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From recession’s wake, education innovation blooms

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — On a warm spring evening, hundreds of investment bankers, venture capitalists and geeky tech entrepreneurs gathered near the pool at the Phoenician, a luxury resort outside Phoenix,…

When Big Data pays

On July 25, the Big Data start-up Civitas Learning closed its most recent round of funding with $8.75 million from investors., the Big Data start-up Civitas Learning closed its most…

Coding course finds ‘sweet spot’ between MOOCs and colleges

Coding course finds ‘sweet spot’ between MOOCs and colleges

A company called Thinkful is hoping they have found another, better, method for teaching people how to code – and it’s resting somewhere in between a MOOC and a college…

New initiative to study MOOCs with Gates Foundation grants

New initiative to study MOOCs with Gates Foundation grants

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has spent millions of dollars helping to bolster non-profit massive open online course (MOOC) providers like Khan Academy and edX. Now, they’re putting $400,000 toward the…

Instructure raises $30M in final round of funding before going public

Instructure raises $30M in final round of funding before going public

Instructure, developer of the popular learning management system Canvas, announced Wednesday that it raised $30 million in what may be the company’s last round of funding before going public. San…

Free textbook developer could save students $750M over five years

Free textbook developer could save students $750M over five years

OpenStax College, a publisher based at Rice University, announced last week that the nonprofit would more than double the number of free downloadable textbooks over the next two years.…

University opens ‘living lab’ of energy efficiency

University opens ‘living lab’ of energy efficiency

Building 661 at the Navy Yard was never a thing of beauty. Built in 1942, during the first months of U.S. involvement in World War II, the brick-and-concrete structure's purpose…

Survey: Colleges’ social media use narrows

Survey: Colleges’ social media use narrows

Social media sites outside the big four -- Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube -- had a tough time in higher education last year.…

VCU considers charging for each credit hour

Virginia Commonwealth University is considering “market-based tuition pricing” for next year that would charge for each credit hour rather than a set rate for a full-time student, The Richmond Times-Dispatch…

Starbucks, Wal-Mart offering classes – for college credit

Arianna Suarez's first job after emigrating from Cuba as a teenager was as a cashier at a Walmart in Hialeah, Fla. Thanks in part to college-level classes that Walmart offers…

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