This Week in Education News - January 17, 2014

This week was a big week in news. The Department of Education held their Education Datapalooza on Wednesday and the White House hosted a higher education summit on Wednesday. Education is definitely at the forefront in 2014.

So what were some of the recent big stories in higher education and edtech this week? We’ve compiled some of the more thought-provoking articles and useful tips that appeared around the Web:

   Grade Change: Tracking Online Education in the United States, 2013 The Sloan Consortium reveals their eleventh annual report on the state of online learning.

    Blackboard Acquires MyEdu to Retool the LMS edSurge spoke with Jay Bhatt, Blackboard CEO, about how the Learning Management System (LMS) needs an overhaul

   How Changing Reputations Alter Demand for Selective U.S. CollegesThe American Educational Research Association looks into how the quality-of-life reputations affect student application and enrollment decisions.

   The Amazon of Higher EducationSlate showcases how a small New Hampshire university scaled

   iTunes U.Inside Higher Ed explains how Lynn University is shedding Blackboard in favor of iTunes U as their LMS


And our “in case you missed it” (ICYMI) articles about and from 2U:

 How to Build an Agile and Scalable SaaS for Long-Term Success

 Higher Education Taps For-Profit Sector to Address Challenges via USC

Aspiring Data Scientists Jump into UC Berkeley's New Online Master's Program via VentureBeat

MPA@UNC Transit Infographic   via The Washington Post

 We Need to Change How we Think About Talent via Forbes

 10 Wildly Successful Startups and Lessons to Learn...  via Inc.