LinkedIn Learning Expands Its Content Library

LinkedIn Learning will let companies and colleges add content, following its goal of becoming the front door for employees looking for professional development-oriented courses.

So far the Microsoft-owned platform plans to work with five partners:

“We’re creating a single place for your employees to discover and access all of your organization’s learning content,” LinkedIn announced on Friday. “We will be adding additional integration partners in the future, and plan to make the integrations available on the platform next year.”

Similar destinations for enterprise learners who compete with LinkedIn Learning include Coursera,, Udacity and Pluralsight.

MITx Displays Videos from Courses on edX on Its New YouTube Channel

MITx has launched its YouTube channel as a way to offer a taste of their courses and videos on

All of the courses are developed and taught by faculty from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

“Whether you’re looking to further your career, get ahead in school, or just enjoy learning something new – we’ve got a course for you,” says MITx on its YouTube channel, while encouraging learners to enroll at its edX page.


A Course from Imperial College on edX to Help Investors Understand Climate Risk

Global warming is changing the landscape for investing. Because of it, investors are facing serious risks and opportunities. What do investment industry leaders and scientific researchers say about it?

To answer these questions, Imperial College London has issued a free 4-week / 20-hour, self-paced course on, intended for professionals working in financial markets, titled “Climate Change: Financial Risks and Opportunities”.

The course is taught by Dr. Charles DonovanDirector of the Centre for Climate Finance and Investment of Imperial College Business School. “As global warming becomes a more urgent challenge for countries around the world, there’s a growing need for investment managers to understand the investment implications of climate change,” explained Dr. Donovan.

Participants will learn about emerging trends in climate-resilient investing and gain insights into potential winners and losers in the ongoing energy transition. The course is taught via curated reading materials, video lectures from Imperial academics and practitioner interviews, and interactive exercises.

“The dramatic fall in costs of solar and wind power in recent years is unleashing a wave of innovation in the global power sector.  While much of the discussion about climate change focus on risks, the investment opportunities of a low-carbon energy shift are massive – if investors know how to seize them,” said David Scaysbrook, Managing Partner of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners.

The course addresses an important knowledge gap within firms who are struggling to respond to recommendations of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), which asks companies to disclose the climate risks they currently face.


Four Keynote Speakers Will Explore Collaborative Learning at the 2019 Open edX Conference

edX has determined the keynote speakers for the 2019 Open edX Conference, which will take place on March 26-29 in San Diego, California.

The conference will explore “new research in online learning, better approaches to collaborative learning and technologies that support it,” according to the organizers.

  • Dr. Candace Thille, Director of Learning Science at Amazon, and Associate Professor at Stanford University 
  • Jamie Smith, Chief Marketing Officer, Linux Foundation
  • Dean Baker, Co-Founder and Senior Economist, CEPR
  • Walter Bender, Chief Learning Architect, Sorcero 



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• YouTube will invest $20M on educational content, and will partner with portals, including

EdX will participate in Cyber NYC, an initiative intended to dominate cybersecurity


A Harvard course on edX will teach to build a machine learning algorithm

• Microsoft and edX will produce courses on education transformation

• Columbia releases a MOOC to help veterans transition to college


• Indiana University launches two Master’s degree programs on

EdX launches nine Master’s degree programs at $10K-$23K

• MIT – edX MicroMasters adds Harvard Extension School and four more institutions


Restarting the platform and other Advice Managing Open edX


• Analysis: Build vs Buy vs Open edX

Opinion: Artificial Intelligence will reshape education

• Opinion: Education as a marketing tool for software companies

• Opinion: Modularize and repurpose your learning content

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Udacity’s CEO, Vishal Makhijani, stepped down, and the company started to the search for a replacement. Is Udacity in trouble?

Forbes made a selection of the next billion-dollar startups, and among them is Coursera, which has an estimated revenue of $140 million in 2018.

• IBM is acquiring open software company Red Hat for $34 billion, in a massive deal that could reshape cloud computing.


Novoed was acquired by Boston-based private equity firm Devonshire for an undisclosed sum.

Udacity launched Student Hub to provide a way to connect learners and receive support from mentors.

Moodlerooms was rebranded into Blackboard Open LMS.


MIT announced a $1 billion investment in AI through its new Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, which will open in Sept. 2019.

• YouTube announced a $20 million investment in educational content while partnering with several organizations, including


MOOC-based degrees are trying to differentiate from other online degrees, with lower pricing as the main factor.

190 universities have announced 600 free online courses, according to Class-Central.


The Coursera for Refugees global program, which provides free access to the entire library of courses, reached 11,000 learners.

• Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) and nonprofit LRNG agreed to merge to deploy community-based education strategies.

• A Houston Community College launched an online campus, with 31 online programs.


A six-part documentary series aims to demystify blockchain by focusing on how activists and entrepreneurs are building solutions which will impact politics and society.

Coursera launched this month 10 new Specializations, including one in Blockchain for non-developers, from ConsenSys Academy. updated its open source blockchain architecture to enable support for records issuance and verification.


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YouTube Will Invest $20M on Educational Content, and Will Partner with Portals, including

Along with GoodwillYear Up, the French platform OpenClassroom and other portals, is partnering with YouTube on its new $20 million funded Learning initiative, designed to improve its educational content.Part of this project is a new Learning Fund, intended to support creators who make learning content and cover topics from careers skills, interviewing and resume building to computer science. [Form to apply here.]

On its official blog, YouTube explained that it has already completed its “first round of investment in some of the most respected names in online education like TED-Ed or Hank and John Green’s Crash Course.” “We’re also supporting many of our emerging EduTubers like Socratica and Linda Raynier.” 

“In addition to investing in EduTubers through the Learning Fund, we’re also developing new YouTube Originals focused on learning like Mind Field: Season 3 from Vsauce creator Michael Stevens, and a new series with Vox Entertainment which was announced earlier this month.”

“We know it’s important to make quality learning content easier to find on YouTube, so we’re launching a new channel called Learning, where major partners like Goodwill and Year Up are contributing curated playlists highlighting videos that teach career skills. The channel will make it easy for users to find tutorials, DIY videos, explainers, and skill-based playlists.”

Additionally, YouTube plans to invest in these projects in 2019:

  • Providing more resources to aspiring EduTubers like our Creator Academy course for educational channels, and our new Learning Best Practices.
  • Hosting a NextUp creator camp specifically for emerging EduTubers.
  • Working to connect EduTubers with brand partners through FameBit.



Indiana University Launches Two Master’s Degree Programs on

Indiana University will issue in 2019 a Master of Science in Accounting and a Master of Science in IT Management on  This offering comes after this institution has joined the edX Consortium.

  • The Master of Science in Accounting degree is priced at $21,000 and includes 10 fully online courses in financial and managerial accounting, financial statement analysis, finance, tax planning and strategy, auditing and data analytics-based decision-making.
  • The curriculum for the Master of Science in IT Management, also with a tuition of $21,000, is comprised of 10 online courses on how to analyze, design and develop information systems, how to lead IT management and strategy and how to use data and visualizations to support managerial decisions.

Both of these programs offer learners the option to start with a MicroMasters program, which is a valuable standalone credential and can count toward their full master’s degree.


Analysis: Build vs Buy vs Open edX

By Miguel Amigot II & Zoe Mackay

The initial process for learning innovators aiming to launch a large-scale online learning initiative may seem daunting, as there are many paths to getting started. This post offers information to help clarify best practices for learning initiatives supporting a significant number of students (above 10k) that expect to provide added value with innovative software and exceptional online learning solutions.

The classic dilemma is “build vs. buy” when launching an online learning ecosystem – should you build a proprietary platform from scratch or buy/license an existing platform?

  • Building a proprietary platform allows your team to design the platform end-to-end, and control all integrations and intimate knowledge of your process.
  • There is also the added benefit of no vendor lock-in, which gives you the ability to modify the platform in the future.

Building a platform will have a longer production timeline, in comparison to buying or licensing an existing one, and would also require the assembly of a dedicated team as an engineering organization: product, designers, frontend, backend, and devops. Depending on your organization, this could prove costly when factoring in salaries and staff opportunity costs.

Another consideration is that developing proprietary platforms is difficult. It must be extensible in order to incorporate future features (minimal technical debt). It must also be well-documented for the purpose of incorporating and training new staff on your proprietary solution. The level of difficulty will depend on the culture of your organization, the mindset of your engineers and any deadlines and short-term incentives to ship code.

Buying or licensing an existing platform comes with its own host of considerations. They offer immediate deployments and are reliable, given that you will most likely not be their only client. However, unlike the flexibility offered in building a platform, buying or licensing will include vendor lock-in — you will be unable to incorporate new features to the platform, unless the vendor decides that it’s worth it to include additional features unless you pay top-dollar to get them. In terms of cost, there will be expensive licensing fees, especially for a non-negligible number of students. Realistically, your organization could end up paying $100k – $220k per year to host 10k students.


Case Study: Global Knowledge

Global Knowledge, the largest private IT training company in the world, offers an interesting case study for this build vs. buy dilemma. About four years ago, Global Knowledge realized they needed a new learning platform that would support classroom, virtual and on-demand training. Their primary approach was to build the platform themselves. However, a year in, they realized their path of innovation was moving too slowly. Too much time was being spent shipping their needed features that were already available across a plethora of platforms, and they came to the realization that they would end up developing rudimentary features like multiple choice problems, rather than developing value-added features like custom labs or analytics.

Global Knowledge found that building their own proprietary platform offered too few features to start with, and an innovation timeline that was too long, so they chose not to build from the ground up an LMS for delivering on-demand training. They realized it would only make sense to build non-LMS capabilities, and developed a student portal, MyGK, that allows learners to access their courses, irrespective of their modality.

Global Knowledge’s second approach was to acquire an LMS startup to radically increase the features provided “out of the box.” This approach came equipped with staff to accelerate innovation. However, it was still too slow in comparison to its competitors and the at-large market of learning platforms. Although there were more features to begin with, the innovation was at a slightly higher slope but still unsatisfactory. Global Knowledge decided to make an acquisition in this space to accelerate the delivery of their learning platform, especially around digital asset management and jump-starting their team.

Finally, Global Knowledge’s third approach started in the winter of 2017-2018 under the new management of their Director of Engineer, Paul Tocatlian. The ask was simple: deliver a better solution that allows Global Knowledge to come out with a superior learning experience, cost-effectively, that allows faster innovation and can integrate with their existing backend systems.

For the reasons mentioned above, building their platform was not feasible. Neither was licensing a solution, as it would be inflexible and cost-prohibitive to license a learning platform with hundreds of thousands of users, costing Global Knowledge tens of millions per year. They had plans to innovate, and needed a cost-effective and flexible solution.

Given these considerations, Paul Tocatlian recommended using open source technology, and specifically Open edX. It comes equipped with most features, has the highest rate of innovation, extensibility, and integration. Open edX is also proven, built by MIT and Harvard for’s 11M+ learners.


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        Miguel Amigot II is the CTO at IBL Education (Open edX)            

Opinion: Modularize and Repurpose Your Learning Content

Producing non-credit MOOCs by using grants which cover costs has been the norm in many top universities.

But this model is unsustainable.

“My view is to modularize all of the MOOCs production for multiple purposes and dissemination channels”– explained to me by a visionary online learning manager.

That’s right. Modularize, repurpose and disseminate the learning content through multiple channels.

The focus is to design for revenue-generating professional programs.

Choose the right subjects and engaging instructors. Always produce with the learner in mind, following a specific business plan for every MOOC.

Let’s pursue a modular future.


        Mikel Amigot is the Founder of IBL News and IBL Education (Open edX)