What’s next for MOOCs?

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Questions Worth Asking” is a new editorial series from TED in which we’ll pose thorny questions to those with a thoughtful, relevant (or irrelevant but still interesting) take. This week: “What’s next for MOOCs?”, those online courses that have thrown a techno-bomb at traditional higher education. Here, a primer to catch you up if you’ve somehow managed to miss catching MOOC madness:

“MOOC,” or Massive Online Open Course, refers to a large online class open to an unlimited number of people. Dave Cormier from the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, Canada and Bryan Alexander from the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education in Georgetown, Texas, are credited with coining the phrase in 2008. The first known MOOC was “Connectivism and Connective Knowledge,” taught by Stephen Downes and George Siemens in partnership with the University of Manitoba in Canada.

Still, the first major player in the MOOC world came from slightly outside of traditional higher ed…

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Education Technology Startups Raised Over Half A Billion Dollars In Q1

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Education technology-focused startups raised over $500 million already in the first quarter of 2014, marking the single biggest quarter for capital committed to the sector in the past five years.

What began as a trickle in 2009, with 20 companies raising over $64 million at the beginning of the year, is now a flood as funding leapt to $500 million in 99 venture-backed startups, according to CrunchBase data.

“It’s interesting because public education hasn’t changed that much in 150 to 200 years and there had been almost no technology going into it,” said Don Burton, managing director of the Techstars Kaplan Edtech Accelerator program. “It’s not only that there’s this huge behemoth sector of the economy that spends $1.2 trillion on educating kids, but that it’s old, it’s long in the tooth and it’s bound to get disrupted.”

Education investment actually falls into four large buckets in the U.S., investors said:…

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HRchitect Tech Vendor News: Uncommon Schools Taps Jobscience to Align its Recruiting Efforts for 40 Schools

Originally posted on HR Technology Vendor News by HRchitect:

Jobscience Recruiting Improves Transparency for all Stakeholders and Reduces ‘time-in-process’ for Candidates through a Rules-based CRM Recruiting System

SAN FRANCISCO – March 11, 2014 – Jobscience, Inc., the leader in CRM-based Recruiting, today announced that its unique candidate relationship management recruiting system has enabled Uncommon Schools to successfully organize, track and report on over 16,000 applications for 40 schools in five regions during the past year. By using Jobscience Recruiting, Uncommon Schools has significantly increased transparency into recruitment through the ability to share specific metrics and dashboards with various types of stakeholders.

“Transparency is the new competitive-edge and has become critical to success in business today,” said Ted Elliott, CEO of Jobscience. “Leading companies are realizing that an open, connected organization makes better decisions and moves the company forward faster — staying ahead of the competition.  At Jobscience, we realize the high value of transparency in recruitment and have created a…

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