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Northeastern U. at Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley’s “war for talent” has technology companies tempting potential recruits with benefits such as egg freezing, gourmet cafeterias and private shuttles. But few can match semiconductor producer Integrated Device Technology’s latest perk: a graduate school in the office.

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Upcoming SLC Camp Bay Area

The Shared Learning Collaborative (SLC) is working to make personalized learning a reality for every U.S. student by improving the integration of education technology – reducing educators’ time spent tracking the progress of students, and making it possible to support teachers in their craft by recommending individualized learning resources for their students. The SLC is holding an all-hands Camp and Codeathon. We need educators and developers to work together in creating new applications for teaching and learning, and to identify quality online content for the classroom.

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Udemy Receives $12 Million in Series B Financing

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 07, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Udemy, the leading online education marketplace, today announced the completion of a $12 million Series B financing round led by Insight Venture Partners, with additional support from existing investors Lightbank, MHS Capital and Learn Capital, bringing Udemy's total funding to $16 million. The new capital will be used primarily for expanding the range and types of Udemy's content offerings as well as extending the content catalog across new platforms.

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Silicon schools fund lands $12 million

Five school districts in the Silicon Valley area may be embarking on a tremendous experiment in education with the creation of a new nonprofit called Silicon Schools Fund. Brian Greenberg, former principal and teacher with both public and charter schools, said this week he has raised about half of $25 million to start up to 25 "blended learning" schools in the region.

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Will MOOCs open elite universities to excessive corporate influence?

Not too long ago, my university, the University of Virginia, along with a dozen or so other schools, entered into an agreement with a company called Coursera to develop Internet-based courses. The issue of Internet learning is especially fraught at Virginia. As just about everyone now knows, our president, Teresa Sullivan, was dismissed not long ago in part because the Board of Visitors thought that she had been lackadaisical in moving Virginia toward Internet-based learning.

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