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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. ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. The company has previously raised some $10 million for its science curriculum. Good thing this company isn’t involved in education either.

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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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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. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. The company has raised $16.6

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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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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.). ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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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. “‘Eton for all’: will robot teachers mean everyone gets an elite education? She’s an investor in a company that targets that group.) Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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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. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Elsevier has acquired bepress.

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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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Via Chalkbeat : “Robotics is bringing Betsy DeVos to Detroit for the first time as education secretary.” Meanwhile on Campus… Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Florida State Cancels Bundled Journal Deal With Elsevier.” The financial services company has raised $8.9

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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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” (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. ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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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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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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” 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.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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The sale of the Apollo Education Group , parent company of the University of Phoenix , has been finalized. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. 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.

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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.

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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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