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After Hours #3 – September 30th 2011

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In this episode of After Hours we take a look at the following stories:

Presented by: Eqentia
Music by: Web Surfing on the Lounge by Scomber
Picture by: Guidoblock

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Ning about to sell to Google, Groupon or AOL for $150 million?

According to a post by Kara Swisher at AllThingsD, Ning is in talks with several big companies including Google, Groupon, AOL and Demand Media about a possible acquisition of the platform whereas the talks with Google and Groupon seem to be the most promising ones.

We all remember the storm that broke out in the education scene back in 2010 when Ning announced to shut down its free offers. After a couple of weeks of uncertainty and anger Pearson jumped in and sponsored all educational Ning communities allowing school teachers and their classes to use the service for free.

With this possible acquisition by one of the big players, there is of course the question of what will happen not only to this arrangement with Pearson but also if the service will remain active at all. If it is an acquisition for the growing base of premium users Ning may remain intact as a service. Swisher quotes a

“400 percent year-on-year revenue growth, going from 17,000 to more than 100,000 subscribers and with 60 million monthly active users”

in her post. If the acquisition was for the technology that powers Ning it might happen that the service will shut down as we have recently seen with Dimdim.

Bottom line, after a year in relative peace of mind the future of educational Nings is once again very uncertain.

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review:ed #5 with Shiv Rajendran of Languagelab.com [Audio]

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review:ed Episode #5

  • recorded: July 30th 2010
  • Guest: Shiv Rajendran, Director of Operations Languagelab.com

 

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  1. Pearson sponsoring educational Ning networks
  2. Babbel and Livemocha
  3. India introduces the $35 USD laptop / tablet
  4. eduFire now part of Camelback Education
  5. Live Lessons, FNACs, asynchronous Content and Gaming in Education
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review:ed Episode #5 with Shiv Rajendran of LanguageLab

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Shiv Rajendran

Shiv Rajendran, Founder and Director at LanguageLab.com joined me for the fifth episode of review:ed.

We had the following topics on our list:

  1. Pearson sponsoring educational Ning networks
  2. Babbel and Livemocha
  3. India introduces the $35 USD laptop / tablet
  4. eduFire now part of Camelback Education
  5. Live Lessons, FNACs, asynchronous Content and Gaming in Education


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Additional Links:

Homepage: http://www.languagelab.com
Shiv Rajendran’s Blog: http://shiv.me
LanguageLab on Twitter: @LanguageLab
Shiv on Twitter: @shiv53
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review:ed #2 with Shiv Rajendran of Languagelab.com [Audio]

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review:ed Episode #2

  • recorded: May 5th 2010
  • Guest: Shiv Rajendran, Director of Operations Languagelab.com

 

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  • Funding in online education – Knewton $12.5 million, Grockit undisclosed and Academia.edu $1.6 million and if this shows a trend that online education is actually getting on the radar of investors finally.
  • Facebook – “We are building a web where the default is social” and the implications on privacy and sharing.
  • Ning’s new premium pricing plan and what it means for educators.
  • Asynchronous content in online education.
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review:ed Episode #2 with Shiv Rajendran of LanguageLab

Shiv Rajendran Languagelab.com

Shiv Rajendran

Guest on the second episode of review:ed was Shiv Rajendran, Director at LanguageLab.com which is the company behind English City, a virtual town on Second Life where students from around the globe meet to interact with the inhabitants of English City to get a real life experience and practice.

Shiv and I talked about

  • Funding in online education – Knewton $12.5 million, Grockit undisclosed and Academia.edu $1.6 million and if this shows a trend that online education is actually getting on the radar of investors finally.
  • Facebook – “We are building a web where the default is social” and the implications on privacy and sharing.
  • Ning’s new premium pricing plan and what it means for educators.
  • Asynchronous content in online education.


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EDUKWEST #7 with Shiv Rajendran

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review:ed Episode #1 with Dave Schappell of TeachStreet

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Dave Schappell

My guest on the first episode of review:ed was Dave Schappell, Founder and CEO of TeachStreet with a guest appearance of Stella, the French bulldog.

Dave and I were talking about the iPad and how it might change the way we teach and learn, the tensions between Apple and Adobe about the use of Flash on Apple products, Ning and the end of its freemium model, Groupon and the different clones around the globe, Zinch and its launch of a platform in China and finally Pearson and its M&A strategy as a possible exit for education start ups.

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Dave Schappell on EDUKWEST #13.

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