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  • September 22, 2016 | by Spencer Nam

    Reducing the cost burden on the insured image description

    Since the open enrollment in the health exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) began in late 2013, the percentage of American adults without health insurance has fallen from 18% to 9%, the lowest rate ever recorded. Despite such a positive trend, the average cost burden for single workers continues to increase (Figure 1). Given

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  • September 22, 2016 | by Michael B. Horn

    Virtual reality digs into brick-and-mortar schools image description

    As the hype around virtual reality in education swells, new developments show that the movement may have some staying power this time around. Although much of the buzz has centered on the Facebook-owned $600 Oculus Rift, which has yet to make a strong push into education, two other developments have caught my eye over the

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  • September 21, 2016 | by Efosa Ojomo

    The biggest problem with poverty alleviation programs is that they actually work image description

    How is it that an industry that is filled with some of the brightest minds in the world and spends hundreds of billions of US dollars a year on global development is unable to have more of an impact? It’s because the industry is doing exactly what it is designed to do: alleviate poverty. But alleviating poverty, it turns out, is not good enough.

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  • September 20, 2016 | by Thomas Arnett

    Getting past the broken teachers vs. tech debate image description

    Last month, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson stated that America needed to fix the escalating costs of higher education by replacing lectures from professors with online learning and educational videos such as Ken Burns’ documentaries. His comments drew ire not only from his election challenger, former Senator Russ Feingold, but also from nationally-recognized figures such as

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  • September 15, 2016 | by Ryan Marling

    Redefining limits: how new-market innovations deliver hope in healthcare image description

    In my last blog I discussed the prospects of low-end disruptive strategy for potentially disruptive innovations in healthcare. Because low-end disruptions compete directly with established and superior incumbent offerings, the prospects, I argued, are not good. The price-insensitivity inherent in a third-party payment system diminishes the cost advantage an inferior but potentially disruptive good or

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  • September 14, 2016 | by Efosa Ojomo

    Making the case for market-creating innovations: a look at Tolaram Industries image description

    When Tolaram Industries decided to target nonconsumption of instant noodles in Nigeria, it had to integrate across necessary interfaces in order to deliver its product to consumers. From logistics to energy, by taking ownership of other links in the value chain, Tolaram was able access swathes of Nigerian consumers who had previously been out of reach.

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  • September 14, 2016 | by Stepan Mekhitarian

    4 tips for developing effective professional development for blended learning image description

    With the growing prevalence of blended learning in classrooms across the country, the need for teacher training for effective implementation is more critical than ever. In order to better understand the skills and training required to implement blended learning effectively, I conducted a three-year doctoral research study at three public school sites in Los Angeles.

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