US Edtech Investments Peak Again With $1.45 Billion Raised in 2018

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Once upon a time, she notes, “MOOCs were supposed to displace higher education. Now many MOOCs are embedded within these institutions. Continued improvements in school technology infrastructure, in particular the “penetration of broadband and digital devices,” says Rogers, is making it possible for “best-in-class digital solutions to win in the market.” For many U.S. cities and states, 2018 marked the wettest year on record.

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The New York Times notes it’s not just rural students who struggle with broadband access : “Why San Jose Kids Do Homework in Parking Lots.” ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” Any piece of education software or curriculum that puts “fun” in its name is not. More robot news up in the MOOC section above. The school management software maker has raised $191,500 total.

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Via Education Week : “ FCC Delays, Denials Foil Rural Schools’ Broadband Plans.” Via Techcrunch : “ Holberton gets backing from more industry executives as it looks to scale its software engineering school.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOCMOOCs. “Learning Creative Learning: It’s not a MOOC , it’s a community,” says the MIT Media Lab. (National) Education Politics.

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” Via Ars Technica : “Senate Democrats fight FCC plan to lower America’s broadband standards.” million to cover federal funds that went to the botched statewide school broadband contract.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “That Hilarious Tweet About an Instructor’s Big Mistake? (National) Education Politics. “Americans Have Given Up on Public Schools.

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Eric Holcomb says Indiana ’s low-rated online charter schools need ‘immediate attention and action’ ” Via Motherboard : “Half of West Virginia has Applied for Broadband Assistance.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Motherboard : “To Solve the Diversity Drought in Software Engineering , Look to Community Colleges.” million from Susquehanna International Group for its alumni software.

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Via Techcrunch : “ FCC votes to negate broadband privacy rules.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Inside Higher Ed on online education at Simmons College. More on MOOC and online education research in the research section below. The company, which makes multimedia presentation software, has raised $30.2 ” Via Campus Technology : “Students Who Comment More in MOOCs Have Higher Rates of Completion.”

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Via Edsurge : “Possible ‘Fraud, Theft, Waste, and Abuse’: Report Questions NYC School Broadband Spending.” ” Via Education Week : “ Iowa schools to stop using $14M testing software after audit.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Slate : “ The New Diploma Mills.” Via MinnPost : “Almost 50 years ago, Oregon Trail revolutionized educational software. The Trump Budget.

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“ FCC Delays Are Keeping Broadband From Rural School Kids,” says Wired. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” Via Education Week : “ Pearson Tested ‘Social-Psychological’ Messages in Learning Software, With Mixed Results.” ” Gizmodo also picked up the story : “Pearson Embedded a ‘Social-Psychological’ Experiment in Students’ Educational Software [Updated].”

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Via The New York Times : “ Broadband Law Could Force Rural Residents Off Information Superhighway.” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Just a few weeks after Daphne Koller ’s announcement she was leaving the MOOC startup she co-founded, Coursera unveiled “ Coursera for Business ” this week, marking its pivot from “democratizing higher ed” to “ training corporate employees.” Education Politics.

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Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Blackboard has acquired Fronteer , a software company that helps make course materials accessible. Via The New York Times : “ Broadband Providers Will Need Permission to Collect Private Data.” Presidential Campaign Politics. November 8 cannot come soon enough. Via Education Week ): “ Hillary Clinton Campaign Releases $500 Million Anti-Bullying Plan.”

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” Via Education Week : “ FCC Revokes Decision Allowing Companies to Provide Low-Income Families With Subsidized Broadband.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “ MOOCs : A Postmortem” by Jonathan Rees. Meanwhile, Campus Technology offers “7 Tips for Listing MOOCs on Your Résumé.” Education Politics.

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” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Big HR news about Coursera in the HR section below. Here’s the headline from Inside Higher Ed : “For-Credit MOOC: Best of Both Worlds at MIT ?” ” But if you look closer, it’s not a MOOC; it’s just an online class at MIT. I wonder how many schools and districts that use the software have done this? (National) Education Politics.

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” Via Multichannel News : “Trayvon Martin Attorney Parks Targets AT&T Over Alleged Broadband Redlining.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Online education pioneer Tony Bates asks “ What is online learning ?” ” From the press release : “ MOOCs and books initiative launched by Springer and Federica Weblearning.” Education Politics.

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “ California Should Watch Arkansas Process for Creating New Online Institution,” says Mindwires Consulting’s Phil Hill. Absorb Software has raised $59 million from Silversmith Capital Partners to build an LMS. Via Brookings : “Signs of digital distress: Mapping broadband availability and subscription in American neighborhoods.” (National) Education Politics.

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” “Modern E-Rate Puts Telephones On Hold in K–12,” Education Week reports , noting that schools are struggling to pay for phone service (still totally necessary) as well as expanded broadband. ” More on this scramble to serve (profit from) low-income broadband customers in the upgrades/downgrades section below. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Presidential Campaign Politics.