Feast brings the online academy model to cooking classes

Feast CEO David Spinks is combining the e-learning model pioneered by education sites like Udemy and Coursera with his experience in building online communities, and he’s applying it all to building on online cooking school.

Udacity looks to expand internationally with crowdsourced captions

Udacity wants to go beyond an English-language audience – and it’s asking its users to help: The e-learning startup has partnered with Amara to add crowdsourced captions to its video assets. Amara previously partnered with TED, Coursera and the Khan Academy for crowdsourced video subtitles.

Google gets into online learning with open-source Course Builder software

After offering its own online course, Power Searching with Google, the search giant is releasing the technology it used to support the class as an open source online learning project. The Course Builder software lets anyone with basic technical expertise to create an online class.

Kno brings its digital textbooks to K-12 education

Kno, a digital textbook startup that has previously focused on the college market, is partnering with publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to bring its interactive textbooks to K-12 students. The textbooks can be rented for $9.99 a year and are available on a range of devices.

The problem with virtual training: instructional design, not distance

Training at a distance is more hassle than it’s worth, several CEOs have warned. But a senior analyst at consultancy Bersin & Associates disagrees, explaining that the trouble with virtual learning often isn’t distance but materials that don’t take into account how adults learn.

How Codecademy got so hot, so fast

Codecademy, which teaches users how to program for free with an interactive and social web application, has garnered more than 1 million users in less than five months. We talked to co-founder and CEO Zach Sims about how Codecademy started and where it’s going.

Chegg to bridge gap between digital and physical textbooks

Chegg, a Santa Clara, Calif.–based startup that made its name in textbook rentals, has made its first piece of software that it says will aid the transition to digital learning for students by offering e-textbooks that act an awful lot like physical textbooks.

App Review: Presenter Pro — Learn to Sell It Like Steve Jobs

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Presenter Pro is a learning resource for professionals and interns alike, coaching you in the ways of effective presenting.

There are three heroes of presenting for me: Merlin Mann, with his deliciously witty and yet precise style; Lawrence Lessig, who takes a high-speed, word-by-word approach; and of course, Steve Jobs, who is alternately expressive, passionate and evangelistic, all of which contributes to his famed reality distortion field.

While Rexi Media might not turn you into a Mann, Lessig or Jobs overnight, the company does specialize in enhancing your presentation skills. It organizes seminars across the U.S., designs bespoke presentation templates, and even has a virtual storefront in Second Life. Its app contains hundreds of tips, alongside an assortment of videos and even quizzes. Read More about App Review: Presenter Pro — Learn to Sell It Like Steve Jobs