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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)

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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.

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

review:ed #26 Interview Coursera

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.

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The interview starts with the founders’ motivation to launch their startup right now, I was particularly interested in hearing whether this was financially motivated as it seems to be a great moment for Silicon Valley based education startups or rather based on the technology.

Coursera is currently already working together with three universities, Princeton, the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania besides Stanford, their alma mater. As a side-note, unlike other initiatives in Higher Education that are led by professors, for instance Sebastian Thun’s Udacity, Koller and Ng are staying at Stanford and will continue teaching there.

All courses available on the platform are offered completely for free and the Coursera team are building relationships with other top institutions to offer a wider variety of courses in the near future.

With such a big vision of changing Higher Education they must, of course, have an idea on the potential impact Coursera might have on the landscape.

We wrap up the talk by discussing the (currently non-existing) business-model of Coursera. Following right in the tradition of recent movements in Silicon Valley, there will certainly be a business at some point in the future, but Coursera currently focuses on building the platform, adding more courses and getting more students.

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Homepage: http://coursera.com
Coursera on Twitter: @coursera
Coursera on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/coursera
Daphne on LinkedIn: Daphne Koller
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EDUKWEST Update #3 with Chip Paucek of 2tor (Audio)

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EDUKWEST Update Episode #3

  • published: April 7th 2012
  • Guest: Chip Paucek, Co-Founder & CEO 2tor
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This interview is an update to EDUKWEST #87 with 2tor’s co-founder and CMO Jeremy Johnson.

I had the chance for a quick talk with Chip Paucek, the company’s CEO and also one of the co-founders.

2tor made two big announcements recently. One of which is a new collaboration with UNC Chapel Hill bringing their Master of Public Administration online. This partnership makes it the 5th graduate program for the education startup,the program is named MPA@UNC.

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EDUKWEST Update #3 with Chip Paucek of 2tor

EDUKWEST Update #3 Chip Paucek 2torThis interview is an update to EDUKWEST #87 with 2tor’s co-founder and CMO Jeremy Johnson.

I had the chance for a quick talk with Chip Paucek, the company’s CEO and also one of the co-founders.

2tor made two big announcements recently. One of which is a new collaboration with UNC Chapel Hill bringing their Master of Public Administration online. This partnership makes it the 5th graduate program for the education startup,the program is named MPA@UNC.

The other subject of our talk is 2tor’s recently announced series D funding round of a whopping $26 million. Chip tells me that all former investors are on board for this round as well and explains why it costs a lot of money to bring these top-tier graduate programs online.

Finally, we get a clue that a 6th program will soon be announced from 2tor and of course, I had to ask about his opinion on the Minerva University project that people rave about for a few days now.

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2tor on Twitter: @2tor
2tor on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/2torInc
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EDUKWEST #90 with Jay Chakrapani of McGraw-Hill Higher Education Digital Group (Audio)

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EDUKWEST Episode #90

  • published: April 3rd 2012
  • Guest: Jay Chakrapani, GM Digital McGraw-Hill Education
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EDUKWEST has made it to 90 episodes! Not that I give those numbers too much importance, but I have been interviewing companies and people in the education start-up space for two and a half year now and episode 90 is therefore a little milestone on my way.

I sat down (virtually as most of the time) with Jay Chakrapani, the VP and general manager of McGraw-Hill Higher Education’s digital group.

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EDUKWEST #90 with Jay Chakrapani of McGraw-Hill Higher Education Digital Group

EDUKWEST #90 Jay Chakrapani McGraw-HillEDUKWEST has made it to 90 episodes! Not that I give those numbers too much importance, but I have been interviewing companies and people in the education start-up space for two and a half year now and episode 90 is therefore a little milestone on my way.

I sat down (virtually as most of the time) with Jay Chakrapani, the VP and general manager of McGraw-Hill Higher Education’s digital group.

It may be a little surprising as I mostly interview start-up people and what probably first comes to mind when thinking of McGraw-Hill is that they are one of the biggest education publishers – not really a start-up.

That’s what makes it even more interesting to me! Finding out in a talk how a traditional and established company makes the transition into a digital education company.

The first thing I ask Jay is to define adaptive learning and what it means to McGraw-Hill – beyond all the buzz it’s getting right now. I then ask about the work and importance of his digital division within the company’s overall strategy as currently they not very prominent when one visits their website.

The second part of our talk is dedicated to e-textbooks, still relatively high prices and the future. Does Jay see the future of McGraw-Hill’s e-textbooks on (other people’s) platforms or is it likely that at one point they’ll go for their own solution as I suggested for Pearson in an article on Big Think? Well, listen to his insightful answers and you might know a little more about McGraw-Hill beyond being the big publisher by the end of the EDUKWEST interview.

As always thanks for listening and for your valuable feedback. “Likes” and “shares” will help us spread the word about EDUKWEST if you find our content valuable, of course.

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Public doubts Value of Online Courses – College Presidents divided

Pew Internet released a report with the title “The Digital Revolution and Higher Education“. The report is based on two surveys, asking the general public and college presidents about online courses and the use of technology in the classroom.

Learning Online vs. Learning in a Classroom

  • Only 29% of the general public surveyed said that an online course is of equal value when compared to a course taken in a classic classroom environment.
  • 51% of college presidents surveyed said that online courses provide the same value.
  • 39% of students who took online courses during their college career said that the value given was equal to a classroom based course.

Plagiarism

  • 55% of the surveyed college presidents stated that plagiarism in student papers increased over the past 10 years.
  • Amongst those 89% think that computers and the Internet are the main cause.

Tech-Savvyness

  • 87% of the surveyed college presidents use a smart phone on a daily basis.
  • 83% use a a desktop computer.
  • 65% use a laptop computer.
  • 49% use a tablet device.
  • 42% use an e-reading device.
  • 32% use Facebook weekly or more often.
  • 18% use Twitter at least occasionally.

Outlook

  • 62% of college presidents say that in 10 years more than half of the textbooks used by undergraduates will be digital.
  • 50% predict that 10 years from now most of the students will take classes online.

 

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iversity raises $1.6 million – Wants to bring Campus Experience Online

Berlin-based startup iversity announced a $1.6 million funding round by the European Union, the federal state of Brandenburg and BMP media investors today.

During its beta the platform already attracted more than 11.000 users and their feedback will now be integrated in the redesigned website of the service which is going to go live in September.

iversity is an online workspace for educators and students. Lecturers can organize courses, research projects and conferences, and students are provided with tools for interaction and collaboration, something that the founders felt was lacking during their own studies.

“Rather than just sitting alongside each other in anonymous lectures, iversity enables students to learn from and with each other online.“

Hannes Klöpper, managing director and co-founder of iversity, was so kind to answer a couple of questions via email.

How is iversity going to grow its user base?

“Starting out our approach is primarily bottom up, although we are obviously happy to talk to any university leader that is interested in working with us.

We want to provide every educator with a choice beyond the closed and clunky solution that is sanctioned by their IT department. We provide an open platform. Signing up is as easy as creating an e-mail account. Any educator can decide to create a course and can start using the platform. Obviously, iversity is completely free to educators as well as their students.”

Are you focused on Germany or is iversity available internationally right from the start?

“Just like academia in general, iversity is a decidedly global product. The bulk of our users during the beta phase hailed from Germany, but we are convinced that iversity will soon have a global user base.

The need for a state-of-the-art digital education infrastructure is equally pressing whether in India, North America or Brazil. Also we have some pretty cool features planned that will reveal the tangible benefits of working in the context of a global collaboration network.”

As you are offering the service itself for free to educators and students, what is the business model?

“In Germany in particular people are wary of the commercialization of education. Luckily our business model allows us to provide access to everyone free of charge.

We earn our money in the very traditional market for learning materials. Students can buy their books and print outs through our platform. We get a cut. It’s simple. It makes sense. In fact, it’s an additional service.”

Based on the latest research that student collaboration and networking can increase scores, iversity is entering a promising but also increasingly crowded and competitive market. There is Chegg with its new strategy of offering a centralized place for all of the student’s needs or platforms like Piazza, Inigral and 2tor that already launched in North America.

The business model based on book and print out sales might be difficult to maintain in the US as Amazon, Nook, Chegg, Kno, Inkling and BookRenter are disrupting this market heavily at the moment.

Having said that, it also shows that there is a growing need for Internet based solutions in higher education and the market is still very young. And iversity is one of the first services out of Europe which should give the startup a strategic advantage on this side of the Atlantic.

 

Website: iversity.org
Twitter: @iversity
Facebook: facebook.com/iversity.org

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Becky Splitt and Matt Messinger of StudyBlue

For this episode of EDUKWEST I invited an education start-up from Wisconsin called StudyBlue. That’s definitely a first time experience for me and in itself makes them unique already.

I had the chance to skype with StudyBlue’s CEO Becky Splitt and a little in the interview you’ll get a product demo by their Director of Learning, Matt Messinger.

StudyBlue wants to be the student’s backpack on the Internet as Matt calls it providing them with all the tools including mobile solutions to make note taking, storage of notes and flashcard learning as convenient as possible.

StudyBlue currently concentrate on schools, colleges and universities in the United States but as they are very well funded it can only be a matter of time until they are going to think of spreading across the globe.

I see Higher Education becoming more interesting for start-ups recently, linking serious learning with a social layer.
The flashcard, note taking and sharing market is a competitive one, of course, ranging from solutions like smart.fm and their change in focus to CoboCards, a more specialized solution in the DACH market to Livemocha as the first language learning community adding user generated flashcards to its offer.

I’m almost sure that this will not be a winner takes it all market segment but execution and eventually substantial funding will help StudyBlue in the growing competition.

I would also like to point you to a KWestions with Matt Messinger when we’ll be talking about the difference of flashcards as a feature and a stand-alone solution later this week.

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Website: http://www.studyblue.com
Blog: http://company.studyblue.com/blog/
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UoPeople on Twitter: @StudyBlue
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