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StraighterLine launches Professor Direct, college profs now set prices for own online classes uncategorized

Dec. 14, 2012 10:00 am

StraighterLine launches Professor Direct, college profs now set prices for own online classes

In November, Technically Baltimore reported that StraighterLine founder and CEO Burck Smith had something big hiding up his sleeve. OK, so IT — a tool that would allow college professors to set prices for their own online courses on StraighterLine — wasn’t really hiding so much as it hadn’t been officially rolled out yet.
2U, formerly 2Tor, partners with American University to launch online master’s program in international relations uncategorized

Dec. 12, 2012 9:30 am

2U, formerly 2Tor, partners with American University to launch online master’s program in international relations

Among the group of companies trying to figure out how to deliver college education online — Coursera, Udacity, Baltimore’s own StraighterLine — is 2U. Formerly known as 2Tor (the company changed its name in October), 2U is an education technology startup based in Landover in Prince George’s County that takes an alternative approach. Instead of […]
Frank Bonsal of New Markets Venture Partners looking for entrepreneurs ‘solving real problems’ creative

Dec. 5, 2012 10:30 am

Frank Bonsal of New Markets Venture Partners looking for entrepreneurs ‘solving real problems’

Frank Bonsal, right, with Wasabi Ventures’ Ray Thek. Frank Bonsal III, longtime partner with Bonsal Capital and a general partner with New Markets Venture Partners in Howard County, said at Startup Grind that “venture guys are solving problems,” and, in turn, are “looking for entrepreneurs that are solving real problems.” Although sparsely attended compared to […]
‘No region is better positioned for the launch of a new EdTech company’ [REPORT] uncategorized

Dec. 4, 2012 10:00 am

‘No region is better positioned for the launch of a new EdTech company’ [REPORT]

The crowd at Digital Harbor Foundation’s October EdTech Meetup. As Technically Baltimore has reported, Baltimore city and the surrounding counties are quickly becoming a broader hub of education-technology activity. The Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore says as much in its new report, writing: “No region is better positioned for the launch of a new EdTech […]
Burck Smith: StraighterLine a ‘year and a half ahead’ of other online college-course providers [Q&A]

Nov. 30, 2012 3:29 pm

Burck Smith: StraighterLine a ‘year and a half ahead’ of other online college-course providers [Q&A]

Burck Smith — Baltimore Friends High School graduate, resident of Charm City’s Homeland neighborhood, repeat entrepreneur — is a thought leader in the online college education conversation. His company, StraighterLine, allows students to take about 60, for-credit courses, completely online, for $49 per course (plus a $99 per month subscription fee). The startup, originally a […]
People must ‘see technology throughout our society:’ UMBC president Freeman Hrabowski

Nov. 9, 2012 9:30 am

People must ‘see technology throughout our society:’ UMBC president Freeman Hrabowski

UMBC president Freeman Hrabowski Freeman Hrabowski spoke with the conviction of an evangelist Wednesday night — his voice thundering so loudly that the microphone gave feed back at one point — as he implored a room filled with local business leaders, startup founders and political officials to “see technology throughout our society.” “We want people to remember […]
Edtech startup StraighterLine will soon allow college professors to pitch courses uncategorized

Sep. 5, 2012 10:00 am

Edtech startup StraighterLine will soon allow college professors to pitch courses

StraighterLine, the edtech startup that allows students to pay just $99 per month for introductory college courses, will enable “college professors to pitch their own courses” starting in November, according to the Baltimore Sun. The long-term vision, [founder and CEO Burck] Smith said, is to empower professors — from lecturers to the tenured — to customize […]
StraighterLine is expanding, will leave Emerging Technology Center [Startup Roundup]

Jul. 25, 2012 8:30 am

StraighterLine is expanding, will leave Emerging Technology Center [Startup Roundup]

Meet the Startup Roundup. Every Wednesday morning, Technically Baltimore will put together the smaller pieces that make up our startup ecosystem. Higher-ed startup StraighterLine will soon move out of its space on the East Campus of Johns Hopkins University, part of the Emerging Technology Center, and into a new, 6,000-square foot office, according to Bmore […]
Computer Science curriculum lags // Vorbeck expands to Eastern Shore // Better tech = working from home [LINKS] uncategorized

Jul. 20, 2012 8:30 am

Computer Science curriculum lags // Vorbeck expands to Eastern Shore // Better tech = working from home [LINKS]

Maryland’s tech education effort does not compute [Baltimore Sun]: “CS is taught under a patchwork quilt of policies that compete and conflict with one another. Instruction omits critical content, often tailored to applications without the foundational science.” Vorbeck Materials sets up new location in Worcester County [The Dispatch]: “Headquartered in Jessup, Vorbeck specializes in and […]