Sydney Johnson

Here Are the 10 Higher-Ed Startups Taking off From Michelson Runway

Education technology accelerator programs are often studded with robotic kits or educational games. But the latest cohort at Michelson Runway, a startup accelerator geared towards higher-ed companies, highlights a broader approach to innovation in education. Among the offerings on display at its demo day on June 13 were a structured gap year program, a tool for pronouncing names correctly and financial lending based on academic merit.

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Beyond Tuition: How Innovations in College Affordability Are (Or Aren’t) Helping Students

The college affordability crisis is a familiar story to most Americans. A simplified version often goes that state funding for higher-ed institutions has decreased dramatically over the years, which has translated into massive tuition hikes for students and their families.

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Gradescope Raises $3.75M to Speed Up Grading in Higher Ed

Students may feel relief as they hand in an exam, but the moment marks the beginning of stress and anxiety for instructors and teaching assistants, who may need to grade hundreds of tests in a short time.

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Trilogy Raises $50M to Bring Bootcamps to Universities Around the Globe

After a series of bootcamp closures last year, including Dev Bootcamp and the Iron Yard, some insist that the coding bootcamp industry is in a downturn phase.But one continuing-education provider, Trilogy Education, is taking a different approach by offering short-term coding and other tech-skills training programs directly to universities. And they’re growing.

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CSU and California Community Colleges Partner on a Tool to Find Transferable Online Courses

Two of the largest higher-education systems in the country are partnering to pilot an online course finder tool to increase students’ access to 10,000 online and transferable courses.The year-long initiative, called Finish Faster!, launches this month for students enrolled in a California State University or California Community College, together which serve nearly 2.6 million learners.

A Case For Flipping Learning—Without Videos

When professor Lorena Barba talks to other educators about flipping their classrooms, the approach she hears is often similar. Faculty assign homework to expose students to a new concept before they arrive to class, and use class time to ask questions and do more-active learning.In most cases, what professors ask students to do outside the classrooms is watch video lectures, and Barba thinks that part of the flipped approach needs to go, and that professors are relying too much on such videos as a crutch.

For Free Community College, Online Learning Isn’t Always Part of the Recipe for Success

Free community college programs are springing up around the country, aiming to bring more students to local higher-ed institutions. But several colleges experimenting with such programs are avoiding a tactic that other public institutions are increasingly using to boost numbers: online learning.That’s the case in Tennessee—one of the first states to introduce a free college program, called Tennessee Promise—where advisors at some campuses steer students participating in the program away from online courses.

MOOCs Are Global. So Where Do They Stand With New European Privacy Laws?

In less than three weeks, strict privacy regulations will go into effect for the European Union. And that’s forcing companies and colleges around the globe to reevaluate their data policies and practices.For massive open online courses, which straddle colleges and universities and the private sector, expectations around compliance are murky.

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Improving Accessibility Often Falls to Faculty. Here’s What They Can Do.

This article is part of a series on innovative teaching methods in higher education. Check back for more stories in the coming weeks.Like many of her peers, Ann Wai-Yee Kwong struggled in statistics while working towards a bachelor's degree in psychology at UC Berkeley. But because she is legally blind, she had an added challenge of not being able to see the diagrams and notes projected in the lecture hall or assigned for homework.

Financial Aid Startup CampusLogic Raises $55M to Fund Future Edtech Acquisitions

For some, the words “financial aid” stirs up reminders of grueling applications and the anxiety of coping with skyrocketing college tuition.Phoenix-based CampusLogic aims to chip away at some of those challenges by helping institutions manage and award financial aid to more students, as well as reduce student borrowing by connecting colleges with private grant and scholarship opportunities for students.

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