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Social Teaching and Learning Platform Sophia Launches Its Public Beta

[Hacked Education Article]I hear a lot about the importance of “social learning” – the recognition that students’ collaboration on projects is something to praise, not a form of cheating to punish. But I hear little about “social teaching,” and the idea that that collaborative process of knowledge sharing and building involves both learning and teaching.

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Free Social Teaching and Learning Network -

[Attack Computer Wiz Article]Sophia is an online learning community designed to allow people to learn about topics of their choosing at no cost. It is in beta right now but the concept and the presentation seems very good. Strangely though, I do not see any IT related content yet.

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four-way entrepreneur don smithmier: they told him to "focus," and luckily, he didn't listen

[The Line Article]Don Smithmier, the managing partner of Matter Worldwide, is a busy guy. In the last three months alone, he announced two new business ventures and flew to Cancun to perform with his country music band.

Smithmier is a founder or equity partner in four very different companies that operate under one roof in the Warehouse District. The first is Rumble, a company that creates comm...

‘Social Teaching’ Company Gets Buy-In From Capella Education

Reposted from the Chronicle Of Higher Education. Read the full article here.

What happened to music because of the Internet—going from few creators to many—is going to happen to education very soon, says Don Smithmier, and his new “social teaching” Web site,Sophia, is going to be part of that change. That’s a big claim for a small start-up now in beta testing, but it seems more plausible the fi...