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 #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 | 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 #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 | 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 #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 | 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 #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 | 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 #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 | 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
IBL Newsletter #3 – November 2017
IBL Newsletter #2 – October 2017
IBL Newsletter #1 – September 2017

Learning Innovation | February 2018: 2U, WeWork, Laureate, ACT…

FEBRUARY 2018  –  NEWSLETTER #7 ON LEARNING INNOVATION

2U will pay $13m to lease WeWork’s Flatiron School Learn.co platform technology. Additionally, 2U will provide up to $5 million in scholarship funding for WeWork 175,000 members and 4,000 employees interested in pursuing graduate degrees in 2U schools. The 13,000 students enrolled in 2U programs will access to WeWork co-working office space.

Laureate, the global education giant, is shifting its focus by selling off some international institutions in Morocco, China, Malaysia, Italy and Cyprus, and refocusing on emerging markets such as Spain, Portugal, and Latinoamerica.

ACT, the test-maker nonprofit organization, is investing $7.5M in Smart Sparrow as a way to become more involved in the learning process, provide more analytics and adaptive solutions to teachers and students, and go fully digital in the next 3 to 5 years.

Businesses are expanding their internal training programs to serve the needs of learning audiences that include customers, channel partners, contract workers and others who need product knowledge and skills. This is called extended enterprise, and it requires better LMS technology and custom developed proprietary content to help sell products or services.

Edraak.org, the Queen Rania Foundation’s educational site, has announced its expansion into K-12, in order to meet the needs of school-aged children across the Arab world. The project has been powered by a $3 million grant from Google.org.

EMC School, a language-learning unit of New Mountain Learning, has acquired Zulama, a Pittsburgh-based company founded at Carnegie Mellon University, which currently offers a game design curriculum.

•  Chile passed a historic major education reform law that guarantees free higher-education at state universities  –which will receive $495 million over the next 10 years.


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Learning Innovation | January 2018: NYU, Stanford, Candace Thille…

JANUARY 31, 2018  –  NEWSLETTER #6 ON LEARNING INNOVATION 

• Distance ed is saving higher ed: college enrollment online has steadily climbed its way up to 31.6 percent of the student population, as face-to-face continues to plummet and despite faculty resistance to digital education, has explained Robert Ubell, vice dean emeritus of online learning at NYU and author of the Going Online book.

• Stanford University has named its first CIO, Stephen Gallagher, currently occupying the same position at Harvard Business School. He will oversee an IT organization with 550 staff members and a budget of $150 million, and determine which technology, systems, and data should be moved to the cloud.

• Chicago plans to teach 500,000 young people in K-12 and community colleges how to code, starting with Swift, the iOS app creator language. It will follow Apple’s “Everyone Can Code” program.

• Highly innovative CIOs are redefining how IT works. They’re ditching legacy systems, developing innovation-focused processes, reimagining work, leveraging their positions, and building the right talent and culture.

• The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has built a three-story production studio that can accommodate multiple camera views and presenters, green screen operations and teleprompting when producing iMBA and other courses.

• Candace Thille, a pioneer in the science of learning and open education, has taken a leave from Stanford and joined Amazon to help the retailer better train its corporate workforce (half million employees). Amazon has a history of investing heavily to produce its own top-notch internal technologies.

• The use of analytics in the classroom helps to make more effective the learning experience for the student. edX’s “Analytics for the Classroom Teacher” course offers many insights in terms of using descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics. This post elaborates on this.


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Learning Innovation | January 1, 2018: Oracle, Thinkful, Revature, Coursera

JANUARY 15, 2018  –  NEWSLETTER #5 ON LEARNING INNOVATION 

Oracle opened its newly-built Design Tech High School Video, a free public charter school, located on company’s corporate campus in Redwood City, Calif. The school serves 550 students, described by Oracle’s CEO as “ambassadors for the future of education”.

The New York-based Thinkful has raised $9.6M in funding to grow in-person hubs for its online coding boot camp.

• Complaining that higher-ed is producing too few graduates with skills they need, many employers are taking matters into their own hands by designing courses themselves. A good example is Microsoft and Linux Foundation, who have teamed up with edX.

edSurge has put on a calendar the key 50 edtech conferences happening this year. However, its events page is more exhaustive.

Coursera is shifting towards B2B. In 2017, it went from 30 to 500 companies. Each year corporations spent $150 billion spent on training.

Revature talent development company has doubled the number of engineers trained in 2017, following its model of training college graduates and placing them as consultants with their Fortune 500 client base.

Chip Paucek, CEO at 2U, said that we are now in the “third wave” of ed tech innovation with top-tier universities offering full courses online. With a $3bn valuation, in 2017, 2U saw its stock increased 114% and bought the course specialist GetSmarter for $103 million.

• Having a data-driven management strategy has become a necessity at higher ed. This is one of the key trends for 2018, along with immersive learning, digital course management, enterprise-wide video, mobile tech, Internet of things and learning space design.


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