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What Is The Point Of A University Degree, Anyway?


Years ago as a young buck, I sat on the university commons grass and pondered WTF it was all about. I made an immediate decision that I no longer cared what others thought of me. My mind would only be focused on things that were important to me. Secondly, I questioned the strict educational requirements for a degree and determined that I would focus on learning only from the very best professors on campus, and let the degree qualification chips fall where they may.

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How two-thirds of my students never showed up, but half of them passed


How two-thirds of my students never showed up, but half of them passed By Owen Youngman 6 hours ago Owen Youngman is the Knight Chair in digital media strategy at Northwestern University’s Medill School. He was an editor and executive at the Chicago Tribune. Taking attendance gives you the denominator. Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji My first massively open online […]

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Teachers are earning millions of dollars selling their lesson plans on the “iTunes of education”


Real evidence of the “iTunes of education” already up and running Teachers are earning millions of dollars selling their lesson plans on the “iTunes of education” BY ERIN GRIFFITH ON NOVEMBER 4, 2013 TeacherspayTeachers has never raised a cent of outside venture capital. That’s fine — the 28-person company, launched from a New York apartment in 2006, […]

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How Gigabit Fiber to the Home Will Transform Education Way Beyond MOOC’s


The post below caught my attention because of the current industry debate and competitive battle over deployment of much higher Gigabit Internet bandwidth via optical fiber to consumers, known as Fiber to the Home or FTTH, at prices much lower than they currently pay for even 50 Megabit Internet connectivity. Gigabit connectivity is already a reality in Hong Kong and South Korea, with Europe not far behind. The big cable carriers, Comcast and Time Warner, have actually argued publicly that consumers don’t want or need higher bandwidth. How they came to that conclusion is a mystery. Now Google has entered into direct competition with the cable carriers, deploying Gigabit FTTH in Kansas City and Austin, Texas to be followed by other locations, at prices a fraction of Comcast’s pricing for lower bandwidth.

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Smartphone Classroom Participation Startup Top Hat Monocle Strengthens Its Team


Toronto-based classroom education startup Top Hat Monocle takes a contrarian position on students’ smartphones. Rather than insist that they put them away, which we all know is a losing proposition, the company uses the devices to drive engagement and participation. Today, the company has beefed up its executive team, announcing the addition Ralf Riekers as its new Chief Financial Officer and Malgosia Green as its Chief Product Officer.

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College Education In Crisis: By Bill Gates


This Bill Gates PowerPoint presentation provides further evidence, if we didn’t already know, that higher education is being short-changed, at the expense of our future productivity and innovation.  The Toronto Globe & Mail just recently published a similar article from a Canadian perspective. 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; […]

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