K-12 Dealmaking: Udemy, Tynker Raise Funds; PeopleAdmin Acquires TeacherMatch

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A number of ed-tech companies, including Udemy and Tynker, have raked in funds from investors over the past week. Udemy Raises $60 Million: Udemy , a San Francisco-based online provider of courses, received a $60 million strategic investment from Internet and entertainment group Naspers through its Naspers Ventures division. In addition, Larry Illg, CEO of Naspers Ventures, is joining Udemy’s Board of Directors.

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

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I became a Strava user in 2013, around the same time I became an online course designer. Quickly I found that even as I logged runs on Strava daily, I struggled to find the time to log into platforms like Coursera, Udemy or Udacity to finish courses produced by my fellow instructional designers. Why was the fitness app so “sticky” as opposed to the online learning platforms? How could we apply the same practices to learning? A few companies are heading that way.

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Can a Subscription Model Work for Online Learners and Teachers? Skillshare Just Raised $28M to Find Out

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Can a “Netflix”-like subscription model really work for online education platforms? Investors who are fond of analogies and comparisons to consumer technology successes are betting on one New York City-based company to find out. Founded in 2010, Skillshare initially offered an online platform for users to find and teach in-person classes. The company claims that the average Skillshare teacher makes about $3,000 a year, with top earners raking in as much as $40,000.

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Ka’Ching! 2016 US Edtech Funding Totals $1 Billion

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edtech companies, which altogether raised an estimated $1.03 edtech companies raised roughly 57 percent of what Snapchat did in its $1.8 In this annual analysis, EdSurge counts all investments in technology companies whose primary purpose is to improve learning outcomes for all learners, regardless of age. This year startups that serve primarily the K-12 market raised $434 million; those targeting the postsecondary and corporate learning sector raised $593 million.

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Online Education: Will it Make Us Smarter? #SXSWedu

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link] Predictions are 1/2 of higher Ed will be online in the next 10 years. How do we assess quality with all of the online education providers that are out there? Adult learning space, higher Ed, and K-12 all have different needs so they create different markets. All of the panelists are from companies that connect teachers directly to students. Building learning content that students can access on their own. Udemy - 80% male because focuses on tech space.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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million settlement against the country’s largest operator of online charter schools. ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). An ex-Corinthian student is filing a federal class-action lawsuit against the firms that now own the private loans, as well as a collection company seeking to recoup the debt from borrowers.” ” The company in question: Bridgepoint Education , which owns Ashford University and the University of the Rockies.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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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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