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


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. The latter has spawned even more competition, from a new set of companies charging fees for specific services, rather than the bundles that the OPMs have historically used. Some companies have already found a niche and are doing well, said Kim.

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


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


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


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


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


Mobile learning and personal metrics

Learning with 'e's

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. 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.

How Innovations in Voice Technology Are Reshaping Education


Voice, after all, is one of the most natural ways to interface with technology, says Coursera’s Alexander Sanchez. Sanchez leads the Mobile Experiences and Emerging Technology team at Coursera, the online learning platform where students anywhere can take courses, master a career skill, get professional certificates, and earn degrees from 200 top universities and companies, including Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, Google and IBM. It could be in their car, for example.

Massive Online Courses Find A New Audience With Continuing Medical Education


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.

The great need for matching individuals to jobs during the recession

The Christensen Institute

Companies like Amazon, Walmart, and CVS intend to hire nearly 500,000 Americans in the coming weeks, according to The Wall Street Journal. Companies ought to connect the education organizations with which they work into their severance and hiring functions to create a tighter feedback loop and greater visibility between firing and hiring. Most recessions result in mass layoffs.

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


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.

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


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


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. Our analysis excludes companies whose primary business is to offer loans and happens to serve students (like Social Finance, which raised $500 million earlier this year). Coursera, the Mountain View, Calif.-based The U.S.

As the world goes virtual, big education technology players tighten their grip

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The company’s business model calls for giving its services to schools for free but charging families for them. We woke up on a Monday and saw 10 to 15 times” the number of customers the company had served at the same time the year before, he remembered. “It

Pros and Cons of Using eLearning Software in Your Classroom

Educational Technology Guy

Blogs of EdTech Companies You won’t find any academic research, lesson plans, or hot education news on these websites. However, EdTech companies study the market, pay attention to trending topics or the latest advancements, and cover them in their blogs. Here is an excellent example of an EdTech company that produces valuable content for educators.

5 Ideas for Teaching Students the Most Important Skill They’ll Need

Ask a Tech Teacher

The following are a few examples of learning resources that are available for ongoing education outside of high school and university: Certification Programs – Certification programs are typically training programs that are offered by tech companies or other organizations outside of traditional academia. For example, Microsoft offers certification programs to professionals who wish to gain mastery of one or more of their varied software products.

How Voice-Enabled Technology is Changing the Contours of Higher Education


Marissa's passion for education came early in her career when she was producing "edutainment" CD-ROM products for The Learning Company. Higher education institutions, edtechs and learning companies are using Alexa to enhance experiences for students.

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


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.

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


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. In 2013, the American Council on Education recommended colleges accept for credit 12 specific MOOCs offered by Coursera and Udacity.


To Better Serve Adult Learners, Eliminate the Barriers Between Work and Learning


Signature examples of this trend include Walmart’s Live Better U program , Starbucks’ College Achievement Plan and Amazon’s Career Choice program.

The Post-Pandemic Outlook for Edtech


The sudden shift gave leaders at DreamBox Learning, a math education company headquartered nearby, an early glimpse at the upheaval to come and an inkling that digital teaching tools would soon be in high demand around the country. Soon, schools would be inundated with sales pitches from edtech companies, and it didn’t take long before they started pushing back against those that seemed predatory. That strained the company, but it also notched DreamBox record levels of renewals.

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How Blockbuster MOOCs Could Shape the Future of Teaching


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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A year of purpose

The Christensen Institute

One study from Middlebury , for example, indicates that students who take a year off do better even after controlling for demographics, test scores, and entering grades. There are many solutions that can fill this need—from formal offerings from universities like Southern New Hampshire University and Western Governors University to informal ones from companies like Coursera and Udemy.

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The Beginning of a New Era in the Online Degree Market


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


Historically that involves bringing some form physical identification, but increasingly companies and institutions are turning to face recognition, fingerprinting and voice biometrics. The Boston-based company passed its own test of sorts today: securing a $90 million investment from private equity firm Great Hill Partners. As a result of the transaction, Great Hill will own a majority stake in the company. The company expects to grow its headcount—from its 100 full-time U.S.

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. For K-12 teachers, the platform also has many learning opportunities; for example, check out this course on integrating technology in the K-12 classroom that starts this month.

Today’s Awkward Zoom Classes Could Bring a New Era of Higher Education


In the early days of radio, for example, its proponents didn’t know quite what to do with it. The fall semester of 2020 is like nothing we have seen before in higher education. Most colleges and universities in the United States are conducting classes either partly or fully online.

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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. It is the second part that has these museums excited; it is also this second part that Coursera does not support nor does it aggregate learning analytics from. Both Daniel and Allegra bemoaned the lack of adequate social learning mechanisms in the Coursera system.

EverFi Rocks the Edtech Industry With $190 Million Fundraise


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.

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


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.


It’s Time to Digitally Transform Community College


While high-resolution data for community colleges isn’t available, we can see evidence for this in proxies such as Google search trends , consumers’ growing openness and intention to study online , booming MOOC enrollment , and publicly-traded online learning company enrollment results. One example is Calbright , the new online community college in California.

The Metamorphosis of MOOCs


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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Online Learning's 'Greatest Hits'


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.

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


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. Minerva is a for-profit company that has raised more than $119 million since its founding in 2012, and it provides online-education services and curriculum. Lawrence DeBrock Over the past year the company has been working to sell its online platform and curriculum to other universities.

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