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EDUKWEST Sunday Review

Sunday Review for the Week of April 14th 2014

In this week’s Sunday Review we learn that experience without humility is not very helpful (when it comes to leading Coursera), that you can earn a MBA without spending a single dollar for tuition, that the SAT is useless, that school children in Ireland code 3D worlds and use the Oculus Rift, that you should not listen to music when you learn and much more.

And Happy Easter from the EDUKWEST team!

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On the Ed - Alpha

On the Ed – Alpha – Episode 002 Lots of Funding, MOOCs and Student Data

Another week, another On the Ed. Though we are still in alpha I think we are slowly but surely getting the hang of it. Google+ Hangouts are still a bit confusing when you invite guests as a page owner but we almost started on time.

Talking about guests, this week Chris and I were joined by my old friend Shiv Rajendran who is currently working on his new startup Affectively. We even got the scoop that he had raised funding which he announces on the show. Also, Affectively are hiring!

Talking about startups, as mentioned in last week’s episode Chris also joined a new edtech startup called TDS Social as Chief Technologist.

Congratulations again to both, and I am sure that we are going to hear more of Shiv and Chris and their respective companies in the coming months.

Naturally, we had to briefly discuss the big tech news of the week: Facebook acquiring WhatsApp for $19 billion USD, but we quickly jumped on the edtech news of the week which you can find below.

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UoPeople

University of the People (UoPeople) receives $500k Grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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It looks like 2012 is becoming a great year for UoPeople, the world’s tuition-free, non-profit online university that wants to give everyone access to quality higher education no matter where they are and what financial situation they are in. To date, more than 1500 students from over 130 countries have been accepted to UoPeople.

Today, UoPeople announced new financial support in form of a $500,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“We are working very hard on the attainment of accreditation, and are extremely proud of having the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation partnering with us in this quest. Accreditation is important for us, our students and our graduates to as it will afford students significantly better employment prospects upon graduation – thus further improving their lives.”  – Shai Reshef, President of UoPeople

“UoPeople is a part of an emerging set of programs and institutions that is challenging the status quo and effectively meeting non-traditional student needs by leveraging innovative pedagogical and business practices and providing affordable, quality paths to postsecondary credentials. We are proud to be a part of the next major step for UoPeople: attaining accreditation.” Anh Nguyen, Senior Program Officer on the foundation’s Postsecondary Success team

Besides the growing support from individuals around the globe which was recently manifested in surpassing the 1 million Facebook fan mark, UoPeople also finds support by foundations and in academia as the grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation follows recent awards by the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Intel Foundation.

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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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review:ed #6 with Shiv Rajendran of Languagelab.com

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Shiv Rajendran

After more than a year on the back burner I am happy to relaunch review:ed, a weekly show in which a changing guest and I discuss the top education news of the past week. It started at KirstenWinkler.com but now is an official part of EDUKWEST.

For this relaunch episode I invited my old friend and regular Shiv Rajendran, Director of Operations at Languagelab.com

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Acceptly - College Prep Done Right This Interview is sponsored by Acceptly – College Prep Done Right

Acceptly is making it easier for students everywhere to get accepted to college. Increase your chances through step-by-step guidance and secrets for overcoming the admissions process. Try it for free today.

Adaptive Learning

  • Grockit raised $7 million [02:20]
    Source: TechCrunch
  • Knewton raised $33 million
    Source: TechCrunch 
  • Knewton to power Pearson Digital Education [10:30]
    Source: TechCrunch
  • DreamBox Learning raised $11 million [13:50]
    Source: EDUKWEST

Academia & Science

  • Academia.edu raised $4.5 million [17:20]
    Source: EDUKWEST
  • Late Nite Labs raised $1.1 million [24:25]
    Source: TechCrunch
  • Science Exchange raised $1.5 million
    Source: TechCrunch

Free Education

  • Khan Academy to change economics of education [32:50]
    Source: Big Think
  • Khan criticism rises
    Source: Action-Reaction
  • $6 million to educate the world [43:00]
    Source: Big Think

Public Education

  • Edmodo raised $15 million [54:10]
    Source: EDUKWEST
  • MasteryConnect raised $1.1 million [59:50]
    Source: EDUKWEST
  • UAA Slows Down Internet to Combat Piracy [1:02:20]
    Source: KTUU 

 

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review:ed #6 with Shiv Rajendran of Languagelab.com [Audio]

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review:ed Episode #6

  • recorded: December 9th 2011
  • Guest: Shiv Rajendran, Director of Operations Languagelab.com
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Acceptly - College Prep Done Right This Interview is sponsored by Acceptly – College Prep Done Right

Acceptly is making it easier for students everywhere to get accepted to college. Increase your chances through step-by-step guidance and secrets for overcoming the admissions process. Try it for free today.

Adaptive Learning

  • Grockit raised $7 million [02:20]
    Source: TechCrunch
  • Knewton raised $33 million
    Source: TechCrunch 
  • Knewton to power Pearson Digital Education [10:30]
    Source: TechCrunch
  • DreamBox Learning raised $11 million [13:50]
    Source: EDUKWEST

Academia & Science

  • Academia.edu raised $4.5 million [17:20]
    Source: EDUKWEST
  • Late Nite Labs raised $1.1 million [24:25]
    Source: TechCrunch
  • Science Exchange raised $1.5 million
    Source: TechCrunch

Free Education

  • Khan Academy to change economics of education [32:50]
    Source: Big Think
  • Khan criticism rises
    Source: Action-Reaction
  • $6 million to educate the world [43:00]
    Source: Big Think

Public Education

  • Edmodo raised $15 million [54:10]
    Source: EDUKWEST
  • MasteryConnect raised $1.1 million [59:50]
    Source: EDUKWEST
  • UAA Slows Down Internet to Combat Piracy [1:02:20]
    Source: KTUU 

 

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Ed News Ticker

ENT: 2tor, Livemocha, Coding Students, $6 million to Educate the World & more

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Ed News Ticker December 6th 2011


Gene Wade – TEDxSF – Building the World’s Most Affordable and Accessible Private University Online

TEDx talk by Gene Wade, the Founder and CEO of UniversityNow, a venture-backed start-up, whose vision is a world in which education is universally affordable and accessible to all who seek it.

Source: TEDxSF


Tech startup 2tor rides surge in online education

2tor is still the highest funded startup in education with $65 million in total.

While there are other companies in the space of online education, both Johnson and Katzman agree 2tor doesn’t have an parallel competitor offering the same level of to their high-quality but welcome the emergence of one. “I would love for more people to try to do what we’re doing,” says Johnson.

Source: Reuters


Livemocha takes a crack at Rosetta Stone in retail

According to Livemocha’s CEO Michael Schutzler, sales of the boxed product sold at Barnes & Nobles are going really well.

“(The) bulk of Rosetta Stone’s sales that generate actual margin are in retail. Berlitz has been there for decades,” said Schutzler. “Our partners are Merriam Webster … and therefore we think we have a shot at winning in this arena as well.”

Source: GeekWire


High School Class Gives New Meaning to Learning Apps

At Winchester High School in Massachusetts students are engaged with mobile app development.

“Kids are immediately attracted to mobile technology,” Downs said. “I thought it would be great if I could develop a course that would take advantage of this interest they have and at the same time connect it to software that a majority or students could actually be interested in learning.”

Source: theJOURNAL


It only takes $6 million to Educate the World

Shai Reshef, founder and president of the University of the People (EDUKWEST interview) explains that it would only take a budget of $6 million for the institution to reach sustainability and fulfill its goal of free education for everyone, forever.

Source: Big Think


Funding, Grants & Book Deals: Thiel Fellows Are Making The Grade (With More Classes To Follow)

The Thiel Foundation has decided to launch a second class in 2012. The program is now accepting applications, with a deadline of December 31st. Candidates must be under 20 years of age until that date.

Source: TechCrunch


Behind A Big Data Veteran, GoingOn Brings A Next-Gen Social Platform To Academia

GoingOn pivoted into an on-demand platform for academic institutions which allows them to build their own private social networks.

The ambitious and far-reaching goal for GoingOn, CEO Jon Corshen tells us, is a large-scale platform play: To create a fundamentally new piece of the academic technology ecosystem, one that sits between and ties together LMS, SIS, and the Portal.

Source: TechCrunch


National Literacy Trust highlights book-free millions

Almost four million children in the UK do not own a book, according to a report by the National Literacy Trust.

Source: BBC


UoPeople

UoPeople and Hewlett Packard launch Research Internship Program

After the recent announcement of the partnership between University of the People and New York University that will enable top performing students from UoPeople to apply for the Abu Dhabi campus of N.Y.U. another exciting collaboration has been announced at ISTE.

Hewlett Packard will open research internships to students of UoPeople as part of the HP Catalyst Initiative.

“HP has a longstanding commitment to global citizenship and education, and we strongly believe in the work UoPeople is doing to democratize higher education,” said Gabi Zedlmayer, vice president, Office of Global Social Innovation, HP. “By educating the underserved through online classrooms, UoPeople exemplifies the innovative use of technology, and we are thrilled to contribute to this effort by welcoming UoPeople into the consortia.”

There are two aspects that are going to have an impact on UoPeople. On the one hand, the university can apply for research funding and actively engage in research, on the other hand it enables UoPeople to give students the possibility to gather experience in a work environment.

“Our mission is not only to educate students, but to find them jobs and integrate into the world market,” said Shai Reshef, founder and president, University of the People. “With the support of a leading technology company like HP, we can equip our students with the experiences they need to launch successful careers and truly contribute to their countries and to the world.”

I am looking forward to have Shai Reshef back on EDUKWEST early next week where we are going to talk in detail on those partnerships and how it will help UoPeople to disrupt higher education.

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New York University partners with University of the People

The University of the People, one of the most disruptive startups in higher education, found a new partner to spread change in academia. New York University agreed to admit students of UoPeople who show exceptional promise after at least a year of studies to the N.Y.U. Abu Dhabi campus and those might also be eligible for financial aid.

Although there are no promises for a fixed number of students, the president of N.Y.U. John Sexton expects that actually a few might already be admitted to the Abu Dhabi campus in the entering class of 2012.

In case you are not familiar with the University of the People yet, I had the chance to interview its founder Shai Reshef here on EDUKWEST. UoPeople offers programs in computer science and business administration and to date its is tuition free. The faculty consists of volunteer professors and the material is based on free resources on the Internet. Actually, a few N.Y.U. faculty members and administrators have been working as volunteers for the UoPeople from the beginning already, serving as chairman and CFO.

Up to today UoPeople has attracted more than 1000 students from around the globe, some of them even studying in the tent villages on Haiti or in refugee camps in Sudan.

Although the cost of attending N.Y.U. is one of the highest in the United States, the university is able to offer generous financial aid on the Persian Gulf campus, comparable to the aids of Harvard and Princeton. The campus is paid for by the state of Abu Dhabi.

This is a very exciting step for the University of the People and its founder Shai Reshef who said that

“It’s almost unbelievable. Most of our students had no alternative for higher education before we opened the gates for them, and now the most successful may be able to further pursue their dreams by attending one of the best universities in the world.”