Learning At Scale | May 2020: Indiana, Columbia University, ETS, Zoom, Linux Foundation…

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MAY 2020  –  NEWSLETTER #33  |  Breaking news at IBL News  |  Noticias en Español

 

Universities

• An Increasing Number of Colleges Are Deciding to Reopen Campuses for the Fall

• Fifty Public Universities Can Lose $4.1 Billion In Revenue if Football Season Is Canceled or Altered

• Pay Cuts Set at The University of Arizona as a result of an Expected Loss of $250 Million

• Indiana University Authorized to Borrow Up to $1 Billion to Cover Revenue Shortfalls

 

Protest

• Columbia University’s TAs Say They Will Not Teach as They Face Financial Precarity

• An Increasing Number of Students Refuse to Pay Full In-Person Tuition for Online Classes

 

Non-Profit

• At-Home Testing Solutions Unveiled for AP Programs, TOEFL and GRE Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic

• Smithsonian Open Access: Millions of 2D and 3D Digital Items Without Copyright Restriction

 

Industry

• Zoom Continues Its Marketing Effort Despite Reports Questioning Its Security

• Zoom Comes Under Scrutiny Because of the “Zoombombing” Attacks Amid the Pandemic Outbreak

 

Conferences

• The Linux Foundation Plans a Massive Virtual Open Source Summit

• A List of Virtual Educational and Corporate Conferences Due to the Pandemic

• O’Reilly Eliminates Its Face-to-Face Conference Business, Laying Off Nearly 100 People

 

Apps

• Google Classroom, Class Dojo, and TikTok Rank Top Used Apps

• An App with Augmented Reality Teaches How to Keep Social Distancing

• Google and Apple Will Release in Mid-May a Controversial Tool to Track Down Infected People

 

2020 Events 

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

 


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Learning At Scale | March – April 2020: Covid-19 Pandemic, Scammers, Free Resources, Initiatives, Johns Hopkins…

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MARCH – APRIL 2020  –  NEWSLETTER #32 |  Breaking news at IBL News  |  Noticias en Español

 

Covid-19 Pandemic

• How to Protect Yourself From Coronavirus’ Scammers Who Try to Steal Money or Personal Information

• Johns Hopkins University Updates the Coronavirus Map by Adding Local Data

• Historic $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill Provides Funding for Higher Ed and Help for Students with Loans

 

Free Resources

• Don’t Let Education Fall in the Curve of Covid: An Extensive Resource Website with Tools and Services

• Free Educational Resources in Times for Adjusting to the New Complicated Environment

 

Instructure / Canvas LMS

• Thoma Bravo Completes the Acquisition of Instructure and Appoints an Interim, CEO J. Charles Goodman

• Adobe Creative Cloud and Spark Will Be Integrated Inside the Canvas LMS

• Canvas LMS Creates a Toolkit for Contingency Planning Amidst the COVID-19 Outbreak

 

Conferences

• GW Plans a Workshop for STEM Faculty Who Teach Engineering through Computing

• NVIDIA’s Grand Virtual Conference After Closing Its In-Person Annual Reunion

• The ASU-GSV Summit Postponed to September 29th. AAC&U Conference Canceled

• The City of Austin Cancels SXSW March Festival and Plans a Virtual Conference

 

2020 Upcoming Events   [All of the conferences are canceled or moved online due to the Coronavirus – CDC Recommendations]

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

 


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Learning At Scale | February 2020: Coronavirus, ASU, MIT, Instructure, Cornerstone, Udemy…

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FEBRUARY 2020  –  NEWSLETTER #31  |  Breaking news at IBL News  |  Noticias en Español

 

Coronavirus’ Outbreak

• Time to Cancel Your Ed Conference? Facebook Pulls Out of Its Biggest Event; Microsoft Follows

• The World’s Largest Smartphone Conference Canceled Due to Coronavirus Concerns

• International Education Will Be Disrupted by the Coronavirus Travel Ban

• UMass Boston Student Contracted the Coronavirus; 100 at Princeton University Self-Quarantined

• Over 25,000 ASU Students Demand to Cancel Classes Due to a Coronavirus Case on Campus

 

Higher Ed

• Michael Crow Gets a $30 Million Gift from State Farm to Fund a Workforce Development Program at ASU

• The Annual Jupyter Conference Is Back – It Will Take Place on August 10-14 in Berlin, Germany

• MIT Donates the $850,000 Received from Epstein and Suspends Prof. Seth Lloyd

 

Corporate Business

• Cornerstone OnDemand Acquires Saba for $1.4 Billion

• Udemy Claims a Valuation of $2 Billion and Announces 5,000 Corporate Clients

• Course Hero: $100M in Revenue, 1M Subscribers, and a Valuation of $1.1 Billion

• Canadian EdTech Top Hat Raises $55M Trying to Disrupt the Textbook Industry

• Has 2U Turned the Corner? Quarterly Reports Show Improved Revenue and the Stock Surges 11%

 

Instructure / Canvas LMS

• Instructure’s CEO Steps Down and the Board Approves a Tender Offer to Acquire All Outstanding Shares

• Thoma Bravo Raises Its Offer for Instructure to $49 Per Share, but Investors Might Demand a Higher Price

• Instructure’s Shares Fell 3% Amid Concerns that the $2 Billion Takeover from Thoma Bravo Will Fail

Dissident Investors Are Likely to Derail the Instructure Transaction Unless They Get an Improved Offer

 

2020 Upcoming Events

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

 


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Learning At Scale | January 2020: MIT, JetBlue, Visa, Microsoft, Instructure / Canvas LMS, LearnLaunch…

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JANUARY 2020  –  NEWSLETTER #30  |  Breaking news at IBL News  |  Noticias en Español

 

Higher Ed

• The U.S. Shows as the Number 1 in Education Across the World, According to the 2020 Best Countries Report

• MIT Suspends Professor Seth Lloyd Over a Detailed Report About His Ties to Epstein

• Federal Students Loan Portfolio Tops $1.51 Trillion After a 5% Increase

 

Corporate Training

• JetBlue’s Sponsored Education Program Has 700 Crewmembers Pursuing Undergraduate Degrees

• Visa Launches a Certification Program to Train Payment Card Disputes Professionals

• Microsoft Retires Its Professional Program and Opens a Role-Based Certification Site

 

2020 / 2019 Review

• JavaScript, HTML5, C# and CSS, the Most Benchmarked Skills of 2019, According to Pluralsight

• U.S. Education Technology Companies Raised $1.6 Billion in VC Funding in 2019

• 2019’s Most Popular Online Courses According to Class Central

• A Dynamic 2019 for Open edX, edX, Coursera, and Udacity: IBL’s Top-20 Headlines

• 2019 Year Review: MIT’s Epstein Scandal, Sale of Canvas LMS, 2U’s Collapse, and Pearson’s CEO’s Resignation

• IBL News Releases the 2020 Calendar

 

Conferences

The AACU Conference in DC Says that Liberal Education Is Key for Employability [Video]

• The LearnLauch Conference this Month in Boston Expects 1,500 Educators and Investors

 

Instructure / Canvas LMS

• Instructure Will Continue Reducing Spending But Refrain From Laying Off More Employees

• Analysis: Is Instructure’s Transaction Rigged? SEC’s Statements Show a Transparent Process

• Instructure Accuses Dissident Investor Praesidium of “Opportunistic Tactics” to Derail the Transaction

• The CEO of Instructure May Reap Over $22M After the Sale of the Company

• Instructure Moves Forward with Thoma Bravo’s $2 Billion Acquisition Proposal

 

2U

• 2U Hires Advisers to Explore a Sale While an Activist Investor Continues to Push

 

2020 Upcoming Events

• Education Calendar  –  JAN  |  FEB  |  MARCH  |  APRIL  |  MAY  |  JUNE  |  JULY – DEC  |  Conferences in Latin America & Spain

 


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Learning At Scale | December 2019: MIT, Harvard, Moody’s, Pearson, Instructure, Hugging Face, EdCast…

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DECEMBER 2019  –  NEWSLETTER #29  |  Breaking news at IBL News  |  Noticias en Español

 

Higher Ed

• Only 9% of Faculty Prefers to Teach an Online Class; 73 % Chooses a Face-to-Face Environment

• A New Catholic Polytechnic University Will Focus on the Integration of Science and Faith

• Moody’s Forecasts Moderate Growth Revenue at Public and Private Universities

IMS Releases Its New QTI Interoperability Standard For Online Assessments

• Analysis: Over 30M Adults With College Education But No Degree: Certificate Programs to the Rescue

 

MIT, Harvard

• MIT Executive Vice President and Treasurer Steps Down, Reif Announces by Surprise

• Harvard Changes Its Caption System to Settle Deaf Association’s Suit

 

Pearson

• Pearson Pushes Out His CEO After a Dramatic Tenure Full of Sales and Job Cuts

• Pearson’s AI-Enabled Calculus App Provides Real-Time Feedback and Suggests Pathways

 

Funding

• Hugging Face Raises $15 Million to Expand its Open Source Software on Conversational AI

• EdCast Raises $35 Million in Funding to Expand Its Platform

• With 30 Million Users and $1.5 Billion Valuation, Doulingo Plans to Go Public in 2021

 

Instructure’s Sale

• Instructure Says to the SEC that Thoma Bravo Is Offering the Highest Price

• A Third Shareholder of Instructure Says the Board Didn’t Act in the Company’s Best Interest

• A Second Shareholder Announces It Will Vote Against Instructure’s Proposed Deal

• A Large Investor Opposes Instructure’s Plan to Sell for $2 Billion

• An Equity Investment Firm Buys Instructure for $2 Billion, Taking It Private

 

2019 Upcoming Events

• Education Calendar  –  DECEMBER  | JAN – JUNE 2020

 


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Learning At Scale | November 2019: AI Jobs, Guild Education, ISTE EdSurge, Instructure Canvas LMS, 2U…

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NOVEMBER 2019  –  NEWSLETTER #28  |  More breaking news at IBL News  |  Noticias en Español

 

Learning At Scale

• Coursera’s Blockbuster Classes of 2019: Preeminence of AI, with 2M Enrollments

• Two Professors from Dartmouth and IMT of France Awarded After their ‘C Programming with Linux’ Course

 

Higher Ed

• Mid-Wage Jobs Will Be Squeezed by AI Unless They Adapt by Honing Skills

• Virginia Will Invest $1 Billion to Graduate 31,000 Computer Scientists Over the Next 20 Years

• Another Letter from President Reif to the MIT Community

• A Spanish University Builds a Futuristic Eco-Campus with Outside Classrooms

 

Initiatives

• With a Unique Business Model, Guild Hits $1 Billion Valuation After Raising $157 M

• An Amazon Marketplace for K-12 Educators Who Want to Sell Their Teaching Materials

 

Conferences

• The Open Education Conference Falls Apart, Leaving a Community of Passionate OER Supporters

• ISTE Conference Organizer Absorbs EdSurge Media – Investors Won’t Be Rewarded

 

Wall Street: Instructure, 2U

• Instructure Announces It Is Exploring to Sell the Company – Estimated to be Worth $2.5B

• Sachem Head Becomes One of the Top Shareholders of 2U and Advocates for a Sale

• An Influential Hedge Fund Pushes Instructure’s Canvas LMS to Sell Its Business

• 2U Exceeds Wall Street Expectations With Its Third-Quarter Results

 

2019 Upcoming Events

• Education Calendar  –  NOVEMBER  | DECEMBER | JAN – JUNE 2020

 


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Learning At Scale | October 2019: Starbucks, Microsoft, MIT, Educause, 2U, AWS, Google, Automattic…

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OCTOBER 2019  –  NEWSLETTER #27  |  More breaking news at IBL News  |  New! Noticias en Español

 

Courses at Scale

• Over 3,000 Starbucks Employees Have Earned their Bachelor’s Degree through ASU Online

• Microsoft Launches a Series of 44 Short Videos to Learn Python on YouTube

• 99% of MIT Undergrads Have Taken an MITx Class – Impressive Numbers After Two Decades

 

Higher Ed

• The 10 IT Issues Higher Ed Leaders Are Focusing on, According to Educause

• MIT’s Provost Will Impulse the Open Sharing of Data, Software, and Educational Materials

• The Power of Data and Analytics Can Save Higher Education, Says Educause, AIR and NACUBO

• A Research Group Identifies Over 700K Unique Credentials in the United States

 

Initiatives

• Automattic, the Company Behind WordPress, Valued at $3 Billion After Its Last Funding

• 2U Announces a Deal with RIT to Deliver an Online Master’s Degree in Architecture

• AWS Expands its Partnerships with Institutions to Offer Degree Programs in Cloud Computing

• The Hamilton Education Program Online Will Expand to All Schools

 

Google

• Google and CompTIA Create a Dual Credential for Learners Seeking for Entry-Level Jobs in IT

Google Expands Its IT Support Certificate Program to 100 Community Colleges

 

Epstein’s Scandal

• MIT to Examine Engagement Practices with Gifts and Grants After Epstein’s Donations

• Students at MIT Extend their Protest to Koch and Demand More Resignations

• University of Southern California (USC) Rejected Any Donation from Epstein

• A Professor Denounces the Silence of the Scientific Community on Epstein

Troubled MIT Media Lab Ousts a Longtime Scientist for Sexual Harassment

• MIT Students Vocalize their Concerns and Demand Prof. Seth Lloyd Resignation

• MIT President Will Engage Students on the Issue of Epstein’s Donations and Ties to the Institute

 

2019 Upcoming Events

• Education Calendar  –  OCTOBER  | NOVEMBER  | DECEMBER | JAN – JUNE 2020

 


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Learning At Scale | August 2019: Google Classroom, IBM Training, AWS, 2U, Pearson…

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AUGUST 2019  –  NEWSLETTER #25 ON ONLINE EDUCATION AT SCALE


INITIATIVES

• Google Introduces a Plagiarism Checker for Classroom and Assignments

• Mark Cuban Launches an AI Bootcamp in Partnership with Microsoft and Walmart

• UT Austin Joins Colleges that Offer Tuition-Free Programs

 

TRAINING

• IBM Offers Employees Four Programs in AI and Data Science in Partnership with a Web Training Firm

• Amazon Will Invest $700 Million to Retrain 100,000 Employees Over Six Years

• SV Academy Trains and Get High-Paying Jobs to People with Non-Tech Background

 

2U’s DROP

• 2U’s New $24K Online Undergrad Degree: Trend of Publicity Stunt?

• More Securities Class-Action Lawsuits Against 2U for “False or Misleading Statements” During the Second Quarter

• New York Litigation Firm Announces an Investigation of 2U on Behalf of Purchasers

• Analysts Raise Suspicion: A $23k Degree on edX Prompts Doubts on the 2U Model

• 2U Logs a Small Gain But Uncertainty Over Its Business Model Persists

• 2U Shares Continue to Drop After the Company Announcement of Big Losses

 

ANALYSIS

• Pearson’s Bold Move Into Digital Will Allow Them to Re-Establish Control of the Market

• Amazon’s Gigantic Training Effort Shows How Automation Is Transforming the Job Market

• Asimov Predicted the State of Education in 2019. Was He Right?

 

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

• Creating Compelling Slides: Bullet Point the Content or Read Scripts?

• It’s All About Increasing Learners’ Engagement in Courses and Programs

 

2019 UPCOMING EVENTS

Education Calendar  –  AUGUST |  SEPTEMBER |  OCT–DEC 2019

 

 


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Learning At Scale | July 2019: Amazon, Oxford, JetBlue, Facebook, McGraw-Hill Education…

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JULY 2019  –  NEWSLETTER #24 ON ONLINE EDUCATION AT SCALE

 

HIGHER ED

• Moody’s: College revenue growth lagged in 2018

• Amazon Partners with George Mason University to Launch a Cloud-Based Degree

• University of Oxford Will Invest $190 Million on Humanities and Create an Institute for Ethics in AI

Capella Online University Opens a Brick-and-Mortar Center to Provide In-Person Support

 

COURSES

• 400+ Online Courses With Real College Credit That You Can Access For Free

• European MOOC Platforms Plan New Generation of Microcredentials

Billionaire Mark Cuban Takes Online Coding Classes to Sharpen His Investment Skills

 

INDUSTRY

JetBlue Eases the Financial Burden of Their Crew Members Earning a Master’s Degree

Facebook Teams Up With Community Colleges to Offer Certificate Programs on Digital Marketing

McGraw-Hill Education Chief Financial Officer Mike Evans Resigns

 

INVESTMENT

• Degreed Raises an Additional $75M to Expand Its Career Development Business

• Wiley Buys ZyBooks in $56M Cash Deal to Bolster Courseware Offerings

• ETS Invests in New Edtech Startup Accelerator Run by LearnLaunch

• Zuckerberg-Backed AltSchool Gives Up on Schools and Focuses on Tech. It’s a Major Makeover

 

AI

• Artificial Intelligence in Education is Here to Stay: Will it Augment or Replace?

• AI Education: Penn State Will Use a Virtual Assistant in Academic Advising

 

VIEWS

Are the Golden Years of Education Entrepreneurship Gone?

Ideas to Boost Your Course Completion Rate

• Teachers, Administrators or Students? What Sector Should Data Focus On?

 

2019 UPCOMING EVENTS

Education Calendar  –  JULY  |  AUGUSTSEPTEMBER |  OCT–DEC 2019

 


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Learning At Scale | June 2019: SNHU, SUNY, USC, Emeritus, Walmart, Carnegie Mellon…

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HIGHER ED

An Institution prepares students for jobs which won’t be automatized.

• SNHU, with 135K students and an army of 6k adjuncts, wants to be the “Nordstrom’s of higher education”, says its president Paul LeBlanc.

NY University System will focus on increasing its online presence.

“Emerging markets are a large opportunity to boost online enrollment”, says Emeritus CEO.

Higher education enrollments will continue its decline throughout the next decade. College closures will increase in 2019.

 

ACADEMIA

Canadian educator Heather Payne says that tenure should be abolished.

Ángel Cabrera, George Mason University’s president, named the sole finalist for the Georgia Tech presidency.

Michigan State named Stony Brook president as the new leader. Samuel Stanley Jr. created 240 faculty positions.

A billionaire investor pledged to pay off the student debt of Morehouse College’s 396 graduating young men during his commencement speech.

• USC’s partnership with 2U didn’t work at all. The school is facing a budget crisis that may result in nearly half of the staff losing their jobs.

 

INDUSTRY

Netflix-style service Cengage Unlimited reaches 1.5 million subscribers.

Walmart expanded the $1 a day degree program to more universities.

OpenSesame corporate learning marketplace, with 20,000 courses, raised $28 million to help it grow faster.

SAS software provider debuted in higher education with an advanced cloud-based analytical solution. Jenzabar improved its analytics suite.

 

RESEARCH

Carnegie Mellon University released its first wave of open-source learning tools. Interview with the leader behind the initiative.

Tecnológico de Monterrey released an elaborated report on alternative credentials (PDF).

 

VIEWS

Actionable data is the most disappointing late arrival in teaching and learning in higher ed.

Online education doesn’t work for disadvantaged populations, those unprepared for college and first-time students.

Achieving 85% completion rates for online courses.

It’s all about money? There is no difference between for-profit and public higher ed, said George Siemens.

Instructional designers forget what makes a course successful.

A model involving faculty for course design.

 

2019 UPCOMING EVENTS

Education Calendar  –    JUNE  |  JULY  |  AUG – DEC 2019

 


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IBL Newsletter #20– March 2019
IBL Newsletter #19– January 2019

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