

Hiep Pham hopes that new entrance exams will reduce cramming in Vietnam’s education system.
via University World News

James Marshall Crotty at Forbes takes a look at CodeBaby, a Colorado based company that is “programming your next professor”.
via Forbes

Jose Ferreira, founder and CEO of Knewton, shares his thoughts on the unbundling of higher education on the company blog.
via Knewton

Liz Gannes at re/code thinks edtech startups that make a real impact have rather simple business models.
via re/code

K-12 & Higher Ed

The Russian government aims to crack down on degree fraud with new legislation and adding more transparency.
via University World News

The White House plans to further limit junk food ads in schools to protect children from obesity.
via Time

University World News reports on India boosting its higher education cooperations with North African countries.
via University World News

Houston Independent School District began distributing more than 18,000 laptop computers to high schools last month.
via Education Week

Adobe and Prezi join ConnectED and provide $400 million in software licences to schools.
via Reuters


Using virtual avatars in role-play virtual environments like games can impact real-world behaviour.
via ScienceDaily

Other News

Students in Oklahoma must demonstrate coherence in banking, taxes, investing, loans, insurance, identity theft and eight other areas in order to graduate. The courses will be either part of existing ones like government, history and economics classes or will be delivered via computer programs.
via Entrepreneur

How will Snapchat make money? By targeting its biggest audience, college students. A study found that 77% of them use the app daily.
via Mashable

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