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EDUKWEST Monday Ristretto

Monday Ristretto: Independence, Consolidation and Brick and Mortar

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.

Today we’ve got three shots for you. Quora trying to stay independent by raising another $80 million, legacy players in the programming space consolidating the market and brick and mortar classrooms having a comeback.

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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.

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Internet.org SocialEDU Rwanda

HEDLINE: Facebook, edX and others launch SocialEDU – Free Mobile Learning

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Internet.org announced SocialEDU, an initiative that aims to bring free mobile learning experiences to students in Rwanda.

To make this ambitious project happen Facebook partnered with Nokia, Ericsson, edX, Airtel and the Rwandan government.

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University of the People now has more than 1 million Facebook Fans – Adding new Advisors

University of the People 1 million

University of the People, the world’s first tuition free online university, surpassed the 1 million Facebook fan mark today. For comparison, Harvard has 1.7 million fans on Facebook, Stanford 370.000.

“It is with the greatest of joy that we witness the growing acceptance of this innovative model from traditional higher education, industries and businesses, through the individual involvements of these extraordinary scholars and leaders.” Shai Reshef

As UoPeople founder and president Shai Reshef recently stated, the non-profit is gaining more and more momentum. Over the past weeks UoPeople added a group of new advisors to the board that reads like the who is who of higher education.

  • Dr. Ariel Kalil, Professor in the Harris School of the University of Chicago, and Director of the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy will join UoPeople’s Arts & Sciences Advisory Board.
  • Ms. Gabriele Zedlmayer, Vice President of the Office of Social Innovation at Hewlett-Packard (HP), will join UoPeople’s Computer Science Advisory Board.
  • Dr. Shay David, Chief Revenue Officer and Co-founder of Kaltura will join UoPeople’s Computer Science Advisory Board.
  • Dr. Terry Fulmer, Professor & Dean of the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity will join UoPeople’s Arts & Sciences Advisory Board.

The expansion of UoPeople’s Advisory Boards comes on the heels of the announcement in April of National Science Foundation Alan T. Waterman Award Winner Dr. Dalton Conley becoming the new Dean of Arts & Sciences for UoPeople

UoPeople also announced a new Presidents Council in May which consists of

  • Oxford Vice Chancellor Emeritus Sir Colin Lucas
  • New York University President John Sexton
  • Academy of Paris Rector Emeritus Mrs. Michele Gendreau-Massaloux
  • Institute of Technology in Bombay Director Professor Devang Khakhar
  • George Washington University President Emeritus Steve Trachtenberg

The Presidents Council will be integral to advancing the mission of UoPeople: to democratize higher education with tuition-free, online programs designed for students otherwise marginalized due to financial, geographic, personal or societal constraints.

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Facebook Groups for Schools

Facebook Goes Back to its Roots… Trouble Ahead?

Editor’s Note: This post has first been published on edcetera – straight talk on edtech.


Facebook’s recent trip down memory lane with the (re)launch of closed groups for schools, colleges and universities is a pretty telling one.

When I first heard about it, I asked myself, “Why should a successful company that decided to kill the closed campus-based networking model in favor of an open social network for everyone on this planet who is older than 13 go back to its startup roots close to the IPO?” Apparently, Mark Zuckerberg and the team at Facebook see enough value in this market to dust off the initial idea and bring it back to life. Hence there seems to be a business opportunity.

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review:ed #23 Interview with Charlie Osborne – Facebook Password (Audio)

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review:ed Episode #23

Interview with Charlie Osborne – Facebook Password Controversy

  • recorded: April 6th 2012
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Show Notes

For this interview Christopher and Kirsten invited Charlie Osborne who writes the blog iGeneration at ZDNet to talk about one of her latest post covering the whole Facebook password controversy in which employers as well as schools and universities demand the passwords for the Facebook accounts of job seekers or students.

As Charlie points out in her post on iGeneration

Privacy may be a casualty of today’s data and digital connection explosion, but it does not mean that businesses have the divine right to exploit such concerns.

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review:ed #23 Interview with Charlie Osborne – Facebook Password Controversy

Charlie Osborne ZDNet iGenerationFor this interview Christopher and Kirsten invited Charlie Osborne who writes the blog iGeneration at ZDNet to talk about one of her latest post covering the whole Facebook password controversy in which employers as well as schools and universities demand the passwords for the Facebook accounts of job seekers or students.

As Charlie points out in her post on iGeneration

Privacy may be a casualty of today’s data and digital connection explosion, but it does not mean that businesses have the divine right to exploit such concerns.

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EDUKWEST #78 with Ryan Meinzer of PlaySay

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I would like to start off the new week at EDUKWEST by sharing my talk with Ryan Meinzer, the founder of PlaySay with you.

As some of you might know already or even watched live like myself, PlaySay launched their product at TechCrunch Disrupt mid September.

Already before, in February 2011, the company raised some substantial funding of $1.3 million. What PlaySay have come up with is an application for Facebook which enables learners to learn a language based on pictures their friends post on the platform.

Now, if the learners want to comment or form a sentence in the target language, the team have developed a mechanism to deconstruct and reconstructed the original comment on the individual picture and thus help the learner identify key elements of a sentence but also go in more sophisticated tasks and translating different tenses for instance.

The app is currently available in an English – Spanish version only, but I’m certain as soon as the team will have figured out what the customers exactly want, there are more languages to be released soon.

So far, I have only heard or read pretty clear opinions about the product, meaning people either really like it or don’t understand it at all which is a point we also address in the interview.

I have been thinking about that a bit myself and came up with the theory that learning products are sometimes (not to say often) harder to pitch to a more general tech audience. It seems to me that education technology is a micro-cosmos for the good as well as for the bad, and that things follow different rules than in general tech startups, but this is something that belongs over to the Kirsten Winkler blog.

For now, I leave you with the PlaySay interview and would be happy to hear your opinion about it.

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Rosetta Stone Facebook Store

Rosetta Stone launches Facebook Store – Appoints Judy Verses as President Global Institutional Business

Rosetta Stone Facebook Store

Rosetta Stone was one of the first companies in language learning that embraced Facebook as part of its overall social media strategy. In August 2010 Rosetta Stone was amongst the first companies to launch a Customer Care Center on the social network, powered by Austrian company Parature. You can read my coverage on KirstenWinkler.com.

Yesterday, I came across an update via the official RS account, announcing the launch of a Facebook based store.

The Rosetta Stone Facebook Store allows you to connect with us a in a new way. Discover our products through videos, free demos, and an online game; easily browse all of our products without leaving Facebook; and when you’re ready you can seamlessly check-out through a no-hassle and safe transaction directly through this official online store.

With Facebook integrating more services like Spotify and easier payment features the social network has some big potential as store front for brands like Rosetta Stone. We also just saw the launch of store fronts on YouTube, enabling artists to sell music, tickets to concerts and merchandise to fans.

The other news from Rosetta Stone are about the appointment of a new president for Global Institutional Business.

Judy Verses joins Rosetta Stone from Blackboard, where she served as president and chief client officer responsible for global sales and marketing. Previously, she was president and COO of Blackboard Learn. Prior to joining Blackboard, Judy held several senior leadership roles at Verizon.

“I”m excited to join the leadership team and further strengthen our institutional efforts in the Americas, EMEA and Asia/Pac.”

Source: Rosetta Stone | Finanznachrichten.de

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Grockit helps under-served Students and launches Facebook Integration on f8

Farbood Nivi, founder and CEO of Grockit announced a change in the company’s business model. From now on Grockit is a “one-for-one” company which means that for every student that signs up for a paid plan, Grockit will give access to the site to one under-served student for free.

This is especially great news for me as I envisioned such a model in education earlier this year in my post “A TOMS Shoes for Education?“.

Grockit will work together with a large group of organisations in the field and Grockit customers can choose which one they want to direct their one-for-one purchase towards.

Also yesterday at the f8 developer conference Grockit, one of the pioneers in the social learning space, launched its Facebook integration.

Facebook with its more than 750 million users has increasingly become the basis for startups that build education layers on top of the social network like Inigral, Hoot.me or PlaySay to name a few.

Grockit’s layer has four components and is about sharing your learning progress with your peers. After students connected the social application to their Facebook profile, they can earn and display achievements, create study groups and invite friends to join, play games and display the study progress on their Facebook profile. Farbood also points out in the blog post that

Earlier this year, Grockit released research showing that students who study together on Grockit do twice as much work — and get answers correct more often — than students who study alone.

 

Website: grockit.com
Twitter: @grockit
Facebook: facebook.com/grockit