Education

Canada: Edvisor named best BC tech startup

Edvisor, an online management system for education agencies, has been named the best technology startup in British Columbia for 2015, winning CAN$100,000. The annual prize is awarded by venture capital firm New Ventures BC, supported by the BC Innovation Council, to “the idea most likely to be commercially viable with the greatest value”. “The sole reason we exist as a ... Read More »

Open University to invest £13m in FutureLearn

The Open University has announced it will invest £13m in MOOC providerFutureLearn over the next three years in order to develop the platform further and enhance its position globally. The investment will be put towards internationalising the platform, improving accessibility and developing its social learning approach. FutureLearn, which is wholly owned by the Open University, has seen over two and ... Read More »

Reimagine Education awards salute innovation

Innovation in digital education was celebrated this week at the second annual Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education awards, presented this week at a gala dinner held in downtown Philadelphia. The top prize was scooped by e-learning project, Osmosis, from Johns Hopkins University, which provides resources for students studying medicine around the world. “It’s a real honour to be in this environment in ... Read More »

OEB: edtech can reduce learning divide in TVET, experts charge

In order to reduce skills gaps in countries around the world, education technology needs to be integrated into classroom learning, experts said at the 21st OEB conference in Berlin last week. Discussions at the event centered on the learning divide in vocational education specifically and whether educational institutions are equipping students with 21st century skills. “We have to count technology ... Read More »

Education innovators endorse knowledge sharing in classroom

The same collaborative spirit seen in the emerging sharing economy of Uber and AirBnB should be extended to classrooms around the globe, education thought leaders urged at the Reimagine Education awards and conference held last week in Philadelphia. Delegates and stakeholders discussed the need for more collaboration among students both inside the classroom and in cross-border collaboration. “Why are we teaching our ... Read More »

Reimagine Education awards salute innovation

The top prize was scooped by e-learning project, Osmosis, from Johns Hopkins University, which provides resources for students studying medicine around the world. “It’s a real honour to be in this environment in the first place” The programme analyses content taught in class and provides the learner with personalised resources using memory science techniques. Caleb Furnas, director, user growth and experience ... Read More »

UK-India Year of Education & Research launches

Launched in New Delhi last week, the programme will encourage collaboration across a range of initiatives, including the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development’s Global Initiative for Academic Networks, which facilitates international scholars coming to teach in Indian institutions. “Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the UK electrified the UK-India relationship, setting new, more ambitious goals for our shared future” Javid ... Read More »

Series B funding for Malaysia’s EasyUni.com

EasyUni.com, which lists over 70,000 courses and programmes for 2,000 colleges and universities in more than 20 countries, says it will use the funding to expand into new markets and develop its product. “EasyUni.com wants to be the portal to go to when students all over the world look and apply to a university of their choice,” said CEO and ... Read More »

OEB: edtech can reduce learning divide in TVET, experts charge

Jo Swinson speaks at the OEB plenary debate. Discussions at the event centered on the learning divide in vocational education specifically and whether educational institutions are equipping students with 21st century skills. “We have to count technology as an educational ally” Referencing national strategies to increase education including UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, Mark West of UNESCO in France, argued: “What ... Read More »

Core, not cash, counts for IIT-Kharagpur students

Bucking the trend followed by engineering graduates in the recent past, about 100 IIT-Kharagpur students have skipped placement for blue-chip companies this year to apply for jobs in core engineering sectors. Though this has surprised many, both faculty and students were happy at this reverse trend that has become the talking point at ongoing campus interviews. For over a decade, ... Read More »