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Social Media, Instant Messaging and Gamification: how OpenLearning has engaged students in the virtual age
VibeWire (Online) Apr 18 2014
"Having using... outdated platforms during his computer science degree at the University of New South Wales, Adam along with his lecturer Professor Richard Buckland noticed that the existing online education platforms focused solely on content delivery, ignoring the need for students to interact with each other."

EdSpark: A Spotlight on EdTech in Australia and Abroad
Optus-Innov8 Seed (Online) Mar 3 2014 
Our aim was to spark conversation and provide a forum to share learnings and insights from leaders in the EdTech space, and also provide a platform for some of Australia’s up and coming EdTech startups to present their wares via a pitchfest. The winning team was Open Learning, who will have two team members flown to Singapore to attend Echelon 2014, which is Asia’s largest startup conference."
Open Learning selected for Telstra backed Muru-D Program
Telstra Media Release (Online) Feb 3 2014 by Ingrid Just
"muru-D has announced the 10 successful teams set to enter its start-up accelerator program, powered by Telstra. muru-D is a unique opportunity for the cream of Australian innovative start-ups to learn from the best – receiving ongoing business support, mentoring and coaching to bring their ideas to life in addition to an investment."
OpenLearning impresses in education tech pitching competition
Startupsmart (Online) Dec 17 2013 by Rose Powell
Online classroom platform OpenLearning was selected winner by both the judges and crowd at last week’s education technology start-up pitching competition co-hosted by SydEduTech meetup and the Optus-Innov8 Seed accelerator and investment program... SydEduTech meetup coordinator Atul Pandey told StartupSmart OpenLearning was the stand-out start-up of the night."


OpenLearning eyes corporate training
Financial Review (Online) 9 Dec 2013 by Tim Dodd
"OpenLearning chief executive Adam Brimo said the software platform could now offer organisations a branded e-learning portal and also record the progress of an individual student through a number of courses."
Shining a light on innovation
Uniken (Online) Dec 2013 by
Myles Gough
"The Open Learning platform differs from other online courses by encouraging student participation and learning through games. It also incorporates a social element where students can ask questions, self-regulate discussions and work together to build study notes."
OpenLearning launches new features to let anyone create a MOOC
Class Central (Online) 15 Oct 2013
OpenLearning is a MOOC provider that launched in 2012, and has offered several MOOCs to the public. They have now made a major revision to their platform which offers an easier way for anyone to create and teach a full-featured MOOC."
How to be a 'techpreneur'
The Sun-Herald (Print, Online) 13 Oct 2013 by Simon Webster
"[Adam Brimo] co-founded Open Learning, an online platform that allows universities, businesses and individuals to deliver courses in a way that encourages engagement, sharing and collaboration."


Straight Up Startup…Featuring Adam Brimo, CEO And Co-Founder Of OpenLearning
Rackspace (Online) 19 Sep 2013 by John McKenna
The Rackspace Startup Program thanks our favorite UNSW Lion, Adam Brimo, for taking the time out of his busy schedule to enlighten us on how finding and servicing your customers from the very beginning is vitally important to a startup.


Free online courses to get ahead in business
Financial Review (Online) 18 Sep 2013 by Tim Dodd
The advent of free online education has led to a rich choice of courses becoming available for people looking for professional qualifications. 
Services marketing: Selling the invisible: Presented by instructor ­Betina Crooks on the Open Learning MOOC platform created by UNSW IT professor Richard Buckland and his former student Adam Brimo.


OpenLearning selected for the Tech23 Conference in Sydney
Tech23 (Online) 16 Sep 2013

Tech23 celebrates innovation through an exciting collision of great minds, great ideas, and great purpose. Tech23 is dedicated to offering entrepreneurs opportunities. Exposure is a given, but what Tech23 also offers is direct contact to the investors, successful entrepreneurs, thought leaders and key government and industry experts that result in tangible business opportunities.


Plan Your Free Online Education at Lifehacker U: Fall Semester 2013
LifeHacker (Online) 28 Aug 2013 by Alan Henry
LifeHacker recommended the OpenLearning course, Taylor's University - Success - Achieve Success with Emotional Intelligence by Professors Mushtak Al-Atabi and Jennifer DeBoer as part of their LifeHacker University


Startup OpenLearning disrupts the education industry
Shoe String (Online) 13 Aug 2013 by 
Tasnuva Bindi

Forget blackboards and chalks. Forget long, theory-heavy lectures at 8am in the morning. Forget the online platforms that failed to make learning a more enjoyable experience. OpenLearning is set to excite students and teachers around the world who have long suffered the inadequacies of outdated educational tools.​


Innovator wins national teaching award
UNSW Media Office (Online) 12 Aug 2013 by 
Myles Gough

"We want our students to be able to actually think like scientists, and not just be able to recite the periodic table." Buckland is also the co-founder of Open Learning – Australia's first provider of Massive Open Online Courses, which he launched in October 2012 with former UNSW student Adam Brimo. ​


OpenLearning Named 'Runner Up' in Rackspace Startup Competition
Shoe String (Online) 7 Aug 2013 by 
Tasnuva Bindi

In front of the star-studded guest panel and an audience 150-strong, each of the 10 finalists delivered a five-minute pitch to persuade Rackspace’s Startup Liaison Officer, Robert Scoble, who flew in from San Francisco’s Silicon Valley to attend the event, and his fellow judges that their business has the greatest potential for disrupting an industry.​


2013 NSW ICT Educator of the Year iAward
ComputerWorld (Online) 14 Jun 2013 by 
Hamish Barwick
Richard Buckland has received the 2013 iAward in NSW for ICT Educator of the Year. The national iAwards are aimed at recognising the contributions that ICT makes and the impact which the application of technologies has on both the Australian and global economy. 
OpenLearning Platform (NSW) - 2013 Anthill SMART 100
Anthill Magazine (Online) 10 Jun 2013 SMART 100
OpenLearning has been ranked as the 2nd most innovative startup in Australia out of hundreds by Anthill Magazine on their annual SMART 100 ranking. The SMART 100 Index was created by leading business media channel Anthill Magazine in 2008 to identify and rank Australia's 100 most innovative products, proving to be one of the largest surveys of its kind in Australia.
Stellar NSW Line up for CeBIT Australia 2013
NSW Government (Print/Online) 27 May 2013 Media Release
"The NSW Trade & Investment stand in Hall 3 of the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour will host 15 of the State’s most innovative technology companies showcasing their solutions. The calibre and quality of NSW companies and solutions on show at this year's CeBIT Australia show why our State is increasingly being recognised around the world as Australia’s innovation powerhouse.

SV Entrepreneurs Announces Pitch and Demo Day Winners
PRWEB (Online) May 24 2013 by SV Entrepreneur
"Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs and Startups (also known as SV Entrepreneurs), the largest forum that gives stage to entrepreneurs and startups to present their innovative products and services, today announced that... 3rd Place was taken by OpenLearning

20 Ways to Enjoy Free Online Learning and Classes: MOOCs and More​
Huffington Post College (Online) Apr 4 2013 by Scott Steinberg
"This global platform seeks to combine the social elements of Facebook with the user-generated contributions of Wikipedia to create a unique community and gathering where online learning solutions, including MOOCs, can thrive."
Online Learning on Entrepreneurship Changes Malaysia’s Education Landscape
Taylor's University (Online) Apr 1 2013
Open Learning removes the barriers to a lifelong and quality education by offering continuous enrolment, flexible scheduling and sometimes minimal admission requirements which allowed an individual study at their own pace."
Learning to build a business through an expanding skill set
The Sun-Herald (Print) Dec 23 2012 by Keeli Cambourne
"[Adam] Brimo and his business partner, associate professor Richard Buckland from the University of NSW, founded to develop online learning platforms designed to deliver more engaging courses online."
Free online class attracts 2300
Australian Financial Review (Print) Nov 6 2012 by Tim Dodd
"The course is the first major test of Open Learning’s upgraded online learning software, which integrates social networking to create an online community."
Unis spur MOOC "feeding frenzy"
ITWire (Online) Nov 5 2012 by Beverley Head
"Steered by Adam Brimo, co-founder of Open Learning and UNSW associate professor Richard Buckland... Computing I runs for 12 weeks and essentially comprises about half of the material in the UNSW on-campus computing course."
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) go international
Open Culture (Online) Nov 5 2012 by Dan Colman
"The first major providers of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) got their start in Silicon Valley... Now we’re seeing them sprout up outside of the United States. Take for example"
OpenLearning launches into competitive MOOCs market
The Conversation (Online) Oct 15 2012 by Charis Palmer
"The Australian company will be emulating Facebook and YouTube and taking on Coursera and Blackboard with a platform that allows students to earn points by “liking” or voting down discussion posts and get feedback..."
Brave new free online course for UNSW
Australian Financial Review (Print & Online) Oct 15 2012 by Tim Dodd
"...UNSW introductory computing course will be made available from Monday, putting UNSW ahead of the universities of Melbourne, Western Australia and Queensland, whose MOOC programs are under preparation."
Free Online Computing Science Course
Life Hacker (Online) Oct 15 2012 by Angus Kidman
"Here's a nifty addition to our Lifehacker U roundup on online training courses: the University of New South Wales is offering its introductory computing science course online for free."
UNSW offers free online Computing 1 class
The Register (Online) Oct 14 2012 by Simon Sharwood
"The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has jumped on the international bandwagon of Universities giving their courses away for free, with a 12-week Computing 1 course starting today."
Online uni sows seeds of a golden age for education
Sydney Morning Herald (Print) Oct 13 2012 by Catherine Armitage
"Richard Buckland, who has more than 1.5 million views of his University of NSW computer science courses, likens it [online learning] to a tsunami: we have felt the earthquake but the wave is yet to come."
Sydney start-up OpenLearning to go up against Coursera
Startupsmart (Online) Sept 28 2012 by Michelle Hammond
"Sydney start-up OpenLearning will go up against online education heavyweight Coursera as it prepares to launch a range of free and paid courses, but with a much greater focus on student collaboration."
The business of educating others
Sydney Morning Herald (Online) Sept 27 2012 by Valerie Khoo
"...The service allows people from all over the world to teach courses online. Brimo hopes that those who have a passion for their particular area of expertise will be keen to share their knowledge."
More free online courses for entrepreneurs
BRW. (Online) Sept 24 2012 by Ben Woodhead
"Locally, OpenLearning and the University of NSW have also been working on trials ahead of the imminent launch of some free online courses, including one targeted at business owners..."