The Value of the Online Program Management Industry

Wisewire

The Online Program Management (OPM) industry has emerged over the last decade as a key part of the online higher education marketplace, with $1.1 Recently, the OPM industry was discussed in an article published in The Atlantic, and the verdict was not favorable toward certain OPM providers.

‘Back to School’ Hijinks and Lessons for the Education Industry

Edsurge

But to the BMO’s annual education industry conference, where company executives, investors, bankers and financiers of all stripes descended in their suits and slacks (but very few ties). In rooms on the upper floors were private meetings to wheel and deal.

Should I Stay or Should I Go? An Opinionated Guide to Changing Edtech Industry Conferences

Edsurge

They’re abbreviations for major conferences for companies in the education industry. What sets them apart from purely teacher-focused conferences is that industry players aren’t viewed mainly as vendors who pony up for a sponsorship or exhibit booth. The last time I took a detailed look at the industry conference landscape for EdSurge was in 2014. There are also other highly specialized and invitation-only industry conferences. ASU GSV. SXSW EDU.

How to Prepare Students for Jobs in the Self-Driving-Car-Industry

Edsurge

Many roads lead to a career in the self-driving car industry. That painfully obvious pun is actually one of the truest things you can say about this nascent, multidisciplinary enterprise, and it also encapsulates the challenge educators who want to prepare their students to work in this industry are facing today. People working in this industry have a wide range of skills and experience.” One thing all of those companies seem to have in common, says John M.

Twelve Years Later: How the K-12 Industry and Investment Landscape Has Shifted (Part 2)

Edsurge

Twelve years ago, Amplify CEO Larry Berger and I wrote about the “ pareto distribution ” of companies in the K-12 sector. Most revenue was generated by a few winner-take-all companies, then there was a long tail of subscale operators. So what is the state of the industry?

How to Build a High-Functioning Remote Team for Your Edtech Company

Edsurge

Employees report higher productivity , greater efficiency and less stress , while companies can benefit from lower real estate costs and an expanded talent pool. My former company, Big Universe ( now acquired ) was a fully-virtual operation.

Golden State GDPR: What the Edtech Industry Should Know About CA’s New Privacy Rules

Edsurge

This is a game-changing law that will impact companies in the U.S. Rather, the impact will be felt by all companies that collect personal information of California residents—including those involving minors, which disproportionately impacts K-12 education technology. The law will apply to any company doing business in the Golden State, even if physically located elsewhere. The law requires companies to seek compliance from their service providers and third-party partners.

An Education ‘Intrapreneur’ on the Difficulties Innovating in a Conservative Industry

Edsurge

I mean, I was so peeved at the publishers who come out there and talk about being education companies, but shareholder value trumps all. Not just in business, but what is it that allows people to get breakthroughs in the industries that they're working in or the disciplines that they're working in. In industry, you saw big titans falling to smart, high-potential young people with ideas. So after college, you worked at a computer company then you moved to Texas Instruments.

Can start-up companies profit off one of the lowest paid professions: home-based child care?

The Hechinger Report

The San Francisco resident graduated from nearby Mills College in May 2018 with a master’s degree in early childhood education, and today she is getting her dream off the ground with the help of a new child care services company called Wonderschool.

Meet the New, Self-Appointed MOOC Accreditors: Google and Instagram

Wired Campus

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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To Find Diverse Talent, Some Companies Look to College Clubs

Edsurge

College career fairs look like an awkward high school dance: Students circle around company booths, unsure whether to stop and drop off a resume. Companies blindly court juniors and seniors to their floorspace, hoping that they’ll be the right fit for internships and full-time positions. One company is making a business out of helping student associations and companies connect beyond the walls of tri-folds and stacks of resumes at career fairs.

Big Ed-Tech Industry Network Names New Leader

Marketplace K-12

Leadership at the Education Technology Industry Network is changing this week, as Karen Billings retires and Chris Lohse takes the reins as senior vice president and managing director of the 200-member organization. Billings has been at the helm of the ed-tech division of the Software & Information and Industry Association or SIIA, for 14 years, overseeing its growth as a proliferation of new companies representing a range of new types of products emerged in the industry.

Meet the 83-Year-Old App Developer Who Says Edtech Should Better Support Seniors

Edsurge

But through learning how to code, she believes that experience offers an even more important lesson to today’s education and technology companies: don’t forget about senior citizens. And while there’s a growing industry around serving adult learners in higher education, companies largely neglect to consider the needs of the elderly. What could education technology companies do to better support senior citizens?

Old Ways Meet New Tech (and New Students) at Meeting of Library and Academic Leaders

Edsurge

Next Wave 2017 was the latest in an annual, invitation-only meeting series run by Ithaka , the nonprofit group behind JSTOR, ArtStor, the PORTICO digital archiving and preservation service, and Ithaka S&R, which conducts research on higher ed and technology. Shirky invoked Napster, the music file-sharing system brought down by legal action on the part of the music industry. With edtech, specialized isn’t always better.

OPINION: ‘Our student loan policy has been corrupted by the powerful companies that profit from it’

The Hechinger Report

Together, these developments illustrate just how completely our nation’s student loan policy has been corrupted by the powerful companies that profit from it. Secretary DeVos went so far as to install industry representatives in key policymaking positions.

Inside the oil industry’s not-so-subtle push into K-12 education

The Hechinger Report

The board has spent upwards of $40 million over the past two decades on K-12 education with a pro-industry bent, including hundreds of pages of curricula, a speaker series and an afterschool program — all at no cost to educators. Oil and gas companies are among NEED’s most prominent backers.

CatchOn Joins the Education Networks of America Family of Companies

techlearning

JUNE 26, 2018 In a move that enhances its mission of supporting education institutions and libraries, Education Networks of America ® (ENA) today announced that Dallas-based education technology company CatchOn, Inc has joined the ENA family of companies. NASHVILLE, TENN.

Companies Are Bought, Not Sold: M&A Advice From 3 Edtech CEOs Who Survived the Process

Edsurge

At the start of this decade, the education industry saw hundreds of flowers bloom. The industry has since consolidated, due in part to an uptick in mergers and acquisitions by education companies and private equity firms. So what is it like—and what does it take—to sell a company? You don’t just one day say, ‘I’m going to sell,’ meet someone and they buy you,” says Kim Taylor, CEO of Cluster and former co-founder and CEO of Ranku.

Edtech Company Learning.com Named Oregon Top Workplace for Third Consecutive Year

techlearning

But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. The company works with more than 2,500 school districts and serves five million students from 21 countries around the world.

What I Learned On My ‘Secret Sabbatical’ As a Scholar-in-Residence at a Private Company

Edsurge

The secret sabbatical (so-called because I didn’t really disclose it to Steelcase, also because I want it to sound cooler than it really is) was about using my position as an embedded academic in a corporation to gather all the intel that I can about how private companies work and to see if there’s anything that’s particularly good that could be adapted and brought back into higher education, to make higher education better. The best companies seem to be defined by their agility.

Meet the Mastermind Behind an Innovative, New Way to Teach Math

MIND Research Institute

What our approach does is build spatial-temporal reasoning, and then connect that spatial-temporal reasoning to mathematical understanding,” accomplishing what other software companies haven’t. Video produced by NationSwell in partnership with Cisco.

MIT Moves Beyond the MOOC to Court Companies, Professional Learners

Edsurge

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. In 2013, MIT began offering online programs for working professionals to meet learners across the globe. Now, as MOOCs have evolved to court professional audiences , so too have MIT’s efforts to harness companies and organizations.

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Pearson, AFT Square Off Over Company’s Profits, Focus

Marketplace K-12

The American Federation of Teachers is pressuring Pearson PLC, the global education company, to conduct a business strategy review with an eye to becoming more profitable. “Our strategy is clear,” the company said in the March 17 statement. posing a threat to the company.

New Company Says by Using Its Service, Students Can Test Classroom Tech Before Arriving on Campus

Edsurge

Founded by a father-son duo, the company launched this year with the goal to create “tier zero” for students and tech support before the school year starts, co-founder Ben Sample (the son in the duo), tells EdSurge. The other cofounder, Jay Sample, says a student visiting the company’s website can click a “scan” button to run tests that are each related generally to the requirements stipulated by the LMS or the school.

Where Diversity, Inclusion and Education Meet: A Conversation With Black Girls Code Founder, Kimberly Bryant

Edsurge

Gender is just one part of the diversity problem confronting many technology companies today. As diversity reports from companies like Alphabet, Apple and Facebook reveal, the employee headcounts—especially in senior and executive positions—are overwhelmingly male and white. These companies have committed money, mentors and other resources to provide educational opportunities for underserved communities. And I want to run a video game company.”.

LaGuardia Community College: Where Business and Tech Education Meet

Edsurge

As the need for affordable education grows, community colleges are well positioned to provide post-secondary degrees, credentials or training to meet workforce needs. million in federal grants to provide at-risk, disadvantaged young people with free tech industry training. Fiore says tech is an industry that provides students with an opportunity to gain valuable skills at a high-level job that does not necessarily require a degree right off the bat. “A

PublicSchoolWORKS and Company Nurse Integrate to Provide Workplace Injury and Compliance Management Solution for Schools Across the Country

techlearning

Company Nurse is the first workers’ comp nurse triage service that ensures injured workers get the proper care while helping keep claims and costs low. About Company Nurse Workplace injuries are a fact of life.

Meet the 5 Education Technology Startups From Y Combinator’s Summer 2017 Class

Edsurge

Since 2005, Y Combinator has funded 1,430 companies and nearly 3,500 founders. featured 124 companies from 18 countries—marking the largest class in the accelerator’s history. Here’s what they’re working on: Lambda School The San Francisco-based startup combines some of the hottest trends in the edtech industry: computer science education, small classes, and income-share agreements. The company will not take more than $30,000 over the two years.)

Meet The Gates Foundation’s New Deputy Director in Higher Education

Edsurge

She began a long career in education, which included cofounding two social enterprise organizations (one of which helped get 4,000 women off welfare), serving as a Commissioner of San Francisco Unified School District’s Board of Education and starting two edtech companies. Hiles raised $12 million between 2011 and 2015 for her company, Pathbrite, which she sold to Cengage Learning in October 2015. I think education is the most complicated industry to work in.

National FFA Organization, Tractor Supply Company and Discovery Education Join Together to Provide Scalable Access to Innovative Careers in STEM and Manufacturing

techlearning

During the immersive virtual experience, students will learn more about diverse career opportunities within the industry of agriculture and meet Tractor Supply Company employees.

Alan November on the '$1000 Pencil' and Why Edtech Companies Aren’t Pushing the Envelope

Edsurge

The interview got quite a number of listens, likely because November said that the edtech industry had created a “mess” at one point in the interview. How has the edtech industry created a “mess”—and more importantly, whose responsibility is it to clean up that message, according to November? Your last (brief) interview with us incited a few passionate reactions, from individuals wanting to know what you meant by saying that the edtech industry has created a “mess.”

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Laurene Powell Jobs Invest in Company Focused on ELLs

Marketplace K-12

million to a company focused on building the skills of English-language learners. Launched in 2011, Ellevation describes itself as offering online management and instructional tools focused on building collaboration among educators and helping schools meet the evolving demand’s of the nation’s surging ELL student population. Zuckerberg said he would channel his funding through a limited liability company, rather than a traditional foundation.

Market Signals for Research-Based Innovations

Digital Promise

Companies are so quick to get a product out to meet what’s current in education that they fail to develop the quality and depth they need. Four product companies supported our iterative learning by participating in user testing: Lexia , ReadWorks , Speak Agent , and Zyrobotics.

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8 Epic Edtech Tools to Try This School Year

The CoolCatTeacher

In addition to his work in schools, Richard has been a consultant to some of the largest companies in the educational technology industry. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

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Preparing Students to Innovate with Computational Thinking

Digital Promise

The work of our district was recently recognized by the Council on Competitiveness , a collaborative of representatives from industry, government, business, and education that meets about economic competitiveness.

How edtech supports the success of the Nordic Education

Neo LMS

It is typical that every fall, parents and their children’s kindergarten teacher meet to design and discuss an individualized learning map for their children. There are around 80 education development companies in Finland, and 22 of them participated in EDUDigi.

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Global digital tribe

Learning with 'e's

Industrial society eroded the tribal gatherings of more primitive societies and redefined community. Post-industrial society saw the emergence of personal computers, the Web and a global communication network of mobile phones.

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Boosting Digital Literacies for a Purpose

Digital Promise

Community providers, such as the University AME Zion Church (UAMEZ) in Palo Alto, California, understand that digital literacy development, like any learning, starts with building trust in the community and meeting learners where they are.

Why smaller dosage work-based learning can mean bigger professional networks

The Christensen Institute

At scale, DVX wasn’t able to generate enough full-semester paid internships with industry partners. Smaller groups of DVX students (typically 4-6) formed teams based on their career interests and engaged in real-world projects with industry clients over a 6-8 week period.

Edtech, Equity, and Innovation: A Critical Look in the Mirror

Digital Promise

When an educator is unprepared and unable to access high-quality resources to meet our unique learners’ needs, the system penalizes the educator. Like any business, the edtech industry includes actors that prioritize profit.

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