crossroads

I joined Today’s Campus as Innovation Editor

crossroadsI think, it’s time to give you some updates on what I’ve been up to during the past couple of months. Yes, I am still here – if here means the Internet in general 😉

Honestly, I started too many times with a sentence like “I will blog more often here on KirstenWinkler.com” but we all know how that worked out, right? So, no more promisses – for now.

As if I haven’t had enough on my plate already I joined the team at Today’s Campus as Innovation Editor. Today’s Campus is one of the leading print magazines in the higher education space and now strongly growing its footprint on the Internet. In my new role I am going to interview innovation leaders, movers and shakers in the higher ed space similar to my EDUKWEST series.

Let me also give you a bit of the back story as I think it shows how our education 2.0 and startup world works. André Klein of Learn Out Live also wrote about the “mysterious ways” paying forward on the Internet can lead you to crossroads you would not have thought about in the first place.

It all started with Jon Bischke and eduFire. As you know Jon played a major role of how my blogging career actually started back in 2009. If you remember, eduFire got acquired by Camelback Education back in 2010 and he then introduced me to Steve Cooper, the founder and CEO of Camelback Education. We had some nice chats via Skype over the years but never about something really concrete in terms of working together.

One year ago Steve acquired the Today’s Campus Magazine, and together with Ryan Bush whom he had hired as publisher the magazine grew nicely month over month. And about three weeks ago Steve asked me if I would like to join the team as Innovation Editor. To be honest, it totally came out of the left field but hey, what a great opportunity! So I said yes, eventually.

Below you can watch my first interview featuring Andrew Grauer, co-founder and CEO of Course Hero. Yes, I know you can’t see me but that will be fixed in the upcoming interview. I hope you will enjoy the talk nevertheless.

So, thanks again to Steve, Ryan and the Today’s Campus team for such a great start and giving me the opportunity to work with such a great group of people. And I thank you, my readers, for sticking with me through all these years, I really appreciate it! And there will be a second update, tomorrow. Promised 😉

I leave you with one of my favorite quotes and music videos.

Silence doesn’t mean you’re forgotten. – Duran Duran

Picture by mxruben via Morguefile

  • chinamike

    Finally…and best of luck in your new position!

    • http://kirstenwinkler.com KirstenWinkler

      Hey Mike :) I missed you! Thanks, exciting stuff. Wanted to write you an email and point you over to http://www.fairlanguages.com – we are waiting for you in the comments!

      • chinamike

        Kirsten,

        Will do. I think this is a turn in a great direction. I will comment later.
        Michael

        • http://kirstenwinkler.com KirstenWinkler

          Looking forward to it :)

          • chinamike

            Kirsten,

            I seem to be attracted to George like a magnet. Why does he so much rub me the wrong way? My guess is that he is a likable person. Oh, well. I commented.
            Michael

  • http://twitter.com/BarrenCode André Klein

    Congratulations! Sometimes I think serendipity is the best word to describe the way these online connection and collaboration thingies play out.. I could never have planned my “journey” online, instead I stumbled happily from unknown to unknown, and somehow awesomeness always finds it way to appear ….

    • http://kirstenwinkler.com KirstenWinkler

      Agreed, the Internet seems to drive serendipity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shachar.rorschach Shachar Tal

    Kirsten, just got the good news. Today’s Campus are fortunate to have you in the team. Good luck!

    • http://kirstenwinkler.com KirstenWinkler

      Thank you Shachar :)