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

The Christensen Institute

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

Wisewire

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.

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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.

?In Move Towards More Online Degrees, Coursera Introduces Its First Bachelor’s

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And today, one of the largest MOOC providers, Coursera, announced it’s going one step further in that direction, with its first fully online bachelor’s degree. “We We are realizing that the vast reach of MOOCs makes them a powerful gateway to degrees,” Coursera CEO Jeff Maggioncalda said in a statement. Coursera already offers online degrees with masters programs from institutions including the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and HEC Paris.

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.

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.

The Future of MOOCs Might Not Be Free

Marketplace K-12

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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Mobile learning and personal metrics

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based on personalised identifiers such as your mobile device, but also for individuals who are monitoring their health, fitness or consumption of calories, for example. Such large data sets can conceivably be sold on for a sizeable profit to companies who are interested.

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.

US Edtech Funding Already Nears $1 Billion in First Half of 2019

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By comparison, in the first six months of 2018, companies raised $750 million across 62 deals. educational technology companies whose primary purpose is to support educators and learners across preK-12 and postsecondary education. Coursera, the Mountain View, Calif.-based

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. For example, colleges will be governed by the rule when a faculty member working in the E.U. MOOC-provider Coursera, for example, claims to have 6.5 At Coursera, it depends on the contract with the school.

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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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What If No One Seeks Credit for a Credit-Eligible MOOC?

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Now, only four Global Freshman Academy classes remain active, and ASU is shifting its focus to Earned Admission, a program designed to help transfer students and employees at Starbucks and other partner companies qualify for admission to the university by passing online classes.

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As Online Learning Grows, So Will Proctors. Case in Point: Examity’s $90M Deal

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Historically that involves bringing some form physical identification, but increasingly companies and institutions are turning to face recognition, fingerprinting and voice biometrics. As a result of the transaction, Great Hill will own a majority stake in the company.

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

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But the programs also serve as an example of how colleges, increasingly thinking like businesses, are eager to find new ways to bring in revenue. 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. One such company, ExtensionEngine, urges colleges to go through a “mindset shift” when thinking of new degrees online.

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

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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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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The Future of Learning, via Museums #MCN2014

Improving Education Environments

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.

Udacity VP of Learning: ‘We Never Start Anything Out of Academic Interest’

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Amid the futuristic glitz and glamour, the company announced plans to roll out a new set of short-term series of online courses, called Nanodegrees, all in part of the company’s growing push towards jobs-training. Udacity already offers courses in artificial intelligence, but the addition of even more programs in this field signals the company’s faith in a growing demand for employees with experience in the field.

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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8 teacher-loved edtech tools to try in 2017

eSchool News

Coursera. Coursera is known to work with both K-12 and higher education institutions and provide them with access to online courses. They use the latest available knowledge to ensure the relevance and effectiveness of education, which showcases the professionalism of the company.

As the Microcredential Market Booms, Don’t Forget the Learner

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One in five employers report that they have hired someone with a verified certificate from a platform such as Coursera or EdX. IBM and Salesforce are two companies who first used badges to promote skill-building for employee advancement, and that are now using them to find outside talent.

EverFi Rocks the Edtech Industry With $190 Million Fundraise

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EverFi is a rare breed of education technology company that can boast a wide reach. Last summer, the company held its retreat at a Native American reservation in Montana, where a team had been introducing its financial education offerings. based education technology company, second only to Bertelsmann’s $230 million investment in HotChalk in 2015. Bank of America, for example, is a major sponsor of EverFi’s financial literacy program.

The Metamorphosis of MOOCs

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Examples of these online course series, which are open to enrollment by any applicant, include Coursera Specializations which appeared in early 2014, and the MicroMasters , first offered in Supply Chain Management by MITx in 2015 via the edX online platform. Udacity’s Nanodegrees , edX XSeries , and edX Professional Certificates are additional examples of these open, online course series joining the growing ranks of alternative credentials.

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Edtech Industry Magnate Michael Moe Makes a Pivot

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In the global marketplace and growth economy, your education and your knowledge makes the difference, not only for an individual but for a company and, for that matter, a country. What’s an example where the analogy was helpful—and where it was not? public market cap companies.

Online Learning's 'Greatest Hits'

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Of the top providers, Coursera, the Wall Street-financed company that grew out of the Stanford breakthrough, is the champion with 37 million learners, followed by edX, an MIT-Harvard joint venture, with 18 million. Coursera is reportedly nearing a valuation of $1 billion , which would make it a “unicorn” in Silicon Valley parlance.

Unlocking stackable global credentials

The Christensen Institute

As the demand for higher education dramatically accelerates, so also the supply of modular educational resources is increasing through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) like Coursera and EdX, open educational resources (OER) like Khan Academy, and massive adaptive apps like Duolingo.

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What 2015 Holds for the Future of Education

Digital Promise

“In 2015, I think school districts, ed-tech companies, and researchers will emphasize the student as a key element of learning. ’ A prime example of this work from 2014 are the texts, lesson plans, and pedagogy shared by educators on Twitter through #FergusonSyllabus.”

The Rise of Early-Career Enhancers in Education

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At the end of a student’s journey, are bootcamps and online-learning platforms—just two examples of the recent explosion in new education providers that equip students with professional skills to be successful in jobs—that different from one another? Whether you agree with this characterization, companies like Coursera and Udacity have always seemed meaningfully different from Galvanize and General Assembly. In efforts to grab bigger market share, companies will change.

Millennials: The Straw That Will Stir Higher Education’s Next Disruption

EdNews Daily

Famous billionaire college dropouts like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and the late Steve Jobs are prominent examples of successes who never completed undergraduate degrees. One example of this is the newest trend of “ digital badges.” Article Written By: Hossein Rahnama.

‘Talent’ Has Become the New Theme Uniting Education and Employment

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Examples include IBM’s “ new collar jobs ” effort and the U.S. While there are high-profile examples of companies enhancing their tuition assistance benefits—such as the Starbucks deal with Arizona State or Chipotle’s work with Guild Education —that is not the norm (even though it represents a trend worth watching). But wait, didn’t companies say they see talent as a top priority? The postsecondary education sector is on a collision course with the world of work.

Report that says online learning growth is slowing misses big picture

The Christensen Institute

As Heather Staker and I point out in our new book Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools , for example, one of the ways online learning has improved in the K–12 setting is by blending in brick-and-mortar elements. Udacity’s Open Education Alliance with AT&T, Google, and others as well as Coursera’s Course Specializations in partnership with companies are just two examples of this.

Employer Credentials and Community Colleges: A Look Behind Google’s IT Support Certificate Program

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At Google, one of us works as a product lead for the IT Support Professional Certificate on Coursera—a program designed to take beginner-level learners to IT job readiness in about eight months. Google’s model involves a consortium of more than 20 companies—including Walmart, Bank of America, and Sprint—dedicated to considering hiring learners who complete the IT Support Professional Certificate.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

That being said, if you’re using a piece of technology that’s free, it’s likely that your personal data is being sold to advertisers or at the very least hoarded as a potential asset (and used, for example, to develop some sort of feature or algorithm).