Do MOOCs Facilitate Deep Learning?, NCLB Rewrite Passes: Today’s EdTech News

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Higher Ed

Online Education Start-Up Gets ‘F’ From University – Inc.

  • Em Maier shares more important information regarding San Jose State’s recent break from online course provider Udacity. Udacity students have been failing courses at an alarming rate, a trend not true for students taking courses via other online providers.

MOOCs On the Move From Colleges to Companies – Wired

  • Donna Wells explores how MOOCs and other education technologies are filling skill gaps and boosting employment levels. She reports on blended and flipped educational practices as well, and shares how these new methods will help children make the most of their education and become lifelong learners.

A ‘Disruptive’ Dean Eyes Technology Changes at Owen – Businessweek

  • Francesca Di Meglio talks with Eric Johnson, dean of Vanderbilt’s Graduate School of Management, about what technology means for the current system of higher education. Eric is beginning to flip classrooms at Vanderbilt, and holds firm beliefs about the positive impacts education technologies can make on higher education.

Low marks for MOOCs: Few students post, Stanford study says, and their grades show it - San Francisco Business Times

Chinese universities jump the gun on disclosing partnerships with Coursera – GigaOM

  • Ki Mae Huessner details the latest in Chinese edtech efforts. She reports that representatives of both Fudan and Shanghai Jiaotong Universities have confirmed contracts with Coursera to offer new MOOCs teaching both Mandarin and English languages to online students.


House Passes Partisan NCLB Rewrite, But Rocky Road Still Ahead – Education Week

  • Alyson Klein provides coverage of the latest passing of the No Child Left Behind bill rewrite. She notes the resistance of the Democrats as the debate took place, and notes important points of interest that may affect readers and their families.

Tearing Down the Schoolhouse Walls – EdSurge

  • Christina Quattrocchi covers A+ UP, a startup aiming to provide students with laptops, internet, and “classes” in any of Houston’s museums. A+ UP is the first schooling program that is not attached to any specific location, but will rather bring students to various museums throughout the school year and educate them with firsthand interaction.

Survey offers snapshot of BYOD in K-20 – SmartBlog on Education

  • Melissa Greenwood shares data from a Software & Information Industry Association survey that outlines how educators and students interact with technology. Schools share their feelings about BYOD programs, and by reading responses it is clear that in the near future BYOD programs will be evident within the majority of K-20 educational institutions.