What Does Purdue’s Acquisition of Kaplan Mean for the Future of Digital Education?

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When Purdue University announced on April 27 that it was buying Kaplan’s online university business, shock waves went through the higher education community. The deal specifies that Purdue will pay $1 to Graham Holdings for Kaplan University’s institutional operations and assets, but it's still pending approval from the U.S. The for-profit Kaplan will earn money through a 30-year revenue sharing agreement.

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Cottom, who recently wrote the book “Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy,” is talking about what can happen when traditional non-profit universities partner with for-profit companies and institutions, such as Purdue’s recent decision to acquire Kaplan University. EdSurge: Let’s start with the big news of the month: Purdue and Kaplan. You also pointed out that MOOCs don’t receive much buzz today as three years ago.

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?Betsy DeVos at SXSW EDU: ‘What Students Really Need Won't Originate in Washington'

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Some on Twitter and in the audience took issue with the choice of those panelists: Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX, founded by MIT and Harvard to offer MOOCs and other online courses; David Clayton, senior vice president of consumer insights at Strada Education Network, formerly the student-loan company USA Funds that is now a nonprofit encouraging innovation; and Ben Wallerstein, CEO and founder of Whiteboard Advisers, a strategy and consulting firm that works with education companies.

How Boundaries Between Colleges and Companies Will Continue to Blur

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And then the MOOC providers themselves started working with colleges and universities. There was a big announcement recently that Purdue University is essentially acquiring Kaplan University for a dollar and creating a new type of public university. Some employers are starting to focus more energy on offering educational benefits to their employees, while colleges are struggling to respond to the growing interest by students in helping them land a job.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: Some Thoughts from ASU+GSV

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Remember, if you will, the insistence from the University of Virginia Board of Visitors that school was missing the “coming MOOC tsunami” based on columns they’d read in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. I heard the former CEO of Kaplan say “hundreds if not thousands of colleges will close in the coming years.” Yes, I went to ASU+GSV – my first time at the event in the event’s nine year history.

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Via The Washington Post : “A hiccup in Purdue ’s acquisition of for-profit Kaplan University.” ” Via The Journal & Courier : “Purdue disputes claims Kaplan deal leaves taxpayers on hook.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOCMOOCs are dead , according to Udacity ’s VP. ” Never one to let a good MOOC story pass them by, Edsurge repeats the story. “MOOCs Are ”Dead.“

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” Also Facebook ’s DC lobbyist, Joel Kaplan, who was sitting right behind Kavanaugh as he screamed at Senators. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Gotta keep that MOOC hype alive. “ MOOCs Find a New Audience with On-Campus Students,” Edsurge claims. Remember: robots for the elderly share a direct connection to MOOCs replacing higher ed.).

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” There are more stories about Purdue University Global, formerly the for-profit Kaplan University, in the “labor and management” section below. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Gotta keep hyping that MOOC thing. Via Edsurge : “ MOOCs Are No Longer Massive. ” Via Class Central : “Class Central’s Top 50 MOOCs of All Time (2018 edition).”

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” Via The Conversation : “ Purdue-Kaplan deal blurs lines between for-profit and public colleges.” ” There’s more on the new Kaplan in the accreditation section below. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Vive la MOOC révolution. ” “Orphan MOOCs and the Digital Dark Ages” by Jeffrey Pomerantz in Hybrid Pedagogy.

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Kaplan Inc has agreed to acquire the College for Financial Planning from Apollo Education Group. Looks like Kaplan Inc isn’t getting out of for-profit higher ed altogether, even with the sale of Kaplan University to Purdue.). MOOCs are out. (National) Education Politics. RIP Net Neutrality. Thoughts on how this might effect education from Inside Higher Ed , from NPR , from Internet2 (via Bryan Alexander), from The Washington Post , and from Edsurge.

Stale Words and Hackneyed Ideas That Make Edtech Investors Cringe

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Kaplan , Princeton Review , Tutor.com … the list goes on and on. MOOCs or General Assembly for country X. If you go to startup pitch events, you’ve seen it happen: An entrepreneur says something—something so naïve, egregious and hackneyed—that it makes the investors, along with educators who are now increasingly in the audience, physically cringe.

Microcredentials and Macro-dollars: How an Online Ad Led 2U's Chip Paucek to Make a $120M Bet

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That’s what the former MOOCs [such as Coursera and Udacity] have driven toward for a business model and they’re getting some revenue and scale out of it. Even the sale of Kaplan University to Purdue University represents a different competitive approach. I did say to the CEO of Kaplan, who's a good friend, "Welcome to our space." Chip Paucek is an entrepreneur’s entrepreneur.

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” Wait, so Purdue is gonna run Kaplan and a nuclear lab? ” Former Kaplan exec Justin Serrano has been hired as the president of Schoology. Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics.

SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

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Lessons Learned: MOOCs & Online Education in LATAM : Adrian Catalan (Innovation Lab Lead at Universidad Galileo) and Stephanie Falla (New Media Department Director at UFM) share insights they’ve gleaned as MOOC creators and course managers, and “why it is important to keep moving the MOOCs train and the journey to turn talent into skills in [Latin America].” It’s that time of year again.

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” That’s Kaplan University and the Art Institutes. More on the Kaplan news via The Chronicle of Higher Education. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “Peter Thiel May Finally Get His Flying Cars, Thanks to a New Udacity Nanodegree in 2018.” (National) Education Politics. “The Trump Administration Has Revoked A Federal Directive On Campus Rape ,” Buzzfeed reports.

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” That’s Kaplan , in case you can’t keep all these for-profit disasters straight. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Speaking of terrible ideas taken up by terrible people and terrible companies, Andrew Ng – yes, of MOOC fame – says that we should be less concerned with making self-driving cars safe and more committed to training bystanders (pedestrians?

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Via Inside Higher Ed : “The as-yet unnamed online university resulting from the proposed acquisition of Kaplan University by Purdue University has set discounted tuition rates for in-state students and free tuition for Purdue employees.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via The Post and Courier : “ South Carolina ’s online charter schools: A $350 million investment with disappointing returns.” (National) Education Politics.

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). million from Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, the Twilio.org Impact Fund, New York Ventures, Excell Technology Ventures, GingerBread Capital, and u2i. Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education.

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Edsurge reports that Weld North Education will still be run by former Kaplan exec Jonathan Grayer. (National) Education Politics. You know it’s amazing news when The Guardian publishes it one minute after midnight in the new year: “ Toby Young to help lead government’s new universities regulator.” ” Happy New Year, England !

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An op-ed in Inside Higher Ed from EAB’s Melanie Hoe : “What the Purdue-Kaplan Deal Means for You.” ” Via Education Dive : “The Purdue-Kaplan Earthquake.” ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Big HR news about Coursera in the HR section below. Here’s the headline from Inside Higher Ed : “For-Credit MOOC: Best of Both Worlds at MIT ?” (National) Education Politics.

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“ Purdue-Kaplan online university one step closer to reality,” the Journal & Courier reports. ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “ Andrew Ng , Co-Founder of Coursera , Returns to MOOC Teaching With New AI Course.” (National) Education Politics. The AP interviews US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos , who laments “she didn’t decry racism enough.”

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Purdue University is buying Kaplan University for a dollar. Me, I wrote about how far Kaplan Inc ’s reach is in education politics and products. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Online education pioneer Tony Bates asks “ What is online learning ?” ” From the press release : “ MOOCs and books initiative launched by Springer and Federica Weblearning.” Education Politics.

Education Technology and the 'New' For-Profit Higher Education

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” There were some high-profile academic hires however, including John Vogel (Dartmouth), Don Sexton (Columbia), Jack Kaplan (Columbia), and Roger Schank (Carnegie Mellon). Funnily enough, many of the very publications who consistently made fun of the offerings from Trump University rarely offer any critical analysis of the structure or content of MOOCs or coding bootcamps. This is part five of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.

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Via Edsurge : “Why Donald Graham Sold Kaplan University to Purdue for $1.” ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “Why Haven’t MOOCs Eliminated Any Professors?” Education Politics. Via The Washington Post : “ Trump ’s first full education budget : Deep cuts to public school programs in pursuit of school choice.” ” NPR’s Cory Turner on “The Promise And Peril Of School Vouchers.”

'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

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” I’ve looked at how for-profit colleges , MOOCs , and learn-to-code companies have tapped into these narratives in order to justify their products and services. These products – badges , microcredentials , micromasters , nanodegrees , and the like – have been packaged alongside (and by) MOOCs , coding bootcamps, and other popular ed-tech trends.

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The former: Purdue University ; the latter: Kaplan University. ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” A MOOC consortium , that is, with member institutions Davidson College , Colgate University , Hamilton College , and Wellesley College. Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education.

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” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Kaplan Will Offer Free Online PSAT Prep.” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). 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.” Education Politics.

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More on the for-profit formerly known as Kaplan University in the online education section below. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” This new school is a result of Purdue’s acquisition of the for-profit Kaplan University. Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education.

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Here’s a link to all the stories in Slate’s series on online credit recovery programs. “After the Hype, Do MOOC Ventures Like edX Still Matter?” Inside Higher Ed writes about accreditation and the “Fine Print and Tough Questions for the Purdue-Kaplan Deal.” (National) Education Politics.

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Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “As Kaplan Sale Faces Final Hurdle, Purdue President Criticizes Faculty Opponents.” ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics.

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And before you sic your PR team on me, yes, I realize that Purdue Global is not a for-profit, even though it’s mostly a rebranded Kaplan. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the massive review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. The President has colored his flag wrong.

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Kaplan is closing Dev Bootcamp , a coding bootcamp it acquired in 2014. ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “The University of California, Los Angeles , is planning a major expansion in the online certificate and graduate degree markets that it hopes will reach as many as 15,000 students by early next decade,” Inside Higher Ed reports. (National) Education Politics.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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CZI hired Bror Saxberg , whose previous work was with the for-profit online charter school K12 Inc and the for-profit college Kaplan, as its learning scientist. Or one could look at ed-tech companies that laid off staff: the coding bootcamp Galvanize , the analytics company Civitas Learning , the learning management system Schoology , MOOC provider Coursera , the education giant Pearson , for example.

(This Is Not a Morphology of) The Monsters of Education Technology

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“Nothing has more potential to enable us to reimagine higher education than the massive open online course, or MOOC, platforms that are being developed by the likes of Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and companies like Coursera and Udacity.” Kaplan.