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Takeaways From the 2017 Open edX Conference in Madrid

Having been a sponsor of every Open edX conference since the inaugural one in 2015, this year’s conference felt simultaneously very familiar and very new.  It was familiar to see so many old friends from the community and so many leaders from edX.  What was new started with the venue -- University of Carlos III Madrid in, you guessed it, Madrid, Spain.  But I was also surprised to see more than 500 attendees; the largest attendance of any Open edX conference.

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[Webinar] Driving revenue with online training

How did a global financial services firm create a world class online education platform to drive revenue for its certification business?

What are custom learning experiences and why are leading organizations adopting them to deliver modern pedagogies and achieve online learning 3.0?

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Reflections on ASU+GSV Summit 2017: Competition, differentiation, and complexity

I just returned from a few days at the ASU+GSV Summit in Salt Lake City during which I talked with many dozens of attendees — professionals in higher ed, nonprofits, technology firms, and edtech venture capital. The overwhelming themes of the summit related to the intertwined trio of competition, differentiation, and complexity. Let me explain.

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What Does the Purdue - Kaplan Deal Mean to Other Top Tier Universities?

The bombshell hit last week - Purdue University was acquiring Kaplan University.

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Online Learning 3.0 Webinar - May 11 at 1 PM Eastern

Think about the best class you've ever attended in person. Was it the best because you watched the instructor talk? Was it a great learning experience because there was a quiz? Doubtful. Yet that's what makes up a lot of online learning currently.

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Visualizing Big Data to Fight Pediatric Cancer

Every so often, we are presented with a project that not only offers the challenge we thrive on but that also has the potential to do exceptional good in the world. We recently completed one such project for Foundation Medicine, a molecular information company “dedicated to a transformation in cancer care in which treatment is informed by a deep understanding of the genomic changes that contribute to each patient's unique cancer”.

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A Financial Model for Online Programs: Revenue Sharing vs. Fee-for-Service Engagements [White Paper]

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the earliest decisions made for a new venture are often the most important. This is especially the case when an institution of higher learning is considering the launch of an online learning program.

In a way, it was easier a decade ago. Some colleges and universities already had platforms hosting downloadable supplemental materials that supported classroom teaching; they added complete courses to these platforms. This limited what faculty could design into the course, but it was a beginning.

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Online Learning 3.0 is Happening and You're Probably Behind

 We are willing to bet that there isn’t a training director anywhere who doesn’t wonder if their organization’s training is all it could be. It’s a disappointing thought because in most cases your online training reflects a lot of thought, resources, and expense.

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Building Innovative Corporate Online Learning One Step at a Time

Chances are you are dissatisfied with the eLearning at your organization. If so, you’re not alone. According to a 2016 study by the Brandon Hall Group, the highest score survey respondents gave to their online learning equated to a C-. Another study by the MASIE Center indicates that only 32 percent of employees will start an online course if it isn’t required, that’s how excited they are about the prospect.

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Online Learning and The “Too Hard Pile”

 

Warren Buffett’s right hand man, Charlie Munger, coined (or made famous) the idea of the “too hard pile.”  Back in the day when communication was by physical letters and memos, you would have three bins on your desk: inbox, outbox and the “too hard pile.”  In Charlie’s world of investing at Berkshire Hathaway, the key was to look at an investment opportunity and decide where it belonged. If there was “hair on the deal”, his rule was to put it in the “too hard pile” and move on.

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