Coursera, K12, Inc. make bold moves to drive learning

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As I wrote about Coursera last year, although the company held intriguing promise, realizing its potential would require some big pivots. The then-billion-dollar company was flying high—until people became nervous about some of its academic results and operations—and the storm shifted to douse its growth. As I wrote, Coursera’s initial incarnation never felt to me like it could disrupt higher education. First, the company is investing significantly in its teachers.

A Shakeout Coming for Online Program Management Companies

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With so many online program management companies offering similar services, many market observers agree: something’s got to give. Ten years ago, just three or four companies existed to help universities start online programs.

Learning about Coursera -- a MOOC worth exploring

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Andrew Ng, Stanford University computer science professor, is the co-founder of Coursera, a for-profit company that partners with colleges and universities to provide free MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). It''s hard to believe that the company only started up in April!

Coursera Co-Founder Andrew Ng Wants to Bring ‘AI to Everyone’ in Latest Course

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Lessons will include how to select AI projects, as well as how to work with and manage AI teams within companies. The course will cost $49 per month and will be hosted on Coursera, a platform for massive open online courses, or MOOCs, that Ng co-founded in 2012. (He He left the company in 2014.) But the course won’t be offered through a university, like many of the other online classes on Coursera.

Coursera’s New Strategy Takes Inspiration From Netflix—and LinkedIn

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Coursera is quietly testing elements of a new strategy, with the goal of moving from a platform for courses to a broader career-building service. Two Stanford University professors founded Coursera about five years ago, amid a wave of hype that free online courses could one day replace residential undergraduate colleges. That never happened, and since then companies like Coursera have been trying to find their niche—and a sustainable business model. Coursera and Chill?

Coursera Nabs First Ivy League Degree Partnership with University of Pennsylvania

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The University of Pennsylvania has offered MOOCs on Coursera for several years, but now, it’s giving the online learning platform its first Ivy League degree. The university already offers online courses (some of which are MOOCs on Coursera ), but Vijay Kumar, dean of Penn Engineering, says Penn decided to widen its offerings in order to increase access to more students. A spokesperson for Coursera says that will hopefully change in the future.

Daphne Koller Bids Farewell to Coursera, Hello to Calico

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Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller has ridden the MOOC craze as the company’s CEO and later president. Yesterday, Koller announced she’s leaving the company to join Calico , a Google-funded research and development company that focuses on slowing aging and counteracting age‑related diseases. “It At Calico, Koller will serve as the company’s chief computing officer, leading teams developing new computational methods for analyzing biological data sets.

New CEO at Coursera Comes From Financial Tech, Not Higher Ed

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Two Stanford University professors with little background in business started Coursera about five years ago with a mission to bring free education to the masses. These days the company looks and feels very different (and it’s backed by $210-million in venture capital). Coursera’s new chief executive is Jeff Maggioncalda, who co-founded and spent 18 years leading Financial Engines, which offers fee-based services that help people plan for retirement.

Coursera’s Rick Levin On the Evolution of MOOCs and Microcredentials

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Coursera sits somewhat awkwardly on the border between traditional higher education and the Silicon Valley-forces working to disrupt it. The colleges create course videos and assignments that are offered on the company’s platform for free—and students can pay for a certificate showing completion. EdSurge: I’ve heard folks at Coursera refer to your courses and microcredential programs as “products.” It has been five year since Coursera launched its first MOOCs.

Andrew Ng, Co-Founder of Coursera, Returns to MOOC Teaching With New AI Course

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That experience spurred him to co-found Coursera. But he left that company in March , and since then has been working on three undisclosed projects in AI. Apparently one of those projects is his new online course sequence, which is being offered through Coursera. Coursera may be looking for a blockbuster these days. Andrew Ng taught one of the most-viewed online courses of all time—more than 1.5

Dear Liberal Arts Major: STEM Companies Need Your Skills to Grow

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But instead of a classroom, Wolochow now works on the Silicon Valley campus of a company that’s using technology to make learning more accessible to people throughout the world. Her career journey, which led her to Coursera, a startup that develops online courses and educational programs, highlights a trend that has become more pronounced in the last few years. Wong worked at several fintech firms before joining the mobile payments company.

Dr. Chuck on Inclusive Programming, Online Instructor Involvement and Coursera’s Paywall

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Charles Severance was one of the first professors at the University of Michigan to give the massive open online courses (MOOC) platform Coursera a try. To try to serve more students, Severance and his colleague, Colleen Van Lent, each have a new specialization on Coursera, which Coursera describes in part as a “series of rigorous courses.” Instead, a specialization can run from $39 to $79 a month, according to Coursera’s website.

As Coursera Evolves, Colleges Stay On and Investors Buy In

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Three years ago everyone was talking about Coursera, which had begun partnering with some of the world’s most elite colleges to offer free courses. And there were tough questions, as people wondered what the goal was for partner colleges, and how the Silicon Valley company could make enough revenue on free courses to survive. Those answers, the company announced on Tuesday, were enough to convince investors to give a fresh infusion of $60 million in venture-capital funds.

Looking to Grow in China? 3 Lessons for U.S. Edtech Companies

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China-based edtech companies raked in more than $1 billion in investment in 2015, or 37 percent of global funding for the year. At Coursera, we’ve seen registered users in China climb by more than 500 percent between 2013 and 2016, crossing the one million mark in 2015. Still, companies looking to do business in China face a “tangle of issues.”. When Coursera partnered with Guokr in 2013 , we were featured with only a few other partners.

Yes There’s ‘Disruption’ in College Market, But the Bigger Trend Is Growth of ‘Enabler’ Companies

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Some of the education sector’s most celebrated and best-funded startups—including Coursera, Minerva, and General Assembly—focus on providing alternatives to traditional postsecondary education, or challenging traditional approaches to higher education. Beyond online education, the enablement ethos has already extended into many other domains where for-profit companies are signing high profile, financially significant long-term partnerships with colleges and universities.

Meet the New, Self-Appointed MOOC Accreditors: Google and Instagram

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Some of the biggest MOOC producers, including Daphne Koller’s Coursera, may have figured out how to get employers to accept free online courses as credentials: Get big-name companies to help design them. We’re getting to the point where we’ll be profitable as a company.”.

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Mobile learning and personal metrics

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Gathering ''big data'' from learning analytics is perhaps the motherlode for most large scale course providers such as EdX , Udacity and Coursera (MOOC platforms). Such large data sets can conceivably be sold on for a sizeable profit to companies who are interested.

The Future of MOOCs Might Not Be Free

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FutureLearn , a social learning company owned by The Open University, announced this week that students taking some of its massive open online courses, or MOOCS, will have the opportunity to earn course credits toward degrees, including MBAs, as well as professional qualifications and certifications. The company is partnering with nine higher education institutions in the venture, said Matt Walton, head of product for FutureLearn. “It’s

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Massive Online Courses Find A New Audience With Continuing Medical Education

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Coursera, a company that hosts massive online courses and degrees, is the latest entrant among a growing number of online education providers that are entering the medical space. based company announced it will be adding an entire healthcare vertical with 100 new courses and 30 new “Specializations,” or what the company calls its paid bundles of courses that students can earn a certificate for. Coursera has its sight set on a global health audience as well.

Andrew Ng Is Probably Teaching More Students Than Anyone Else on the Planet. (Without a University Involved.)

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The assumption—especially in the marketing messages from major providers like Coursera and edX—is that the winners of traditional higher education will also end up the winners in the world of online courses. In fact, three of the 10 most popular courses on Coursera aren’t produced by a college or university at all, but by a company. That company—called Deeplearning.ai —is a unique provider of higher education. That company is now valued at more than a billion dollars.

MOOCs Find a New Audience with On-Campus Students

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Companies including Coursera and Udacity, as well as edX, a nonprofit created by Harvard University and MIT, partnered with well-known professors and colleges to offer these free courses. The university was already working with both Coursera and edX to build MOOCs, so it struck deals with both of them to give students free access to the courses on Michigan Online.

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Year of MOOC-based Degrees: A Review of MOOC Stats and Trends in 2018

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In the seven years since colleges and companies first started experimenting with large-scale online courses known as MOOCs, more than 100 million people have given them a try—though how they are used keeps changing. MOOC providers’ constant tweaking of the model seems to be paying off, as companies such as Coursera are hitting record revenues ( $140 million in 2018 for Coursera ). Here is a list of the top five MOOC providers by registered users: Coursera – 37 million.

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Much Ado About MOOCs: Where Are We in the Evolution of Online Courses?

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And popular providers like Coursera and edX are increasingly partnering with colleges and universities to offer MOOC-based degrees online. So, seven years after the “Year of the MOOC,” we’re wondering: Where are these courses and companies today? As for the MOOC providers, Coursera is the biggest one—with the most revenue and the most number of users, and also the most number of employees. Kristen, you work at UVa, which is one of the universities that partners with Coursera.

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MOOCs Are Global. So Where Do They Stand With New European Privacy Laws?

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And that’s forcing companies and colleges around the globe to reevaluate their data policies and practices. The law also requires that companies get explicit consent from users before sharing data, and includes many other data protections as well. MOOC-provider Coursera, for example, claims to have 6.5 Coursera has already released updates to its terms of service addressing GDPR requirements. At Coursera, it depends on the contract with the school.

Monetization Over Massiveness: Breaking Down MOOCs by the Numbers in 2016

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The spotlight on these companies have since dimmed, yet they continue to expand their footprint. By registration count, Coursera is still by far the largest MOOC provider in the world with over 23 million learners. Of the top five providers, only XuetangX is an non-English platform: Coursera - 23 million edX - 10 million XuetangX - 6 million FutureLearn - 5.3 Unlike previous years, no major venture funding rounds went to MOOC companies in 2016.

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The Business of Ed-Tech: 2017 So Far

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And indeed, according to my calculations too, the amount of money invested in education technology companies is up from this time last year and up from this time in 2015 as well. So far this year, there have been 95 investments in ed-tech companies, totaling $1.8

MOOCs Find Their Audience: Professional Learners and Universities

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At the recently concluded EMOOCs conference , the then CEO of Coursera, Rick Levin, shared his thoughts on this shift. Eighty-nine percent of Coursera learners are over the age of 22. 89% of @coursera learners are over the age of 22 pic.twitter.com/cGp0qmVMUW. Coursera for instance, took control of its catalog by incentivizing universities to launch Specializations (Coursera’s micro-credential) in certain topics.

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Top Summer PD Opportunities

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These are our top picks for online courses: Coursera. A unique online education community that offers courses, specializations and degrees from 150 of the world’s top universities and institutions, Coursera empowers learners to achieve their short- and long-term course goals online.

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

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Now, MOOC providers like edX and Coursera are looking towards new (and sometimes paid) offerings, as well as so-called “MicroBachelors” degrees designed to break up undergraduate credential into discrete components. How the Company Aims to Catch Tutoring Requests That Go Too Far. Here’s a look at how the education company is responding. So what do the top courses on MOOC platforms like edX and Coursera tell us about where teaching is heading?

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MOOCs Started Out Completely Free. Where Are They Now?

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Coursera Coursera aggressively tweaks its monetization model, which can lead to constant changes in how its courses work. It will be difficult to cover every scenario, so let’s focus on policies that apply to most courses, which also reflects the direction Coursera wants to move into it. A good majority of the new courses on Coursera are part of a specialization, a series of short courses that lead a microcredential.

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How Blockbuster MOOCs Could Shape the Future of Teaching

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The colleges and companies offering MOOCs can be pretty guarded these days about releasing specific numbers on how many people enroll or pay for a “verified certificate” or microcredential showing they took the course. But both Coursera and EdX, two of the largest providers, do release lists of their most popular courses. Both edX and Coursera typically split revenue 50-50 with their partners, and it’s up to each college or organization to decide how their cut is shared.

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More Colleges Are Offering Microcredentials—And Developing Them The Way Businesses Make New Products

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And Coursera, the venture-backed startup that also works with colleges to develop online courses, says it has added 50 new “specializations” (series of courses that add up to a noncredit certificate) in the past year. The move to try new types of online degrees and certificates is part of what Stevens calls a “recapitalization” of the higher-education sector , as state and federal support fades and Silicon Valley-companies and foundations move in with greater influence.

Live Online Video Classes Are ‘The New Face-to-Face.’ So How Many Students Can They Handle at a Time?

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In some ways, the San Francisco-based company is arguing that high-quality education can be done cheaper thanks to technology in ways that have been elusive in the past. So the company spent the last year trying to retool its system to allow an engaging experience on a larger scale.

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Should Online Courses Go Through ‘Beta Testing’? How One Provider Taps 2,500 Volunteers

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He’s one of about 2,500 volunteer beta testers for Coursera , and part of an expanded quality-control effort the company started in the past year. In some cases he decides to eventually take the whole thing, and Coursera waives the usual fee for him to get a certificate if he finishes. Coursera was a pioneer in offering MOOCs, or massive open online courses, in partnership with hundreds of top colleges.

Will Net Neutrality Reversal Hurt Digital Learning? As Vote Approaches, Mixed Opinions

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Mitrano, who is running for congress, says a benefit of keeping the internet’s current categorization as a utility means the FCC is able to use methods like taxation and regulation to leverage for-profit companies to bring internet to rural areas. But Charles Severance , a University of Michigan professor who also teaches massive open online courses (MOOCs) on Coursera , doesn’t think higher education will be terribly affected, he tells EdSurge.

Minnesota Higher Ed Office Says Udacity’s Nanodegrees Might Violate State Law

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The state’s Office of Higher Education sent a letter to Udacity officials last month notifying the company that Minnesota law requires schools offering degrees to “register with our office prior to offering distance education programs to residents of Minnesota.” Late last month Udacity’s lead attorney sent a reply arguing that nanodegrees do not fall under Minnesota regulations because the company does not call its offerings degrees.

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Two of these three institutions have rune MOOCs through Coursera, and the third has been researching emerging models of online learning as well as partnered with Khan Academy to produce video content. However, both spoke in a positive manner about their partnership with Coursera.

The Beginning of a New Era in the Online Degree Market

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Earlier this year, online education services company 2U–which powers many leading universities’ online programs– announced a partnership with shared workspace firm WeWork , creating an opportunity to embed its online programs in WeWork locations in cities around the world. Additionally, in another example of blending of online and in-person education, Coursera has begun a pilot offering its online MOOC courses to students at its campus partners.

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4 Ways AI Education and Ethics Will Disrupt Society in 2019

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In 2018 we witnessed a clash of titans as government and tech companies collided on privacy issues around collecting, culling and using personal data. Companies will face increased pressure about the data AI-embedded services use. Companies can circumvent issues by sharing more information about their AI, educating consumers about the services they offer and how AI is used and giving people the option to remove their data.

Kadenze’s March Toward Online Art Education, 1 Year Later

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While online education companies offer engineering, programming and business skills, one company wants to make sure that the fine arts isn’t being left behind. based company offers 50 classes from flagship schools like Columbia and Stanford. Competing startups like Coursera and edX also offer free and paid online courses and certifications to the masses via partnerships to produce content for online classes.