In 2015, content is no longer king. At best, it’s a minor royal. So in the era of content as a commodity, what’s taken its place on the throne? What do users value instead?
Is adaptive learning ethical? Is it OK to experiment on one set of learners to improve results for another? Do EdTech companies have a higher duty of care to their users than regular businesses?
When it comes to buzzwords you don’t get much bigger than ‘big data’. Here are a few notes that might help us navigate the topic …
This week, Skype goes sci-fi and turns into a real-time interpreter; Philip Kerr’s thoughts on left brain / right brain; Nicola Prentis bemoans the lack of ELT presence at the Cambridge education startup weekend; China de-prioritises English in favour of maths and Chinese language; depressing news about the university sector; and Knewton expands northwards. Happy reading!
In our recent series of interviews with adaptive learning powerhouse, Knewton, a number of interesting points were raised by our readers, which we thought were worth exploring further. So, we compiled some of the more challenging questions and David Liu, Knewton’s Chief Operating Officer, sent us his responses.