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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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.”

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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. ” (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.”

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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.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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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??!! Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. “The ethical dilemma of the robot teacher ” by Neil Selwyn.

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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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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.).

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

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“The Year of the MOOC” – I was summoned to Palo Alto, California for a small gathering to discuss the future of teaching, learning, and technology. With enough data and some machine learning, you can identify – statistically – the most common obstacles. Is learning “like a map”? Is learning an engineering problem? “Robots are coming for your job.” “Robots are coming for your job.”

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In another first, the Board has decided to act, in part, based on the words of a single person: Donald Trump , the new President of the United States. ” “The California State Legislature is now considering two bills that would build a database firewall to block the flow of personal information from state and local government to federal efforts to deport immigrants and register people based on their religion, ethnicity, or national origin,” according to the EFF.

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” 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.”

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” 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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” More on the Afghan robotics team in the contest section below. ” 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). for Robotics Contest.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ OpenStax Launches Learning Platform.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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Coursera has a new partner , the insurance company AXA , which will offer some 300 Coursera classes to its employees. Important thoughts here on social emotional learning and structural racism. ” “ Personalized learning ” equals cutting the teacher workforce in Oklahoma. Edsurge on “Bridging the School-to-Business Gap: What Public Schools Can Learn From Industry.” “ Will Virtual Reality Drive Deeper Learning ?”

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“In the Era of Microcredentials , Institutions Look to Blockchain to Verify Learning,” says Edsurge. Tell me more about how the blockchain is going to “verify learning.” Via Recode : “ Coursera has ousted several senior executives along with many rank-and-file staffers.” ” “Education is not where it’s all at in the learning market. Educators Discuss Pros and Cons of Learning Analytics.”

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via the Coursera blog : “ Coursera now offers free trials for most Specializations.” ” Via the BBC : “News that a high school student wrote nothing but #BlackLivesMatter on his personal statement in an application to California’s Stanford University – and got in – has been raising some eyebrows.” “Learning engineers.” Education Politics.

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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.). ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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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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” Via The Washington Post : “ Trump personally asked Xi Jinping to help resolve case of UCLA basketball players arrested in China.” Coursera announces on its blog that it’s expanding to Brazil. It’s good to shake up your “everyone should learn to code” messaging sometimes, I guess. Here’s Coursera arguing “Why Everyone Should Learn Sales.” ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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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.” ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “As In-Person Bootcamps Falter, Codecademy Introduces Paid Online Options.” ” Codecademy, Edsurge contends, is now a competitor to Coursera and Udacity.

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” Via The LA Times : “Trump is ending Michelle Obama’s ‘ Let Girls Learn ’ initiative, CNN reports.” Not ed-tech per se (unless you recognize that “personalized learning” is greyballing), but according to The New York Times , “ Uber Faces Federal Inquiry Over Use of Greyball Tool to Evade Authorities.” Can Electrical Stimulation Help Us Learn?” “ Social-Emotional Learning Is the Rage in K–12.

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Imperial College London will teach a class on artificial intelligence on the Coursera platform. ” In other learn-to-code news, the press release says that “ Mattel Expands Partnership With Tynker , Setting Goal To Introduce 10 Million Kids To Coding By 2020.” I’ve got all the “learn-to-code” news in the job training section, because let’s be honest… Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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Via Inside Higher Ed : “The Higher Learning Commission has placed Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago on probation, citing financial troubles that threaten to undermine its educational programs.” The “pioneer in the science of learning,” as Inside Higher Ed puts it , will help the technology company with its internal training program. “ Hey Alexa, Can You Help Kids Learn More? Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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” Via The Wall Street Journal : “Trump Officials Are Learning How Hard It Is to Sell $1 Billion of Their Assets.” Investors in this education startup include the Gates Foundation, Learn Capital, and the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative.). ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “A Corporate Learning Revolution” – a Coursera webinar. “Problems with Personalized Learning ” by Dan Meyer.

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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. From the edX blog : “How to be a Better Learner: Determine Your Learning Style.” “ Robots won’t replace teachers because they can’t inspire us.” ” Try learning styles, maybe. Maybe this time folks will learn their lesson.

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That being said, if you’re using a piece of technology that’s free, it’s likely that your personal data is being sold to advertisers or at the very least hoarded as a potential asset (and used, for example, to develop some sort of feature or algorithm).

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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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In addition to the anti-First Amendment supporter Thiel, Jackson also name-dropped her connections to David Horowitz , a long-time advocate for silencing left-learning professors on campus, in order to get her job. In Move Towards More Online Degrees, Coursera Introduces Its First Bachelor ’s.” ” “Coursera and other purveyors of massive open online courses supposedly signaled the end of traditional credentials and, as some told it, universities.

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“ From the article that ”innovative teaching practice" appears to be project-based learning. ” For those keeping track of how ed-tech is intertwined in all this, here’s a list of Yuri Milner ’s education investments : 17zuoye, Remind, Coursera, Clever, Codecademy, ClassDojo, and General Assembly. ” “Whatever happened to the promise of online learning ?” “ social and emotional learning.”)

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Meanwhile on Campus… Via NPR : “ Mark Zuckerberg Tells Harvard Graduates To Embrace Globalism, ‘A Sense Of Purpose’ ” He mentioned something in his commencement speech about “personalized learning,” which I think – if we’re talking about Facebook’s vision of such things – means profiling users, getting them to click on things, and selling advertising based on their data. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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