In China’s Silicon Valley, Edtech Starts at the ‘MOOC Times Building’

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One sign of that: There’s a 22-story tower in the country’s capital officially named the “MOOC Times Building” that houses a government-supported incubator for edtech companies. The building boasts two tricked-out production studios that any of the companies in the industry park can use to film and edit video for courses. But MOOCs were trending upward back in 2014 when the education incubator was established, so it made a catchy name for the building.

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How Blockbuster MOOCs Could Shape the Future of Teaching

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After all, so-called MOOCs, or massive open online courses, were meant to open education to as many learners as possible, and in many ways they are more like books (digital ones, packed with videos and interactive quizzes) than courses. 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.

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MIT Moves Beyond the MOOC to Court Companies, Professional Learners

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Providing courses to companies, and adults not enrolled in a full-time degree program, has long been a way for universities to extend their reach (and pockets) beyond the physical lecture hall. Until lately, those online MIT courses have somewhat resembled so-called massive open online courses, or MOOCs, says Clara Piloto, director of global programs at MIT Professional Education.

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MOOC Pioneer Coursera Tries a New Push: Selling Courseware to Colleges

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The company, which was started by two Stanford University professors in 2012 and is now one of the most well-funded in the education industry , has always been highly picky about which colleges it works with to develop courses.

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. edtech companies in the first half of 2019.

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

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But he left that company in March , and since then has been working on three undisclosed projects in AI. Dhawal Shah, co-founder of Class Central, a directory of MOOCs, says that “enrollment numbers have dropped drastically in the recent times” for individual courses. It’s an argument he’s been making on the lecture circuit lately, including at a keynote he gave in May at the ASU+GSV Summit on edtech innovation. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

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

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tech firms, including edtech players. China-based edtech companies raked in more than $1 billion in investment in 2015, or 37 percent of global funding for the year. Still, companies looking to do business in China face a “tangle of issues.”. edtech companies can expect to confront special regulatory and infrastructure challenges in China, in addition to having to adapt content and design. Education Technology Market Trends Edtech Business

Trump's Edtech Agenda Should Address Effectiveness, Equity, and Equilibrium in Higher Ed

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radio and televisions in the early 20th century and online learning and MOOCs via the Internet in the early 21st century.) Do they opens the door for companies to take the lead on how students learn and how their data is used? recommendations for the edtech industry to protect student data privacy. There is a natural tension between for-profit companies and nonprofit or mission-driven colleges and universities.

?Meet Intel Education Accelerator’s Newest Cohort of EdTech Visionaries

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It was an edtech entrepreneur’s dream on Wednesday at Intel’s Education Accelerator Demo Day. The program announced that last year, participants like tutoring app company GotIt! raised more than $9 million in a recent Series A round , and handheld wireless sensor company PocketLab is now teaming up with Google to bring the pocket-sized lab equipment to the Google Science Journal. It’s the eighth startup project for CEO Cy Megnin, who’s raised $500,000 for the company so far.

US Edtech Investments Peak Again With $1.45 Billion Raised in 2018

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education technology companies raised $1.45 edtech startups in 2017. And that dip in dealflow has been happening in recent years: Investors are pouring more money into the edtech industry, but across fewer companies. Source: EdSurge One trend is clear: The dollars invested in the US edtech industry has ticked up steadily since 2011 (considering 2015 as an aberration). For edtech companies able to show consistent growth and revenue, that should be welcome news.

Equity in #EdTech: A Report Review

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If you care about equity in edtech, this report is a must-read, especially if you are interested in evidence-based research and practical solutions. If you don’t care about equity in edtech. MOOCs vs Open textbooks). [This post was co-authored with Autumm Caines.

Stale Words and Hackneyed Ideas That Make Edtech Investors Cringe

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Dreamit Edtech network to get their “lemon lists” of concepts, statements, and business models that edtech entrepreneurs may want to think twice—or thrice—about. Bloomz , ClassDojo , Remind ), established companies ( SchoolMessenger ), and other deep pocket players from learning management system providers that already boast significant traction here. Do you know what company is “Facebook for country X?” MOOCs or General Assembly for country X.

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Fewer Deals, More Money: U.S. Edtech Funding Rebounds With $1.2 Billion in 2017

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based edtech startups in 2017 saw a resurgence of investment capital. So far this year, these companies raised over $1.2 edtech investments in 2011. educational technology companies whose primary purpose is to improve outcomes for teachers and learners across K-12 and higher education. billion—does not account for companies whose primary product and service focus on student loan refinancing. edtech companies. edtech startups hit almost $1.7

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Why 2U Decided to Buy a Little-Known South-African Company for $103M

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This week 2U surprised many education-watchers when it made its very first acquisition, dropping $103-million on a 9-year-old South-African company called GetSmarter. Since the company started in 2008, it has stayed focused on that one idea, and on serving only highly-selective colleges in the U.S. The formula has reaped rewards: in 2014 2U became a rare edtech company to go public. The way the company tells it, 2U wasn’t looking to start buying up companies.

15 hot edtech trends for 2017

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To get a glimpse into what the next 12 months will hold for everything from professional development to digital learning, and from communication to virtual reality, 15 ed tech luminaries looked back on 2016 edtech trends to help predict what’s in store for 2017.

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Building Effective Edtech Business Models to Reach the Global Poor

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Students like Battushig who used free online courses to achieve world-class education motivated players like Coursera and the State Department to launch initiatives like Learning Hubs and MOOC camps from Vietnam to Bolivia. Yet, as edtech companies became laser-focused on figuring out their business models, the emphasis on serving the poorest students in the poorest countries dwindled. Are there viable edtech opportunities in so-called bottom-of-the-pyramid markets? .

?Edtech is Trapped in Ben Bloom’s Basement

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And in the process of trying to educate myself on the matter, I’ve come to a scary realization: Edtech is trapped in Ben Bloom’s basement. For all Silicon Valley’s talk of “disrupting” education, most of the edtech that exists today simply digitizes ineffective aspects of education’s yesteryear. Yet thinking back to my stroll through the library, this is not what some of even the most popular edtech tools encourage.

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Rwanda’s ahead of the online CBE learning curve

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accredited degree program through a blend of massive open online courses (MOOCs), CBE, and guided in-person interactions. In shared homes in Kigali, 12 to 20 students will watch videos from MOOCs or other open educational resources. The organization, therefore, has been working directly with companies in Rwanda to understand better the companies’ resource gaps as well as the workforce competencies they seek. This blog was first published on CompetencyWorks.

Rethink Education Re-Ups Commitment to Edtech With $107.5 Million Fund

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These statistics offer a somber reminder that the edtech industry does not produce quick, home run hits. Other EdSurge stories about edtech venture capital. 2016 US Edtech Funding Totals $1 Billion. Following Edtech Money (in-depth report on U.S. Rethink Education , an edtech investment firm based in White Plains, N.Y. In addition to the Engrade and Smarter acquisitions, another Rethink portfolio company, 2U, went public in 2014. Venture capital for U.S.

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

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While not quite the “Year of the MOOC,” 2018 saw a resurgence in interest around the ways these massive open online courses are delivering free (and more often these days, not free) online education around the world, and how these providers are increasingly turning to traditional institutions of learning. That’s why we’ve also highlighted a few here that we don’t want you to miss, from complicated community college turnarounds to where IKEA and edtech overlap.

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4 Important Lessons from 15 Years in EdTech

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Almost all of those companies went out of business. Collaborative Learning, 21st Century Skills; Blending Learning, Student Engagement, MOOC; Flipped Classroom; Gamification; Big Data.

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The Greatest EdTech Generation Ever – LIVE Blog of Justin Reich’s Keynote

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In fact, if you Google “rainbow starburst bracelet” and the official video from the company has been viewed a fraction of the times. As a researcher, Justin has been carrying this concept into his work with MOOCs.

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4 Important Lessons from 15 Years in EdTech

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Almost all of those companies went out of business. Collaborative Learning, 21st Century Skills; Blending Learning, Student Engagement, MOOC; Flipped Classroom; Gamification; Big Data.

Tips for Landing an Edtech Gig—From the EdSurge Jobs Team

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Looking for a job can be daunting, particularly if you are pivoting to a new role or switching industries, like those folks coming into the edtech space. Over the years of running the EdSurge edtech jobs board, we’ve collected some helpful tips and resources for finding your dream edtech job. Building Hard Skills: There are so many courses nowadays (online, especially—thanks edtech!) Check out our growing list of MOOCs and Courses on the EdSurge Index.

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On the Hotseat: 7 Questions for NovoEd’s New CEO, Ed Miller

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I first became involved in edtech as CEO of Xythos, a content repository system that was one of the first solutions that allowed universities and K-12 systems to have cloud based file sharing and storage. At DataHero, my most recent company, I liked being in a startup environment where I had the opportunity to help build a company from a very early stage. NovoEd fuels my passion both for building a company and impacting the world through education.

?The Future of Online Learning Is Offline: What Strava Can Teach Digital Course Designers

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They were incredibly hardworking people, but the ones creating the most significant social impact in the world were also often too busy to finish a MOOC. A few companies are heading that way. These things are happening in fits and starts across various MOOCs and online courses, but we don’t yet have a seamless, Strava-like platform for learning and teaching. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

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New Technology Connects Jobseekers with Employers

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These were just some of the challenges addressed by innovative startups from across the western United States in the semi-finals of the 2018 Global EdTech Startup Awards (GESA), co-sponsored by Digital Promise and GSVlabs, and the Michelson Foundation on November 15.

Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years

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The new E-learning technologies keep on evolving, and a lot of companies are investing in it to yield efficient employees. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). MOOC is not a new concept in the e-learning industry. Many prestigious universities such as Harvard offers MOOC at minimal or no cost. MOOC also offers group collaboration and feedback through online evaluation. education edtech innovation teaching

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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. Education Technology Mergers and Acquisitions Edtech Business

ISTE Wants to Be More Than Just a Conference. Learn How They Are Expanding.

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ISTE is traditionally known for its annual edtech conference, which draws as many as 15,000 people each year. In addition, the organization has announced a new platform to review technology tools and a framework for implementing edtech in the classroom. For many, what ISTE is doing with online courses may sound similar to MOOCs (massive open online courses), or other online certifications for educators offered by big companies such as Google, Apple and Microsoft.

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Still in the Thick of K-12? Amazon Partners With Edhesive to Bring CS Education to Schools

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On Monday, just days after the company quietly said it would be shutting down TenMarks’ online math and writing tools , it announced a partnership with Edhesive, a company that offers computer science curriculum to schools. An Amazon spokesperson wrote over email that the companies “wish to activate up to 100 schools or provide [10,000] new users with this new course content.” Education Technology Enterprises Edtech Business

Online Learning's 'Greatest Hits'

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In a telephone interview, Phil Hill, edtech guru and co-publisher of the widely followed e-Literate blog , acknowledged that “the LMS is not only part of the university’s core infrastructure, but it also allows faculty and students to use technology creatively in the classroom.” Online learning is not just another edtech product, but an innovative teaching practice." The term MOOC was coined by others in 2008.)

Quantified Learners: Moving Beyond Assessment

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More importantly, and more concerningly, most edtech companies are not considering these capabilities in the data-collection systems they are developing and using. Technology #edtech assessment Quantified Learners: Moving Beyond Assessment. By Andrew Smith Lewis.

?Why an iTunes Model for Online Learning Is Bad for Educators

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As MOOCs surged in popularity from 2012 to 2015, universities, nonprofits, schools and companies all jumped into the game of developing online courses, and giving them away—often at the promise of no cost—to the world. But this was only possible because their production was highly subsidized by universities, investors or philanthropists who were testing out MOOCs as new forms of brand building or educational research. Education Technology Market Trends Edtech Business

Gradescope Raises $3.75M to Speed Up Grading in Higher Ed

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And so he began building a prototype for an automated online grading tool that today has grown into his company, Gradescope. Other efforts such as MOOC platform edX’s Enhanced AI Scoring Engine have similarly tried to use automation to reduce the time educators spend on grading. Singh’s company takes a slightly different approach. Education Technology Financing Edtech Business

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