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1M+ enrolled in Penn open online courses [LINKS]

"Penn is one of the founding partners and board members of Coursera, which offers free, open-access, non-credit classes to anyone with a computer."

Philadelphia’s Breadboard Sets Up Shop at Intersection of Art and Science [Keystone Edge] Keystone Edge profiles the Department of Making + Doing. Find our coverage here.

Expeditor for permits before collapse owed city back taxes [Philadelphia Daily News] Plato Marinakos, the man who helped get a permit for the contractors hired to demolish the building that collapsed at 22nd and Market Streets and killed six people, owed more than $17,000 in business taxes to the city. Tax delinquents aren’t supposed to be able to keep their business licenses, but the city said it doesn’t have the manpower to keep track of these tax delinquencies manually. But technology is coming to help: “The city’s chief innovation officer, Adel Ebeid, said the city will award several contracts shortly to implement technology to improve tracking and integration of data across the L&I and Revenue departments.”

Coursera at Penn surpasses one million enrollees [Penn Current] “Penn is one of the founding partners and board members of Coursera, which offers free, open-access, non-credit classes to anyone with a computer. Deirdre Woods, interim executive director of Penn’s Open Learning Initiative, says the 1 million enrollments equates to about 500,000-600,000 students, since many enrollees have signed up for more than one course.”

Philly311?s Engagement Strategies Featured in GovLoop Webinar [Managing Director’s Office blog] Philly311 director Rosetta Lue talks social media strategy and Philly311’s mobile app. See our coverage of the app here.

Springboard takes a big leap [Philadelphia Daily News] Springboard won Philly SEED in March 2012. And now: “On May 15, the School Reform Commission approved a $112,800 agreement between Springboard and the district to provide a summer-reading program over the next year.”

The Wharton Executive MBA iPad Project named Apple Distinguished Program [press release]

Companies: Springboard Collaborative / Department of Making + Doing / School Reform Commission / Philly 311 / University of Pennsylvania
People: Adel Ebeid

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