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Columbia, Brown, and 15 More Universities Join Coursera’s Free Online Platform

September 24th, 2012 by Anya Kamenetz

Coursera, the platform for “massively open online courses” founded by Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng of Stanford, announced today that it has doubled its number of university partners. The new roster includes several global institutions.
Since its debut earlier this year, 1.3 million people have signed up for a free six- to ten-week Coursera class, which [...]

Artisanal U.: The Radical Potential of College Without the Classroom

December 5th, 2011 by Anya Kamenetz

From GOOD magazine. Published December 2, 2011.
Joyce Alcantara grew up in Rhode Island with her mom, three sisters, two nieces, and a cousin. Her dad, incarcerated in Florida, isn’t really a part of her life. Alcantara had trouble with classes her senior year in high school and almost dropped out; her saving grace was a [...]

Why College Is Not A Bubble (Except For The University Of Phoenix)

May 5th, 2011 by Anya Kamenetz

The college-is-a-bubble meme just keeps growing. Student-loan debt surpassed credit-card debt for the first time in history last year. Tuition is rising at three times the rate of inflation, and there are growing concerns about the quality of education offered at even our nation’s fanciest schools. Meanwhile, prominent venture capitalist Peter Thiel is paying [...]

Top Ways to Save Money at College

May 2nd, 2011 by Anya Kamenetz

College tuition at public universities is up 24 percent in just the last five years. With graduation right around the corner, many high school seniors and their families are wondering how they can save on one of the biggest expenses they’ll face. Assuming you’ve already made your choice of colleges, here [...]

Obama’s Lessons for Leadership in A Time of Change

March 29th, 2011 by Anya Kamenetz

The President’s speech to the nation last night was primarily billed as his chance to plead his case to the nation for the ongoing military intervention in Libya. But slipped into his remarks was a primer on 21st century leadership in a time of change, a topic Life in Beta is [...]

My Latest Presentation; A Little Piece in the Times

March 22nd, 2011 by Anya Kamenetz

This is the first time I’ve put up a set of slides for DIY U on Slideshare, an omission which obviously violates the principles of intellectual openness that I go around promoting. The reasons I would give for not doing it until now would be the same that any professor would [...]

The Case for Generosity

February 14th, 2011 by Anya Kamenetz

A few years ago, I was living in a converted glove factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. One day, a large package came in the mail. It was from a pharmaceutical company and addressed to a nonexistent doctor’s office in the building. After the box had been sitting in the hallway for a [...]

Gates Foundation Bets on Facebook App to Help Kids Graduate

February 10th, 2011 by Anya Kamenetz

We’re used to thinking of Facebook as, at best, a distractor for college kids and at worst, a resume-destroyer. But the Gates Foundation, in its first-ever venture investment of $2 million in a little-known Facebook app platform called Inigral, is betting that it can actually make a measurable improvement in the rate of [...]

Can the Ad Industry Save Education?

February 1st, 2011 by Anya Kamenetz

This month we asked a bakers dozen of contributors for fresh ideas on how to reinvent education. Now a coalition of ad industry heavy hitters from Wieden + Kennedy to BBDO has come out with a major campaign to promote creativity in education.
To be clear, they’re not just looking to promote creative solutions to [...]

Why the NYT Should Go NPR

January 26th, 2011 by Anya Kamenetz

There’s a lot of harrumphing around the blogosphere about the New York Times‘ decision to again put up paywalls for digital access (the last attempt, TimesSelect, was shuttered in 2007). People are gaming out the angles: Have they chosen the right price points at as much as $20 a month? Why the [...]