Coursera Couple Returns to Higher Ed With $14.5M to Recreate In-Person Learning, Online

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We want to build from the ground up an inclusive learning system for students and faculty, one that can recreate engaging, live learning experiences online,” says Dan Avida. The couple is no longer with Coursera, which is now valued at $2.5 Pandemic closes school.

Coursera Is Now a Public Company. What Does That Mean For Higher Education?

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Coursera’s founders and CEO rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange today, as the online-learning company became a rare edtech enterprise to go public. EdSurge talked with Coursera’s CEO, Jeff Maggioncalda, today to ask him what this unicorn company, valued at more than $3.6

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Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?

Neo LMS

This means a world of students getting close to equal rights to education, not being constrained by the boundaries of the physical classroom, and encouraged to pursue active learning. MOOC platforms like Coursera, Udemy, or Udacity, have massive numbers of enrolled students in their courses, yet a shamefully low number of graduates. Students have trouble with self-regulation, setting their learning goals and sticking to their learning path.

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Crises and Capital: The Top Edtech Business Stories of 2020

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The maker of the Canvas learning management system, which went public in 2015, announced a $2-billion offer from private equity firm Thoma Bravo last December. Schools Drop Acellus Learning Platform Over ‘Glaring’ Offensive Content. Coursera Couple Returns to Higher Ed With $14.5M

Pros and Cons of Using eLearning Software in Your Classroom

Educational Technology Guy

Technology allows you to teach and learn from any part of the world with Internet access and electricity. Sure, having specialized software for learning is great, but these will at least start you off on the right foot.

Public Edtech Companies Have Been Rare. These SPACs Will Change That.

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He’s also backed Coursera and Course Hero, two privately held edtech companies that are each valued at more than $1 billion. And even though there are unicorns—Coursera, Course Hero, Duolingo and Udemy among them—they may not command those levels of dollars from public-market investors.

Kadenze’s March Toward Online Art Education, 1 Year Later

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Some 100,000 students currently take to Kadenze , an online arts education platform, every month for classes ranging from machine learning for musicians and artists to audio programming. And the business is growing: Babson Survey Research Group’s 2015 Survey of Online Learning shows the number of higher education students taking at least one distance education course in 2015 grew by 3.9 The first class is called “Creative Applications of Deep Learning with TensorFlow.”.

Quizlet Just Raised $30M at a $1 Billion Valuation. But Don’t Call It a Unicorn.

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Coursera ( $1.7B ). Its recent investments include language-learning app Duolingo, along with Byju’s and Ruangguru, widely used in India and Indonesia, respectively. That work is where the data scientists and machine-learning specialists come in.

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What 2015 Holds for the Future of Education

Digital Promise

We expanded the League of Innovative Schools , our national network of forward-thinking school districts, and partnered with middle schools to create innovative learning environments. I hope everyone is provided the access and opportunities to power their own learning through the best that technology has to offer. “I think instances of personalized learning will become more and more present in classroom settings.

OPINION: When it comes to liberal-arts education, online learning changes only the tools

The Hechinger Report

Students have left their campuses, and entire curricula have shifted into distance-learning mode. But despite growth in the numbers and sophistication of online options, high school seniors continue to apply for the opportunity to learn with one another on a college campus.

PLEs, MOOCs and connectivism

Learning with 'e's

''Students should be at the centre of learning'', declared Stephen Downes , ''because there is no other place they could possibly be.'' Downes was speaking at the ELI 4th International Conference on e-Learning and Distance Education held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This was one of several sound bites that exemplified the theme of his speech, Design Elements in a Personal Learning Environment. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e''s.

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Year in Review: Our Top Edtech Business Stories of 2018

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education—from curbing kids’ enthusiasm for learning to stifling new instructional practices and tools. But too often, he says, kids today “spend almost all their time in education learning how to do computation, and not leaving that to the computers” so they can focus instead on solving real-world, higher-level problems. We sat down with CEO John Fallon earlier this spring to learn about what’s in store for the near future.

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George Siemens and David Wiley Join Forces for a MOOC About Open Education

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Since the New York Times named 2012 the year of massive open online courses (MOOCs), millions have flocked to platforms offering them such as edX and Coursera. Broadly, the course traces the arc of where OER or openness began as a content-focused space to something that’s more sophisticated, integrated, and aware of future concerns such as adaptive and personalized learning, which requires algorithmic openness. Education Technology MOOCs Postsecondary Learning

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OPINION: The new lifelong learner — an education to match America’s economic needs

The Hechinger Report

And lifelong learning is the education that never ends: An ever-evolving mastery and proof of abilities. The good news about lifelong learning for employers is that it means more workers will tailor their skills directly to their job functions. Meanwhile, PayPal, L’Oreal, AirFrance/KLM and a number of other companies are working with Coursera , a provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs), to give employees access to online instruction. Future of Learning.

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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

” She posits gaming as the new site for “modern learning,” with an emphasis on skills training and data-driven self-improvement. ” (For what it’s worth, Kleiner Perkins made just one major investment in education in 2017, participating in Coursera’s $64 million round this summer. There is much to learn from the Meeker report. There may be no better example of this in 2017 than “personalized learning.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via The Atlantic : “Why Young Pakistanis Are Learning Chinese.” 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.) ” (So instead of “testing” we’ll have ubiquitous, non-stop surveillance / assessment via “personalized learning.”

The Flip Side of Abysmal MOOC Completion Rates? Discovering the Most Tenacious Learners

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verified certificates from Coursera and completed 11 social entrepreneurship courses from +Acumen. Usman accepted and has been living in west Africa for the last year working as the Program Lead for Code for Sierra Leone , helping young people across the country learn to code. Grit, Diligence and Motivation: the ability to keep showing up and persisting with something even when learning is hard, boring, or not validated externally.

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Why I’m Optimistic About the Next Wave of Education Technology

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The first online class we launched in 1998 was little more than flat text on webpages, and we closely followed the birth of learning management systems, meeting with both Blackboard and WebCT before they achieved their first $1 million in revenue. But visions of a world where every teacher and every student had an internet-connected device, and every student would get personalized assessments for learning, were still just that—visions.

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AERA, In Absentia

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My apologies for not being there in person today. Here’s how the event’s sponsor GSV, the venture capital firm Global Silicon Valley, describes it: The Summit continues to bring together the most impactful people from diverse constituencies – entrepreneurs, business leaders, educators, policymakers, philanthropists, and university and district leaders – to create partnerships, explore solutions, and shape the future of learning.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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John Warner made the connection between Theranos and ed-tech in an op-ed published on Inside Higher Ed, noting the parallels between the claims about companies poised to revolutionize education, often made by those without much experience or expertise in teaching and learning and the claims that Holmes and her company made – claims that those with experience and expertise (biologists and chemists and medical engineers, for example) knew simply weren’t true.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Coursera highlights its mentors – its volunteer mentors – on its blog. That led to him announcing a $10 million fund specifically for learning applications. ” Via Techcrunch : “ Duolingo ’s chatbots help you learn a new language.” In other Salesforce news, “The University of Texas System teams up with Salesforce to turn its learning platform into a learning relationship management system ,” Inside Higher Ed reports.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The company behind the ACT on Wednesday announced plans for a Center for Equity in Learning, which will focus on helping underserved students succeed in college and the work force.” From the Coursera blog : “Coursera pilots a new course format.” ” More via I Programmer on Coursera ’s decision to remove old courses from its platform. In other Coursera news : “ Atlassian sponsors computer science learners on Coursera.”

Education's Online Futures

Hack Education

There was all that ink spilled circa 2010 that Khan Academy and “ flipped learning ” were going to “ change the rules of education ,” replacing in-class instruction with online videos watched as homework. Coursera also brought on a new CEO : Jeff Maggioncalda, whose previous job was in the financial planning industry. Tom Willerer, Coursera’s chief product officer, left the company to become a venture capitalist.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via Edsurge : “The Makings (and Misgivings) of a Statewide Effort to Personalize Learning in Massachusetts.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via The GW Hatchet : “Oversight of online learning programs lacking in some schools, report finds.” More MOOC job changes: Techcrunch reports that “ Coursera ’s chief product officer just left to become a VC.” (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” From the Coursera blog : “ Coursera for Business Is Now Available to Small and Medium-Sized Businesses.” ” Honestly, people, there is a thing called 'BitSchool' now, doing 'personalized learning solution' through a blockchain 'paid for use system' - how much b t can we take??!! million for its language learning app. Open Learning has raised $8.5 Civitas Learning has acquired ClearScholar.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

That seems to be Coursera ’s business model. “ Gates , Zuckerberg Philanthropies Team Up on Personalized Learning ,” Education Week reports. Coursera has raised another $64 million in funding from GSV Asset Management, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Lampert Foundation, Learn Capital, and New Enterprise Associates. The “personalized learning” company has raised $6.8 Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” 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 New York Times on “ mastery based learning ” : “A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry.” ISTE has hired Joseph South as its Chief Learning Officer. Via the Coursera blog : “What’s Next in Employee Learning: Virtual Reality.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via the Journal Sentinel : “More than 300 Kettle Moraine parents sign petition against online learning platform.” ” 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. Via The Atlantic : “ Harvard ’s Impossible Personality Test.” We just learned it was a fraud.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Chalkbeat : “Just like their parents, Chicago students will soon have to learn cursive.” ” (Juul is an e-cigarette that markets its product to teens and peddles social emotional learning content.). Via Edsurge : “ Coursera ’s First Ivy League Degree: An Online Master’s From the University of Pennsylvania.” ” ( Not mentioned : Penn was one of the very first investors in Coursera.).

Hack Education Weekly News

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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.’” ” asks The Chronicle of Higher Education in an interview with Coursera’s Daphne Koller. ” Via The LA Times : “ UC Berkeley chancellor under investigation for alleged misuse of public funds, personal use of campus fitness trainer.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via Chalkbeat : “New early learning initiative brings Sesame Street lessons into Memphis classrooms.” 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.” “Can Space Activate Learning?” “The Promise and Peril of Personalization ” from Stanford’s Center for the Internet and Society.

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The Top Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't 'Tech')

Hack Education

This talk was presented at Coventry University as part of my visiting fellowship at the Disruptive Media Learning Lab. ” Despite thinking of themselves as liberal-learning, today’s tech companies re-inscribe much of this. “Everyone should learn to code,” as they like to tell us. Turns out, lately investors like testing companies, tutoring companies, “learn to code” companies, and private student loan providers.) Personalization.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Testing, Testing… “How the SAT and PSAT collect personal data on students – and what the College Board does with it,” by The Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss. ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Inside Higher Ed : “Online education platform Coursera has set a goal of offering 15 to 20 degree programs by the end of 2019. ” (She is the CEO is Dreambox Learning.). Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via Education Dive : “ Coursera ’s Tom Willerer talks personalization, access.” ” Willerer was previously at Netflix (just to give you an idea of the meaning of “personalization” in the headline). ” “ University of Michigan adds an automated text-analysis tool to a growing program intended to give more students a chance to learn through writing,” Inside Higher Ed reports. (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Learning Creative Learning: It’s not a MOOC , it’s a community,” says the MIT Media Lab. Edsurge profiles Dr. Chuck about his work on MOOCs with Coursera. ( From the Coursera blog : “Building India ’s Workforce for 2020.” And in Edsurge, Amber Oliver and Michael Horn write , “Without the Right Curriculum , Personalized Learning Is Just Another Fad.” Chatterbug is a language learning startup.

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