Elsevier Faces Tough Questions About Its Business Model During Library and Publishing Conference

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And Elsevier, the for-profit scholarly communications giant that many librarians and researchers love to hate, will never go away. Attendees from academic libraries and scholarly publishing explored how higher education will have to adapt to changing demographics, rising inequality and continuing tensions between big commercial companies and their academic customers. UNC and Elsevier did eventually strike a deal. In spite of all that, UNC isn’t likely to ditch Elsevier.

How a Partnership Over Annotation Software Fits Into Bigger Changes in Research Workflow

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Elsevier, one of the world’s largest publishers of scientific journals, hasn’t been shy about shifting away from just publishing to offering a set of tools for scholars to use throughout the research process. Last week the company took another step along that path by announcing a partnership with a nonprofit named Hypothesis , which makes annotation software that lets readers make margin notes on online articles. Officials for both Elsevier and Hypothes.is

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Another: individual faculty are often caught between publishers (so far, everyone here hates sales reps) and their tenure/hiring/promotion/review companies (strong sense of long-serving profs as obstacles).

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ACT’s Latest Act: Investing in an Open-Source Assessment Startup

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Ever since taking the helm as CEO in 2015, Marten Roorda says ACT has closed 10 deals in which it has invested in, acquired or formed strategic partnerships with educational companies. Besides just being an assessment company, we’re also becoming a learning and navigation company,” Roorda tells EdSurge in an interview. The company offers a suite of tools used to create, deliver and generate reports from digital assessments.

?Major Publishers Dismiss Lawsuit Against Follett Corporation

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Follett Corporation, a textbook distribution company, announced this week that it has agreed to adopt a set of “ Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices ,” a list of guidelines co-developed and endorsed by four major textbook publishers. As part of the agreement to adopt the principals, the publishers dismissed their case against Follett, which claimed the company was purchasing illegal copies of textbooks and selling them at its college stores and through other distribution channels.

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Fingerprint Releases 5 Mobile Apps for Kids & Their Grown-ups - Here for The Holidays!

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Last week we discovered a great new app company called Fingerprint which would be launching soon. Fingerprint is backed by THQ (NSDQ: THQI), Reed Elsevier Ventures, and K2MediaLabs and is headquartered in San Francisco.

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Another: individual faculty are often caught between publishers (so far, everyone here hates sales reps) and their tenure/hiring/promotion/review companies (strong sense of long-serving profs as obstacles).

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There’s more MOOC news down in the “labor and management” section below, perhaps prompting another question that Edsurge doesn’t think to ask: “How viable are these companies that are being used to outsource and privatize online higher education?” Sometimes it’s fun to look back at old stories that the tech press dutifully pumped out about this company. Tutoring company Topica Edtech Group has raised $50 million from Northstar Group.

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” “ University of California System is playing hardball with Elsevier in negotiations that could transform the way it pays to read and publish research,” says Inside Higher Ed. The company has previously raised some $10 million for its science curriculum. Good thing this company isn’t involved in education either. Each week for the past eight or so years, I have gathered a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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” More news about a data breach at a testing company in the infosec section below. Edsurge covers Clever ’s new product “Clever Goals,” which takes the data that the company gleans about student usage of technology and sells it back to schools. ” I’m not sure I’d call the launch of a product from a for-profit research management company ( Digital Science ) “Democratizing Research Funding Data,” but there you go.

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” Via The New York Times : “DeVos Abandons Plan to Allow One Company to Service Federal Student Loans.” Buzzfeed’s Molly Hensley-Clancy looks at the acquisition of EDMC – the parent company of the Art Institutes chain – by The Dream Center Foundation , a network of Christian missionary centers. ” VR company AltSpaceVR is shutting down. The company, which helps parents find classes for their children, has raised $8 million total.

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Via Nature : “One of the world’s largest science publishers, Elsevier , won a default legal judgement on 21 June against websites that provide illicit access to tens of millions of research papers and books. A New York district court awarded Elsevier US$15 million in damages for copyright infringement by Sci-Hub , the Library of Genesis (LibGen) project and related sites.” Behavioral management company Hero K12 has raised $150 million from BV Investment Partners.

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” More details: “The 66-year-old Caraway, who has also served as the city’s interim mayor, admitted to accepting $450,000 in bribes and kickbacks from two key figures in the scandal that last year brought down the school bus agency Dallas County Schools ; Bob Leonard, who owned the stop-arm camera company that took millions from DCS; and Slater Swartwood Sr., Via The Atlantic : “ School-Security Companies Are Thriving in the Era of Mass Shootings.”

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” Shares in for-profit higher education companies were up on news of Trump’s election. ” Via AFR : “ Peter Thiel’s company Palantir Defense could win contracts under Donald Trump.” ” That WSJ piece suggests that Laureate Education has been spared the scrutiny other for-profit companies have faced under the Obama Administration because of the company’s ties to Bill Clinton. Presidential Politics. President-Elect Donald J.

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Meanwhile on Campus… Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Florida State Cancels Bundled Journal Deal With Elsevier.” ” WeWork, an eight-year-old company that has raised almost $7 billion in funding, has committed to pay some $18 billion in rent. Edtech Companies?”

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the largest for-profit operator of online schools in the country, are calling on the company to disclose how much it spends on lobbying and advertising ,” Education Week reports. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ DeVry University and its parent company will pay $100 million to settle a lawsuit , brought by the Federal Trade Commission, that claimed the for-profit institution had misled prospective students. The testing company has raised $33.63

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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. ” “Two assessment companies – Educational Testing Service and Data Recognition Corp. ” asks Fast Company. (I’m Via the EFF : “Stupid Patent of the Month: Elsevier Patents Online Peer Review.”

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Here are the education technology companies that have raised money from ISPs. ” “ Elsevier Wants $15 Million Piracy Damages From Sci-Hub and Libgen ,” says TorrentFreak. I’d totally forgotten that Zynga was still a thing, but apparently the company has enough money to subsidize gaming courses. Here’s a look, from Edsurge , at the company’s involvement in education, so that’s just swell.). Education Politics.

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” Oh sure sure, this isn’t exactly education technology news, except for the part where Khosla invests in education technology companies and his wife founded the open education organization CK–12. Wikispaces Classroom (and free wikis from the company, now owned by TES ) joins the ed-tech dead pool. blog : “ Elsevier Collaborates with Hypothesis to Integrate Open Annotation.” The test prep company has raised ~$8 million total.

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Not really ed-tech-related, except for all those companies saying they’re “Uber for education.” The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative ’s CTO, Brian Pinkerton , is leaving the company. ” I mean, as long as data isn’t an issue and tech companies can build voice recognition software that recognizes languages other than English and accents other than Californian. ” The Chronicle of Higher Education on Elsevier “becoming a data company.”

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The “pioneer in the science of learning,” as Inside Higher Ed puts it , will help the technology company with its internal training program. Via Politico : “ Families for Excellent Schools CEO fired after investigation into ‘inappropriate behavior’ ” That’s Jeremiah Kittredge , who’s run one of the best funded pro-charter advocacy groups in the company. ” The company, which has raised some $107.4

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” (I’m including this here because all of these entities – Kushner’s family, the companies he received loans from – have education investments too.). ” (Learndirect is a job training company that has a major contract with the UK government.). ” Speaking of Udacity , the company has responded to the outcry about its all-male, mostly-white advisory board by dissolving it.

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Via the AP: “A new federal lawsuit by Pennsylvania ’s attorney general says the nation’s largest student loan company engaged in abusive practices that have cost borrowers billions of dollars.” ” The largest student loan company is Navient. She’s an investor in a company that targets that group.) ” Useful for when you hear ed-tech evangelists swoon about how this company is going to revolutionize education.

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” Testing, Testing… Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “These days, everyone’s talking about ‘equity,’ and now a testing company has affixed the word to a new effort. The company behind the ACT on Wednesday announced plans for a Center for Equity in Learning, which will focus on helping underserved students succeed in college and the work force.” ” “ Blockchain Company’s Smart Contracts Were Dumb.”

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The sale of the Apollo Education Group , parent company of the University of Phoenix , has been finalized. Elsevier has acquired Plum Analytics. Student loan company SoFi will acquire Zenbanx. For those who keep touting the future of wearables in education: “ Fitbit Deemed Unfit By Several Wall Street Firms” says the Investors’ Business Daily , reporting on the company’s plunging stock price. Education Politics.

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” Via Politico : “A complex legal battle involving dozens of debt collection companies fighting over contracts with the Education Department has essentially suspended the government’s ability to collect defaulted student loans , the Trump administration disclosed in a court filing on Monday night.” ” Via Infodocket : “ Louisiana State University is Suing Elsevier For Breach of Contract.” Education Politics.

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Via Masslive.com : “ Massachusetts state government announced a new partnership with an online education company on Thursday to help public employees and the state’s public universities take advantage of online classes.” ” The company in question: edX. Linda Zecher declined to explain to the newspaper why she was leaving the company. “ Elsevier Wants CloudFlare to Expose Pirate Sites,” TorrentFreak reports.

Cultural hegemony and disruption

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Other commercial companies are also falling foul of disruptive technology. How long will it be before these media disrupt the hegemony the large publishing houses such as Elsevier, Springer and Wiley currently impose upon the academic world?

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“ Apollo Education Group , the parent company of the University of Phoenix and Western International University , announced Thursday that it would eliminate the use of mandatory arbitration clauses in students’ enrollment agreements,” Inside Higher Ed reports. The New York Times on The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow , an online charter school: “Online School Enriches Affiliated Companies if Not Its Students.” The Indian gaming company has raised $1.2

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Lots of reporting on various court filings in the Trump University case, particularly those about the company’s “ playbooks ” detailing how former employees sold its course packages, targeting vulnerable populations. ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “Communications Experts Criticize Elsevier - Florida Pilot.” ” Via The Baltimore Sun : “Company says it can predict whether a teacher will be good – before entering a classroom.”

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