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Andrew Ng Is Probably Teaching More Students Than Anyone Else on the Planet. (Without a University Involved.)

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The assumption—especially in the marketing messages from major providers like Coursera and edX—is that the winners of traditional higher education will also end up the winners in the world of online courses. In fact, three of the 10 most popular courses on Coursera aren’t produced by a college or university at all, but by a company. In fact, Ng’s original Stanford MOOC remains the most popular course offered by Coursera.

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From the Coursera blog : “Announcing ‘ AI for Everyone ’: a new course from deeplearning.ai on Coursera.” is the new company of Andrew Ng , Coursera’s co-founder.) Via Techcrunch : “ Google partners with MotherCoders to bring tech training to moms in New York City.” ” Any piece of education software or curriculum that puts “fun” in its name is not. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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“ James Damore is moving his lawsuit against Google out of court,” The Verge reports. Via Forbes : “This Company Could Be Your Next Teacher: Coursera Plots A Massive Future For Online Education.” ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Google Brings Computing Courses to 10 Colleges.” Sponsored content on Edsurge this week, paid for by MacMillan Learning , by ReadingPlus , by Google , and by Gutenberg Technology.

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Via The USA Today : “Kids on winning robotics team told, ‘Go back to Mexico’ ” The kids were from Pleasant Run Elementary School in Indianapolis. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “ Coursera Removes Biometric Identity Verification Using Keystroke Matching,” Class Central reports. An update on Coursera co-founder Andrew Ng’s employment status in the HR section below. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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Coursera ’s 2018 Revenue Estimated to be $140 million,” Class Central estimates. Via The New York Times : “How Google Protected Andy Rubin , the ‘Father of Android ’ ” “Google could have fired Mr. Rubin and paid him little to nothing on the way out. Remember: the biases of engineers and managers get baked into the software you use. Enjoy your Google for Education products !

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” That’s Joel Rose ’s School of One software. ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “ Andrew Ng , Co-Founder of Coursera , Returns to MOOC Teaching With New AI Course.” ” The Google Memo. ” Via The Guardian’s Julie Carrie Wong : “Segregated Valley: the ugly truth about Google and diversity in tech.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. (National) Education Politics.

Driverless Ed-Tech: The History of the Future of Automation in Education

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So instead of a zeppelin, we got to ride in one of Google’s self-driving cars, which was of course the project that Thrun had been working on when he gave his famous TED Talk in 2011 – and that, in turn, was where he heard Salman Khan give his famous TED Talk. Google versus Uber.

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Education Technology and the 'New Economy'

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” Note the significant difference in language in this headline from The Verge , for example – “ Harvard’s Root robot teaches kids how to code ” – and the way in which Seymour would describe the LOGO Turtle – that students would using programming to teach the robot. The work is also supported by companies including Apple, Google and Expedia, as well as education organizations including the CollegeBoard, Teach For America and STEMx.”

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” It’s now unclear, observers say, if the FTC can regulate companies like Google or Verizon. Just a few weeks after Daphne Koller ’s announcement she was leaving the MOOC startup she co-founded, Coursera unveiled “ Coursera for Business ” this week, marking its pivot from “democratizing higher ed” to “ training corporate employees.” More on Coursera and certification in the certification section below.).

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Mindwires Consulting’s Phil Hill analyzes a recent interview with Coursera ’s CEO and argues the MOOC provider is “betting on OPM market and shift to low-cost masters degrees.” Via e-Literate : “Experience Economy: Enterprise software view into persistence and future of LMS market.” ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Google has acquired lesson-provider Workbench.

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That seems to be Coursera ’s business model. Google has launched a curriculum called “ Be Internet Awesome ” to encourage digital safety and citizenship. So many reasons why Google is the wrong entity to claim any sort of leadership position here, but hey. Via Edsurge : “How U of Michigan Built Automated Essay-Scoring Software to Fill ‘Feedback Gap’ for Student Writing.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Education Politics.

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” That’s a school district in Wisconsin , and the learning software in question is the Summit Learning Platform , created by the Summit charter school chain and built by Facebook and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. ” Also via Class Central : “ Coursera Lets Instructors A/B Test Their Courses, Experiments With Automated Coaching.” “ Can an AR and VR Pilot Program From Google Prepare Kids for Future Careers?

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Via Techcrunch : “ Google and Coursera launch program to train more IT support specialists.” “ Google is jeopardizing A frican-American literature sites ,” says The Outline. ” There is no mention here about mind-reading robo tutors in the sky , but there are some questionable claims about what the software can do. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Via Geek Dad : “Little Robot Friends Teach Kids to Code With Empathy.”

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Via CNBC : “ Google , Apple and 13 other companies that no longer require employees to have a college degree.” ” Via the Google blog : “ VR Labs open doors of opportunity for STEM students.” ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. “Kids connect with robot reading partners ,” says the PR office of the University of Wisconsin Madison.

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Headline changed from “ Coursera ’s Update Will Eliminate Hundreds of Courses” to “Coursera’s Update Will Migrate Hundreds of Courses to a New Platform.” ” Coursera, initially only emailing former students about their old course work, decided finally to blog about its platform change. ” Via the Hechinger Report : “Can a wall-climbing robot teach your kid to code?” Education Politics.

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” More on the Afghan robotics team in the contest section below. ” Via Education Dive : “ Coursera ’s Tom Willerer talks personalization, access.” for Robotics Contest.” ” Google profiles Niji Collins , a winner in the latest Google Code-In contest. Edsurge profiles “ personalized learning ” software used in a virtual school that has some 450 incarcerated students. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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” Via Education Week : “The Ohio education department could seek repayment of more than $80 million from nine full-time online schools , based on audits of software-login records that led state officials to determine the schools had overstated their student enrollment.” ” Via The Financial Times : “ Coursera chief on the future of online learning and the Trump era.” ” New Nanodegrees from Udacity : Digital Marketing and Robotics.

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I missed this news earlier in April, via Class Central : financial aid applications for Coursera take at least 15 days. ” Nope, robots will not be doing this job of content moderation , as Facebook recently boasted at its developer conference. CNN tries to explain “Why Google , Apple and Microsoft are battling for education.” ” Elsewhere in algorithms… Via The New York Times : “Sent to Prison by a Software Program’s Secret Algorithms.”

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” Via Education Week : “ Iowa schools to stop using $14M testing software after audit.” ” According to this Techcrunch article , MOOCs like Udacity and Coursera weren’t working out for AirBnB so now it is “running its own internal university to teach data science.” Via MinnPost : “Almost 50 years ago, Oregon Trail revolutionized educational software. “Tracking Google and Microsoft Adoption in Higher Ed” by Jim Siegl.

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” IHE blogger Joshua Kim offers “25 Million Reasons Why LinkedIn / Microsoft Will Buy Coursera.” ” From the Google blog : “ Google Science Fair 2018 : Resources for educators to get ideas flowing.” ” Also from the Google blog : “More tools for homeschoolers.” Via Gizmodo : “ Google Removes ‘ Don’t Be Evil ’ Clause From Its Code of Conduct.”

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” Via Education Week : “The New York City Council is considering a requirement that all city agencies publish the source code behind algorithms they use to target services to city residents, raising the specter of significant changes in how the country’s largest school district assigns students to high school, evaluates teachers, and buys instructional software.” But anyway… Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Something something robots something something.

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million in charges from a Minnesota company over a software system that repeatedly failed during mandatory statewide elementary school testing.” ” “ Coursera Monthly Subscriptions Channel Lynda and Pluralsight ,” says EduKwest’s Kirsten Winkler. Via The Guardian : “ Facebook , Twitter , Google and Microsoft team up to tackle extremist content.” Presidential-Elect Donald Trump.

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Robots won’t replace teachers because they can’t inspire us.” ” That’s the headline describing a conversation between Recode and Coursera ’s Daphne Koller. Google released a handful of updates timed with ISTE, including Google Cast for Education which I heard someone say was the product most enthusiastically received by educators at the conference. Education Politics.

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