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'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

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” I’ve looked at how for-profit colleges , MOOCs , and learn-to-code companies have tapped into these narratives in order to justify their products and services. Don’t mess with her on Twitter. ” That’s because the stories told this year to keep us hustling and to keep up imagining a certain kind of future are almost all about robots. We must encourage people to pursue “robot resistant” majors in college.

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” Some of these experimental sites included MOOCs and coding bootcamps. Via The Verge : “US denies visas to Afghanistan ’s all-girl robotics team.” Via The Washington Post : “SEC settles fraud charges against defunct for-profit college company ITT.” Mindwire Consulting’s Phil Hill follows up on the Edsurge article with his own analysis : “ MOOCs Now Focused on Paid Certificates and OPM Market.”

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30 Examples Of Disruptions In The Classroom

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Robotics in the classroom. MOOCs, nanodegrees, etc. 30 Examples Of Disruptions In The Classroom. by Terry Heick.

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Class Central : “ Monetizing A MOOC Platform.” ” Via Campus Technology : “ Coursera ’s CEO on the Evolving Meaning of ‘MOOC’ ” There’s more ECOT news – there’s always more ECOT news – in the “state and local politics” section above. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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Driverless Ed-Tech: The History of the Future of Automation in Education

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“The Year of the MOOC” – I was summoned to Palo Alto, California for a small gathering to discuss the future of teaching, learning, and technology. Perhaps with this data, the MOOC providers can build a map of professional if not cognitive pathways.

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opens door for student loan companies to ignore state authority.” This isn’t really financial aid per se, but it’s part of the larger suite of financial products that schools (and the companies they partner with) push. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via The New York Times : “This Company Keeps Lies About Sandy Hook on the Web.” ” “This company” is Wordpress.com. ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. “Children are susceptible to peer pressure from robots,” says The Verge. (So Via Techcrunch : “This happy robot helps kids with autism.”

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” From this week’s article: The prosecutor also said that Mr. Dance concealed about $12,000 in payments he received through his consulting work in 2015, including $4,600 from an organization called the Education Research and Development Institute – ERDI for short – that pays superintendents to attend meetings with educational tech companies. Yes, “that pays superintendents to attend meetings with educational tech companies.”

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Wayne Johnson, the head of the department’s financial aid division and a former executive at a student loan company , says that those “non-traditional” servicers could include companies like Visa , Amazon , or Goldman Sachs. ” The Wall Street Journal profiles InfiniLaw , a company that runs for-profit law schools. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” These headlines just kill me. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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The Huffington Post filed Twitter’s response to Ivanka Trump ’s announcement under “comedy.” Via the AP: “A new federal lawsuit by Pennsylvania ’s attorney general says the nation’s largest student loan company engaged in abusive practices that have cost borrowers billions of dollars.” ” The largest student loan company is Navient. She’s an investor in a company that targets that group.)

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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At the time, I wrote about the importance of APIs; the issues surrounding data security and privacy; the appeal of platforms for users and businesses; and the education and tech companies who were well-positioned (or at least wanting) to become education platforms.

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). It’s baaaaack: “Return of the MOOC ,” The City Journal tells us. There’s some (sorta) MOOC-related news in the venture funding section below. The “pioneer in the science of learning,” as Inside Higher Ed puts it , will help the technology company with its internal training program. Because MOOCs on an airplane proved to be such an effective mode of instruction.

Education Technology and the 'New Economy'

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” Note the significant difference in language in this headline from The Verge , for example – “ Harvard’s Root robot teaches kids how to code ” – and the way in which Seymour would describe the LOGO Turtle – that students would using programming to teach the robot. The work is also supported by companies including Apple, Google and Expedia, as well as education organizations including the CollegeBoard, Teach For America and STEMx.”

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Via Marketwatch : “One company will now handle close to half of all student-loan payments.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Related, via Wired : “ Pro-Gun Russian Bots Flood Twitter After Parkland Shooting.” The 74 interviewed Sal Khan on personalized learning and his goal to create a “ global diploma ,” which he says his company can “uniquely” do. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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” Sandler is also the founder of the ed-tech company Nibletz. ” I’m putting this story here as it discusses VCs’ willingness to continue to invest in Mike Cagney , the former head of the student loan company SoFi. Via The Guardian : “ Student Loans Company ‘spied on vulnerable students’ social media’ ” The “New” For-Profit Higher Ed. ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”).

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). There’s more MOOC news in the job training section below. ” More news about a data breach at a testing company in the infosec section below. Edsurge covers Clever ’s new product “Clever Goals,” which takes the data that the company gleans about student usage of technology and sells it back to schools. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via George Veletsianos : “A large-scale study of Twitter Use in MOOCs.” ” Research finds there’s a " global achievement gap in MOOCs. Via Campus Technology : “ Harvard Tailoring the MOOC Experience With Adaptive Learning.” The sale of the Apollo Education Group , parent company of the University of Phoenix , has been finalized. Education Politics.

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” The Kenyan Ministry of Education says that the Bridge International Academies are not complying with the country’s laws, and the company, which runs chains of schools across the developing world, has not received approval for its curriculum. ” The curriculum company Great Minds is appealing a lawsuit in which it claimed that FedEx had violated the “open” in its open educational resources by making copies. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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” Palantir is the data analytics company co-founded by Peter Thiel and funded in part by the CIA. Another tech company ready and willing to support Trump: IBM. If you know the history of this company , it’s a rather frightening gesture. ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). And I’m not sure if Udacity now better fits here in this for-profit higher ed section, but there’s news about it in the MOOC section above.

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Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). In related MOOC news, there's more on “ nanodegrees ” in the “credentialing” section below. ” “ Zynga ’s Headquarters Is Worth More Than The Actual Company.”

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SoFi : a student loan company and one of the most well-funded ed-tech companies out there sure seems swell. ” “ Delta Career Education Corporation , a privately held for-profit college company, is phasing out seven of its campuses,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “ California Should Watch Arkansas Process for Creating New Online Institution,” says Mindwires Consulting’s Phil Hill.

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” Via Motherboard : “ Twitter Is Banning Anyone Whose Date of Birth Says They Joined Before They Were 13.” ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Denny Sanford, whose company – checks notes – sells social emotional learning curriculum to schools. The company has raised $15.7

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” EdWeek’s Market Brief on “Implications for K–12 Companies in Trump’s Big Proposed Cuts to Ed. As CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski noted on Twitter Tuesday, Eck, who is now a special assistant to Secretary DeVos, tweeted last November that Hamill should ‘stick to playing Han Solo’s short little b—-’ after Hamill tweeted criticism of the Trump administration.” Are MOOCs webinars? Are webinars now MOOCs?).

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Responses to last week’s news about Western Governors University and the audit of its competency-based offerings: Via NPR : “Who Is A College Teacher, Anyway? Edsurge profiles the latest from Degreed : “This Company Wants to Help You Hire for Skills, Not Credentials.” ” ( No disclosure that Edsurge shares investors with the company.). Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

Education Technology's Inequalities

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Indeed, the World Bank issued a report in January arguing that digital technologies – not just robots in factories – stand to widen inequalities as well, “and even hasten the hollowing out of middle-class employment.” ” Money and data – they’re intertwined for technology companies – are monopolized in a handful of corporate giants. MOOCs. Schools work with these companies , handing over student data in the process.

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Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Twitter announced big layoffs this week – 9% of its staff – and said it would shutter its video app Vine. The company said that it would keep the Vine website online, but you should probably download anything you’ve got there. But despite all these cuts, big companies rolled out New Products this week that were perhaps Very Exciting if you’re into New Products.

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Solocron Education LLC , a company whose entire ‘education’ business is filing lawsuits, owns U.S. ” Via the AP : “ Remington Arms and the families of some victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre have agreed that any dispute over the release of company documents in a lawsuit brought by the families and a surviving teacher will be decided by a judge.” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”).

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Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Masslive.com : “ Massachusetts state government announced a new partnership with an online education company on Thursday to help public employees and the state’s public universities take advantage of online classes.” ” The company in question: edX. ” Something something Brexit something something MOOCs will save British higher ed. Presidential Campaign Politics.

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” ( A good thread on Twitter in response.). Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “ ISTE Unveils Plans to Match Ed-Tech Companies With Educators for Feedback on Apps.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. The company “provides personalized educational feedback services for students,” and according to Crunchbase has raised $184 million total.

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” Via The New York Times : “ Kremlin Cash Behind Billionaire’s Twitter and Facebook Investments.” ” Via The Guardian : “ Russia funded Facebook and Twitter investments through Kushner associate.” ” As I noted on Twitter, this is what happens when you tell schools they should be run like a business. Shernaz Daver , Udacity ’s chief marketing officer, is leaving the company. These companies get $1.5

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” No disclosure in the article that Edsurge shares investors with both these companies. No disclosure , no surprise, that Edsurge shares investors with this company. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Here’s a link to all the stories in Slate’s series on online credit recovery programs. “After the Hype, Do MOOC Ventures Like edX Still Matter?” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. (National) Education Politics.

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Via Inside Higher Ed : “Frustrated with the slow resolution of loan forgiveness claims at the Department of Education, two borrowers have filed a lawsuit against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and loan servicing company Navient in federal court.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “Are You Getting a Pay Bump For Student Completion? ” “Whatever Happened To MOOCs ?” ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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Mostly tutoring companies.). “ ICE officials have invited tech companies, including Microsoft , to develop algorithms that will track visa holders’ social media activity ,” ProPublica reports. ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” The University of Iceland has joined edX. But he’s still welcome on college campuses and Twitter. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. (National) Education Politics.

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million in charges from a Minnesota company over a software system that repeatedly failed during mandatory statewide elementary school testing.” ” Online Education and The Once and Future “MOOC” “ Deakin University in Australia will next year offer graduate degrees and certificate programs through FutureLearn , the online learning platform owned by the Open University in the U.K.,” ” Pay attention to student loan companies !

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Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly sharing five school districts’ private information with an advisory company while it was negotiating for the districts’ contracts.” ” I haven’t seen the ed-tech press cover this story, even though one of the charges he faced involved a contract with the ed-tech company Edgenuity. ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). The company has raised $41 million total. (I