Learning Innovation | November 2018: Coursera, Udacity, Facebook, Linkedin Learning, Bloomberg…

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NOVEMBER 2018  –  NEWSLETTER #17 ON LEARNING INNOVATION

BUSINESS

Michael Bloomberg will donate $1.8 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins. This private donation, the largest ever to any educational institution, will allow this university to offer free scholarships.

Udacity is increasing again the pricing of Nanodegrees, according to Class Central. For example, Blockchain Developer is jumping from $999 to $1998.

MOOCs must overcome four challenges to survive: low completion rates, high cheating rates, lack of awareness about their existence, and unsustainable revenue models. Prof. Ignacio Despujol, an expert on MOOCs, gave an interesting talk about it.

ONLINE LEARNING

Online degrees are under intense scrutiny. Georgia Tech’s model is an example to follow. An excellent analysis by Manoel Cortes, a software engineer, and online student.

• e-Literate has posted a view of the 30 largest online enrollments systems in the U.S., with LMS usage and trends since 2012

The online degree market is entering an era characterized by a growing overlap with non-degree learning, MOOC-based degrees, and consumer preferences –analyzes Sean Gallagher in edSurge.

Non-degree online courses and programs are slowly remaking the online degree market, with their career advancement – oriented modular and flexible credentials.

COURSES

Coursera is preparing 100 new courses and 20 Specializations in Spanish. This catalog will include topics like artificial intelligence, web development, data analysis and more.

Coursera’s co-founder Andrew Ng will teach, in early 2019, “AI for Everyone”, a non-technical course on artificial intelligence.

• Microsoft Launches a Series of 10 Courses about Cybersecurity on edX.org

PLATFORMS

Facebook has launched a free, open educational platform, which offers training in digital marketing and other career-focused skills. So far this site includes 13 ultra-short courses.

• LinkedIn Learning is expanding its content library with five new partners, including Harvard Business Publishing.

TECHNOLOGY

Arizona State University (ASU) is going all in with adaptive and active learning – based degree programs after succeeding with several programs.

Gartner has come out with the top tech trends for 2019

UPCOMING EVENTS

• Education Calendar by IBL News


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Learning Innovation | October 2018: Red Hat, Coursera, Udacity, Novoed…

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OCTOBER 2018  –  NEWSLETTER #16 ON LEARNING INNOVATION

CORPORATE

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.

PLATFORMS

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.

INVESTMENT

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 edX.org.

UNIVERSITIES

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.

INITIATIVES

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.

BLOCKCHAIN

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.

LearningMachine.com updated its open source blockchain architecture to enable support for records issuance and verification.

EVENTS

• Education Calendar by IBL News


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Learning Innovation | September 2018: MasterClass, Knewton, ASU, Google, UT Austin…

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SEPTEMBER 2018  –  NEWSLETTER #15 ON LEARNING INNOVATION

MasterClass.com, which offers celebrity-taught classes, raised $80 million, after doubling sales last year.

Woz U, Steve Wozniak’s academy, successfully completes its first year.

UT Austin gets the 5th most powerful supercomputer in the world with a grant of $60 million from the National Science Foundation.

Arizona State University (ASU) Online students are using VR for their Biology class. Berkeley College and the University at Buffalo are testing VR, too.

Knewton closed another round of $25 million, which will be used to expand its adaptive learning experience into OER product line.

Lumen Learning reached a milestone of 100,000 students enrolled in its OER-supported courses.

Expert tells how to optimize Linkedin profiles for an edtech job hunt.

VitalSource acquired Acrobatiq, an adaptive learning platform that spun out of Carnegie Mellon.

General Assembly’s $1 million settlement asks: are instructors employees or contractors?

WeWork-owned Flatiron School made another acquisition: a Chicago-based design education firm.

MOOCs are no longer massive, and they serve different audiences than first imagined, says in a podcast expert Dhawal Shah.

Google is polishing its education offerings with updates to Classroom, Google Docs, virtual reality offerings, and teacher training.

Moodle announced it ended its partnership with Blackboard and would no longer allow this company using the Moodlerooms name. Blackboard reaffirmed its commitment to open source.

• Education Events Calendar by IBL News


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IBL Newsletter #13 – July 2018
IBL Newsletter #12 – June 2018
IBL Newsletter #11 – May 2018
IBL Newsletter #10 – April 2018
IBL Newsletter #9 – March 15, 2018
IBL Newsletter #8 – March 1, 2018
IBL Newsletter #7 – February 2018
IBL Newsletter #6 – January 31, 2018

IBL Newsletter #5 – January 15, 2018
IBL Newsletter #4 – December 2017
IBL Newsletter #3 – November 2017
IBL Newsletter #2 – October 2017
IBL Newsletter #1 – September 2017

Learning Innovation | August 2018: UPenn, Moodle, Udacity, Blackboard, Skillshare…

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AUGUST 2018  –  NEWSLETTER #14 ON LEARNING INNOVATION

 

The University of Pennsylvania will launch its first fully online degree in engineering. It will be offered in Coursera for $26,300, one-third of the on-campus version’s price tag.

Private colleges or universities closures will rise to a rate of 11 per year, according to Moody’s.

• Higher-ed is facing worrying financial signs, The Washington Post concluded.

Amazon is not providing schools with good deals despite its reputation for cheaper prices.

Moodle ended its partnership with Blackboard, and it won’t allow to use the “Moodlerooms” name.

Blackboard continued its market decline to 28 percent while its debt took a hit of $1.3 billion.

Four megatrends shaping global education, according to the Chief Product Officer at Trilogy Education.

Udacity’s COO explains how it decides what subjects to offer and who it wants to partner with.

Skillshare raised $28 million to accelerate its model of being a Netflix-like subscription model for online education.

A Georgia State University professor was awarded the McGraw Prize in education (video talk).

Columbia University opened a research center devoted to blockchain technology.

Blackboard updated CourseSites, its free MOOC platform

• Education Events Calendar by IBL News


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IBL Newsletter #11 – May 2018
IBL Newsletter #10 – April 2018
IBL Newsletter #9 – March 15, 2018
IBL Newsletter #8 – March 1, 2018
IBL Newsletter #7 – February 2018
IBL Newsletter #6 – January 31, 2018

IBL Newsletter #5 – January 15, 2018
IBL Newsletter #4 – December 2017
IBL Newsletter #3 – November 2017
IBL Newsletter #2 – October 2017
IBL Newsletter #1 – September 2017

 

Learning Innovation | July 2018: Tsugi, Berklee, Google, Coursera…

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JULY 2018  –  NEWSLETTER #13 ON LEARNING INNOVATION

• TsugiCloud.org, Dr. Chuck’s new initiative in online education, continued to add new functionalities to its framework of apps.

• Berklee College of Music in Boston found success in reducing its online courses’ prices to a third of the cost of face-to-face programs.

Google.org funded an initiative to bring its IT Support Professional Certificate program to 25 community colleges.

Coursera and edX released lists of their most popular courses, without providing specific numbers. edSurge analyzed MOOCs’ revenue models.

• GitHub launched a new bundle of its education tools for use by schools. The launch was two weeks after Microsoft announced that it was acquiring GitHub for $7.5 billion in stock.

• The $1.9 billion Capella-Strayer merger was approved by the Higher Learning Commission and is expected to close on or before Aug. 1.

Coursera added A/B testing to its platform by randomizing enrollees into different versions of the same course and then observing the effects of different teaching inputs on learning outputs.

• Rice University introduced a 24-week Data Analytics boot camp developed in partnership with workforce accelerator Trilogy Education.

Chegg, the publicly-traded provider of textbook rentals, acquired StudyBlue, a company that offers study tools such as flashcards, for $20.8 million.

• Grand Canyon Education sold Grand Canyon University for $875 million to form a nonprofit. Last year nonprofit Purdue University purchased the online for-profit Kaplan University.

Another coding boot camp, Learners Guild, in Oakland, CA, shut down, after being unable to find a sustainable business model.

2U continued its acquisition spree and acquired a digital annotation tool called Critique IT. This purchase came after 2U raised $331 million through a common stock offering in June.

Google said that over one million students used AR tools as part of its Expeditions Pioneer Program.

• After raising $42 million of funding in March, Degreed acquired Pathgather, a New York-based provider of corporate training tools.



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IBL Newsletter #11 – May 2018
IBL Newsletter #10 – April 2018
IBL Newsletter #9 – March 15, 2018
IBL Newsletter #8 – March 1, 2018
IBL Newsletter #7 – February 2018
IBL Newsletter #6 – January 31, 2018

IBL Newsletter #5 – January 15, 2018
IBL Newsletter #4 – December 2017
IBL Newsletter #3 – November 2017
IBL Newsletter #2 – October 2017
IBL Newsletter #1 – September 2017

 

Learning Innovation | June 2018: SNHU, Google, Udacity, 2U, Pluralsight, Georgia Tech…

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JUNE 2018  –  NEWSLETTER #12 ON LEARNING INNOVATION

A Portuguese university lets students explore civil engineering structures with virtual reality as a way to better engage in their STEM careers.

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is using blockchain credentials to issue Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees.

Google and Udacity have teamed up to offer 12 free career-oriented courses.

Walmart will allow employees to study online for free with any of these nonprofit colleges: University of Florida, Brandman University and Bellevue University.

Trilogy Education, which offers bootcamp programs to universities, has raised $50 million.

2U, with its stock soaring and earnings beating expectations, has raised another $331 million.

The number of students taking online courses is quickly rising while overall enrollments decrease. Growth is now over 17 percent.

Chegg bought a Berkeley-based AI-feedback tool startup called WriteLab for $15 million.

MissionU, which was billed as a one-year alternative to a traditional college, will cease operations after its sale to WeWork.

Pluralsight raised $310 million on its first day on Nasdaq. Prior to going public, the Utah-based startup with 6,700 courses and 659,000 users, got $192.5 million in venture capital.

Developers at Penn State University have created a tool to create online courses in a single browser screen, called HAX (Headless Authoring Experience).

• Georgia Tech’s online Computer Science Master’s Degree’s secrets were revealed by its dean (Video).

• MOOCs are not addressing the problems of education, said Columbia’s researcher Fiona Hollands (Video) .


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IBL Newsletter #7 – February 2018
IBL Newsletter #6 – January 31, 2018

IBL Newsletter #5 – January 15, 2018
IBL Newsletter #4 – December 2017
IBL Newsletter #3 – November 2017
IBL Newsletter #2 – October 2017
IBL Newsletter #1 – September 2017

Learning Innovation | May 2018: Jupyter, Open Source in Education, Teachable, General Assembly, Edmodo…

MAY  2018  –  NEWSLETTER #11 ON LEARNING INNOVATION

MOOCs have become a big business, with Coursera making $100 million in annual revenue and $70 million for Udacity.

Project Jupyter received the ACM Software System Award, joining an illustrious list of projects that include Unix, the Web, and Java.

Bain Capital will buy Penn Foster, a workforce-skills firm that dates back to late 1800s.

Google released Grasshopper, a free app aimed at adults that teaches beginner coding skills via puzzles and quizzes.

Open source technology will win in digital education, predicts Mark Walker, an engineer at edX.

Entry-level hiring is broken, and the solution is to outsource this task, advocates Ryan Craig, author and an investor in this area.

• Coursera launched six new degree courses and a certificate called Mastertrack, similar to edX’s MicroMasters.

Teachable, which claims more than 7 million students, raised $4 million in funding.

Investing in analytics is a priority among higher education leaders, according to a study.

General Assembly was acquired by Switzerland’s Adecco Group for $412.5 million in cash.

Thinkful acquired another coding bootcamp, Bloc, this year. In January, it bought Viking Code School.

Edmodo, a leading, although unprofitable, social learning community with 90 million registered users, sold its business to China’s NetDragon for $137.5 million.

ASU+GSV Summit attracted this year in San Diego over 4,100 people and 350 CEOs. EdSurge summarized what happened there.

NYC Data Science Academy launched an online option for students who are not able to attend their in-person bootcamp classes.


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IBL Newsletter #5 – January 15, 2018
IBL Newsletter #4 – December 2017
IBL Newsletter #3 – November 2017
IBL Newsletter #2 – October 2017
IBL Newsletter #1 – September 2017

Learning Innovation | April 2018: Pluralsight, Udacity, NVIDIA, Microsoft, Uber…

APRIL 1, 2018  –  NEWSLETTER #10 ON LEARNING INNOVATION

 

Pluralsight, a Utah-based provider of online courses for technology professionals, has filed with the SEC to pursue an initial public offering. This is the latest tech startup to join a herd of companies going public after Dropbox’s successful IPO. With 640 employees, Pluralsight has raised $238 million in financing.

Udacity launched a dedicated School of AI (Artificial Intelligence) with three dedicated nanodegrees, created in collaboration with corporations such as Nvidia, Affective, Amazo Alex and IBM Watson.

NVIDIA has launched a developer certification program through its Deep Learning Institute. These credentials will initially be offered for two hands-on courses: “Fundamentals of Deep Learning for Computer Vision” and “Fundamentals of Accelerated Computing with CUDA C/C++.” For its online solution, NVIDIA built an Open edX ecosystem, in partnership with IBL Education.

NVIDIA’s CEO Jensen Huang announced, during the annual GPU Conference, new GPU technologies promising to slash the cost of delivering deep learning-powered computing services.

Aiming to fill skill gaps in AI, Microsoft made available to the public its Professional Program in AI, which provides job-ready skills and real-world experience to engineers.

The U.S. New and Global Report has published its 2018 ranking of American graduate programs, including the best AI specializations.

Columbia Engineering, in partnership with Trilogy Education Services, will launch its first coding boot camp for adult learners and working professionals. It will be a 24-week, part-time program, starting on June 5, and it which will cover the basics of coding, algorithms and data structures as well as intensive training in JavaScript, Node.js, HTML, CSS, jQuery, and Java.

A company called Clipisode released a new podcast service described as a “talk show in a box”, which allows to record a video, collect video responses and easily share it.

LMS platforms might get lost in the online crowd if they lack a comprehensive web presence. Gordon L. Johnson marketing expert advocates the use of SEO techniques along with learning technology.

Uber has selected the EduMe microlearning platform for its EMEA region. Bite-sized, interactive sessions will show drivers how to use the Uber app and provide tips about customer service.


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IBL Newsletter #7 – February 2018
IBL Newsletter #6 – January 31, 2018

IBL Newsletter #5 – January 15, 2018
IBL Newsletter #4 – December 2017
IBL Newsletter #3 – November 2017
IBL Newsletter #2 – October 2017
IBL Newsletter #1 – September 2017

Learning Innovation | March 15, 2018: Blockchain, AI Chatbots, AT&T, Blackboard…

MARCH 15, 2018  –  NEWSLETTER #9 ON LEARNING INNOVATION

Blockchain could disrupt employee training by creating a public record of transactions available to everyone but controlled by no one. One idea would be the creation of smart contracts fostering competition for high paying jobs and helping information flow freely between companies and prospective employees.

The University of Newcastle in Australia is using virtual and augmented reality technologies to transform how nursing and midwifery trainees are learning.

An open course for K-12 teachers who want to improve their teaching through valuable data-driven insights has been released by the Curtin University in Australia.

The cost of college has risen at more than twice the rate of inflation for decades; the increasing availability of federal student loans is a principal cause. However, today massive student debt is the norm.

AI-powered chatbot tutors might be included in future textbooks. IBM Watson is running pilot projects. One of its managers showed a sample at SXSW Edu.

AT&T has initiated a massive $1 billion-valued re-training effort after discovering that nearly half of its 250,000 employees lack the necessary skills to keep the company competitive. The most demanded jobs are data scientists, computer analytics, app developers and anything to do with cloud computing.

The microlearning modality has many benefits in terms of knowledge retention, especially in an age dominated by smartphones.

Blackboard, the market leader in the LMS market, is facing a tough transition because of its legacy software. In less than a decade, Canvas LMS has captured about one-fifth of the market in the U.S.

Coursera has announced its first fully online bachelor’s degree, targeting both students who are pursuing their first degree as well as those who already have a Bachelor’s.


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IBL Newsletter #6 – January 31, 2018

IBL Newsletter #5 – January 15, 2018
IBL Newsletter #4 – December 2017
IBL Newsletter #3 – November 2017
IBL Newsletter #2 – October 2017
IBL Newsletter #1 – September 2017

Learning Innovation | March 2018: LMS Ranking, Varsity Tutors, Singularity U, IMS, Macmillan, McGraw-Hill…

MARCH 2018  –  NEWSLETTER #8 ON LEARNING INNOVATION

eLearningIndustry.com has published a list of the top 20 LMSs based on user experience. Those are Loop, Learn Amp, Agylia, Skolera, iSpring Learn, Matrix LMS, NEO, Bolt, TalentLMS, Unicorn LMS, Skillcast LMS, Docebo, Totara Learn, UpsideLMS, Learndash, DynDevice, Litmos, Moodle, Open edX, and Brightspace.

This year’s SXSW EDU conference (March 5-8, Austin) will put emphasis on employability, the implications of artificial intelligence and international education, separating sessions into 25 distinct tracks.

Tutoring is big business. Varsity Tutors has raised $50 million –provided by Learn Capital– for its instant tutoring mobile app. Already boasting 40,000 tutors covering 1,000 subjects, the company is on the hunt for more teachers. Students pay $60 to $70 by the hour. Kumon, Sylvan Learning, Chegg, and Wyzant are other players in this industry.

Singularity University has raised $32 million. Funding might go to enhance conferences and executive education programs.

The IMS Global Learning Consortium has announced Caliper Analytics v1.1, an interoperability standard designed to foster an open ecosystem for learning data.

Macmillan Learning will make available this spring Intellus Open Courses, a course materials’ product that brings together open educational resources (OER), instructor supplements and on-demand support. The materials are priced at $14.99 per student per course.

Video lectures should be redesigned for student engagement by properly framing questions, using animations, adding a quizzing functionality, expert instructors and in-video prompt.

Schools gather student data, but they don’t have the means to easily interpret and make use of it because this data often lacks interoperability, according to The Hechinger Report.

McGraw-Hill Education will launch this spring a textbook and e-book rental program on more than 250 of its copyright 2019 titles. It will be available via Barnes & Noble and Chegg’s connected platform.

Strive Talent, a San Francisco-based startup that trains adults for jobs in sales and other “middle-skill” occupations, has raised $3.8 million in venture capital. Other companies that offer online assessments and interviews to match candidates for sales positions with employers are Sales Bootcamp, Sales2Job Academy and Always Hired.


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IBL Newsletter #5 – January 15, 2018
IBL Newsletter #4 – December 2017
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IBL Newsletter #1 – September 2017

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