On tech and learning

Some quick pointers to news at the corner of tech and education:

• The Wall Street Journal writes that Udacity, the startup co-founded by Sebastian Thrun — robotics expert, Googler and Stanford research professor — is boosting its offerings. Udacity offers free college-level online courses, one of several startups experimenting with using the Internet in education. By June, Palo Alto-based Udacity will offer 14 courses taught by tenured professors and professionals, according to the WSJ.

• GMSV last week talked with Ben Nelson, the former Snapfish CEO who is leading the Minerva Project, an effort to build an Ivy League-caliber online university. Here are a couple of follow-ups: A look, via the Atlantic, at the “beginning of a much-needed revolution in education” that says “we have begun to outgrow” the “traditional university and vocational models.” And the admissions counselor for Web communications at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) criticizes “the Minerva delusion,” questioning its mission of appealing to students who might have wanted to go to Harvard but didn’t get in — “the kid who ‘should’ have gotten in already will have” — and expressing doubt that students from around the world will be able to afford the tuition at the for-profit university.

• Finally, in case you missed it, Pleasanton-based KlabLab is an example of a startup that’s attempting to use technology to make waves in learning — before college. Last week, I wrote about KlabLab, which uses a mobile recording studio, online video and social media to try to get students excited about learning by getting them to sing and rap about history, math and more.


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