MOOCs Losing Traction, Khan Academy Is Getting a Facelift: Today’s EdTech News

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Higher Ed

Udemy targets international students with support for 10 foreign languages – VentureBeat

  • Rebecca Grant shares Udemy’s latest initiative to make its classes more accessible by improving sitewide foreign language support. By making this change, Udemy is sure to increase its audience, as those in previously unsupported regions will now be able to watch and post videos in their native tongue.

Rubber Hits the Road – Inside Higher Ed

  • Ry Rivard delves deep into the MOOC platform as he explores student reactions to the trendy new education providers. Rivard touches on current issues such as Udacity’s tumultuous relationship with San Jose State, and focuses in on the online learning efforts in place at University of Maryland University College to understand whether or not the best higher education is offered online.

The MOOC ‘Revolution’ May Not Be as Disruptive as Some Had Imagined – The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Steve Kolowich discusses the recent downturn of the MOOC online learning platform. From the derailing of California bill SB 520 to the lack of student participation and interest, it looks unlikely that MOOCs will revolutionize higher education any time soon.

K-12

Are Common Core Standards ‘Dumbing Down’ Education? No! – Huffington Post

  • Linda Rosen shares her argument for Common Core implementation. She negates claims stating that Common Core Standards are easier than those currently in place, and outlines the ways in which the new standards set a higher bar for K-12 education in the U.S.

Sal Khan Gets Common Core Aligned – EdSurge

  • The Khan Academy is getting a facelift. With 2,500 new math problems announced, student understanding will be put to the test like never before as multiple choice gets left behind to make way for more comprehensive questions challenging students to write equations, draw graphs, and analyze data.

Box makes bigger push in education, with new cloud apps and services – GigaOM

  • Ki Mae Heussner describes the growth of cloud services in the education industry. Box is an education startup specializing in online and cloud resources, and with its upcoming IPO the forecast has never looked better for forging new partnerships and launching new products.

New Research Asks: Does Blended Learning Boost Algebra Scores? – MindShift

  • Katrina Schwartz covers a recent study conducted by the RAND Corporation exploring the impact that blended learning has regarding students’ understanding of algebra. Although the study is far from conclusive in terms of specific software effectiveness, it has definitely shown that blended learning is the more comprehensive teaching method.