Coursera partners with universities to create new science, humanities and engineering programs

Just finished a great class!
Just finished a great class! (Photo credit: brewbooks)


Coursera Plans to Announce University Partners for Online Classes –


Two more Stanford professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller have broken off to create a new online learning startup called Coursera with financial backing from two of Silicon Valley’s premier venture capital firms, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and New Enterprise Associates. The startup will provide interactive courses in the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences and engineering using the inverted Khan Academy model of knowledge management and partnering with top universities including Stanford,  University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton. It has secured $16 million in venture capital.


Unlike many new startups, the business model is becoming clear. From a community of millions of learners some should ‘opt in’ for valuable, premium services. Those revenues should fund investment in tools, technology and royalties to faculty and universities.” In fact there is a fear that these startups will “disintermediate” universities by spotting the brightest talents among students and hiring them directly. Other startups include Minerva. For essays, students help by grading each other’s work and providing peer coaching (with an average 22 minute response time).


The companies are providing real world ROI examples including workers who have been able to keep their jobs by upgrading their skills or solve difficult problems such as the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster in Japan.




Singularity University uses software startup model to incubate synthetic biology ventures

Singularity University
Singularity University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Singularity University which is a private university dedicated to speeding education in science and technology is giving away about 50k in cash and services to startups pursuing the new field of synthetic biology to help solve major projects including energy, healthcare.

Singularity University To Incubate Synthetic Biology Startups With New Program | Singularity Hub.

Stanford professors create startup to expand high quality university education online

English: Apple's headquarters at Infinite Loop...
English: Apple’s headquarters at Infinite Loop in Cupertino, California, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Stanford professor whose online computer science course went viral is now at it again..

From Silicon Valley, A New Approach To Education : All Tech Considered : NPR.

You are not a gadget: Considering the social side of new technologies

Jaron Lanier
Jaron Lanier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A good critique of some of the risks and issues of today’s exploding use of online social media. Jaron Lanier argues it is creating a wealth of fake, fragmented social relationships, endlessly rehashed content and demeaning true human talents. And this is coming from a hardcore techie who developed VR. However his parents relocated to New Mexico from NYC to live in tents for much of his childhood so I suppose he has seen both sides of the coin…

Brain scan: The virtual curmudgeon | The Economist


Adaptive Path: UX consulting

Adaptive Path Sixth Anniversary Party
Adaptive Path Sixth Anniversary Party (Photo credit: Scott Beale)

Adaptive Path.

Oxford MBA: global business + real beer

MBA design leadership class, Oxford 2009
MBA design leadership class, Oxford 2009 (Photo credit: lucykimbell)

Degree programmes.

21 months. 51k Euros. Good beer.