Faith in Algorithms

A fast-growing start-up in Canada has generated a great deal of attention by applying the two-sided market model to the field of recruitment. They bring together graduates seeking employment (sellers) and employers seeking graduate (buyers). The company aims to displace the traditional student job fairs, in which a limited number of employers visit campuses to conduct preliminary evaluations of graduates.

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The Rise of a Canadian Ed-Tech Industry?

WebCT was one of the first education technology companies to serve higher education's teaching and learning functions. Murray Goldberg, a professor of computer science at the University of British Columbia, launched the system in 1996. But like so many Canadian inventions, WebCT was swallowed up by a US entity - in this case, "Universal Learning Technology" in 1999, led by Carol Vallone. WebCT was later sold to BlackBoard in 2006. Note: Blackboard tried also to acquire Canadian company, D2L (now BrightSpace), according to the grapevine.

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Is That All There Is? (2017)

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, what we might now think of as “the early days” of online higher education, advocates of technology-mediated learning imagined themselves as outsiders, rebels working on the margins of higher education. Their goal, broadly, was to bring the transformative power of Internet technology to a change-adverse, centuries-old institution. Keenly aware of the presence of naysayers among them in the institution who believed that technology was an anathema to “real education”, our rebels adopted an us-against-them stance, the technology evangelists against the Luddites; the cutting edge against those that simply “didn't get it."

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MOOCs: The Prestige Factor (2012)

Buried in the public responses to the news about MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) and OER initiatives from Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Penn, Princeton and others is a deceptively important assumption. The assumption goes something like this: the open digital educational materials made available through these initiatives are of value because they are the product of these prestigious, highly selective institutions.

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