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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.

 

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MAY 2019  –  NEWSLETTER #22 ON ONLINE EDUCATION AT SCALE

 

INITIATIVES

Creative Commons developed a new Search engine which allows users to find and use 300 million open licensed images.

• Docker created a foundation to educate minority engineers.

The Horizon Report for 2019 examined what past predictions got wrong, and gamification in education is one of them.

 

OPM

A 10-year contract means signing away your digital future, said an Extension Engine manager.

“Be careful when you hire an OPM: Outsourcing your virtual future is a bad idea”, writes Robert Ubell.

 

INDUSTRY

Knewton, who raised $180m in total funding to promote its adaptive learning technology, sold its assets to Wiley for an undisclosed amount.

McGraw-Hill and Cengage, two of the country’s three biggest textbook publishers, announced that they would merge.

Credly raised $11.1 million in new funding. This digital credentials company acquired Acclaim from Pearson last year.

 

ACADEMIA

Arizona State University (ASU) is adopting an AI-powered calculus learning platform created by two math professors at Stevens.

The Unizin consortium added Rutgers and Miami universities, along with two vendors, Examity and Kaltura.

Georgia Tech disclosed a data breach that could have exposed the personal information of 1.3 million people.

“At the end of the day, we reflect the voice of the learner”, says edX’s CEO.

 

LEARNING PLATFORMS

• SEEK Australian Marketplace acquired 50% of FutureLearn for $64M.

• Coursera raised an additional $103 million placing itself closer to an IPO.

Pluralsight made its first acquisition since it went public in May 2018. It bought GitPrime, a code repository platform, for $170 million in cash.

Austin-based training platform A Cloud Guru raised $33 million to expand its content library and hire more instructors, engineers, and staff.

 

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APRIL 2019  –  NEWSLETTER #21 ON ONLINE EDUCATION AT SCALE

 

DEGREES AT SCALE

• Holy Cross and Notre Dame Start a New Model Around an Online Master’s

The story of OMSCS, the largest master’s program in computer science, with 10,000 students and 2,000 alumni

• Master’s degrees which can be completed online

• Research: Top online Artificial Intelligence courses and programs at scale

Success at Scale: The growth of large-scale online programs (UPCEA Report)

 

ACADEMIA

Technologies and policies needed to transform education, according to ASU’s Michael Crow

• Carnegie Mellon University announced that it will open source its OLI adaptive software and LearnSphere learning analytics platform. These tools are valued at $100 million.

Charles Isbell, professor and executive associate dean, named Dean of College of Computing at Georgia Tech, effective July 1

37 % of all graduate education in the U.S. is now online or blended. A significant transition ahead

Most colleges report online students perform about the same as face-to-face

Gartner: Top 10 strategic technologies impacting higher ed in 2019

• View: OPMs as banks and enrollment machines

 

MOOC PLATFORMS

Coursera announced two MOOC-based degrees from the University of Colorado Boulder

• edX, the first non-profit OPM: “We can change the economics of customer acquisition and retention”

Udacity laid off 20% of its workforce, 75 employees, in order to be “a profitable company by the next quarter”

GFC Learning Free becomes the second largest MOOC platform

• FutureLearn MOOC platform offers unlimited access for $199 per year

Coursera released a Global Skills Index benchmarking 60 countries and 10 industries

 

INTERVIEWS

• Ray Schroeder: “Universities have to change to meet students’ needs”

• Michigan Ross’s Develops One of the Most Ambitious Initiatives in Online Learning

• Philanthropy University’s CEO says MOOCs are about social ROI

• “When It Comes to Paying Users, the Completion Rate Is Pretty High”, says Dhawal Shah

• Top professor in Health Informatics predicts the need for training in FHIR

 

INITIATIVES

2U acquired Trilogy Education for $750 million and duplicated its portfolio of universities

Instructure (Canvas LMS) acquired MasteryConnect for $42.5 million to expand its K-12 footprint

Gonzaga University rolls out an AI-driven virtual assistant for tech support

The U.S. Education Department started an investigation of eight colleges named in the admissions scandal

 

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Learning At Scale | March 2019: OPM, MOOCs, Blockchain, Coursera, Udacity, edX

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MARCH 2018  –  NEWSLETTER #20 ON LEARNING INNOVATION

 

OPM

“The right question about OPMs is whether they are a good fit,” stated expert Michael Feldstein.

“OPMs are the modern enrollment managers,” said Harris Pastides, President of the University of South Carolina, and Randy Best, Chairman and CEO of Academic Partnerships.

2U acquired a minority stake in Chicago-based Keypath Education, which provides a similar service. Additionally, it announced an MBA program with Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Michigan Ross School of Business selected Noodle Partners to launch an online MBA program.

 

MOOCs, DEGREES

“These are online learning’s greatest hits,” showed Robert Ubell. Also, this expert explained that “MOOC platforms will provide full credit programs for a fee”.

“MOOCs are alive,” stated Zvi Galil, pioneer of Georgia Tech’s OMSCS affordable degree, on a video interview.

• The OMSCS degree will graduate 1,500 students per year in 2021.

• Five top U.S. universities will launch five more low-priced master’s.

 

RESEARCH

Educause released a preview of its 2019 Horizon Report. Redesigning blended spaces is one of the key trends.

Cryptocurrency company Ripple is expanding its blockchain research initiative with 11 new top universities.

These are the most in-demand hard and soft skills of 2019: cloud computing, artificial intelligence, analytical reasoning, creativity, persuasion, collaboration…

 

COURSERA, UDACITY, EDX

Coursera and HEC Paris introduced a stackable degree model with a new specialization in design thinking.

Udacity announced an AI-based program for matching candidates with its network of employers.

Sebastian Thrun initiated an aggressive plan to transform Udacity, after the former CEO left in October. The company reported revenues of $90 million and claimed 10 million registered students.

Job applicants should add online courses to their CV, explains an expert at edX.

 

BLOCKCHAIN

• A Community College issued 1,479 blockchain-based certificates.

• MIT issued 2,000 blockchain-based certificates.

 

INITIATIVES

• UMass announced plans to launch a national online college focused on adults. It will compete with Arizona State University, SNHU, Purdue and Penn State.

Arizona State University (ASU) is expanding Education for Humanity, an initiative to educate online refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Irak, Uganda, and Rwanda.

Moodle unveiled Moodle Workplace, a subset of the features available in other products, notably Totara Learning, for organizational training.

Universities and colleges are teaming up with boot camp companies to deliver tech training in web development and coding, data analytics, and cybersecurity. Vanderbilt University is a good example.

 

INVESTMENTS

Turnitin, which uses AI to scan students’ writing and code assignments to check for plagiarism, will be acquired by a media conglomerate for $1.75 billion.

Instructure / Canvas LMS bought the Portfolium digital portfolios company for $43 million.

 

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JANUARY 2018  –  NEWSLETTER #19 ON LEARNING INNOVATION

 

MOOC-BASED DEGREES

45 MOOC-based master’s degrees worldwide.

• 10K learners and $80M in revenues.

• CME programs, a new hot area.

 

PLATFORMS

Coursera opened its data science academy.

• Udacity shuttered its iOS and Android apps and its career services mentorship program in order to cut costs.

Cloud computing is behind Instructure’s early success, Blackboard’s hopes and Moodle’s challenges.

 

PROGRAMS

Dr. Chuck’s Python for Everybody series is now on edX.org

MIT is stepping in to provide advanced training in photonics for community colleges.

Google Cloud announced new certifications.

These are the most in-demand jobs of 2019.

 

FUNDING

• U.S. edtech companies raised $1.45 billion in 2018, a 20% increase from 2017.

• Andela raised $100 million to grow its company which offers coding instruction and jobs to students in developing countries.

Singapore-based Emeritus Institute of Management raised $40 million to expand its course catalog.

 

UNIVERSITIES

HBX removed its “X” and rebrands as Harvard Business School.

Johns Hopkins University for $372 million purchased the Newseum in DC, in order to offer graduate programs.

 

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DECEMBER 2018  –  NEWSLETTER #18 ON LEARNING INNOVATION

OPM

The OPM market, which stands at $2.3 billion, can grow 12 % by 2020, said Eduventures.

Grand Canyon Education picked up 17 partner institutions after acquiring Orbis Education Services for $362 million.

“The next-generation model for MOOCs in higher education is to become a form of OPM providers, including the near-term focus on master’s degrees,” wrote expert Phil Hill, from e-Literate.

AI

Artificial intelligence in U.S. education will grow by 47.5% from 2017-2021. An expert takes a peek into examples of how AI is used in education.

AI developed by Chinese companies will rock our world, and reshape teaching, said Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, best-selling author, and former Google’s China chief.

MOOCS

MOOCs should be understood as just as digital content rather than college educational experiences, writes Amy Ahearn, manager at +Acumen.

MOOC top platforms grew their businesses by over 20% in 2018

A 22-story tower in Beijing named the “MOOC Times Building” houses government supported incubator for edtech companies. It includes two tricked-out production studios to film and edit video for courses.

COURSES

Google has created an IT Support Professional Certificate program, designed to train anyone without any prior training or degree a Support Specialist in 8 to 12 months.

Coursera added 675 courses, doubled down on the number of degrees, launched the first Bachelor’s degree, and reached 37 million learners in 2018.

INITIATIVES

Coursera launched a forum space for its global community of learners to ask questions and help each other out.

EdSurge is redefining its mission on writing, research and events, after closing a $2.5 million fundraise and signing with new partners in China (JMD and TAL Education)

INVESTMENT

DataCamp, a New York-based provider of online data science and analytics courses that claims 3.3 million users, raised another $25 million.

• Kahoot, an Oslo-based developer of a digital quiz tool popular with teachers, received investment support from Disney, and brought its valuation until $374 million.

India’s Byju raised $540 million to expand globally with English classes.

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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

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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.

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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.

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IBL Newsletter #8 – March 1, 2018
IBL Newsletter #7 – February 2018
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IBL Newsletter #5 – January 15, 2018
IBL Newsletter #4 – December 2017
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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

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IBL Newsletter #9 – March 15, 2018
IBL Newsletter #8 – March 1, 2018
IBL Newsletter #7 – February 2018
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IBL Newsletter #5 – January 15, 2018
IBL Newsletter #4 – December 2017
IBL Newsletter #3 – November 2017
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