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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

But.truth is, the US government isn't the early adopter here; Amazon, Google and Facebook are really the front-line developers of the surveillance state." Tagged on: March 9, 2017 Move Fast and Break Trust | Slate → Google’s alternative facts and Uber’s self-driving accidents are symptoms of a deeper problem that is only going to get worse: we are beta-testing the future - with increasingly serious consequences.

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Coursera highlights its mentors – its volunteer mentors – on its blog. Google had a big press event this week too, unveiling shiny stuff to a cheering crowd of stenographers. VR headsets (well, it’s really just a mask that holds your Google phone up to your face). Google has also rebranded Google Apps for Education as G Suite for Education. Via Mindwire Consulting’s Phil Hill : “About That Cengage OER Survey.”

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Or the company will have to start charging for the software. At the time, David Wiley expressed his concern that the lawsuit could jeopardize the larger OER movement, if nothing else, by associating open educational materials with piracy.

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From the Coursera blog : “Coursera pilots a new course format.” ” More via I Programmer on Coursera ’s decision to remove old courses from its platform. In other Coursera news : “ Atlassian sponsors computer science learners on Coursera.” Department of State and massive open online course provider Coursera are partnering to launch Coursera for Refugees , a program to offer career training to displaced people around the world.

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Coursera ’s 2018 Revenue Estimated to be $140 million,” Class Central estimates. This Edsurge article – “ OER is Growing at Religious Colleges , But Raises Unique Challenges” – strikes me as a little weird, considering the long relationship between open education (the conference, at the very least) and former BYU professor David Wiley. Remember: the biases of engineers and managers get baked into the software you use.

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” IHE blogger Joshua Kim offers “25 Million Reasons Why LinkedIn / Microsoft Will Buy Coursera.” ” From the Google blog : “ Google Science Fair 2018 : Resources for educators to get ideas flowing.” ” Also from the Google blog : “More tools for homeschoolers.” Via Gizmodo : “ Google Removes ‘ Don’t Be Evil ’ Clause From Its Code of Conduct.”

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” Via Education Week : “ Iowa schools to stop using $14M testing software after audit.” ” According to this Techcrunch article , MOOCs like Udacity and Coursera weren’t working out for AirBnB so now it is “running its own internal university to teach data science.” Via MinnPost : “Almost 50 years ago, Oregon Trail revolutionized educational software. “Tracking Google and Microsoft Adoption in Higher Ed” by Jim Siegl.

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I missed this news earlier in April, via Class Central : financial aid applications for Coursera take at least 15 days. CNN tries to explain “Why Google , Apple and Microsoft are battling for education.” “ OER-Enabled Pedagogy ” by Lumen Learning’s David Wiley. ” Elsewhere in algorithms… Via The New York Times : “Sent to Prison by a Software Program’s Secret Algorithms.” Education Politics.

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The US Department of Education released its “ #GoOpenDistrict Launch Packet ,” encouraging schools to use OER. ” That’s the headline describing a conversation between Recode and Coursera ’s Daphne Koller. Lots of press releases were issued this week to coincide with the ISTE conference in Denver – Amazon’s new OER platform, for example. Education Politics.

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He was an instructor in one of several high-profile Coursera failures back in 2013. “ Apple , Microsoft , Amazon and Google Are Fighting a War for the Classroom,” says Edutechnica , with a look at how many colleges have adopted their competing pseudo-LMSes. ” From Lumen Learning’s David Wiley : “Some Lessons Learned Supporting OER Adoption.” Education Politics. “ Spending Bill Could Revive Year-Round Pell Grants.”

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