EDUKWEST Sunday Review

Sunday Review for the Week of March 3rd 2014

In this week’s Sunday Review you will find stories about China’s rapidly changing education system, fundings, mergers & acquisitions we haven’t covered in detail, opinion pieces about elite universities and low-income students and how much a BA will costs students offline compared to online.

Must Reads

Huffington Post writer C.M. Rubin takes a look at China’s rapidly changing education system. [via Huffington Post]


Robin J. Hayes at the Atlantic thinks that Elite universities should not be asking, “Why do we have so few low-income students?” but “How do we have so many wealthy ones?” [via The Atlantic]

NationSwell writer Chana R. Schoenberger thinks that venture capitalists (NewSchools Venture Fund) who get behind school reform are changing education from the outside. [via NationSwell]

Rita Gunther McGrath at Inc. thinks online learning companies should study Hollywood for useful lessons on how to maximize a technology’s full potential. [via Inc.]

TechCrunch’s Gregory Ferenstein asks whether Facebook really can improve education in developing countries through mobile based MOOCs. [via TechCrunch]

Funding, Merger & Acquisitions

Desire2Learn acquired Achievement Standards Network for an undisclosed sum. [via EdSurge]

New York private equity firm CIP Capital has acquired OnCourse Learning from Cleveland-based private equity firm The Riverside Company. Terms weren’t disclosed, but Dow Jones reported that Riverside earned a return that was 5.4 times greater than its investment made in 2007. [via Xconomy]

General Assembly, the New York-based educational startup that offers tech courses on campuses across different cities, today announced that it has raised a Series C round of $35 million. [via TechCrunch]

K-12 & Higher Ed

Macmillan made its entire catalog available in ebook format to K-12 libraries . [via THE Journal]

Peter High interviews UoPeople’s founder and president Shai Reshef for Forbes. [via Forbes]

$43,477 is the average cost for an online bachelor’s degree in the United States, according to data released by Hanover Research. An online master’s degree cost about half as much. [via Campus Technology]

The New York Times takes a closer look at Amplify’s new middle school curriculum. [via New York Times]

PandoDaily writer David Sirota found that the charter school movement is asserting the right to unilaterally shut down their schools and turn kids into campaigners and lobbyists for the charter school industry, potentially at taxpayer expense. [via PandoDaily]

Dell just unveiled another education-focused laptop, and this time it runs good old-fashioned Windows. [via Engadget]

After France’s Minister of Higher Education Geneviève Fioraso declared France’s position as a study destination as “fragile” last year, the government has started in 2014 with pledges to make good on efforts to boost inbound student numbers. [via The Pie News]

The SUNY Open Textbooks project sprouted from an idea by SUNY Geneseo’s library director Cyril Oberlander. He had noticed waning sales of textbooks at his school, and how students had been discovering new, cheaper ways to access the material. [via PandoDaily]

The Baxter Robot, created by Rethink Robotics, teaches undergraduate students at the University of California, Berkeley, the principles of using and coding for robots — the same kinds of robots that will be assembling automobiles, constructing phones, and performing all kinds of tasks in the next decade or two. [via VentureBeat]

Surveys & Research

Young execs believe their careers are in good shape as 79% claimed to be ready to compete and succeed at a global level and 68% feel secure in their future career prospects according to a global survey by Accenture. [via Forbes]

Examining public data from 279 courses from the most popular MOOC providers (Udacity, Coursera, edX), researcher Katy Jordan finds the average course enrolls about 43,000 students. About 6.5% of those stick around ’til the end. [via TechCrunch]

In school, women have had no problem catching up with men. Actually, according to some measurements, women are dominating men in the classroom. Meanwhile, women have not been able to make the same kind of progress closing the gender gap in the business world. [via Entrepreneur]

Mobile Movies project collects data from remote rural areas. [via TechCrunch]

Other News

Kickstarter, a crowdfunding platform that also features interesting educational projects like the Mini Museum, surpassed $1 billion in pledges from 5.7 million people. [via TechCrunch]

Vodafone has partnered with education activist Malala Yousafzai in an effort to bring mobile-based literacy learning to the 493 million women and 76 million girls globally that cannot read or write. [via]

Popular local community meeting platform Meetup got attacked and was down for most part of the week since the team refuses to pay the demanded $300. [via re/code]

Similar to Google’s Project Loon, Facebook wants to bring Internet connectivity to remote areas with drones. [via Inc.]

Getty Images has made millions of its photographs free in a move against those who violate copyright. [via The Telegraph]

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