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The Global Search for Education: Teacher Education

C. M. Rubin | Posted 04.08.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"The 21st century "movement" refers to the redefining of the goals of education and how learning is organized in order to meet the demands of the 21s...

The Secret To Startup Success? Fail Fast -- And Often.

Quim Sabrià | Posted 04.03.2014 | Impact
Quim Sabrià

Teaching at a public high school in Barcelona, I witnessed daily, and sometimes hourly, failure: students struggling through exams despite hours of preparation, missing days of school, threatening teachers and losing their motivation.

The Unmoved MOOCer

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.28.2014 | 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.

A Global Action Leadership School in the Making

Otto Scharmer | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Otto Scharmer

I had an interesting week. On Monday I attended a book launch event in Denmark. The idea of the organizers was to create a "Nordic Forum" to bring together leaders and change-makers from many systems and sectors who are using awareness-based technologies of change.

Death of the Snow Day: How E-learning Is Crushing Your Child's Desperate Prayers for One More Huge Snowfall

Gabriel Shaoolian | Posted 03.24.2014 | Education
Gabriel Shaoolian

Sorry, kids, the virtual classroom is becoming a more frequent reality -- just like online learning is for your adult counterparts. Poking around, I learned of other virtual classroom programs popping up across the country -- from cities like Chicago to suburbs like Taunton, Mass.

Can iTunes U Unseat the MOOCs?

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.13.2014 | 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...

Will Online Learning Replace the Classroom?

Avi Yashchin | Posted 03.11.2014 | Education
Avi Yashchin

Could a failure to integrate learning technology prove detrimental to an educational institution's long term sustainability?

Where Is the Netflix for College Textbooks?

Dean Florez | Posted 02.26.2014 | Los Angeles
Dean Florez

Where is the technology fix or app for skyrocketing textbooks? Where are the barbarians at the gate? Those Silicon Valley warriors that took down Motown, turned my neighborhood Borders into a laundromat, eliminated Kodak AND my camera?

Is Information a 21st Century Value?

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 02.24.2014 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

A few years back, I came across a fascinating article about the impact that the Internet has had on the way that people read. The author, Nicholas Car...

Moonlighting Pastors and Postponed Health Care: Record Debt Loads Overwhelming Many Seminary Graduates

David Briggs | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Many women and men pursuing a religious vocation long have been hesitant even to ask this question: Can I afford it? They have been taught to take...

The Global Search for Education: China Online

C. M. Rubin | Posted 04.13.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Given all of the issues China faces with its rural poor, Internet access presents both massive opportunity and enormous challenge.

5 Ways to Inspire an Entrepreneurial Kid

Meg Seitz | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Meg Seitz

We think kids with entrepreneurial tendencies are pretty cool. Curious, adventurous and fearless, they filter the world differently. And I can't think of a more hopeful future than one built by people who started thinking like entrepreneurs before hitting a double digit age.

Self-Driving Education

Sebastian Thrun | Posted 03.30.2014 | World
Sebastian Thrun

These are exciting times for anyone in higher education. Many forms of online learning are leveraging digital technology into the core of the educational experience. They are fundamentally changing the laws of access, costs, and the student learning experience across the globe.

Top Learning Tools for the 21st Century Student

Zev Gotkin | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Zev Gotkin

To survive in today's workplace, students need a unique skill set that oftentimes can't be acquired in a traditional, brick and mortar classroom. For many, online education is becoming the most affordable and convenient alternative.

Gender Differences in Coding Courses? Looking at the Numbers

Darrell Silver | Posted 03.24.2014 | Technology
Darrell Silver

Our study of women learning to code at Thinkful concludes there's simply no difference in the performance of men versus women among adult learners. We do, however, find enormous differences in the ratio of women versus men who enroll in coding classes.

Where to Learn Free Online in 2014 (Infographic)

David Blake | Posted 01.10.2014 | Education
David Blake

The massive open online course (MOOC) movement continues to reach new heights. Worldwide, more than 10 million students have taken at least one MOOC -...

A One Year BA? Perhaps

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.17.2014 | College
Jonathan Haber

Note: A version of the following piece appeared at my Degree of Freedom website upon the completion of my One Year BA project. Before explaining why ...

For Working Adults, the Lure of a College Degree Remains Strong

Tracy Lorenz | Posted 03.12.2014 | Education
Tracy Lorenz

The topic of the "ROI of a college degree," may be the strongest factor for working adults and other nontraditional students looking to return to a degree program. The need for higher education in this country is clear.

A MOOC BA? No Way!

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.08.2014 | Education
Jonathan Haber

The reason a One Year MOOC BA could work while a One Year residential BA would not is because -- on average -- MOOC classes make fewer demands on students than do their residential equivalents.

Degrees à la Carte: Higher Education in 2014

David Blake | Posted 03.04.2014 | Education
David Blake

Education is becoming more modular, and going forward, the focus will be on adapting our education systems to the new reality in which students develop valuable knowledge and skills in many different learning environments.

What Changed in Higher Education?

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 02.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

The institutions of higher education should realize that the 20th Century system that consolidated all academic functions under one roof is being challenged by new technologies and new structures.

MOOCs Provide Unprecedented Insight Into How Students Learn

Craig Weidemann | Posted 02.17.2014 | College
Craig Weidemann

Likely somewhere between the frenzy over their launch and the inevitable deflation of expectations lies the value.

The Global Race for Online Learning: How Does America Compare?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 02.17.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The U.S. is the leader in online learning due in part to our widespread access to broadband Internet and how common it is in households and schools. Other nations are racing to catch up, though.

An eLearning Revolution Is Starting In Rural Africa

Stephan Spencer | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Stephan Spencer

Meet Elizabeth, a twelve-year-old who walked over 10 kilometers to school and back every day. Despite her class being crowded -- sometimes with 75 children for each teacher -- she was lucky to receive an education at all.

The Long View: A New Way to Invite Change

Dr. Mika Nash | Posted 02.11.2014 | Education
Dr. Mika Nash

When we approach change with the faith that dialogue will shift culture toward reflection, we are more likely to make changes that will organically work their way into the experience we offer faculty and students.