DeVry University Releases a Complimentary Video Library to Build In-Demand Tech Skills

IBL News | New York

DeVry University announced the free release of a nine skills-building video series on programming with Python, data analytics, IoT fundamentals, machine learning, and Excel, along with many other in-demand subjects.

DeVry University said that this self-paced video library is unique for three reasons: “Topics reflect LinkedIn’s list of most in-demand skills; are taught by all women professors, and provide an on-ramp to understand the technology of the future for everyone.”

The initial set of videos in DeVry’s Skill-Building Video Library include:

“There is an opportunity for millions of Americans to upskill and reskill to meet the gap in in-demand jobs while securing themselves durable careers,” said Natalie Waksmanski-Krynski, Ph.D., Professor and Faculty Chair in the College of Engineering and Information Sciences at DeVry University.

“We are seeing a shift in the market, particularly as America emerges from the impact of COVID-19. Students and employers are seeking educational opportunities that provide a skills-based pathway to advancing their career trajectories,” said Shantanu Bose, Ph.D., Provost and Chief Academic Officer at DeVry University.

“This complementary video series is just one of many initiatives on the horizon for DeVry University in affording America’s workforce access to the skills they need to keep pace with changes in the market and to help remain durable throughout their careers,” he added.

DeVry said that new videos will be added in the coming weeks.

It is estimated that 36 million jobs are at high risk from automation by 2030, with an additional 52 million jobs at medium risk.

The ‘Freshman Year for Free Program’ Will Pay Learners for Completing their Classes

IBL News | New York

The New York-based philanthropy Modern States Education Alliance will pay learners an incentive of $150 per course for staying on track and furthering their education this summer.

To be eligible, students must participate in the new NYC x Freshman Year for Free program. Modern States will pay $50 for completing a course and taking the corresponding CLEP exam.

Learners will receive another $100 for passing the CLEP exam. Modern States will also pay your exam and proctoring fees.

“The program will save learners up to 25% on the cost of college,” said David Vise, Executive Director at Modern States.

The NYC x Freshman Year for Free program formally begins on July 1 and runs through December. It will include courses such as Spanish, English, Maths, Science, History, Psychology, and Sociology.

Teachers from every participating school will behave as tutors and mentors. They will hold group and 1-on-1 tutoring sessions via Zoom and will be available to address questions and concerns.

Registration will be opened at later in June.

Modern States offers tuition-free online courses that lead to college credit. These freshman-level courses are taught by college professors.

Learning At Scale | June 2020: MOOCs, Rankings, Losses, Andreessen Horowitz, Databricks, Google…

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Online Learning

• MOOCs Were Dead, but Now They Are Booming, According to The New York Times

• Eduventures Encourages to Re-Think Online Learning While Analyzing Scenarios

• Students Find the Learning Experience Provided by Schools To Be Unengaging



• QS Releases Its U.S. University Ranking for 2020: Harvard, Stanford, and MIT Remain on Top

• U.S. Colleges Will Lose Over $3 Billion After International Student Enrollment Decline This Upcoming Fall

• The Big Ten Universities Will Accumulate Over $1.7 Billion in Losses Due to the Pandemic



• Andreessen Horowitz’s “Crypto Startup School” Releases Its First Series of Video Lectures

• Databricks Launches a Program to Train College Students on Apache Spark and Other AI Tools

• GSV Ventures Creates an Online MBA in Entrepreneurship with Belhaven University

• Google’s Zoom-Like Web Conference, Meet, Makes Free Key Features of Its G-Suite Premium Version



• Google, Cisco, Sony, and Other Companies Cancel Planned Launch Events in Light of the Civil Unrest

• SXSW EDU Announces Its On-Demand Event with Speakers from the March Event



• Cengage and McGraw-Hill Terminate their Merger to Create a Textbook Giant

• The College Board Responds to a Flood of Complaints About Malfunctioning of the Remote AP Tests

• NY’s Governor Hires the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for Reforming the School System


2020 Events 

• Education Calendar  –   JUNE  |  JULY – DEC  |  Conferences in Latin America & Spain

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The Global Pandemic Accelerates the Inequalities in Education; 1.1 Billion Children Still Out of School

IBL News | New York

The COVID-19 pandemic–with 9.2 million cases worldwide of infected individuals and over 450,000 deaths confirmed– continues to deepen the global crisis in education. Over 1.1 billion children are now out of school, and access to online learning is becoming increasingly unequal and divisive.

“Providing a range of learning tools and accelerating access to the internet for every school and every child is critical”, said this month Robert Jenkins, Chief of Education at UNICEF.

Disparities on digital technologies are aggravating the crisis. Three-quarters of countries are using online platforms to deliver online education, but in 71 countries less than half of the population has Internet access. Governments are also using TV networks to deliver distance education.

However, even broadcast television doesn’t work in many countries. In Sub-Saharan Africa, only 1 in 100 homes in rural Chad has a television.

UNICEF reports show that countries have been transforming their educational systems to cope with the demand. For example, in West and Central Africa, government officials have pushed service providers to deliver education for primary and secondary school students.

Innovative experiences have also emerged. An interesting case study happened in Somalia, where offline pre-recorded lessons were uploaded to solar-powered tablets intended for children.

In addition, video lessons are often shared through Facebook, WhatsApp, and other social media platforms.

The UN reported that measures have been taken in order to host educational content on connected tablets to vulnerable students.

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Open edX 

• Creates a Free Online Certification Program for Developers

• NVIDIA’s DLI, with +200K Learners, Expands Its Training by Adding Instructor-Led Virtual Workshops



• UT Austin Launches an Online Master’s in Data Science for $10,000 on

• edX Adds Three New Credit-Backed MicroBachelors Programs to its Portfolio

• edX Reports 100 Million Unique Enrollments After a Growth of 20 Million

• edX Offers a 30% Discount on Professional Certificates, MicroMasters, and MicroBachelors



• College Students Will Have Free Access to the Coursera Course Catalog this Summer

• Coursera Introduces ‘Guided Projects’, a Hands-On Feature

• Co-Founder of Coursera Raised $142M for Her AI-Based Pharma Startup

• Over 35,000 Enrolled in an Online Course to Become a Contact Tracer for the Pandemic

• Coursera Will Provide Courses and Curated Programs to Tennis Professionals

• UC Davis‘ Professional Ed Courses Soar to 4,000 Enrollments Per Day



• Udacity Announces Its AWS Cloud Architect Nanodegree Program


Learning Platforms

• Moodle Says It Accounts for Over 200 Million Users and 151,000 Websites

• Learn@Forbes Subscription Platform Launches an AI Tool that Creates Personalized Paths

• Reaches a Valuation of Over $800 Million After Raising $100 Million


2020 Events 

• Education Calendar  –    JUNE  |  JULY – DEC  |  Conferences in Latin America & Spain


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UT Austin Launches an Online Master’s in Data Science for $10,000 on

IBL News | New York announced this week another online Master’s degree at $10,000 on a high-demand subject.

The Master of Science in Data Science, from the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), is designed to prepare graduates to step into jobs within industries like bioinformatics, academia, government, and others.

In this program, leaders from both the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences and the Department of Computer Science at UT Austin deliver a foundational curriculum in statistical theory that is built upon computer science.

“We have made it a point from day one to ensure that the academic rigor of this program is held to the historic standards that everyone has come to expect from The University of Texas at Austin,” said Kate Calder, chair of UT Austin’s Department of Statistics and Data Sciences. “In many cases, these are the same faculty teaching comparable degree material to our on-campus courses, but tailored to the needs of this group of online students,” she added.

The program will start on January 19, 2021, and the application deadline is September 15, 2020.

Tuition is 30 credits at $333 each; $10,000 in total.

This Master’s degree joins two additional online degree programs from UT Austin – a Master of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences.

UT Austin, one of the best U.S. public colleges, was a founding partner of edX in 2012.


College Students Will Have Free Access to the Coursera Course Catalog this Summer

IBL News | New York

Coursera announced yesterday a collection of courses that help broaden an understanding of racism, bias, and social justice while pledging to provide financial support to create and host new classes about racial discrimination and social justice.

On the other hand, in its latest response to the pandemic, also this week, the learning company announced, that college and university students will have temporary free access to the Coursera course catalog–including credentials– of 3,800 courses, 150 Guided Projects, 400 Specializations, and 11 Professional Certificates.

All that’s required to enroll is that students–current undergraduate, graduate, or recently graduated–have a verified school email. They can sign up in programs for free until July 31. Once enrolled, they will have until Sept. 30, 2020, to complete the programs.

Google, Cisco, Sony and Other Companies Cancel Planned Launch Events in Light of the Civil Unrest

IBL News | New York

Sony, Activision, Electronic Arts, Google, Cisco, and other high-profile companies announced today Tuesday their decision to postpone launch events until later in June, due to the civil unrest in the U.S. after the violent death of George Floyd–a 46-year-old black man who died in police custody a week ago when a white police officer knelt on his neck.

Sony had set to unveil some of the games in development for its forthcoming PlayStation 5 on Thursday. In a statement, the company said, “we do not feel that right now is a time for celebration”, adding it wanted “more important voices to be heard”.

Hours later, Activision delayed the release of new Call of Duty content. The firm said “now is not the time” to launch new seasons for its online battle-royale first-person shooter Modern Warfare.

Other technology firms have also canceled planned launch events.

Games publisher Electronic Arts postponed its reveal event for its latest sports title, Madden NFL 21, issuing a statement saying “we stand with our African American / Black community… we’ll find another time to talk football with you”.

Google had planned to show off new features of the Android operating system on Wednesday, as well as release a version for testers. On the Android Developer website, Google issued a similar statement saying: “Now is not the time to celebrate.”

Airbnb pulled a planned video message from its chief executive about the future of travel.

The telecom firm Cisco canceled a two-day virtual conference hours before it was due to begin, and urged its followers to “use this moment to reflect and make progress towards a better, more inclusive world.”  The Cisco Live conference was postponed until later in June.

“We don’t believe the time is right to host an event in the middle of this tragic moment in our history,” said its CEO in a video statement.

Coursera Introduces ‘Guided Projects’, a Hands-On Feature

IBL News | New York

Coursera announced the launch of Guided Projects, a feature to gain job-relevant skills in less than two hours, with step-by-step guidance from an instructor.

The educational portal now has over 150 Guides Projects, and it will release “hundreds more” by the end of the year.

Examples include curated collections that focus on learning specific data science, business, or computer science skills, such as:


Coursera described the learning experience of Guided Project this way:

“First, you’ll read an overview of the project structure, get introduced to your instructor, and see your learning objectives. You’ll then be prompted to open a tool called Rhyme to work on the project. Rhyme is a hands-on learning platform that provides a unique, side-by-side learning interface where you complete each step in a virtual workspace as you watch video instructions from your instructor on the other side of the screen. After you complete the project, you’ll return to your course homepage and take a quiz to check what you’ve learned. When you pass the quiz, you complete the Guided Project and earn a shareable certificate that showcases what you’ve learned.”

Namit Yadav, General Manager at Rhyme Softworks–an online platform for hands-on projects acquired by Coursera last summer–wrote in a blog-post: “We’ll continue to add opportunities like these—both within courses and as standalone offerings—as well as explore new ways for you to learn skills through interactive formats.”

From now until June 12, 2020, Coursera offers a free trial of a Guided Project.



Learn@Forbes Subscription Platform Launches an AI Tool that Creates Personalized Paths

IBL News | New York

Forbes Media and Zovio (Nasdaq: ZVO) edtech company announced the launch of a free, AI-based career counselor tool to suggest personalized learning paths on their course subscription-based platform Learn@Forbes.

Forbes SmartAdvisor utilizes three information points–users’ personality, their current skills, and the skills necessary for the aspirational role they selected.

“It is an online, three-minute assessment that combines neuroscience, psychology, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to create personalized learning paths,” say the authors.

Forbes and Zovio offer at Learn@Forbes, at a pricing of $12.50 per month, 850+ self-paced, short courses, specializations, and Learning Pathways in marketing, human resources, leadership, finance and accounting, entrepreneurship, sales, communications, customer service, and project management.

Dhiraj Bansal, chief operating officer of Learn@Forbes, said that this set of courses is a timely option for those whose employment has been affected by COVID-19.

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