Tag Archives: higher education

Useless Degrees

I Will Hire You for Your “Useless” Degree, If…

My friend has a son who is an exceptional musician, and was recently accepted to one of the most prestigious college music programs in the country. The other weekend my friend went to visit his son, who took him to the music lab to show his dad what he was learning about the science of harmonization, and how music that sounds spontaneous is actually the result of complex scientific principles.

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Startup Profile: WhatsDue

One of the major tasks for college and university students is to stay organized. Away from the (loving) supervision of parents keeping track of what is due and when can become overwhelming, especially when the student has difficulties to set up a proper learning and work routine.

WhatsDue aims to help organizationally challenged learners to keep up with their assignments through a simple to use app that reminds them of due dates through customizable reminders.

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completing MOOCs

3 Things I learned from completing 60 MOOCs in 10 Months

In January 2014 I started my first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) after reading a blogpost on Poets & Quants. I did not know back then this would be the start of the many MOOCs I would complete in the next 10 months. Over the course of these 10 months I learned 3 important things about this new way to gain knowledge:

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paradigm shift higher education

The Paradigm Shift In Higher Education

The higher education landscape will change more in the next ten years than it has in the previous one hundred and fifty. Technology has challenged traditional assumptions about learning, and the proliferation of MOOCs and vocational training programs has led to new choices for aspiring students. Education is undoubtedly becoming more global, with record numbers of students seeking to go abroad for further study. These shifts all point to one truth: students all over the world face an increasing number of choices about what, how, and where to study.

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Startup Profile: OrcaTV

Social media has changed the way people communicate and consume information, and most people use a variety of different social apps for different aspects of their lives. In this constant stream of information some messages might get lost. This is especially true when the demographic starts shifting towards using new apps like Yik Yak on campus.

OrcaTV aims to cut through the noise and establish a unified channel for all information related to campus life and administration.

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Minerva Project funding

HEDLINE: Minerva Project raises $70 million Series B

The Minerva Project, an edtech startup that aims to create a new breed of elite university, announced that it is in the process of raising a $70 million Series B from a Chinese investment consortium led by tutoring service provider TAL Education Group with participation of Yongjin Group and ZhenFund and its existing investor Benchmark Capital.

This round brings the total funding raised to $95 million. Benchmark Capital was the sole investor in Minerva’s $25 million round in April 2012.

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Nas Scholarship Fund

Koru receives $100k to set up Nas Scholarship Fund

When it comes to opportunities in technology, hip-hop and rap artists seem to be ahead of the curve compared to fellow musicians. MC Hammer is well known for his appearances at tech conferences, may it be as a panelist, speaker and often main act at the afterparty. All of the major players in the rap business have some kind of commercial relationship with one or several tech brands. And then there is Dr Dre who just sold his headphone business to Apple and who will take on an executive role at the tech giant as the most recent and arguably most prominent example.

Therefore it makes sense that we are now seeing the first moves into education though, for now, most investments are not for profit oriented. Nas already is involved in the space through his commitment in General Assembly’s Opportunity Fund, he now invested a six-figure sum in a scholarship fund for higher education that also carries his name.

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Top Hat

HEDLINE: Top Hat raises $10 million Series B

Top Hat which creates a mobile real time feedback platform for educators in higher education raised a $10 million Series B led by Georgian Partners with participation from existing investors Emergence Capital Partners, iNovia Capital, SoftTech VC, Version One Ventures and Golden Venture Partners.

The new round brings the total funding raised to $22.6 million.

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Campus of the Future

The Campus of the Future: Hybrid and Lean

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

When people imagine the campus of the future two main aspects seem to come up. On the one hand the campus experience will be blended or hybrid, meaning that even with the majority of learning taking place online there will still be demand for activities in a classic brick-and-mortar setting. On the other hand the campus of the future will be more like a technology startup, focused on cutting expenses and running a lean operation.

Three recent articles in Education DIVE, The Times Higher Education, Slate and Inc. underline this trend.

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review:ed #26 Interview with Daphne Koller & Andrew Ng of Coursera (Audio)

review:ed Audio Podcast

review:ed Episode #26

Interview with Daphne Koller & Andrew Ng of Coursera

  • recorded: April 27th 2012
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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.