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Mortar is Messy: Online Tech Fills in the Higher Ed Brick Walls

Jason Schmitt | Posted 05.24.2016 | Education
Jason Schmitt

Morgan Richards, a 31-year-old mother of three, is a trendsetter in her pursuit of a university degree.

Sebastian Thrun: AI Pioneer Seeks Education Revolution

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 03.10.2016 | Technology
Alison van Diggelen

By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues This week, artificial intelligence (AI) reached a significant milestone. For the first time, Go...

Going Against the Flow: Dennis Yang, CEO of Udemy

Charu Sharma | Posted 02.17.2016 | Technology
Charu Sharma

'To me, entrepreneurship means building something new. Entrepreneurs are trailblazers, willing to take a great amount of risk to pioneer something new into existence. Building a great business requires staying focused and true to your mission.'

The Journalism for Social Change MOOC Is Back

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 01.07.2016 | Impact
Daniel Heimpel

With the help of edX, a platform for Massive Open Online Classes, or MOOCs, we were able to teach thousands of students from around the globe how to produce solution-based journalism that drives social change.

MITx u.lab: Education As Activating Social Fields

Otto Scharmer | Posted 12.25.2015 | World
Otto Scharmer

Until last year, the number of students in my classes at MIT numbered 50 or so. Less than twelve months later, I have just completed my first class wi...

Replacing Diamonds With Startups -- Entrepreneurship in Botswana

Michael Goldberg | Posted 07.22.2016 | Business
Michael Goldberg

Sometimes just getting together for a conversation is what people need to spark a discussion and take action. I am thrilled that I could be a part of starting an important dialogue in Botswana and am eager to see their entrepreneurial community take off!

A Second Enlightenment in the Making? Seven Stories From the Front Lines

Otto Scharmer | Posted 07.08.2016 | Good News
Otto Scharmer

I am writing this post to share a few heartening snapshots from the past few weeks that illustrate the power of the shift in awareness, from ego-systems to eco-systems, that is happening around the planet right now.

Solutions to the High 'Freaking' Cost of College

Jonathan Haber | Posted 06.15.2015 | Education
Jonathan Haber

As I was saying before my house and entire family was frozen into a block of ice for two months, there are solutions to the problems I've been describing over the last several months regarding why college costs so freaking much.

The MOOC Experiment

Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal | Posted 05.18.2015 | College
Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal

New York Times declared 2012 as the year of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). It was the year when Udacity, Coursera and edX, the three leading MOOC companies, took the education world by storm and promised a lot.

How to Use Online Learning as Part of Your Test Prep

Chuck Cohn | Posted 05.17.2015 | College
Chuck Cohn

In recent years, online learning has become an increasingly popular option for many students. Because online learning shatters the traditional borders of education, students can immediately access many benefits that were previously unavailable to them.

Why College Might Cost So Freaking Much

Jonathan Haber | Posted 04.11.2015 | College
Jonathan Haber

Can the rise in this average price be pinned on general economic principles (the "cost-disease" argument) alone, or might there still be room to blame inflation in higher ed partially, or entirely, on Bennett's "greedy schools?"

Cost Disease

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.27.2015 | Education
Jonathan Haber

If higher education (like dentistry) are craft services where the efficiencies we've seen in factory production over the last century are not easily applied, what can explain the rapid rise in costs of these boutique industries since the 1980s?

Tuition Discounting

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.22.2015 | College
Jonathan Haber

Given the nature of averages, if some people are paying full retail then a lower average can only mean that others are paying much less. And the difference between sticker price and what people actually pay is referred to as "tuition discounting."

Blame the Schools!

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.15.2015 | College
Jonathan Haber

If you read enough books and articles, or watch enough news segments about why colleges cost so freaking much (and supposedly deliver little for the price), a consensus emerges that tends to include the following premises.

You Must Change Your Life

Otto Scharmer | Posted 03.09.2015 | Education
Otto Scharmer

We live on a razor's edge. From one instant to another, any of us can regress to yesterday's mindset or connect with an emerging future possibility.

How The Digital Realm Reinvented Cozy Heartwarming Kindness

Sophia Stuart | Posted 10.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Sophia Stuart

The Internet has made old-fashioned things possible on a global scale while making the world feel sort of cozy and nice. Which means the digital world just brought back kindness. And that's a very good thing.

Plato Was an Incompetent Mook

Stephen Whittaker | Posted 10.05.2014 | College
Stephen Whittaker

The current press for either the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) or the Competency-Based Online Course (CBOC) makes clear that the old-style liberal arts colloquium has failed. But here's the thing: the false dilemma is nothing new.

College 2.0

Dan Butin | Posted 10.05.2014 | College
Dan Butin

Whether we call it online learning, flipped classrooms, or digital learning technologies, I fundamentally believe that teaching and learning will be transformed in the coming years.

Beyond Silicon Valley: Using a MOOC to Build a Community of Support for Global Entrepreneurs

Michael Goldberg | Posted 09.21.2014 | Business
Michael Goldberg

Lyubomir Hristev, 24, works at a marketing agency in Sofia, Bulgaria, and sports a neatly cropped black goatee. Tech savvy, creative, bursting with ideas, Hristev hails from a new generation of entrepreneurial Bulgarians.

Higher Ed Slims Down

Kitty Brandstater | Posted 09.01.2014 | Education
Kitty Brandstater

Higher education in America fails mostly for the same reason people get fat. It takes a lot of hard work to be successful no matter how you go about it. But there are options.

Another One-Off Job Skill Program That Won't Work

Peter Weddle | Posted 08.24.2014 | Business
Peter Weddle

Like all of its predecessor academic responses to our skills deficit challenge, the collaboration sets people up for career success and then cuts their legs out from under them by providing no way to achieve it.

The Perfect Storm: Factors Driving the Future of American Higher Education

Dr. Kevin Manning | Posted 06.09.2014 | College
Dr. Kevin Manning

Higher education is a mature industry that is on the cusp of major transformations in the next two decades, and every college and university will need to prepare to maintain their quality, efficiency and relevancy in this climate.

The Unmoved MOOCer

Jonathan Haber | Posted 05.27.2014 | Education
Jonathan Haber

From the vantage point of someone who never budged from my cautious optimism over what MOOCs might eventually become, I'd like to point out that even if massive open courses have not made free learning for all available yesterday, they have raised the bar in online education.

Can iTunes U Unseat the MOOCs?

Jonathan Haber | Posted 05.11.2014 | Education
Jonathan Haber

Given the roller coaster MOOCs been on over the last 18 months, it's probably time to stop thinking about them as some sort of gold standard for indep...

Exploding MOOC Myths -- What We've Learned Half Way Through

Buck Goldstein | Posted 04.13.2014 | Education
Buck Goldstein

How do you answer the questions of 34,000 students? Well you don't, but we've learned that the community that has formed around our MOOC creates a supportive and interactive learning experience for those students who want to raise their hand and get involved.