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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. similarly stormed through the early 2000s by bringing online learning to the world of K-12 education and went public in 2007. 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. Companies like K12, Inc.

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

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The online course won’t include any heavy technical lessons, and is specifically targeting learners without experience with AI who want to better understand the technology or ways it could impact their business. 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

Online Learning Platform, NovoEd Acquired by Boston Private Equity Firm

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Boston-based private equity firm Devonshire Investors has acquired NovoEd , a San Francisco-based provider of an online learning platform. NovoEd traces its roots to Stanford University, where engineering professor Amin Saberi and Farnaz Ronaghi, then a PhD student, launched their first online course in 2012. The pair then started the company in January 2013. These online courses are easy to sign up for, yet few students actually stick through and finish them.

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

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Just outside the walls of the ivory tower, a transformation is underway in the world of corporate learning, and those of us at colleges and universities should pay attention. Corporate learning and development, often referred to as L&D, is radically different than just a few years ago. Priorities and jobs are changing more quickly, so we need an agile learning environment that anticipates what learning needs will be, and where we can quickly access them.”

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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Via The Atlantic : “Why Young Pakistanis Are Learning Chinese.” ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). 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.) There’s more data about online education down in the “research” section at the bottom.

Education's Online Futures

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This is part six of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” Some of the most oft-told tales in education in recent years have the following plot: the students all move from “brick-and-mortar” to “online.” There was all that ink spilled circa 2010 that Khan Academy and “ flipped learning ” were going to “ change the rules of education ,” replacing in-class instruction with online videos watched as homework.

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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. ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). The company has raised $41 million total. (I

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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.” ” Via the Journal Sentinel : “More than 300 Kettle Moraine parents sign petition against online learning platform.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). The tutoring company has raised $825 million total.

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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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“ From the article that ”innovative teaching practice" appears to be project-based learning. ” “Behind Randi Weingarten ’s secret meeting with Steve Bannon ” by Mike Klonsky. ” For those keeping track of how ed-tech is intertwined in all this, here’s a list of Yuri Milner ’s education investments : 17zuoye, Remind, Coursera, Clever, Codecademy, ClassDojo, and General Assembly. “ social and emotional learning.”)

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” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Chinese President Xi Jinping called for strengthening ideological and political education in universities and charged Communist Party of China officials with prioritizing their work in this area, according to an account of a speech he gave at a two-day meeting on ‘ideological and political work in China’s universities and colleges’ published in the state-run media outlet Xinhua.” The company has raised $38.5

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “Should Online Courses Go Through ‘Beta Testing’?” ” The provider in question is Coursera , which has raised some $146.1 Via Inside Higher Ed : “ FutureLearn , the massive open online course provider owned by the Open University in the U.K., ” “What’s the bottom line on online preschool ?” Education Politics.

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” EdWeek’s Market Brief on “Implications for K–12 Companies in Trump’s Big Proposed Cuts to Ed. ” “Online Tool to Apply for College Aid Was Taken Down Due to ‘Criminal Activity’,” The Wall Street Journal reports. ” Via The Wall Street Journal : “Trump Officials Are Learning How Hard It Is to Sell $1 Billion of Their Assets.” “Are online preschools signaling the future of education?”

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” Via The LA Times : “Trump is ending Michelle Obama’s ‘ Let Girls Learn ’ initiative, CNN reports.” Not ed-tech per se (unless you recognize that “personalized learning” is greyballing), but according to The New York Times , “ Uber Faces Federal Inquiry Over Use of Greyball Tool to Evade Authorities.” “Is there an elegant way to administer exams in online courses ?” Education Politics.

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” Via ProPublica : “Meet the Hundreds of Officials Trump Has Quietly Installed Across the Government.” ” Via Education Week : “The Ohio education department could seek repayment of more than $80 million from nine full-time online schools , based on audits of software-login records that led state officials to determine the schools had overstated their student enrollment.” More on the politics of online education in the politics section above.