MOOC Pioneer Coursera Tries a New Push: Selling Courseware to Colleges


Coursera started with a mission to give the general public free access to courses from expensive colleges. Coursera has offered a similar arrangement for about three years to corporate partners that wanted to let their employees take its online courses as a professional development benefit.

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


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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US Edtech Funding Already Nears $1 Billion in First Half of 2019


Coursera, the Mountain View, Calif.-based Coursera, Andela, Degreed, A Cloud Guru and Lambda School all offer courses tailored for people who want to pick up new professional skills (usually involving programming and computer science). The U.S.

How Is Cloud Computing Revolutionizing the Education Industry?

Ask a Tech Teacher

One example of a platform facilitating the completion of a higher edification is Coursera, a cloud-based service that offers a variety of courses, as well as quite a few specializations and degrees. When I started teaching, syncing work between school and home was impossible.

U. of Michigan Hints at Growth Plans for Office of Academic Innovation


Last year one of its courses ranked fifth in total enrollments of all MOOCs offered on Coursera, a MOOC platform. The office of academic innovation at the University of Michigan is staffing up in anticipation of a new initiative and a new investment to be announced this fall.

Should Online Courses Go Through ‘Beta Testing’? How One Provider Taps 2,500 Volunteers


He’s one of about 2,500 volunteer beta testers for Coursera , and part of an expanded quality-control effort the company started in the past year. In some cases he decides to eventually take the whole thing, and Coursera waives the usual fee for him to get a certificate if he finishes. Coursera was a pioneer in offering MOOCs, or massive open online courses, in partnership with hundreds of top colleges.

To Better Serve Adult Learners, Eliminate the Barriers Between Work and Learning


In addition, external and internal learning and development content is increasingly being curated and linked to formal educational opportunities for working professionals—via offerings such as Coursera for Business and “ learning experience platforms ” like Degreed.

The Past Decade Forecasts a New Wave of Economic Opportunity in Education


In a world where the largest software vendors like Apple and Google don’t write the apps, we are at a tipping point as the worldwide gap widens between skills delivered by the current educational systems and those required by the digital economy.

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Minnesota Higher Ed Office Says Udacity’s Nanodegrees Might Violate State Law


That might work for software, he says, but should not be applied to education. “If In the early days of MOOCs, the state’s Office of Higher Education made headlines for asking Coursera and other providers of free courses to go through the registration process. Udacity touts its nanodegree as a new kind of credential—so new, that it defies traditional classifications and laws.

Online Learning's 'Greatest Hits'


The next big move came when instructional designers, as part of their skillset, turned to digital authoring systems, software introduced to stimulate engagement, encouraging virtual students to interface actively with digital materials, often by tapping at a keyboard or touching the screen as in a video game. Most authoring software also integrates assessment tools, testing learning outcomes.

So, What IS the Future of Work?


However, Coursera vice president Julia Stiglitz added that even platforms like her company’s likely won’t eliminate the traditional college model. “I I don’t think the Coursera experience will replace what happens in a residential [college] experience,” she said in a panel about college majors. “I Panelists expressed concerns about not just how automation will impact manufacturing jobs, but software and computer-based careers as well.

Live Online Video Classes Are ‘The New Face-to-Face.’ So How Many Students Can They Handle at a Time?


Other companies sell software that can support video courses, though Minerva is unusual in that it develops curriculum and software designed to work together.

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As Corporate World Moves Toward Curated ‘Microlearning,’ Higher Ed Must Adapt


Before, our only options were to send people to a training, sit in a course, and learn the material–whether from a university or a week-long certification,” says Shelly Holt, vice president of global learning for SAP, a leading enterprise-software company. Well-funded MOOC providers Coursera, Udacity and EdX have evolved their business models to focus squarely on corporate learning and serving professionals seeking credentials.

Millennials: The Straw That Will Stir Higher Education’s Next Disruption

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Another is the rise of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) or online instructional platforms like edX, Coursera, or Udacity. Article Written By: Hossein Rahnama. The conversation regarding higher education has never been more heated.

Higher Ed Has Now Split Into Dual Economies: Online and Traditional


A number of colleges have partnered with big MOOC providers, principally Coursera and edX, to offer large-scale online courses at far lower prices, in part to attract new students to their higher-priced online degrees. "It’s

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Are Free Educational Videos Worth It?


Common hits are videos from dispersed free and paid-for educational videos websites such as TEDx , Udemy , Khan Academy , and Coursera.

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EverFi Rocks the Edtech Industry With $190 Million Fundraise


not just deliver software, but also be able to engage with big brands and marry our interests.” Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Coursera CEO Rick Levin. EverFi is a rare breed of education technology company that can boast a wide reach. It not only covers the K-12, higher education and corporate training markets, but its staff also work in some of the most remote corners of the country.

Fewer Deals, More Money: U.S. Edtech Funding Rebounds With $1.2 Billion in 2017


MOOC companies typically account for the bump in the “Post-Secondary” category, but aside from Coursera’s $64 million Series D round, few other companies focused in higher education scored a large deal. We’ve seen the most interest in SaaS (software-as-a-service) models where the product is complementary to an existing platform.”. Is education technology investing back on track? Are investors still eager to put their money in education startups? The answers depend on who you ask.

How Amazon’s Purchase of Whole Foods Highlights the Hybrid, ‘Omnichannel’ Future of Higher Ed


Amazon has become one of the most valuable companies in the world—with a current market value of $475 billion —based on its domination of e-commerce (holding an astounding 50 percent share of all online retail sales); its leadership in the cloud computing business ; and the strength of its software algorithms. Software is (Slowly) Eating the Higher Education Market. Amazon’s lesson also shows us the advantages that software-driven entities can have in physically-based delivery.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: March 8, 2017 Software vendor says it's not to blame in false jobless fraud findings | Detroit Free Press → The system had a 93% error rate and the vendor argues it has no liability: "It's not our decision to do or not do these things," and "it's generally not our role to tell a government what action to take." Ever wonder how stories promoted by ‘thought leaders’ on social media get selected?

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From Mexico to China: Why the World is Interested in the United States Edtech Market


I am looking at three trends: assessments that can tell a student's ability and allow you to personalize programs, coding hardware and software, and new types of schools like ALT Schools,” says Chen. When Chen started her work back in 2012, she says people were obsessed with online learning models like Coursera. In the past, experts have made big projections for the global edtech market, with some groups estimating as much as $252 billion pouring into the market by 2020.

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Year in Review: Our Top Edtech Business Stories of 2018


billion on education software each year. Yet it can be tedious to manually keep track of how students interact with different pieces of software—or whether these tools are even being used. That’s a jarring question, especially coming from Conrad Wolfram, the brain behind Wolfram Alpha and Mathematica—two widely-used math software. At this time of the year, some businesses are busy filing expenses and reports. Many adults are frantically filling stockings.

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‘Talent’ Has Become the New Theme Uniting Education and Employment


The largest funding rounds of 2017 and 2018, and the most richly-capitalized companies overall, include Coursera, Degreed, Andela, MasterClass, and Trilogy Education Services—which for example each represent services or platforms to help meet the talent challenge, rather than, say, companies that offer software or tools to traditional colleges. The postsecondary education sector is on a collision course with the world of work.

Amid Fast Change, Group Seems Slow to Enhance Colleges’ Control of Online Courses

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Last spring a group of university leaders announced a bold, new project intended to help colleges gain more control of their online course platforms, as they increasingly turned to providers like Coursera or edX. The goal was to help negotiate contracts jointly to secure better terms, to offer analytics services about students, and to help provide a framework so that campuses could get software products to work together more seamlessly.

Yes There’s ‘Disruption’ in College Market, But the Bigger Trend Is Growth of ‘Enabler’ Companies


Some of the education sector’s most celebrated and best-funded startups—including Coursera, Minerva, and General Assembly—focus on providing alternatives to traditional postsecondary education, or challenging traditional approaches to higher education. The rallying cry among many higher-education startups is “disrupting” college as we know it.

Hack Education Weekly News

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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.” Department of State and massive open online course provider Coursera are partnering to launch Coursera for Refugees , a program to offer career training to displaced people around the world.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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Or the company will have to start charging for the software. In 2018, Mozilla said it would retire Backpack, its platform for sharing and displaying badges, and would help users move their badges to Badgr, software developed by the tech company Concentric Sky.

The Stories We Were Told about Education Technology (2019)

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Carnegie Mellon announced it would open source its digital learning software. Coursera raised $109 million in venture company because investors are cray. Several months ago, I started to jot down ideas about what I'd cover in my annual review of what's happened over the course of the past 12 months in the field / industry /promotion of education technology. For the past decade, I've churned out a multi-part series on the dominant trends and narratives.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

From the Coursera blog : “Announcing ‘ AI for Everyone ’: a new course from on Coursera.” is the new company of Andrew Ng , Coursera’s co-founder.) ” Any piece of education software or curriculum that puts “fun” in its name is not. The school management software maker has raised $191,500 total. Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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The recent offerings of the so called xMOOCs which use Coursera and other bespoke developed platforms is returning the MOOC to the traditional online delivery and it is now hard to tell the difference. By 1977, punk music had emerged as a creative force to be reckoned with.


Great Apps to Connect to Your Google Drive

Kyle Pace

Pixlr Express – This app is a great photo editing app for students and teachers that don’t need all the bells and whistles of full blown editing software. Google Drive is fantastic for many reasons.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

” (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. Coursera (online education) –- $64 million. Coursera (online education) – $210.1 GSV (with investments in CreativeLive, MasterClass, PeopleGrove,, Voxy, Lightneer, Nearpod, Coursera, and Motimatic from GSV Acceleration, GSV Asset Management, and GSV Capital).

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

Connexeo (school administration software): $110 million. Coursera (online education): $210.1 Other areas of investment for Chan Zuckerberg Initiative in 2018 – that is, in addition to tutoring and preschool management software: career placement software, English language learning software, and financial aid management software.

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


ASU Global Freshman Academy, Coursera and edX have taken the StraighterLine model—and pushed it even further. Observing the internet revolution, Marc Andreessen famously wrote “ software is eating the world.” Over the past 25 years, multiple waves of education technology and innovation have slowly washed into America’s schools and colleges.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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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.” Via the Coursera blog : “What’s Next in Employee Learning: Virtual Reality.” Impero Software has been acquired by Investment Technology Partners which paid $36.3 (National) Education Politics.