A new non-profit ed-tech start-up called OpenCurriculum, based in Pittsburgh, launches this week aiming to change all that by focusing on the ease of creation and building local communities of sharing. It’s designed to work as a place where teachers can easily create, edit and exchange textbook-style content and step-by-step lesson plans.
Nevertheless, in the face of these poor results, the SJSU/Udacity experiment has been put on “pause,”with plans to resume in the spring semester. “SJSU remains firmly committed to its partnership with Udacity,” the president and provost said in a statement.
In 2009, the Indian government estimated that 13.6 million students were enrolled in post-secondary schools, compared to 19.5 million in the U.S. If India reaches its goals, 40 million students will be enrolled in higher education by 2020, surging past the 22 million American students expected to be enrolled by then.
Started ten years ago, the so-called TeachLivE lab was developed by faculty in the education school at UCF, and at least 22 other universities across the country have opened their own labs using TeachLivE technology. Much like a flight simulator trains pilots, faculty use the virtual classroom to train teachers-to-be by helping them isolate and master strategies like higher-level questioning or behavior management.
That’s where Markl and IBM come into the picture. Universities such as TU are offering many entrepreneurial prizes, incubators and startup funding for student work. Big companies in the atmosphere help lend heavy computing help and top-notch training for young entrepreneurs.
The school turned down an invite from edX, the non-profit massive open online course platform led by MIT and Harvard. It’s one of the early public signs of faculty resistance groups fighting back at the trendy MOOC concept, which some believe threatens both the jobs of faculty and the idea of modern colleges and universities as we know them.