EDUKWEST Sunday Review

Sunday Review for the Week of March 17th 2014

In this week’s Sunday Review we learn about the potential reasons why Coursera is allowed to give access to some of its courses to Iranian students, why VCs tend to get edtech wrong, who owns the rights to a MOOC when the instructor leaves the institution, why students sue Google, how semantic search will improve education, how researchers are chasing pageviews like bloggers and more.

Must Reads

Who owns the MOOC when the instructor moves to a new institution? [Inside Higher Ed]

Phil Hill takes a look at the decision to allow Coursera to offer selected courses to Iranian students. [e-Literate]

A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. [The Atlantic]

As if bearing the cost of private school fees, books and uniforms wasn’t bad enough, some parents will now have to purchase tablets made mandatory by schools. [Gulf News]

Why VCs Usually Get Ed Tech Wrong. [e-Literate]

K-12 & Higher Education

Gregory T. Huang takes a look at TenMarks, Panorama and Playrific and how they “crack” K-12. [Xconomy]

A group of students in California is suing Google because the company was monitoring their Gmail accounts. [Mashable]

Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt told students to use Google Docs because it’s free. [GeekWire]

Coursolve is creating a MOOC for students interested in entrepreneurship together with MIT and edX. [Xconomy]

A new watchdog agency alleges that for-profit college ITT Tech is misleading applicants. [The Verge]

Surveys & Reports & Research

A new study of math anxiety shows how some people may be at greater risk to fear math not only because of negative experiences, but also because of genetic risks related to both general anxiety and math skills. [Science Daily]

Semantic search will help find hidden knowledge in education and more says Ramona Pierson, co-founder and CEO and Declara. [GigaOm]

Researchers are becoming too obsessed with chasing pageviews. [Motherboard]

More than 8,000 toddlers in the U.S. were suspended from preschool at least once during the 2011 school year, new data from the U.S. Department of Education show. [Politico]

Other News

Education First (EF) is the official provider of English courses for the 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, training over 1 million people. [The Pie News]

Stanford lab creates a new social network named Omlet that lets users control their personal data. [Stanford News] launched an iPhone app that helps people build their vocabulary in a fun way. [Fast Company]

France promises (again) to train 100.000 African teachers for World Francophone Day. [RFI]

Learnist refreshes its website to make it easier to create and safe lessons. [TechCrunch]

Stanford is opening new lab to study bad science. [The Verge]

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