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A Boom Time for Education Start-Ups - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

A Boom Time for Education Start-Ups - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Educational Start Ups | Scoop.it
Udacity, Udemy, and University­Now all have plans to revolutionize online learning. There's the Coursebook, a young online-learning start-up. And Coursekit, a nascent challenger to Blackboard in the market for learning-management software. And Courseload, the Indiana-based digital-textbook enterprise. And CourseRank, the class-sorting outfit acquired by the textbook vendor Chegg two years ago
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New investment fund to help traditional colleges take ideas to scale | Inside Higher Ed

"Most of the attempts to bring about innovation in higher education have come from people trying to buy their way in," Figuli said, citing the many takeovers of traditional institutions by for-profit colleges over the last decade (quite a few of which he helped engineer). "Our way is to find good ideas within the existing institutions and fund those."

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Venture-Backed Enterprise Seeks to Satisfy Global Demand for an Elite Education, Online - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Venture-Backed Enterprise Seeks to Satisfy Global Demand for an Elite Education, Online - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Educational Start Ups | Scoop.it
To create these advanced courses, Minerva will break down the role of professor into two distinct jobs instead of simply poaching faculty members from other universities. The company will award monetary prizes to “distinguished teachers among great research faculty,” Mr. Nelson said, who will team up with crews to videotape lectures and craft innovative courses when they are not teaching at their home institutions. (Mr. Nelson declined to elaborate on the size of the prizes.)
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THE MINERVA PHILOSOPHY

Minerva acknowledges that the Internet will continue to see a proliferation of free, high quality knowledge available to all. Minerva's pedagogical role is to deliver only the most rigorous, analytical courses that synthesize such knowledge to prepare students to thrive in the real world.
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Stanford open course instructors spin off for-profit company | Inside Higher Ed

Michael Feldstein, a widely read educational technology blogger, told Inside Higher Ed at the time. “If individual professors can begin to certify student competence, [then] that begins to unravel the entire fabric of the institution itself.”
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4 Start-Ups Are Offering Free Online Courses - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

4 Start-Ups Are Offering Free Online Courses - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Educational Start Ups | Scoop.it
he market for free online courses is growing every week, with new companies emerging to offer open courses to anyone who wants them. Some of them have forgone the support of traditional institutions to try the for-profit waters instead
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Stanford Professors Launch Coursera With $16M From Kleiner Perkins and NEA

Stanford Professors Launch Coursera With $16M From Kleiner Perkins and NEA | Educational Start Ups | Scoop.it
Some might doubt that universities would want to share their prized content for free online with a start-up, but Coursera has already signed up Princeton, Stanford, the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania as partners, with a set of classes launching April 23.

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