Udemy Thinks It’s Cracked the Future of Online Education

February 16, 2016

Udemy Thinks It’s Cracked the Future of Online Education


  • Udemy announced that more than 10 million students have taken one of its courses. Meanwhile, in the U.S., there were about 13 million students working toward a four-year degree during fall 2015 semester.
  • This is just another example of the rising popularity of online education as college costs have boomed. Dennis Yang, Udemy CEO, says traditional education is not keeping up, "Things are changing quickly but what we learn in school and how we’re teaching is the same."
Read more: http://bit.ly/Udemy10millionStudents

Keywords: online education, MOOCs, new models, innovation in education

IDEO Challenges Innovators to Reimagine the Cost of College


  • The price of a college degree has been rising very fast. Today in the U.S. the student debt is $1.2 trillion. But while the college affordability situation has led some to question the value of a degree, others are thinking about ways to reverse the trend.
  • Design consulting firm IDEO launched the Higher Ed challenge to spark ideas that reimagine the cost of college. Six of these solutions were invited to pitch their work this past Wednesday. Here we take a look at each of the participants.
Read more: http://bit.ly/ReimagineCostofCollege

Keywords: higher education, college, innovation in education

Where Are the Minority Professors?

The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • On average, 75 out of every 100 full-time faculty members at four-year colleges are white. Five are black, and even fewer are Hispanic. An examination of the demographics of more than 400,000 professors at 1,500 colleges shows where those of each rank, gender, race/ethnicity, and tenure status can be found.
Read more: http://bit.ly/MinorityProfessors

Keywords: diversity, faculty, academia, professors, colleges and universities, data

The For-Profit College Conundrum

The Atlantic

  • When graduates aren't getting the jobs they were promised, are institutions guilty of fraud or failure? Last week, the U.S. Department of Education announced a new initiative, the Student Aid Enforcement Unit, that will investigate colleges that engage in deceptive marketing, specifically about graduation and employment rates.
Read more: http://bit.ly/ForProfitConundrum

Keywords: higher education, for-profit colleges

Here’s a Snapshot of Online Learning in 2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • The Babson Survey Research Group released its last annual survey of the online-education landscape, the Online Report Card – Tracking Online Education in the United States. One of its key findings is that more than one in four students (28%) now take at least one distance education course (a total of 5,828,826 students, a year‐to‐year increase of 217,275).
Read more: http://bit.ly/OnlineEdu2015

Keywords: online education, research, reports

Why Elite-College Admissions Need an Overhaul

The Atlantic

  • The current system for gaining entry to elite colleges is broken. These colleges are looking for well-rounded individuals. But the schools’ proclivity to “do everything right” may be limiting students’ impulses toward the rebellion and inquisitiveness that could lead to greater skepticism, creativity and unique passions.
Read more: http://bit.ly/EliteCollegeAdmissions

Keywords: college admissions, elite universities

Coursera Introduces Project-Based Courses

Inside Higher Ed

  • MOOC provider Coursera is launching a new series of courses that offer something a little more tangible than a certificate. Coursera announced a dozen project-based courses, in which learners complete tasks such as building an Android app, creating a website and writing a pilot episode for a TV show.
Read more: http://bit.ly/CourseraPBLMOOCs

Keywords: online education, MOOCs, project-based learning, PBL

Silicon Valley Goes Back to School to Manage Growth

Financial Times

  • The mantra of drop out, start up, helped define the revolutionary spirit of companies like Facebook, Apple and Microsoft, whose founders quit formal education to launch what became world-beating ventures. However, these very companies now rival consultancies and investment banks as the big MBA hirers. Growing up has brought a new attitude to business education among Silicon Valley’s elite.
Read more: http://bit.ly/SiliconValleyBack2School

Keywords: business education, MBA, Silicon Valley, startups, technology companies

10 Ways MOOCs Have Forced Universities Into a Rethink

Donald Clark Plan B

  • MOOCs are one of the most fascinating developments in higher education. MOOCs have forced many into a reboot when it comes to the use of technology in learning. This is a necessary condition for progress in terms of learning, teaching, demand, pedagogy, curricula, assessment, accreditation, culture, cost and role.
Read more: http://bit.ly/10waysMOOCs

Keywords: online education, MOOCs, higher education

Video Chat Your Way Into College: How Tech Is Changing The Admissions Process


  • Virtual reality and other innovations are helping international students and colleges tell if they're a good fit. One example is Kira Academic, a video-based real time admissions platform that works like a virtual interviewing tool. The company works with 140 universities around the world by helping them to come up with a specific battery of questions designed to get at various "competencies" that might make students successful at that college.
Read more: http://bit.ly/VideoCollegeAdmissions

Keywords: college admissions, technology, video applications, competencies

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