Illegal Online Education, Mobile Apps & More in This Week’s EdTech Report

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Each week, Boundless keeps track of the best edtech news and brings you the highlights.

Free Online Education Is Now Illegal in Minnesota
via Slate

Minnesota told Coursera its MOOCs are unwelcome in the state. The state claims Coursera never got permission to operate there and is enforcing a law that requires colleges to get government permission to offer instruction within there, despite that Coursera only offers free classes, not degrees.

Coursera’s website now houses a special note to Minnesota users:

If you are a resident of Minnesota, you agree that either (1) you will not take courses on Coursera, or (2) for each class that you take, the majority of work you do for the class will be done from outside the State of Minnesota.

2tor’s New Mobile App Puts Graduate School onto Smartphones
via VentureBeat

Edtech startup 2tor, which recently changed its name to 2U, is putting online education into grad students’ pockets with a new mobile app. The mobile capabilities give students more flexibility in when and where they study and also offers the company more opportunities to track student progress. For example, VentureBeat says more than half of MBA students at UNC use 2tor’s iOS app to regularly connect with professors, work through the curriculum, check their grades, or set assignment due dates.

Imagine K12 Bringing Tech Closer to Schools
via Edsurge

Take a peak inside Imagine K12, a startup incubator targeted at edtech companies, in this piece from Edsurge. The incubator is an experiment of sorts to see if its small leadership team can successfully coach the startups to become sustainable edtech companies. Later this month, Imagine K12 will launch its third cohort of startups into the market. Incubator co-founder Alan Louie says,

The biggest question for me is [do these products] improve learning? Signals from investors are important. But I want to make sure these products don’t fall into line with the edtech products of the last 30 years.

For more on Imagine K12 graduates check out our EdTech Interview series!

The 6 Hottest Teaching Trends (And How Teachers Are Adopting Them)
via Edudemic

What edtech trends are you using in the classroom? This infographic from Edudemic shows that digital textbooks, video, and flipped classroom are among some of the top teaching trends.

  1. 43% of K-12 schools surveyed say they currently use or plan to try the flipped classroom model.
  2. 33% are using social media in the classroom, mostly with Twitter, Google+ and Facebook.
  3. 46% of schools plan to exclusively use online assessment for testing within five years.

What news were you following this week? Let us know in the comments!

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