Make history while you learn history


World History from Princeton’s Jeremy Adelman to Be Taught in a Connected Global Classroom That Anyone in the World Can Join

For the first time in history, it will be possible to study world history in a global classroom, working with learners from different cultures and social backgrounds.

Princeton professor Jeremy Adelman will offer the first Global History Lab synchronously on the Princeton campus and as a MOOC on

“I am very excited about this course,” says Prof Adelman. ” While I have taught MOOCs several times before, now I will have an opportunity to learn from others! One theme of the course is that events and processes of the past mean different things to different people – what better way to capture these perspectives than in group labs, where students will collaborate on projects and share their insights and findings with the rest.”

The course gives learners the opportunity to form teams with their peers all over the world and work with primary historical materials to create new shared understandings of our shared history.

The case-based method of instruction applied to history, the interaction between Princeton students and learners from around the world, and the use of innovative new collaborative learning technologies are all part of Princeton’s deep commitment to student learning and community.

“Teaching the Global History Lab synchronously to students on-campus and around the world allows us to expand our commitment to student learning,” says Jeff Himpele, Director for Teaching Initiatives and Programs. “Designed to shift the focus from instructor knowledge to student engagement with history, this new collaborative online environment allows us to implement decades of classroom research demonstrating that strategies for intensifying student engagement increase student success, and it offers us new possibilities for improving classroom education at Princeton.”

Are you ready to make history? Sign up today!

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3D Printing on NovoEd! – Guest Post by Mark Cotteleer, Research Director, Deloitte

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Do you know how additive manufacturing will impact your business?

By now, nearly everyone has heard the term 3D printing, or to use the more technically accurate term, additive manufacturing (AM). A quick search on Google brings up more than 70,000 news articles on this intriguing set of technologies. While it is fun to talk about printing cakes, spaceships, and even new noses, it can be hard to separate the reality from the hype and understand how businesses can use this technology to support success. During our MOOC, 3D opportunity: The course on additive manufacturing for business leaders, we aim to facilitate that discussion and prepare course participants to lead that discussion in their organizations.

AM is an important technical innovation with roots that date more than 30 years. So, why has the strategic relevance risen sharply? In recent years, AM technologies have reached a level of maturity that increasingly allows for the existence of value-added commercial applications. Some see AM as an innovation driver that can literally transform manufacturing industries over the next decade. There are four paths companies can follow to derive value from AM. A key aim for our course is to help participants understand these paths and the drivers that influence them:

• Path I: Companies will not radically alter supply chains or end products but the time and cost saving potential of AM is definitely worth exploration for select processes.
• Path II: Companies take advantage of scale economics offered as a potential enabler of supply chain transformation for the products they offer.
• Path III: Companies take advantage of scope economics offered to achieve new levels of performance or innovation in the products they offer.
• Path IV: Companies alter both supply chains and products in pursuit of new business models.

It’s important to point out that AM is not a panacea. It will not replace traditional manufacturing methods in all circumstances and some organizations will find there is not a place for AM in their business strategy. For a multitude of organizations, however, additive manufacturing will provide the potential to innovate, grow, and achieve improved performance. Managers and executives responsible for strategy, operations, innovation, R&D, supply chain, and more need to understand the basics of AM technologies and the future impact AM may have in their sector and for their business. We hope you’ll join us as we explore this in detail during the MOOC. For more on AM, I invite you to view our 3D opportunity research collection.

- Mark Cotteleer, Research Director, Deloitte

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Powerful Messages Aren’t Just for Hollywood



Guest post by Miriam Rivera, CEO of KFA and Co-Founder of Ulu Ventures:

Start-up pitches are everywhere; everyone has something to pitch especially in Silicon Valley. But how do you make sure your pitch to investors stands out against the noise? Turns out, there is some science to the pitch. It involves the art of storytelling and human emotion.

Creating a Message that Evokes Emotion

A workshop, The Science of Stories was conducted at Stanford University, spearheaded by literary scholars, cognitive scientists, and neuroscientists. One researcher from Princeton, Uri Hasson, used brain imaging to demonstrate that stories presented through video (a Clint Eastwood movie) resulted in brain scans among viewers that correlate in remarkably similar ways. What’s interesting is that when a person tells a vivid story and another person hears that same story, even in a recording, the brain activity of the storyteller and the listener match up to a remarkable degree. The more similar the brain activity, the more the listener claims to understand the story.

A Compelling Pitch

I’m fascinated by these findings because it is a physical demonstration of empathy or a human emotional connection. Furthermore, this is evidence that ideas are transferred from one person and received by another in some fundamentally coherent manner. How does this help you ensure your start-up pitch isn’t a box office flop? Create both a vivid personal and company story, without this you will surely be quickly overlooked. In my career as an investor, I’ve heard hundreds if not more than a thousand pitches. The ones that resonate with me, are the ones that tell a colorful story and facilitate some kind of personal connection.

Channel Maya Angelou’s words when you’re getting ready to make your pitch:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

The upcoming KFA course, The Startup Pitch, taught by Stanford GSB coach and author Chris Lipp, offers some of these compelling storytelling tips. Sign up for Start-up pitch today!

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NovoEd’s Response to the Heartbleed Bug

The Heartbleed Bug, caused by a vulnerability in the common OpenSSL cryptographic software library, has impacted more than two-thirds of the internet, including sites like Google and Yahoo.   We value your privacy and take security extremely seriously, so we’ve taken multiple steps to ensure that your account remains secure.

Although NovoEd’s software itself was not impacted, NovoEd leverages a number of third-party tools, including payment tools, transactional email services, and elastic load balancers that relied on this security encryption to protect your information.  We have confirmed with each of the affected services that they have patched their servers and are no longer vulnerable.  As a result, there is no threat of future snooping.

We do not believe there were any attacks on NovoEd during the vulnerable period, but we are taking a number of precautions just in case.  We have replaced all of our SSL certificates and keys to ensure your account is safe.

We strongly recommend all NovoEd users change their password.  (This is best practice on all sites across the web, in fact.)  This evening (Saturday, April 12), we will be logging out all of our users and sending a reminder to change passwords.

As a reminder, NovoEd does not store any credit card or payment information on our servers.  Our internal servers are behind a secure firewall, and all passwords are encrypted (salted and hashed).

We’re very sorry that this happened, but rest assured, NovoEd is always taking steps to ensure the security of your account.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.


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