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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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When I first started working as a tech reporter, I assumed – naively – that venture capitalists were smart people who did thorough research before funding a company. I assumed that they looked to see if the company could do what it promised – financially, technologically. Its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, dropped out of Stanford to start the company when she was just 19. The companies that raised the most money this year: BYJU’s (tutoring): $540 million.

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and her chief of staff, Elias ‘Ronnie’ Simmons, were charged Friday with 24 counts of fraud and other crimes that federal prosecutors said allowed them to use a charity as a ‘personal slush fund.’” ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). “ Are MOOCs Forever ?” ” The company in question: Bridgepoint Education , which owns Ashford University and the University of the Rockies. Education Politics.

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” If you can’t create revenue, raise venture capital. Via Edsurge : “As LinkedIn ’s Video Library Grows, Company Says It Has No Plans to Compete With Colleges.” Udemy has a new CEO : “Kevin Johnson, former CEO of EBates, a marketplace for coupons and shopping discount deals.” That’s despite privacy concerns about the company. Education Politics.

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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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” She posits gaming as the new site for “modern learning,” with an emphasis on skills training and data-driven self-improvement. “Why are there 72 slides about gaming, from a company invested in EA, Zynga, Mobcrush, and Magic Leap?” There is much to learn from the Meeker report. There may be no better example of this in 2017 than “personalized learning.” Liulishuo (language learning) – $100 million.

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Tony Bates looks at “Brexit and online learning in Europe.” ” She promises that every kid will learn to code (of course) by having the private sector train CS teachers. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). From the edX blog : “How to be a Better Learner: Determine Your Learning Style.” ” Try learning styles, maybe. Via Inverse : “ Udemy ’s Exodus, Amazon ’s Gain.

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” A ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union raises interesting questions about the ownership of student data : “Exam scripts and examiner’s corrections are personal data of the exam candidate.” ” Via The New York Times : “DeVos Abandons Plan to Allow One Company to Service Federal Student Loans.” ” Not sure why these are the four, but there you go: Udemy , Lynda , Coursera , and Skillshare.