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Educelerate XVI: The Big 5 Publishers April 11, 2014 2:12 pm

Educelerate XVI: The Big 5 Publishers

This Educelerate Event was recorded on April 10th, 2014 and presented by Christopher Nyren, Founder of Educelerate. Educelerate holds a gathering space for Ed Tech leaders in the industry with the educators and entrepreneurs who share their interests. This next episode, taken from Educelerate 16: The Big 5, invites listeners and viewers to get inside the Big Five Education Publishers, and see how the transition from print to digital is going.

UNext Eats MOOCs: Raises $150mm From Larry Ellison And Partners With Chicago And Stanford April 1, 2014 10:00 am

UNext Eats MOOCs: Raises $150mm From Larry Ellison And Partners With Chicago And Stanford

We at Educelerate are proud to help break the industry transforming news of the newest (and biggest) entrant in the MOOC space, UNext.com.  Launching today with a $150 million investment led by Larry Ellison and Michael Milken’s Knowledge Universe, UNext has raised more than Cousera, Udacity, edX , NovoED and Udemy combined.  The startup is based upon a new academic alliance made up of the University of Chicago, Stanford University, Columbia University, Carnegie-Mellon University and the London School of Economics which have together […]

April 11th Deadline to Apply for 4.0 Schools Next Launch Program April 1, 2014 9:00 am

April 11th Deadline to Apply for 4.0 Schools Next Launch Program

4.0 Schools is calling all EdTech startups to to apply for its next Launch program.

EdTech Unicorns: Learning from the (Half) Billion-Dollar Startups March 11, 2014 12:24 pm

EdTech Unicorns: Learning from the (Half) Billion-Dollar Startups

Following upon our November post The First Crack of the EdTech Hype Bubble of 2011-2013, I wanted to step back and take a longer term view over the past three investment cycles of 1998-2014 and assess what might be learned about those edtech startups to successfully scale, or at least achieve outsized liquidity events.

SXSWedu LAUNCHedu: The Rise of the Drones March 6, 2014 7:14 am

SXSWedu LAUNCHedu: The Rise of the Drones

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Vicky Guo of Educelerate, with snarky editorializing by Christopher Nyren.  You can follow them both on Twitter at, respectively, @vickyguo66 and @cnyren or, collectively, @Educelerate. Educelerate has been hanging out at the annual SXSWedu conference in Austin this week. Having attending the full range of education conferences from those for investors in public equities (BMO Capital Markets “Back to School”) and venture capital (ASU EI Summit) or online educators in K-12 (iNACOL) and Higher Ed (Sloan C), we can […]

Educelerate Twin Cities: Emerging Trends in Professional Development February 12, 2014 9:55 am

Educelerate Twin Cities: Emerging Trends in Professional Development

This guest post was written by Kristen Daniels, an Education Technology Consultant at TIES. She also co-designed and implemented FlippedPD, a model of professional development utilizing digital resources along with a job-embedded coaching model to create personalized professional development for teachers

A Report from the Floor at the BETT Show January 26, 2014 10:28 pm

A Report from the Floor at the BETT Show

Editor’s Note: This guest post was written by Geeta Raj, the founder of The Global Sleepover. You can follow her on Twitter @globalsleepover and email her at graj@globalsleepover.com The 2014 BETT Show (British Educational Training and Technology) took place this past week in the massive ExCeL Center (Exhibition Centre London). It’s impossible to get through all the exhibitions, presenters, seminars and one-on-one networking in one day — and far harder still to capture all of that in a blog post! Unique among global conferences, attendee […]

Educelerate 13.5: Lead Gen for EDU December 27, 2013 4:56 pm

Educelerate 13.5: Lead Gen for EDU

This next episode, taken from Educelerate 13.5: Lead Gen for EDU, invites listeners and viewers to get an idea of what the marketing side of education looks like.

Educelerate XIII: Adult and Online Education November 26, 2013 2:08 pm

Educelerate XIII: Adult and Online Education

This Educelerate Event was recorded on November 14th, 2013 and presented by Christopher Nyren, Founder of Educelerate. Educelerate holds a gathering space for Ed Tech leaders in the industry with the educators and entrepreneurs who share their interests. This next episode, taken from Educelerate 13: Adult and Online Education, digs into the challenges of engaging students with MOOCs and online college programs.

Education and The American Industrial Complex, In Brief November 23, 2013 4:21 pm

Education and The American Industrial Complex, In Brief

In the wake of the the industrial revolution, ideas about optimizing the manufacturing process had begun to surface in an effort to increase productivity. One promising tactic was to condition specialized employees by assigning each a specific role in the manufacturing chain. The result? Efficiencies shot through the roof.

The First Crack of EdTech 2.0: The EdTech Hype Bubble of 2011-2013 November 11, 2013 11:33 am

The First Crack of EdTech 2.0: The EdTech Hype Bubble of 2011-2013

Kno’s consumer-focused model, seeking to sell what is ultimately a feature for an entrenched oligarchical of suppliers, was doomed from the beginning — just ask that 2000 era startup that was charging for digitized book content before Google made available for free all the books it was copying at the University of Michigan.

Startup Weekend Chicago Edu: The Final Pitches September 23, 2013 10:55 pm

Startup Weekend Chicago Edu: The Final Pitches

What a fantastic weekend! This week marked the first Startup Weekend Education which took place in Chicago, IL at National Louis University. Startup Weekend Edu is a global movement of entrepreneurs empowering people to take matters into their own hands and use their creativity to solve big problems in education. This weekend saw a huge turnout of educators, parents, college deans, and others with a vested interest in helping to move education forward in creative ways.

Chicago StartupWeekend EDU #SWchiEDU September 22, 2013 9:07 am

Chicago StartupWeekend EDU #SWchiEDU

A brief update from Educelerate as we sit here at hour 34 Midnight on Saturday of the 54 hour Chicago StartupWeekend EDU.  We took on the challenge of organizing this Weekend knowing it was the very first such event across the entire Midwest (let alone Chicago), but also understanding we could tap into the awesome edupreneurial ecosystem in Chicago and across the US through Educelerate, Educated Ventures, Dan Rezac and EdReach and, of course, the StartupWeekend and Up Global organization, including SW EDU general […]

Shannen Doherty, Dancing Babies, and Why All Education Lead Gen Sucks September 11, 2013 1:25 pm

Shannen Doherty, Dancing Babies, and Why All Education Lead Gen Sucks

One unexpected happy outcome of declining enrollments at for-profit schools and their related focus on improved student academic measures has been the dramatic decrease in the broader industry’s god-awful ads.

The Problem with MOOCs: Through the Eyes of a UX Designer August 20, 2013 7:57 pm

The Problem with MOOCs: Through the Eyes of a UX Designer

Editor’s Note: This guest post was written by Danielle Chutinthranond, a UX designer for a startup in Chicago, IL. You can follow her on Twitter @daniellechut   When people ask me what I do for a living, I normally say that I’m a designer. I consider design the practice of identifying and defining a problem, and solving that problem with the domain-specific resources available. User Experience (UX) designers focus on creating products with intuitive interfaces and efficient interactions that put […]

Educelerate 13.5: UX for EDU August 12, 2013 10:00 am

Educelerate 13.5: UX for EDU

This next episode, taken from Educelerate 13.5: UX for EDU digs deep into the user experience for online education. This Educelerate workshop was be facilitated by our friends at DesignCloud and was set amidst their new media show planned for August.

ED MAP: The End of Textbooks June 26, 2013 12:53 pm

ED MAP: The End of Textbooks

Hats off to Ariel Diaz and Boundless for his insightful analysis here on Educelerate and for his
company’s efforts to provide low cost digital textbooks. As a company, ED MAP has been in the
textbook distribution industry for over a decade.

Boundless: Disrupting the Textbook Industry June 12, 2013 9:01 am

Boundless: Disrupting the Textbook Industry

The traditional textbook market is broken. Though textbooks remain the core content for most courses in higher education, this market operates “cartel” style, giving students little choice in the products they use or the price they pay. Over 80% of the textbook market is controlled by the top 5 publishers, who use aggressive sales tactics to acquire professors’ business and then stick students with the exorbitant costs.