The New Rock-Star Professor

11/06/2013

Should celebrities teach online classes?

A portion of this article was adapted from Jeff Young’s e-book, Beyond the MOOC Hype: A Guide to Higher Education's High-Tech Disruption.

Free online courses do big numbers these days. So-called MOOCs, or
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Innovation Imperative: Change Everything

11/01/2013

WHEN the first commercially successful steamship traveled the Hudson River in 1807, it didn’t appear to be much of a competitive threat to transoceanic sailing ships. It was more expensive, less reliable and couldn’t travel very far. Sailors dismissed the idea that steam technology could ever measur
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Coursera Opening Centers to Bring Online Courses to World’s Poor

10/31/2013

Coursera Inc. will offer free online courses in more than 30 locations around the world, mostly in third-world countries, bringing instruction to students who lack computer access.

Under an agreement with the State Department, courses will be available at some U.S. embassies, the Mountain View
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An MBA Guide to Navigating Company Politics Goes Online

10/24/2013

A new online course on power and politics was offered to MBA students for the first time this semester at the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

The seven-week course, which ended Oct. 8, was a condensed version of the in-person class that has been taugh
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Purdue University and Wiley launch online learning programmes in India

10/12/2013

PUNE: Wiley India, in collaboration with Purdue University has launched Purdue NexT, an online learning programme in India. These courses are based on fairly advanced topics within engineering, management, liberal arts and the sciences. Vikas Gupta, managing director, Wiley India said that what sets
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Teamlease, ITpreneurs to offer training to corporates

10/07/2013

NEW DELHI: Leading composite staffing company Teamlease Services has signed an agreement with ITpreneurs, a global provider of industry-leading IT best practices learning solutions, to offer training and certification solutions to firms in India.

Teamlease Services will offer the entire ITprene
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UK enters global online university race

09/18/2013

The UK's biggest online university project has been launched, with more than 20 universities offering free courses. Students will be able to follow courses on mobile phones as well as computers.

The UK's project, called FutureLearn, sees UK u
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Corporate E-Learning Market Gets a Jolt as Online Universities Grow

09/15/2013

This week another little bomb dropped in the corporate training market.  Skillsoft, the industry giant in packaged e-learning and training content, acquired Mindleaders, one of the company’s leading competitors.

This acquisition comes after Skillsoft’s acquisition of ElementK and 50 Les
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Law firm networks: Distance learning

09/02/2013

Networks play a vital role in the internationalisation of the legal market, and an innovative approach to training helps keep them competitive with the major global firms

Law firm networks and member associations have managed to retain their popularity as a way for independent firms around
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Moocs are a distraction from real business school reform

08/18/2013

Massive open online courses or Moocs have proven to be a disruptive force in higher education in the United States, but not because they have revolutionised academia. Rather, their groundbreaking influence comes from the distraction they pose to real reform.

Moocs are not the wave of the future, n
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Tennis Entrepreneurs Score With Online Learning

08/17/2013

The U.S. Open is just around the corner, with the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal set to compete in tennis’ final Grand Slam event of the year. And for those fans who play the game recreationally, two straight weeks of live network coverage provides plenty of inspiration to go work on t
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Coursera, edX Offer Free Online Courses As Cloud Computing Learning Options Proliferate

08/05/2013

The value and variety of online cloud computing programs being offered by leading colleges and universities is proliferating.

Focusing on the learning needs of IT professionals who need to apply cloud technologies to solve complex business
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Free online MIT courses are an education revolution

07/15/2013

Online learning is the biggest shake-up of education since the advent of the printing press, says Anant Agarwal, an MIT computing specialist

You run edX. What exactly is it?

EdX is a massive open online course (MOOC) venture founded last year by Harvard University and the Massachusetts I
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Coursera, an Online Education Company, Raises Another $43 Million

07/10/2013

Coursera, a year-old company offering free online courses, has raised another $43 million in venture capital from investors active in both domestic and international education.

The new investors include the International Finance Corporation, the investment arm of the World Bank, and Laureate Educa
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Real Life: MOOCs Filling Private-sector Skills Gaps

07/01/2013

According to Alison Farmer, Aquent’s VP of learning and development, the firm saw MOOCs as more than a passing fad. “We saw an opportunity to leverage technology to reach a massive audience and, quite possibly, to help someone find a job,” said Farmer. In the early days of web development, Aquent h
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Georgetown, Maryland Add Online Business Programs

06/20/2013

The number of top-ranked business schools jumping into online education continues to grow, with two schools announcing online graduate business programs this week.

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business introduced a new MS in Finance program that begins in January and costs $68,000
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Moocs are the clever way to keep up to date

06/18/2013

Leading UK universities offer short Mooc courses to help mature students stay abreast of the latest developments.

The world of distance learning has changed beyond recognition since the first correspondence courses dropped onto doormats more than 40 years ago. Classes of thousands from around
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Udacity And Georgia Tech Cross The Rubicon

06/13/2013

Gunnar Counselman, an adjunct fellow at the Christensen Institute and the CEO of Fidelis Education, an enterprise platform for personalized learning, and I coauthored this piece.“There are a few moments in my life I will never forget. Like the moment I proposed to my wife, Petra. … Today is one
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MOOCs For Teachers: They're Learners, Too

06/10/2013

Rarely a day goes by when MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are not in the news. There is no hotter topic of conversation in education technology today. Journalists are asking “has the future of college moved online?” While many think that MOOCs are the future of higher education in America and are
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Online Education: No Longer Lost In Translation

05/28/2013

Amidst live-streamed commencement ceremonies and webcasted graduation speeches, the debate over online education comes up more often than usual. Learning remotely through educational resources associated with top universities – Udacity, Coursera, and edX among the leading providers – has become v
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Canada to help Caribbean with distance education

05/18/2013

Canada has agreed to help Caribbean youth to gain greater access to post-secondary education through a distance learning partnership with the University of the West Indies (UWI).

Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs) Diane Ablonczy, who is on a seven-day, seven-countr
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Antiquated And To Be Annihilated? Is An Online Revolution Brewing In Business Education?

05/16/2013

We hear more and more talk about how the traditional model of business schools will be annihilated by the disruptive innovation of online education, so-called MOOCs (massive open online courses). An increasing number of voices can be heard to proclaim that business schools with their lectures and stud
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Southern New Hampshire, a Little College That's a Giant Online

05/09/2013

Southern New Hampshire University’s quaint red-brick New England campus is home to 2,750 undergraduates, making it the size of some high schools. A casual visitor would never suspect that another 25,000 students are also enrolled online. That’s roughly how many are in the bachelor’s prog
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What MOOCs Can Offer Social Entrepreneurs

05/03/2013

What do you know about massive open online social impact?

When Rajan Kumar signed up to take “Foundations of Business Strategy” on Coursera last month, he never expected to get feedback on his own company’s business operations. But within a few weeks, the biotechnology entrepreneur had recr
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Stanford Expands Public MOOCs (Massively Open On-Line Courses)

03/30/2013

MOOCs or Massively Open On-Line Courses is a new development to leverage technology to deliver education to large numbers (thousands to millions) of people. Khan Academy is similar in that it delivers education over the Internet but slightly different in that it is a one-to-one engagement of thousand
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Online courses open doors for teenagers

03/26/2013

Teenage applicants from as far afield as India and Mongolia are catching western colleges’ attention by taking so-called “massive online open courses” designed for older students.

Schoolchildren taking courses on their own initiative already account for about 5 per cent of the 800,000 s
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Q&A: Getting an MBA in the Middle of Nowhere

03/26/2013

Cory Broussard can safely say he is unlike almost any other MBA student. An engineer for Shell Oil (RDSA), Broussard participates in the MBA@UNC online program from a cubicle on the company’s Mars Tension-Leg Platform, which is a permanent offshore oil drilling and production platform 130 miles southwe
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Google In Education: Chromebooks A 'Right Time Technology' For Passaic, New Jersey School District

03/21/2013

Google‘s Chromebook — and by extension Chrome OS — is being adopted by our education system at a brisk pace. As of February 2013 more than 2000 districts in the United States have deployed Chromebooks to their students and faculty. I’ve reported on Chromebooks before, but I wanted to take a de
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Special K: Don't Sleep On Khan Academy, Knewton

03/21/2013

Listening to Sal Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, speak on stage to several hundred attendees at the 5th Anniversary Gala last week for Innosight Institute—the non-profit that I co-founded—I thought about how Clayton Christensen and I have speculated for some time that the long-term future of
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The Real Winners of the Coming Revolution in Higher Education

03/12/2013

A revolution is coming to U.S. higher education, one that will sweep away an archaic business model, erase the value of many venerable brands, and enhance the brands of new entrants and nimble incumbents. It will be a tough time for many U.S. colleges and universities bu
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