Archive for the ‘New Economy’ Category

Online learning startup Codecademy launches paid Pro courses

Codecademy has spent the last several years building a large community of learners with free lessons aimed at teaching its users the basics of how to code. But now it’s betting that many of them will be willing to pay for more intensive courses. When Codecademy founder and CEO Zach Sims founded the company in […]

New series explores the dark reality behind the disruption economy

New two-part television series Secrets of Silicon Valley investigates the reality behind Silicon Valley’s endless faith in its power to change the world for the better. The so-called ‘Tech Gods’ believe progress is powered by unleashing technology to tear up the world as it is and create a new one – a process they call “disruption”. Presented […]

Finding the ROI of Online Programs

It’s time to get serious about growing online education programs if your institution wants them to be sustainable. This Arizona State University research project is examining the costs and benefits of scaling digital learning in order to share replicable return-on-investment mechanics and tools for any school willing to take on the challenge. Campus Technology 

Outschool goes to Sesame Street and picks up $1.4 million for its K-12 online learning marketplace

Now kids can potentially take a class to find out how to get to Sesame Street, thanks to a fresh $1.4 million in new funding for Outschool and its online learning marketplace from Sesame Street’s venture partnership with Collaborative Fund. Techcrunch

Tracking the Money for Open Educational Resources in South African basic Education: What We Don’t Know

Limited research has been done to date on the extent of public funding of Open Educational Resources (OER) within basic education (K-12 equivalent) in South Africa. As claims have been made about the potential cost reductions that come with using OER, this study aimed to establish a benchmark of public spending on educational resources, uncover […]

The Future of Work: the number of jobs is not the only thing at stake

Most of the discussion about the future of work focuses on how many jobs robots will take from humans. But this is just a (small) part of the change to come. As we explained in our previous blog, technology is reshaping the world of work not only by automating production but also by facilitating connectivity […]

‘Huge Deal for a Small School’: Online degree programs are the greatest source of revenue

At Simmons College, two online degree programs launched less than five years ago are about to become the greatest source of tuition revenue on the campus. Inside Higher Education 

What Universities Can Learn from Udacity’s ‘Gig Economy’ Service

Two weeks ago, Udacity launched a program to connect graduates from its programs with short-term work from potential employers. Called Blitz, the service lets companies propose a project, and then Udacity provides a cost estimate and puts together a team of alumni engineers to complete it. Once the project is finished, companies have the option […]

Download Report: Nordic countries are debating an unusual solution to economic change: Mandatory adult education

Imagine if it weren’t just kids who, by law, had to attend school, but also grandparents. That is a proposal under debate in Nordic countries, where officials are considering a plan that would mandate adult education in later life. The Washington Post

4 ways technology is effectively bridging higher ed to the workforce

Internet- and technology-based supports are helping traditional colleges and universities reach the national goal of helping students find their place in the workforce. eCampus News