Higher Education Webinars
A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology
January 17, 2012 - 8:30pm
Coursekit's announcement on 1/2/12 that it had secured a $5 million Series A round of venture capital financing is important news in our industry. Perhaps more interesting than the money is that the investment is being led by a venture firm, Social+Capital Partnership, that was started by former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya. This investment will give the founders of Coursekit something perhaps even more valuable than development capital, that is networks and guidance within and from experience and plugged-in Silicon Valley veterans.
January 16, 2012 - 8:30pm
"A Blackboard spokesman declined to comment on the various companies seeking some of its business." From Cracking Up the LMS: What Does the LMS of the Future Look Like? 1/11/12 by Steve Kolowich. Ray Henderson, President of Blackboard Learn, subsequently offered a terrific (balanced, honest, and positive) response in comments area (definitely go and read what Ray had to say).
January 15, 2012 - 8:29pm
Stealth of Nations: The Global Rise of the Informal Economy by Robert Neuwirth "System D" is Neuwirth's term to describe what others have called the "informal economy", "the gray market", or the "underground economy."
January 11, 2012 - 8:30pm
Can I lend you a Kindle e-book? Do you have any Kindle e-books to share?
January 11, 2012 - 8:00pm
This TED talk / concise Kindle book tie-up is pure genius. There is something both substantial and efficient about the length of the videos and the books.
January 10, 2012 - 8:30pm
Would Media Makeover count towards promotion and tenure? A 4 minute and 27 second TED talk that has been viewed over 533,000 times. A 31 page e-book that sell for under 3 bucks. Is this scholarship that would count? Just curious.
January 9, 2012 - 8:30pm
If you work in higher ed, you fall asleep every night asking yourself the following questions: Will we suffer the same fate as the record industry, the bookstores and the newspaper business? Is higher ed another example of a physical, as opposed to a digital, information industry - and therefore ripe for disruption? If the core business model of education is built on scarcity, will we survive this transition to information abundance?
January 8, 2012 - 8:30pm
Why do you live where you live? Did you move for a job, a partners job, or for the location? Perhaps it is the schools? Avent, an economics correspondent for The Economist and primary contributor to the Free Exchange blog, thinks that the most powerful explanatory variable of location choice is housing prices.
January 5, 2012 - 8:30pm
Race Against The Machine is a 67 page count-argument to Tyler Cowen's excellent (128 page) The Great Stagnation.
January 4, 2012 - 8:45pm
For-profit higher ed evangelists, agnostics, and critics should all read Change.edu. If you are inclined to see for-profit higher ed as a positive force for innovation in post-secondary education (as I am), then you will find much to like in Rosen's argument for the place of proprietary institutions in the higher ed ecosystem.
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