Chegg Expands Student Debt Relief Benefit for Employees—Up to $5,000 More a Year

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Now, a publicly-traded education company that serves millions of college students has ramped up student debt relief services for its own employees. Chegg , based in Santa Clara, Calif., To be clear, this is not a new perk for Chegg employees. Education Technology Future of Work

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Now With a ‘Sizable Cash Hoard’ of $1 Billion, What Might Chegg Buy?

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Chegg , a publicly-traded provider of textbook rentals and online student services, has closed a $700 million convertible note offering that, after taking expenses into consideration, should give the company an additional $682.7 A portion of this sum will be used by the company for stock repurchases. A Chegg spokesman declined to comment or share additional details. LLC, Barrington Research and Northland Capital Markets were initial purchasers of the Chegg notes.

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K-12 Dealmaking: Follett, Chegg, Golden Gate Capital Make Acquisitions

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In this week’s dealmaking news, a handful of education companies were acquired; Follett acquired adaptive learning platform Fishtree and Chegg acquired online studying platform StudyBlue. The post K-12 Dealmaking: Follett, Chegg, Golden Gate Capital Make Acquisitions appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Educational Technology/Ed-Tech Investment / Venture Capital K-12 Dealmaking Mergers and Acquisitions study platforms

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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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K-12 Dealmaking: Chegg, Boxlight Make Education-Related Acquisitions

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A handful of education companies, including Chegg and Boxlight. The post K-12 Dealmaking: Chegg, Boxlight Make Education-Related Acquisitions appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Educational Technology/Ed-Tech K-12 Dealmaking Mergers and Acquisitions Startupsannounced acquisitions this week.

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Chegg Cuts $15 Million Check to Buy AI-Feedback Tool, WriteLab

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Chegg announced today that it bought the Berkeley-based startup for about $15 million in an all-cash transaction. They started the company to solve a challenge that they both knew well: how to provide fast and actionable feedback to writing students. The company has also begun partnering with other companies such as Pearson and Microsoft. That’s challenging because when you’re a small company, you’re often a lot of engeineers in a room and you’re not in the classroom."

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More Big Bucks for Tutoring Companies: Varsity Tutors Raises $50M in Series C Funding

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In the heartland of America, one company is raising big bucks in a bid to capture this lucrative market. Other investors include the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and existing backer Technology Crossover Ventures. Louis-based company’s $50 million Series B round, which closed in November 2015. Already boasting 4,000 tutors covering 1,000 subjects, the company is on the hunt for more teachers. Lauren Heymann, who tutors online through the company, gets paid $15 per hour.

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Blackboard Co-Founder: ‘4 Secrets to Building a Tech Company for Higher Ed’

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To mark the 20th anniversary of Blackboard, one of the first LMSes, the company’s co-founder, Matthew Pittinsky, wrote an epic blog post about the company’s history, which includes his advice for today’s edtech leaders. As origin stories go, the founding of Blackboard twenty years ago lacked that single light bulb moment that tech companies like to tell. Equally important to our product strategy were “The Two Commandments:” Ease of use and enterprise technology.

Can Technology in the Classroom Replace Expensive Textbooks

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Smartphones, tablets, and laptops had become a permanent requirement along with using technology in the classrooms by this time. Thus, replacing expensive textbooks with technology in the classroom is the right thing to do in the current scenario. Here’s how you can replace these expensive textbooks with technology in the classroom: Adopt a Subscription Model. Similarly, Pearson has made some of its textbooks available for rent through Chegg.

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Education Technology’s Machine Learning Problem—and Responsibility

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But how is machine learning playing out in education—and how does it impact not just students, educators and parents, but also the businesses building technology tools to support teaching and learning? 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).

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Reach Capital’s Newest Education Technology Investment Fund Closes at $82 Million

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Investing is humbling because we inevitably miss out on or pass on companies that go on to achieve great success in realizing their mission. based firm has established itself as a familiar name within the education technology industry. It brought over the companies from the Seed Fund into its portfolio as well, and re-invested in 14 of them.) For Reach, they include Sesame Workshop and TAL Education, a Chinese education company. “We WriteLab (Chegg).

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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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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Mark Cuban, ECMC Lead $1.8M Round for Cluster to Develop Industrial Tech Talent

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Other investors include education technology executives, like Penn Foster CEO Frank Britt and Chegg CEO Dan Rosensweig, along with Zynga founder Mark Pincus and Flatiron Health CEO, Nat Turner. The new roles require new digital skills—with design tools like Siemens NX and CATIA, and companies struggle to find qualified candidates, according to Cluster’s founder and CEO, Kim Taylor. The company is based in Los Angeles, home to many of these companies.

Predictions of Print Textbooks’ Death Remain Greatly Exaggerated

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Print textbooks are the eternal punching bag for the things people think technology should render obsolete. spending on PreK-12 instructional technology steadily ticked upwards, from $2.6 The reality is these companies are selling “blended” bundles of both print and digital offerings.

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How Merger of Two Textbook Giants Could Impact Course Materials

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That appears to be the hope of officials at the two companies, which have both been trying for years to shift the focus of their businesses from selling print books to shipping software and other online tools, and have recently been experimenting with subscription models.

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Students, celebrities connect for tutoring

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Students will have the chance to connect directly with celebrities in one-on-one tutoring sessions through Chegg Tutors: VIP Edition. All tutoring sessions will take place this fall through Chegg’s online tutoring platform, Chegg Tutors.

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EdSurge HigherEd Year in Review: Our Top Higher Education Stories of 2018

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Cheating on Chegg? How the Company Aims to Catch Tutoring Requests That Go Too Far. It’s no surprise that students would ask for help on platforms like Chegg, which offer digital textbooks as well as tutoring and homework help. Here’s a look at how the education company is responding. In 2016, the company reported its largest loss in its history, down $3.3 Here’s what’s next for the world’s largest education company, according to its CEO John Fallon.

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The 2019 EdSurde Annual Special: Edtech April Fool’s News That Should Stay Fake

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Chegg’s chalked up an excuse-generator to help you weasel out of doing homework, taking tests—just about anything. BACK TO THE FUTURE: Weary of unwanted scrutiny, companies that once described themselves as the “Facebook of education” are now scrambling to disassociate themselves from the beleaguered social network. HAPPY MEALS, PERSONALIZED: McDonald’s just acquired an AI tech company to personalize the drive-thru experience. One company is responding with a new approach.

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In Move to ‘Unlimited’ Pricing Model, Cengage Hopes for a Comeback

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The company reemerged a year later intent on growing its digital offerings and making more strategic acquisitions and partnerships. At the recent ASU+GSV Summit in San Diego, EdSurge caught up with Cengage CEO Michael Hansen to capture his thoughts about the (un)affordability of course materials, faculty concerns about digital texts and what the company is looking for in its next acquisition. Tell me a little bit about some of your recent partnerships with companies such as Chegg.

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Where in the World Is Planet3? An Educational Gaming CEO Seeks His Second Act

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But at an all-hands meeting at the company’s Washington, D.C. Some employees hoped the company could turn around and stayed on without pay. “We Esther Wojcicki, the esteemed journalism teacher at Palo Alto High School, joined in 2016 as the company’s chief learning officer.

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Pearson Is Selling Its US K-12 Business—Despite Posting a Profit and Digital Growth

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In its latest earnings update, the company confirmed that it is indeed moving ahead with such plans. Under his tenure, Pearson has embarked on a rocky transition to refocus Pearson as a digital-focused education company. But those moves may finally be bearing fruit, as the company reported a 2017 adjusted operating profit of £576 million (approximately US $804 million), one year after posting a $3.3 The company’s revenue from U.S.

Fueled by Big Rounds, Edtech Funding Surges to $887M in First Half of 2017

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edtech companies last year, the dollars returned with a fury during the first six months of 2017. Company. Several private-equity-backed companies have invested heavily in the “platform” approach. PowerSchool, owned by Vista Equity Partners, has acquired eight companies since June 2015. The strategy has worked for a few older companies: Kaplan, for instance, began in the test-prep business and has since moved into higher education, corporate training (and a.

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Acquisition Autopsy: Details—and Questions—Behind MissionU’s $4M Sale to WeWork

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Two years ago, the “college-alternative” company launched to glowing coverage on TV shows, raised $11.5 A company’s closure naturally raises question about the viability of its ideas and business model. Fast Company, which broke the story , reported that the acquisition was an all-stock deal. Reactions from the company’s investors have included surprise, disappointment and a desire to forget the deal ever happened.

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?Major Publishers Dismiss Lawsuit Against Follett Corporation

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Follett Corporation, a textbook distribution company, announced this week that it has agreed to adopt a set of “ Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices ,” a list of guidelines co-developed and endorsed by four major textbook publishers. As part of the agreement to adopt the principals, the publishers dismissed their case against Follett, which claimed the company was purchasing illegal copies of textbooks and selling them at its college stores and through other distribution channels.

?Major Textbook Publishers Sue Follett Over Counterfeit Sales

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The companies claim many of Follett’s textbooks are purchased from questionable distributors that sell illegally-copied versions. However, the company released a statement calling the lawsuit an attempt to “cripple the campus store’s ability to provide lower-cost course material options, leaving students little choice but to buy higher priced texts from the publishers.” Other textbook distributors, including Chegg, Inc.

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Why Your Financial Advisor Doesn’t Recommend Edtech Stocks

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Now pretend that it’s late 2011, and we get into a debate about education technology. I’m excited for the industry’s future, and I think we can make money investing in publicly-traded edtech companies. Vanguard index fund which tracks the biggest companies on the NYSE and NASDAQ exchanges. Investment firms certainly track the technology sector, and some track the education sector , but there is no established benchmark for edtech companies. Chegg.

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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. In an effort to solve the never-ending debate over whether education technology “works,” EdSurge is creating “Surgecoin,” the first cryptocurrency tied to product efficacy. We will use some arcane technology called “blockchain” and distributed ledgers to validate that education software works.

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Stale Words and Hackneyed Ideas That Make Edtech Investors Cringe

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Bloomz , ClassDojo , Remind ), established companies ( SchoolMessenger ), and other deep pocket players from learning management system providers that already boast significant traction here. Chatbots are hip and cool these days and, while I agree that they have a lot of potential, most of the pitches are simply applications that turn IBM Watson’s natural language processing technology loose on a university’s existing FAQ page. Do you know what company is “Facebook for country X?”

MissionU Says It Can Replace Traditional College With a One-Year Program

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A venture-backed company today announced a new educational offering billed as an alternative to the standard undergraduate experience. He started his career as a consultant for Bain & Company, but during a trip to India when he was 25 years old he was inspired to start a nonprofit, Pencils of Promise, and to write a bestselling memoir called “The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change.”

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Top Trends Higher Education Textbook Publishers Must Follow

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With new technology constantly evolving with new and enhanced features to improve the student learning experience, textbook publishers needed to keep up with them. Companies like Chegg, eFollett, and BookRenter are offering new textbooks on rent for less than the price of a used book. Today, a lot of companies offer subscription-based services.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. “ Is Running a Company Like Leading a Classroom? Via The Outline : “The rise and fall of the company behind ’ Reader Rabbit’ and all your favorite educational games.” Via MIT Technology Review : “ Oculus hopes its $399 headset will bring virtual reality to the masses.” The learn-to-code company has raised $6.9

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Hack Education Weekly News

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*Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via Inside Higher Ed : “Two sports apparel company executives and an aspiring sports agent were found guilty Wednesday of wire fraud charges in connection with the most significant sports scandal in recent National Collegiate Athletic Association history – a scheme to pay off the families of men’s basketball recruits and secure their commitment to teams at Adidas-sponsored universities.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “Colleges Use Technology to Help Students Manage Mental Health.” Via The Atlantic : “ Police-Grade Surveillance Technology Comes to the Playground.” ” Via Education Week : “Security Companies Sell School ‘Hardening’ as Mass-Shooting Solution.” The language learning company has raised $12.5

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” (I’m including this here because all of these entities – Kushner’s family, the companies he received loans from – have education investments too.). ” (Learndirect is a job training company that has a major contract with the UK government.). ” Via Campus Technology : “ ACE and Credly Building Transcript for Digital Credentials.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via The Wall Street Journal : “ California plans to sue one of the nation’s largest student loan companies.” ” That’s the Indiana Agriculture and Technology School , which Chalkbeat investigated earlier this year. ” Yet another story promoting “student success technology” at Georgia State University.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via Forbes : “The Startup President: How France ’s Macron Nearly Built An EdTech Company.” ” Ed-tech: where you don’t need an actual product idea for a company, and you can incubate your neoliberalism anyway. Via Campus Technology : “ University of Washington Continuum College Launches Coding Boot Camp.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via The Intercept : “These Are the Technology Firms Lining Up to Build Trump’s ‘Extreme Vetting’ Program.” Not really ed-tech-related, except for all those companies saying they’re “Uber for education.” The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative ’s CTO, Brian Pinkerton , is leaving the company. ” The Chronicle of Higher Education on Elsevier “becoming a data company.” The company has $8.3

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” 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. VR “comes of age,” says Campus Technology. Saint Francis High School invested $15,000 in the company back in 2012.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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No disclosure in this or its Class Central article that it shares investors with these MOOC companies.). ” Via Campus Technology : “ Southern New Hampshire U to launch Competency-Based Master’s in Online Ed.” the nation’s largest virtual charter school management company , as president of academics, policy, and schools. ” Via Campus Technology : “ Unizin Partners with edX , Cengage.” (National) Education Politics.

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