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UniversityNow Rides a Low-Cost Wave

UniversityNow Rides a Low-Cost Wave | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
At UniversityNow, adaptive learning and low tuition replace lecture halls and federal financial aid.


IN his 2011 TED talk, Gene Wade thus shared his vision of an ultra low-cost college degree for working adults. As of today, he has raised $42 million in venture capital for his new company, UniversityNow, and its twofor-profit universities, Patten and New Charter. The first students started in the spring. Around the same time, Forbes magazine named Mr. Wade the most disruptive figure in education.

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Folks earning their bachelors degrees without mortgaging their future... great disruption!

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Could Many Universities Follow Borders Bookstores Into Oblivion? - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Could Many Universities Follow Borders Bookstores Into Oblivion? - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Atlanta — Higher education’s spin on the Silicon Valley garage. That was the vision laid out in September, when the Georgia Institute of Technology announced a new lab for disruptive ideas, the Center for 21st Century Universities. During a visit to Atlanta last week, I checked in to see how things were going, sitting down with Richard A. DeMillo, the center’s director and Georgia Tech’s former dean of computing, and Paul M.A. Baker, the center’s associate director. We talked about challenges and opportunities facing colleges at a time of economic pain and technological change—among them the chance that many universities might follow Borders Bookstores into oblivion.

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Dr. Richard NeSmith's comment, March 22, 2012 9:31 PM
I think we have already began to see this take place. Some colleges have had to make dramatic changes. One I just read about recently was "purchase" by another educational organization. Those who adapt and fill a void survive. Those who don't will close or become fragments of what they once were.
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Abundance the Book – by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler

Abundance the Book – by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Ray Kurzweil:


"Peter and Steven intend to start a new conversation in the world — one focused on solving problems rather than just being gloomy about them. In the book, they give an extensive tour of the latest in four emerging forces: exponential technologies, the DIY innovators, the Technophilanthropists, and the Rising Billion. They present a very convincing case that the world's getting better at an accelerating rate and lay out a road map for achieving the vision of abundance. I think you'll enjoy the abundant stories, hard facts, and science/engineering in the book."

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21 Things That Will Be Obsolete by 2020 | MindShift

21 Things That Will Be Obsolete by 2020 | MindShift | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Inspired by Sandy Speicher’s vision of the designed school day of the future, reader Shelly Blake-Plock shared his own predictions of that ideal day. How close are we to this? The post was written in December 2009, and Blake-Plock says he’s seeing some of these already beginning to come to fruition.

 

1. DESKS
The 21st century does not fit neatly into rows. Neither should your students. Allow the network-based concepts of flow, collaboration, and dynamism help you rearrange your room for authentic 21st century learning.

 

2. LANGUAGE LABS
Foreign language acquisition is only a smartphone away. Get rid of those clunky desktops and monitors and do something fun with that room.

 

3. COMPUTERS
Ok, so this is a trick answer. More precisely this one should read: ‘Our concept of what a computer is’. Because computing is going mobile and over the next decade we’re going to see the full fury of individualized computing via handhelds come to the fore. Can’t wait.


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Augmented Reality | Common Craft

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What it teaches


This video is an introduction to augmented reality - a growing way to use camera phones to learn about the world around you. It introduces the technology and covers the basic applications, including:


• A high level introduction to the big idea
• Using it to find a restaurant
• Using it to compare products, be entertained
• A look at future possibilities of augmented reality

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Blended Learning: A Disruptive Innovation [INFOGRAPHIC]

Blended Learning: A Disruptive Innovation [INFOGRAPHIC] | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Check out this in-depth infographic all about Blended Learning. Learn what it is, why it's spreading, and how it works in real and virtual classrooms. 


Created by Knewton and Column Five Media.

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Online Education as an Agent of Transformation

Online Education as an Agent of Transformation | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Online education is beginning to show itself as a disruptive innovation, introducing more convenient and affordable services that can transform sectors.
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I've been working for education's transformation since 1974.  Hope to keep on disrupting things as best I can! 

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Envisioning a Post-Campus America

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MIT is going to offer certificates for completion of low-cost online coursework, an offering the…...

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Questions: The Bedrock of Change and Creativity

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This article by Polly LaBarre for Harvard Business Review is aimed at the Business Community but is really a lesson for everyone, no matter what their interest.

 

The gist is:

 

Don't enter a conversation with only answers.  The questions you ask could be the catalyst for your next or biggest leap forward. 

 

Questions value and empower those you are asking, and create conversation, as opposed to the boundaries which are set when people come into a conversation with only answers.

 

The big question referred to in the article was asked in 1999 by IBM Director Jane Harper. 

 

***In an era when every young, gifted programmer, engineer, or entrepreneur's first instinct was to write their own business plan or head to a fast-growing startup, she asked:

 

***"Why would really great people — the best technical and managerial talent in the world — want to come work at IBM?"

 

**This question spawned Extreme Blue in Cambridge, Mass., which has since grown into a thriving platform for innovation and talent acquisition.  That this type of talent would go to Big Blue, was previously unthinkable.

 

Curated by JanLGordon covering "Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions"

 

Read the article here: [http://bit.ly/tEZY8f]


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Augmented Reality for Learning - Elearning!

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In the technology portfolio of educators, many tools are designed to meet a specific objective — to support inquiry, to provide practice and repetition without risk to a valuable resource or subject, to encourage creativity and collaboration. AR is not one of those targeted tools — but maybe it will have the ability to inspire educators and learners to use technology fully for every day experiences, including learning.


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The rise of K-12 blended learning | Innosight Institute

The rise of K-12 blended learning | Innosight Institute | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Full Text White Paper: By Michael B.Horn and Heather Staker With contributions from Alex Hernandez, Charter School Growth Fund Bryan Hassel, Public Impact Joe Ableidinger.


Online learning is sweeping across America. In the year 2000, roughly 45,000 K–12 students took an online course. In 2009, more than 3 million K–12 students did. What was originally a distance- learning phenomenon no longer is.


Most of the growth is occurring in blended-learning environments, in which students learn online in an adult-supervised environment at least part of the time. As this happens, online learning has the potential to transform America’s education system by serving as the backbone of a system that offers more personalized learning approaches for all students.


In Disrupting Class,* the authors project that by 2019, 50 percent of all high school courses will be delivered online.


This pattern of growth is characteristic of a disruptive innovation—an innovation that transforms a sector characterized by products or services that are complicated, expensive, inaccessible, and centralized into one with products or services that are simple, affordable, accessible, convenient, and often customizable. Think personal computers, the iPod and mp3s, Southwest Airlines, and TurboTax.


At the beginning of any disruptive innovation, the new technology takes root in areas of nonconsumption — where the alternative is nothing at all, so the simple, new innovation is infinitely better. More users adopt it as the disruptive innovation predictably improves.

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WSJ Picks Problems, Misses the Promise of Learning Online

WSJ Picks Problems, Misses the Promise of Learning Online | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The WSJ ran a generally negative article this morning about full time online learning.


The WSJ ran a generally negative article this morning about full time online learning. There was some attempt to sample the breadth of the emerging digital learning landscape and the authors did point to several successful blended school models including SW Learning and Rocketship. But as past chair of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, I found eight problems with the article:

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