Jeffrey R. Young

Blackboard Co-Founder Urges ‘Disarmament’ Between Edtech Companies and Academics

Matthew Pittinsky wants the equivalent of disarmament talks between edtech companies and colleges. There’s still reflexive distrust in the academy of anything non-profit, he says. And he admits industry leaders bear some responsibility, since many haven’t done enough to understand the unique culture of higher education.

ASU’s Starbucks Deal Was Just the Beginning

About two years ago Arizona State University famously inked a deal with Starbucks, allowing its baristas to get steeply discounted (in some cases free) tuition to take online courses from ASU. A cover story in The Atlantic hailed it as the future of college access.

What’s At Stake in President Trump’s Order to Revamp Apprenticeship Programs

When President Donald Trump held a ceremony at the White House today to celebrate apprenticeship programs, he talked of the “dignity of work” and stressed that apprenticeships get students “great jobs” without the “crippling debt of traditional four-year colleges degrees.”

How Students Running ‘EdSurge Independent’ Say Colleges Should Change

Don’t even think of lecturing to these college students. The 14 students who just finished up the spring session of EdSurge Independent want something more active, and they want to have a voice as colleges rethink how they teach and support people on their campuses.

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New CEO at Coursera Comes From Financial Tech, Not Higher Ed

Two Stanford University professors with little background in business started Coursera about five years ago with a mission to bring free education to the masses. (Initially they even considered making it a non-profit). These days the company looks and feels very different (and it’s backed by $210-million in venture capital). In a major leadership shift today, it announced a new CEO from the world of financial technology rather than the academy.

Champion for Adult Students Says Colleges Must Change How They Teach

Marie Cini started her career in the 1980s, when the small college she worked for made a push to attract more working adult students. As she met with them, she realized how much college was designed for 18-year-olds who had nothing to do but study.
“When our adult students came, other than giving them evening courses and a couple of offices that would be open until seven on Monday night, there was no support,” she says. “And that sent me on a mission.”

As LinkedIn’s Video Library Grows, Company Says It Has No Plans to Compete With Colleges

It has been just over two years since LinkedIn shocked the industry by buying Lynda.com, a library of video courses, for $1.5 billion. The move made clear that the professional networking platform wanted to play a broader role in the future of employment (and it raised the eyebrows of some college officials who wonder how big that role might get).

Why Sara Goldrick-Rab Sees Income-Share Agreements As a ‘Dangerous’ Trend

You know an issue has risen to the top of the national imagination when it gets featured on “The Daily Show.” The high cost of college has hit that milestone: A few months ago Sara Goldrick-Rab went on to talk with Trevor Noah about her book, “Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream.”

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Study Finds Classroom-Response 'Clickers' Can ‘Impede Conceptual Understanding’

Plenty of peer-reviewed research shows that classroom “clickers” improve student learning when it comes to delivering facts. But a new study found that the devices can actually work against deeper learning of big-picture concepts.

Rufus Glasper to Community College Leaders: ‘Online Is Not Evil’

Though some of the earliest adopters of online education were community colleges, these schools aren’t often the focal point of higher-ed innovation and change. Rufus Glasper, CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College, wants leaders to start thinking differently about that.

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