Higher Education Webinars
A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology
November 18, 2010 - 9:30pm
I like writing about ed tech companies, particularly startup companies and the products/services that emerge from innovation centers within established industries. Writing and teaching are the best ways to learn. A large chunk of the innovation in teaching, learning and educational productivity will come from companies. I've worked in a publishing / ed tech semi-startup (Britannica.com Education), and learned that companies are filled with educators who see market mechanisms at the fastest and most efficient manner to disrupt the higher ed status quo.
November 17, 2010 - 10:00pm
This week I had a chat with the founders of Eleven Learning, a Cambridge Mass based startup with ambitions to re-engineer the economics of the textbook market. Eleven Learning's goal is to create a structure in which costs are systematically engineered out of the textbook production process. The result will be not only lower costs, but a great diversity and variety of textbooks.
November 16, 2010 - 10:00pm
The next version of the Echo360 lecture capture system, EchoSystem 3.0, offers the ability to ingest and then play a wide range of externally produced media. According to the Echo360 press release, the EchoSystem 3.0 “will be generally available in December 2010”.
November 15, 2010 - 8:46pm
Today was the first time I used LinkedIn to develop a list of potential readers for a conference submission process that I’m working on. What a pleasure!Figuring out which networks to tap of tasks such as looking for volunteer readers or evaluators has always been a challenge. We end up going back to the people who have volunteered before, or people we connect with on a regular basis.
November 14, 2010 - 8:15pm
Ours is a vision of a transformed educational economy, one made possible by the invention of the web and the personal computer. To what extent, however, is the realization of a new educational order dependent on the companies that control the networks and the hardware of the Internet age? If the future of education will be increasingly be produced and delivered via the computer and the web, how likely is it that the values of the market will override the values of academy?
November 11, 2010 - 10:15pm
I want a Kindle option for my digital coursepack. Almost everyone I'm working with insists that this is a bad idea. iPad, yes. Browser, yes. LMS integration, yes. Print-on-demand, yes. But Kindle, no.
November 10, 2010 - 10:00pm
“But I have to tell you, the biggest objection to [regulation] has come from the fact that The Washington Post would go out of business if Kaplan went out of business.....,” Roberts said with a chuckle. “Because The Washington Post money all comes from Kaplan.....” --'Learning From For-Profits' IHE, 11/8/10 Jack Stripling
November 9, 2010 - 8:00pm
"For-profit colleges receive about a quarter of all Pell Grant and federal aid, according to the Federal Student Aid Data Center. These institutions enrolled 3.2 million students, or 11.8 percent of the 27.4 million students in the postsecondary population, during the 2008-09 academic year…."--Inside Higher Ed article 'Learning From For-Profits', 11/8/10 by Jack Stripling
November 8, 2010 - 9:00pm
The growth of the for-profit education sector, and the tension between for- and non-profits to claim resources and control the educational policy agenda, will be the defining theme of postsecondary education over the next 20 years. Incumbents, not excluding myself, have a hard time conceiving what the rise of for-profit providers will mean to our industry.There are many reasons why we need to embrace 'Learning From For-Profits' - here are a few:
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