In this week’s Sunday Review: Is student debt tied to the income of university presidents? Google’s rise in the education technology market. Harvard’s Hollywood-like MOOC production. The Future of textbooks. Unizin, a potential threat to edX? The cult of college drop-outs and more.
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.
To get you up to speed for the week ahead, we serve you a Monday Ristretto here on EDUKWEST by picking the most important reads from the past week, putting them in a grinder and extracting the essential information for a short and punchy brew.
As every week, we’ve got three shots for you. Larry Page blames the education system for a risk averse mindset. Andrew Ng leaves his day-to-day role at Coursera to become Chief Scientist at Baidu. Google acquires Word Lens, one more part toward a Star Trek universal communicator.
There have been rumors for a while but now it is official: Andrew Ng will be leaving his day-to-day role at Coursera by the end of this month. Ng announced the decision on the Coursera blog and also reveals his next job: Chief Scientist at Baidu.
Ng will remain chairman of the board at Coursera.
review:ed Episode #26
Interview with Daphne Koller & Andrew Ng of Coursera
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On Friday, Christopher Dawson and myself had the pleasure for a short talk with the two co-founders of Coursera, Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng.
As the startup is backed with $16 million dollars in venture funding and thus also got some coverage outside of the education vertical, we were of course very interested in hearing a bit more online education centered and beyond the usual articles on some of the big tech-blogs.