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by Stephen Downes
[Sept] 26, 2014

Ed Tech Investment & Exit Report – 2014 On Track for New Funding Record
Unattributed, CB Insights, 2014/09/26


Interesting set of statistics related to venturer capital investments in education technology. The first overall trend is that money is pouring into the sector at a record pace. Second, the list of must well-funded ed tech companies might surprise you - leading the way are companies like Open English, TutorGroup and lynda.com. "Open English is an online school created to reinvent the English-language-learning experience targeted towards Spanish and Portuguese speakers in the Americas... TutorGroup is a provider of live synchronous e-Learning services focused on teaching language to global business professionals."

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That’s Just, Like, Your Opinion, Man
Rebecca Schuman, Inside Higher Ed, 2014/09/26

Fun read in which Inside Higher Ed and Slate education writer Rebecca Schuman defends herself against a long criticism authored by by Cornell writing lecturer Charles Green. "I think she crafts fundamentally anti-academic arguments, anti-academic in that they rely heavily on unsourced and unsupported generality clothed in hyperbole," he writes. She responds that she's writing magazine articles and that " a lot of “public” writing by academics is self-censored, over-equivocated, bogged down in data analysis, and thus unreadably boring to a non-academic audience." I would add that it is often no better researched or sourced than many magazine articles either. I'll hand it to Green, though, for his game and valiant defense of his argument in the comments.

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