Cheating on Chegg? Maybe Not on Its Tutoring Platform

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That’s an example of a request that can be found on online tutoring services like Chegg, as shared by a senior data scientist at the company, Sanghamitra Deb. Yet this is the kind of “help” that Chegg’s tutoring service can sometimes be used for. based company wants to thwart. The company, however, does not want students to use its site to get tutors to do their work for them. So to flag such ethically dubious requests, the company uses machine learning.

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Education Technology’s Machine Learning Problem—and Responsibility

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The speakers were Carlos Escapa (Senior Principal, AI/ML Business Development, Amazon Web Services), Vivienne Ming (Founder and CEO, Socos Labs), Matthew Ramirez (Director of Product Management, AI Writing Tools, Chegg) and Andrew Sutherland (CTO and co-founder, Quizlet). Great Data, Great Responsibility (and Costs) So what can education companies do to reduce biases in their tools? Ming recommended that companies hire domain experts who can build the machine learning system.

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Some Professors Fight Study-Help Sites. Other Professors Now Use Them.

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Soon someone from the company reached out to her to offer her full access to the site for free, which costs students either $39.95 The company invited her on an all-expense-paid trip to its annual conference on teaching at its headquarters in San Francisco. Rutgers professor Kristen S.

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Platzi Raises $6 Million to Bring More Online Education to Latin America

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Before they founded a company together, Freddy Vega and Christian Van Der Henst were rivals. The two men joined together for a new company focused on an underserved market in tech training: Latin America. The company also boasts a sizable headcount of 117 full-time employees.

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2U Defends Trilogy Bootcamp Purchase

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Last quarter, online program management company 2U shocked investors with worse than expected losses and, going forward, lower average program enrollment for some of its largest online graduate programs. The company ended 2018 with $449.8 The company also has a long-term debt of $253.5

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That’s a Rap! Nearpod Buys Educational Hip Hop Creator, Flocabulary

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It’s out of the ordinary when Nearpod buys a company. The Brooklyn-based company best known for fusing hip hop with educational content in music videos and instructional activities, has been acquired by Nearpod , which helps educators beam digital content to students’ devices.

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Edtech Industry Magnate Michael Moe Makes a Pivot

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Together they have run the ASU GSV Summit , the annual must-go-to event for business leaders and investors in edtech. DeVry University was another very successful company, delivering important skills for the untypical college student, as was Education Management Corp.

The 2018 EdSurde Annual Special: Surgecoin, EduWands and Other News Not Fit for Print

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But some companies are jumping the gun. Chegg appears to have borrowed a page from Duolingo’s previous shenanigan for the Osmosis Pillow , which takes “memory foam” to another level. The student controlling the robot remotely is calling the event a “freak accident,” and is asking for a grade boost as amends. Company leaders promise (fingers crossed!) TEACHERS ACTUALLY PAY TEACHERS: TsPayTs’ newest feature takes the company’s name to another level.

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Stale Words and Hackneyed Ideas That Make Edtech Investors Cringe

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If you go to startup pitch events, you’ve seen it happen: An entrepreneur says something—something so naïve, egregious and hackneyed—that it makes the investors, along with educators who are now increasingly in the audience, physically cringe. The other solutions I see in this space tend to throw a lot of features (such as calendars, student to student messaging, event check-in, and newsfeeds) into an app and hope better retention just happens. Chegg (or Amazon for that matter)?

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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Without revenue the company will go away. Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Or it will raise a bunch of venture capital to support its “free” offering for a while, and then the company will get acquired and the product will go away. (It’s

Hack Education Weekly News

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” “My Statement: White House HBCU Event” by Dillard University president Walter Kimbrough. ” Reminder: here are the education companies Palantir founder Peter Thiel has invested in. Via Edsurge : “What Colleges Should Know About A Growing ‘ Talent Strategy ’ Push By Companies.” Amazon Web Services suffered a major outage this week, knocking many education companies who use AWS offline. Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Via CMX : “ How Edcamp Scaled Up 1,500 Community Events Connecting Educators All Over the World.” ” Pearson and Chegg are partnering for textbook rentals. The private student loan company has raised $50 million total, but I’m told “fintech” doesn’t “count” as ed-tech so let’s just ignore this trend, right? The adaptive learning company has raised $16 million total. The learn-to-code company has raised $1.19

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