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.

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?

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. I’m making [the class] funny and making it engaging and teaching [students], but I don’t get to meet these people.” 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.”

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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A Proposal to Put the ‘M’ Back in MOOCs

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The change has helped companies that provide these courses find a business model, but something crucial has been lost for students taking the courses. These days, most MOOC providers let learners start courses whenever they like (or on a bi-weekly or monthly basis, as Coursera does). At one point Coursera boasted about a average forum response time of 22 minutes; that’s no longer the case. Those who don’t meet the deadline could pay an upgrade fee and earn the certificate.

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Online Learning Platform, NovoEd Acquired by Boston Private Equity Firm

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The pair then started the company in January 2013. At the time they were not alone in their efforts; Coursera, Udacity (both of which were also co-founded by Stanford professors) and edX had launched MOOC platforms a year earlier. A study published by the company suggested that students who worked in groups were 16 times more likely to complete an online course class than their peers who took it individually.

The Metamorphosis of MOOCs

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At a recent meeting of educational technology policy advisors, a well-informed university CIO casually declared that MOOCs were history. 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.

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?Filling the Other Skills Gap

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And in the market of companies tackling the infamous employment gap between willing workers and open jobs, this maxim appears correct. The collection of edtech companies aimed at prepping educated, but still underprepared workers represents a virtual stampede of unicorns. The likes of Coursera, Udacity, Udemy, MasterClass, Lynda, and Pluralsight have together raised more than $1 billion and represent combined enterprise value of more than $5 billion.

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As Corporate World Moves Toward Curated ‘Microlearning,’ Higher Ed Must Adapt

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Businesses today have to be more agile and have to be able to pivot—access to content needs to be very rapid,” says Lori Bradley, executive vice president for global talent management at PVH Corp, a publicly- traded fashion and apparel company with 35,000 employees. Well-funded MOOC providers Coursera, Udacity and EdX have evolved their business models to focus squarely on corporate learning and serving professionals seeking credentials.

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. But while employers are critical constituents, we must ensure that in our rush to meet their needs, we aren’t forgetting the learner.

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

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Despite their often limited budgets, the innovative nature and adaptability of community colleges makes them well-positioned to meet the training needs for aspiring tech professionals. 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.

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

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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). Instead, companies today are increasingly likely to promote microlearning approaches that provide employees with short-form learning that may eventually stack into a larger credential.

George Siemens and David Wiley Join Forces for a MOOC About Open Education

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Since the New York Times named 2012 the year of massive open online courses (MOOCs), millions have flocked to platforms offering them such as edX and Coursera. Maybe you’re a graduate student in need a course that will appear as credit on your transcript; your professor will be able to grab some of the openly licensed material in our course and use that to put together something local that’s going to meet your needs.

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Why I’m Optimistic About the Next Wave of Education Technology

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Although the pessimists correctly observe that many questionable edtech startups have been over-funded and over-hyped these past few years (and some of the biggest are likely to crash to Earth in the near future), it’s simultaneously true that the next decade is likely to see the birth and growth of some of the most transformative education companies of this century. education technology companies each year for the past three years.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

" Tagged on: March 10, 2017 Shaping a digital marketplace that puts consumers first | Ford Foundation → The 'Digital Standard' aims to help consumers understand how a range of digital products measure up when it comes to security and privacy, so they can make educated choices about what to buy and use—and to help guide companies in building and designing products that take consumer privacy and security seriously.

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From the Coursera blog : “Announcing ‘ AI for Everyone ’: a new course from deeplearning.ai on Coursera.” is the new company of Andrew Ng , Coursera’s co-founder.) ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Meet the New Mega-University.” ” Via Education Week : “ FUNecole : Social-Emotional Learning Meets Computer Science and Digital Literacy.” The learn-to-code company has raised $2.6

Education's Online Futures

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No doubt, Udacity, Coursera, and edX have been moving away from “free” and “open” online education for a while now , charging fees for courses and certificates and acting much more like online program management companies – third party vendors for Internet-based courses and degree programs. Coursera also brought on a new CEO : Jeff Maggioncalda, whose previous job was in the financial planning industry.

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Education Technology and the Promise of 'Free' and 'Open'

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Remember in 2012 when Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller said in her TED Talk that her company’s goal was to “take the best courses from the best instructors at the best universities and provide it to everyone around the world for free”? Coursera began charging for certificates in January and launched a subscription service in October. Daphne Koller announced her departure from Coursera in August; she’s now working for Alphabet (a.k.a.

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Yale Announces ‘Blended’ Online Master’s Degree

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Students would meet in virtual classrooms where they would discuss course material using videoconferencing technology. In 2013 it joined with Coursera and started building MOOCs. Free online courses might make headlines, but tuition-based professional degrees in high-demand fields such as health care are where online courses, and the companies that help build them, are gaining a foothold.

The Flip Side of Abysmal MOOC Completion Rates? Discovering the Most Tenacious Learners

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verified certificates from Coursera and completed 11 social entrepreneurship courses from +Acumen. These skills include: Digital fluency and information literacy: the ability to cut through the noise on the internet and find the content and opportunities to address and meet their goals. Then grant those who complete it preferential screening for job opportunities at your company. Usman Khaliq was an engineering student in northeastern Pakistan when he took his first MOOC.

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Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly sharing five school districts’ private information with an advisory company while it was negotiating for the districts’ contracts.” ” I haven’t seen the ed-tech press cover this story, even though one of the charges he faced involved a contract with the ed-tech company Edgenuity. For-profit higher ed company Education Management Corp says it will close 22 out of 26 of its Brown Mackie College locations.

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Chopra worked at the CFPB and, while there, “sued two for-profit-college companies – ITT Educational Services Inc. ” It’s now unclear, observers say, if the FTC can regulate companies like Google or Verizon. The district failed to meet its burden of proof and interpreted a state law in a way that is ‘offensive to fundamental rights of free speech,’ the judge said.” ” asks Fast Company. (I’m Education Politics.

The Top Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't 'Tech')

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” We can see in Reagan’s pledge the roots of ongoing efforts to defund public education, something that enabled for-profit schools to step in to meet the demand for college. What sorts of companies and what sorts of products do venture capitalists like, for example?

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In Move Towards More Online Degrees, Coursera Introduces Its First Bachelor ’s.” ” “Coursera and other purveyors of massive open online courses supposedly signaled the end of traditional credentials and, as some told it, universities. Now the company is betting big on both,” says Inside Higher Ed. “ Coursera More than Doubles Number of Degrees on Its Platform,” says Campus Technology. The company has raised $3.3

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Not really ed-tech-related, except for all those companies saying they’re “Uber for education.” ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “ Andrew Ng , Co-Founder of Coursera , Returns to MOOC Teaching With New AI Course.” ” Via Recode : “ Google CEO Sundar Pichai canceled an all-hands meeting about gender controversy due to employee worries of online harassment.” The company has $8.3

The Business of Education Technology

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Bust or not, companies across the tech sector, particularly those with high “burn rates” , faced tough choices in 2016: “cut costs drastically to become self-sustaining, or seek additional capital on ever-more-onerous terms,” as The WSJ put it – that is, if they were able to raise additional capital at all. Daphne Koller left Coursera this year. The CEO of Safari Books left the company “ amidst massive layoffs.”

Education Technology and the 'New' For-Profit Higher Education

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Court filings from the fraud trial did provide some insights into how Trump University operated – high-pressure sales tactics detailed in the the company’s “ playbooks ” that revealed how Trump University employees sold its course packages – these cost up to $35,000 – targeting vulnerable populations in particular and feeding on their socioeconomic anxieties. million from the company between 2010 and 2015 before he stepped down from his role there.

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That seems to be Coursera ’s business model. Via Edsurge : “As LinkedIn ’s Video Library Grows, Company Says It Has No Plans to Compete With Colleges.” Via The New York Times : “ Climate Science Meets a Stubborn Obstacle: Students.” That’s despite privacy concerns about the company. The “personalized learning” company has raised $6.8 Education Politics.

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From the Department of Education press release : “ Federal Commission on School Safety Meeting to Focus on the Effects of Entertainment , Media , Cyberbullying and Social Media on Violence and Student Safety.” ” Also via Class Central : “ Coursera Lets Instructors A/B Test Their Courses, Experiments With Automated Coaching.” Or this one: “A Growth Mindset Can Reduce the Gender Gap in STEM,” claims Coursera’s blog.

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “ Coursera Removes Biometric Identity Verification Using Keystroke Matching,” Class Central reports. An update on Coursera co-founder Andrew Ng’s employment status in the HR section below. Via Inside Higher Ed : “ U of Maryland University College pursues a strategy of spinning off units into stand-alone companies, seeking financial gain for itself and affordable tuition rates for its students.”

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” Protestors were outside the meeting in force. ” The Kenyan Ministry of Education says that the Bridge International Academies are not complying with the country’s laws, and the company, which runs chains of schools across the developing world, has not received approval for its curriculum. This coding bootcamp was acquired by the University of Phoenix’s parent company, Apollo Education Group , in 2015. The gaming company has raised $26.5

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Via Inside Higher Ed : “ DeVry Parent Company Makes Pledges to Students.” ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Chalkbeat investigates the Indiana Virtual School : “As students signed up, online school hired barely any teachers – but founder’s company charged it millions.” The Australian company provides courses for schools that decide to outsource their educational services. From tech companies, I guess?

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Testing, Testing… Via EdSource : “Testing company fined in California for second year.” ” The testing company in question: ETS. “ Coursera ’s new monthly subscriptions could monetize procrastination,” says Techcrunch. ” My partner Kin Lane has been tracking on the ways in which tech companies are using certification to promote fields that might not quite be “a thing” yet. Presidential Campaign Politics.

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” Via Inside Higher Ed : “Breaking with longstanding tradition – through Democratic and Republican administrations – President Trump will not host a meeting with this year’s American Nobel laureates.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “Frustrated with the slow resolution of loan forgiveness claims at the Department of Education, two borrowers have filed a lawsuit against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and loan servicing company Navient in federal court.”