The Business of Education
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The Business of Education
An examination of the public and private engines which propel educational innovation.
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Tuition at Learn-to-Code Boot Camp Is Free — Until You Get a Job

Tuition at Learn-to-Code Boot Camp Is Free — Until You Get a Job | The Business of Education | Scoop.it
One school in one of the hottest hiring markets in the country is flipping the script on student loans: Until you get a job, you don't pay.
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What a wonderful idea! This approach shows sensitivty to the financial situation of most students, and confidence in the value of the skills provided by the school.

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Coursera, Chegg, and the Education Enclosure Movement

Coursera, Chegg, and the Education Enclosure Movement | The Business of Education | Scoop.it
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Using MOOCs to mine for information and to sell both textbooks and ebooks is an uncomfortable prospect.  While I think it is reasonable to allow academics to reap some financial reward from their craft, it is quite a different situation to lock down information with DRMs. 

 

Making money from education isn't a bad thing; it's when ideas are hoarded in the name of profit that a problem develops.  

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Need To Grow Your EdTech Startup? Edtech Incubators Are Popping Up Everywhere

Need To Grow Your EdTech Startup? Edtech Incubators Are Popping Up Everywhere | The Business of Education | Scoop.it
There is no question that education is an unusual industry: Nonprofit ventures compete with for-profits. (In fact, it’s frequently hard to tell them apart.) The “users” of products aren’t typically the folks who are the “buyers” of products.
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Edtech incubators like MaRS in Toronto are themselves a new and exciting form of education; one which specializes in providing people with the guidance and experience required to define their own career paths as entrepreneurs. 

 

While it is true that the influx of such incubators may lead to an Edtech bubble, the lasting effect they will have is to prepare their clients with an adaptable and creative skillset that is applicable well beyond the education market.      

 

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Nine Things Educators Need to Know About the Brain

Nine Things Educators Need to Know About the Brain | The Business of Education | Scoop.it
In an excerpt from his new book, psychologist Louis Cozolino applies the lessons of social neuroscience to the classroom.
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The brain was not designed in a factory, and therefore should not be treated like an industrial product.  Although specialization makes good business sense, it falls flat in terms of pedagogy.  Vibrant education learns from the brain, rather than simply installing knowledge into it.

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Bill Gates: Education System Needs More Entrepreneurs

Bill Gates: Education System Needs More Entrepreneurs | The Business of Education | Scoop.it
Bill Gates, speaking at the SXSWedu conference in Austin, urged entrepreneurs to create educational programs for the 21st Century.
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Our education system requires a very particular type of entrepreneur if it is going to flourish.  Learning cannot, and must not, be reduced to a product to be packaged and sold.  The social entrepreneurs who will help revolutionize education will understand that wealth is much more than figures on a spreadsheet.

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4 ways in which higher education has changed in the wake of the Great Recession

4 ways in which higher education has changed in the wake of the Great Recession | The Business of Education | Scoop.it
More urgent. More crowded. More expensive. Also, more flexible and accessible to millions.
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Economic stress is a key driver of innovation - after all, there is little incentive to change when things are comfortable. But it is important to remember that education is different from other industries which had to innovate and increase efficiencies after 2008. While innovative education must respond quickly to the immediate needs of students in the midst of an economic shakeup, it must continue to have far sighted goals.   

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Apprenticeship as an alternative to the Ivory Tower

Apprenticeship as an alternative to the Ivory Tower | The Business of Education | Scoop.it
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People are slowing coming around to the idea that university is not for everyone, and it's refreshing to see the arrival of alternatives to traditional post-secondary paths.

    

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CreativeLive Founder Chase Jarvis Talks Online Education, Entrepreneurship & Why His Startup Stands Out [TCTV] | TechCrunch

CreativeLive Founder Chase Jarvis Talks Online Education, Entrepreneurship & Why His Startup Stands Out [TCTV] | TechCrunch | The Business of Education | Scoop.it
Joining what is a newly-hot space within education -- those offering massively open online courses (a.k.a.
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Chase Jarvis is speaking my language when he emphasizes the value of giving something away for free.  It's great to hear that it is possible to be creative, generous, and profitable as an Ed company.

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Corporate Rule of Cyberspace | Inside Higher Ed

Corporate Rule of Cyberspace | Inside Higher Ed | The Business of Education | Scoop.it
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"Who controls the clouds?" is a question that has been asked since the dawn of human consciousness.  And the answer to this question, whether it be "the gods," or "convection currents" has always intersected with the location of authority at a given point in history.  This long standing debate between religion and science is now being supplemented with pressing questions regarding corporate authority over what we see and know.  Clouds of information are now being defined by the tech firms which maintain them.  What consequences does this have for the future of how we learn?  I suspect that only heaven knows.   

      

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