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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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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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” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Big HR news about Coursera in the HR section below. Coursera has a new CEO: Jeff Maggioncalda. As Edsurge observes , “New CEO at Coursera Comes From Financial Tech, Not Higher Ed” – he was the co-founder of Financial Engines, a retirement planning company. “ Google Drive will soon back up your entire computer,” says The Verge. (National) 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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” 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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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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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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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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