Free Textbooks Are Not Always Free: New Study Analyzes OER’s Costs to Colleges

When professors shift to assigning Open Educational Resources instead of publisher-produced textbooks, the move typically saves students money (and it can be a significant amount). But OER is not free, since it costs money to develop the materials, takes time for professors to evaluate and adopt them, and typically involves other campus-support services as well.

Helping Underrepresented Students Score Tomorrow’s Jobs

Housing prices are still soaring in many major metropolitan areas today. In the San Francisco metro area, an $82,000 annual salary is considered “low income” for a single adult. For a family of four, the number is $117,400, according to a study from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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As Alternative Higher-Ed Pathways Take Off, We’re Still Forgetting Parent Learners

Higher education has, in some ways, woken up to the realities of demographic and technological change. Institutions can’t keep preparing the same students for the same jobs in the same way they always have. The savviest colleges and universities are adapting to better serve adult and lower-income students, and the ones that aren’t are losing market share to a bevy of new providers.

What the SAMR Model May Be Missing

Personalized learning technologies can, ironically, make the learning experience less personal, less human. That perspective is rooted in my experience teaching in Silicon Valley, using some of the same digital apps and tools that are popular in classrooms today.

How a 5-Decade Old Education Company Reinvented Itself

Curriculum Associates has been around for about five decades, and has reinvented itself throughout the years. The privately-held education company used to focus on making print instructional materials for K-12 schools. But eventually, it started incorporating technology in its offerings.Today, there are six million current active users on i-Ready, the company’s flagship digital product.

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How to Bring Innovation to Campus Without Cheapening Education

Many professors worry when they hear the word “innovation,” or when they see college leaders looking to the business world to upgrade practices on campus, because they fear it will weaken the quality of education.

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Adolescent Wellness Program Builds Flexible Learners

Sitting on my mat, in a room full of seventh graders, I said to myself, “Something is wrong.” It was too quiet, too calm. As I led the group through our opening rounds of sun salutations, I was unable to shake the thought, but when I opened my eyes it suddenly occurred to me that the room was silent because everyone was engaged in the movement and breathwork that I was leading.

What’s in a Word? Mrs. Wordsmith Raises $11 Million to Become the ‘Pixar of Literacy.’

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then some investors are betting that pictures of words could be worth millions of dollars. Specifically, $11 million—which is what Mrs. Wordsmith, a London-based education startup, has raised in its Series A round.The deal was led by Trustbridge Partners, and previous investors Reach Capital and Kindred Venture Capital returned to contribute to this round. (Reach Capital is also an investor in EdSurge.) To date, Mrs. Wordsmith has raised $14.5 million.

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Online Learning Platform, NovoEd Acquired by Boston Private Equity Firm

Boston-based private equity firm Devonshire Investors has acquired NovoEd, a San Francisco-based provider of an online learning platform. Terms of the acquisition deal were not disclosed.

How Nontraditional Educators Will Influence Digital Learning #DLNchat

Could the rise in MOOC-based and other certificates affect how traditional college degree paths are designed? What role should employers have in the design or execution of digital learning opportunities? Those were a couple of the questions debated at #DLNchat on Tuesday, October 9, when we discussed how nontraditional education providers could influence the future of digital learning.

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