Blackboard Expands the MOOC Family, EdTech Buzzwords Decoded: Today’s EdTech News

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Higher Ed

MOOC Bill Dead For Now – Inside Higher Ed

  • Ry Rivard discusses the shutdown of the recent California education bill that would require the state’s higher ed institutions to grant credit for online courses. The bill would have forced low-income students to take classes from online providers, and could have helped edtech startups break into the higher ed market.

Blackboard Offers Flexible Platform for Schools Who Want to Join the MOOC Movement – Business Administration Information

  • Brian Gabriel shares Blackboard’s latest announcement that they will be ramping up their online learning platform and begin providing full-blown MOOCs to enroll thousands of students at a time. Syracuse and Edge Hill Universities will also be joining the Blackboard Learning platform to create their own MOOCs and begin to offer courses online.

Campus Technology 2013: Closing the skills Gap by Educating Innovators – EdTech Magazine

  • Tara Buck gives readers the breakdown on the main points of the Keynote address given by Tony Wagner, Author and Harvard Innovation Education Fellow. Wagner believes that technology’s introduction to the classroom should serve as a call to higher ed institutions and signal that they need to shift business methods to better accommodate budding education providers such as MOOCs.


Grockit Sells Social Learning Platform To Kaplan, Goes All-In On Learnist, Its “Pinterest For Education” – TechCrunch

  • Rip Emerson shares Kaplan’s recent acquisition of Grockit, and online test prep company. This has proven to be beneficial to both companies, as Grockit will continue to operate under its own name and as a standalone product, and Kaplan will gain a test prep system that can be released to the public with minimal prep necessary.

Breaking Down the Buzzwords – EdSurge

  • Tony Wan reports on EdSurge’s recent “Breaking Down the Buzzwords” event, at which educators and administrators gathered to discuss what is at the heart of edtech’s latest buzzwords. Wan shares some of the most important buzzwords, and summarizes the most important discussion points for readers.

Cengage Learning and MathJax Partner To Improve Online Equations – T.H.E. Journal

  • Sharleen Nelson shares edtech company Cengage’s latest partnership with MathJax to improve user interface regarding the input of complicated equations within courses. MathJax will be most closely associated with MindTap, the online education division of Cengage, and will resolve many display issues present within the current system.

Virtual Schools in Florida, New Hampshire, to Add Blended Models – Education Week

Why Aren’t Teachers Using More Technology in the Classroom? – Edcetera

  • Justin Boyle shares details on why schools are not yet implementing the latest education technologies. From budget to lack of educator familiarity, there are many possible roadblocks to technology’s integration within the classroom.