MOOCs

  • Databricks Launches Free Community Edition As Companion To Free Online Spark Courses

    Databricks Launches Free Community Edition As Companion To Free Online Spark Courses

    Databricks, the commercial company created from the open source Apache Spark project, announced the release of a free Community Edition today aimed at teaching people how to use Spark — and as an adjunct to the free online courses (MOOCs) it created last year. The free version is a limited edition without all of the advanced features you would find in the enterprise-pay… Read More

  • How Startups Are Solving A Decades-Old Problem In Education Crunch Network

    How Startups Are Solving A Decades-Old Problem In Education

    In 1984, educational psychologist Benjamin Bloom published research on a new method of teaching, commonly called Bloom’s 2 Sigma Problem. The term “2 Sigma” comes from the results of the study, which showed that students who were provisioned with a combination of one-on-one mentorship and mastery learning performed two standard deviations (“sigma”) higher than… Read More

  • How New Technology Connects GED Graduates With New Opportunities Crunch Network

    How New Technology Connects GED Graduates With New Opportunities

    Most GED credential recipients say they take the test to further their education — not end it. In fact, 65 percent of GED credential holders indicated they wanted a job that requires further education or training after passing the test (as reported by GED Testing Service). Unfortunately, fewer than 12 percent went on to do just that. Read More

  • Edtech’s Next Big Disruption Is The College Degree Crunch Network

    Edtech’s Next Big Disruption Is The College Degree

    For centuries, the college degree has been the global gold standard for assessing an individual entering the workforce. But after cornering the credentials market for nearly a millennium, the degree’s days alone at the top are most definitely numbered. By 2020, the traditional degree will have made room on its pedestal for a new array of modern credentials that are currently gaining… Read More

  • How Coursera Cracked The Chinese Market Crunch Network

    How Coursera Cracked The Chinese Market

    Most U.S. consumer Internet companies have a hard time breaking into China. Cultural differences and the Internet firewall are a huge barrier to entry. Even tech giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter have pulled out or found themselves on the wrong side of the Chinese firewall. So how did Coursera, a relatively young company, achieve this significant milestone? Read More

  • Three Questions For The ASU/edX Global Freshman Academy Online Program Crunch Network

    Three Questions For The ASU/edX Global Freshman Academy Online Program

    In April, Arizona State University and edX announced a first-of-its-kind program that will have important repercussions for the future of higher education. The Global Freshman Academy (GFA) will allow students to take their entire year of freshman courses online, and earn credit to continue on at ASU or another institution. Read More

  • Patient Capital Drives Change In Education Crunch Network

    Patient Capital Drives Change In Education

    In 2001, Arthur Levine, then president of Columbia University Teacher’s College, predicted that one day faculty members would become free agents, increasingly independent of their colleges and universities. “It is only a matter of time before we see the equivalent of an academic William Morris Agency,” Levine, now president of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, wrote in The… Read More

  • The MOOC Revolution That Wasn’t Crunch Network

    The MOOC Revolution That Wasn’t

    Three years ago this week, Sebastian Thrun recorded his Stanford class on Artificial Intelligence, released it online to a staggering 180,000 students, and started a “revolution in higher education.” Soon after, Coursera, Udacity and others promised free access to valuable content, supposedly delivering a disruptive solution that would solve massive student debt and a… Read More