Knewton launches free, open adaptive learning platform

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Adaptive learning provider Knewton has launched a free, open personalized learning platform. Knewton’s adaptive-learning platform transforms any content into a data-rich version of itself, then bundles together those pieces of content that are best for each student based on exactly what she knows and how she learns best. Knewton will host open content and free supplemental lessons on a wide variety of subjects and grade levels, starting with K-12 math, English, science, and history.

Wiley to Acquire Knewton’s Assets, Marking an End to an Expensive Startup Journey

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In the second eye-raising deal for the higher-ed publishing industry in as many weeks, Wiley, a major textbook publisher, has agreed to acquire the assets of Knewton, a provider of digital courseware and adaptive-learning technologies. In that context, that non-disclosure may be revealing for how far Knewton, which has been one of the most well-funded education technology companies, has fallen short of financial expectations.

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Knewton Was Acquired For Less Than $17M, and Former CEO Brian Kibby Has Left

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When Wiley announced back in May that it had acquired Knewton, both companies kept mum on how much the deal was worth. In its most recent earnings report , which covers the three months ended July 31, 2019, Wiley disclosed that it had “spent $73 million in total on acquisitions in the quarter, including zyBooks and Knewton.” The math suggests that Knewton was acquired for less than $17 million.

Founder of Adaptive Learning Company Knewton to Leave CEO Position

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The post Founder of Adaptive Learning Company Knewton to Leave CEO Position appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Adaptive Learning Educational Technology/Ed-Tech KnewtonJose, Ferreira, who launched the global adaptive technology company in 2008, will remain on the board of directors.

Hitting Reset, Knewton Tries New Strategy: Competing With Textbook Publishers

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Knewton drew heaps of hype and investment by promising to provide artificial-intelligence technology to major textbook companies to make their content more adaptive. The move marks a major turn for Knewton, which has raised more than $157 million in venture capital based largely on a promise to provide the high-tech engine inside online textbooks created by publishers and organizations. On its website, Knewton describes its new online textbooks as “ course products.”

Amid Struggles, Knewton Names Former Pearson Exec as New CEO

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Knewton pioneered adaptive-learning technology and amassed more than $157 million in venture capital, but lately the company has weathered through the loss of publishing partners and the departure of its outspoken founder. To turn things around, this week Knewton announced a new CEO , Brian Kibby, who plans to move at “lightning speed” and execute a new strategy. I said, if it’s Knewton, I’m very interested, but if it’s not Knewton, I’m not.”

Knewton Launches Partnerships With Ed. Companies in China, Japan

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Knewton has established partnerships with companies in about 20 countries outside the United States, where demand for ed-tech is growing. Assessment Ed-tech International K-12 Markets International Markets Online Learning Publishing adaptivelearning assessment testing

Pearson, an Investor in Knewton, Is ‘Phasing Out’ Partnership on Adaptive Products

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Throughout the past decade, Knewton ’s adaptive learning technology has been backed by some of the biggest names in the both the publishing and venture capital community. Pearson will no longer use Knewton’s adaptive learning engine for some of its digital offerings. The retrenchment delivers a setback to Knewton, for whom Pearson was the first—and most visible—partner. Through these partnerships, Knewton tags digital content with metadata and maps them onto a learning path.

Knewton, HP team up on personalized print solutions

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Adaptive learning provider Knewton has unveiled Personalized Print Learning Solutions with HP to make adaptive learning materials seamlessly available across print and digital platforms. Using Knewton and HP’s technology, educators can assign tailored content based on each student’s submitted work by scanning a printed worksheet with a smartphone.

Knewton’s New Business Attracts New $25M in Funding. But Some Things Don’t Change.

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Knewton has raised $25 million in a new funding round—the eighth since it launched in 2008. But Knewton’s newest backer, TriplePoint Capital, seems eager to offer a lifeline for the company’s new business model: selling digital courseware directly to higher-ed institutions. “We’re We’re excited to support Knewton’s effort to put Alta into the hands of every college student in the U.S.,” Source: Knewton From a student’s perspective, Alta works primarily by asking questions.

'Adaptive' K-12 Print Products Unveiled by HP, Knewton

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Silicon Valley tech company HP and Knewton, the developer of digital learner profiles, are partnering on an effort to bring "adaptive" print products into K-12 schools. Ed-tech Online Learning Publishing adaptivelearning print publishing

Pearson To Scale Back Partnership With Adaptive Learning Provider Knewton

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The post Pearson To Scale Back Partnership With Adaptive Learning Provider Knewton appeared first on Market Brief. Going forward, Pearson “is developing its own in-house adaptive learning capability,” said a representative for the company. Marketplace K-12 Curriculum/Digital Curriculum Online/Virtual Learning Personalized/Adaptive Learning

Jose Ferreira Steps Down as Knewton CEO, Eyes Next Education Startup

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Knewton has decided to step down from the perch and lay low—for now. Ferreira’s decision marks the end of a nearly nine-year run at Knewton, where he strived to build technology to pinpoint what students know, don’t know and should learn next. Knewton initially applied this technology to test prep content “to convince people that our data-driven recommendations would stand,” says Ferreira.

K-12 Dealmaking: Knewton Raises $25 Million; Barnes & Noble Education Acquires PaperRater.com

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In this week’s dealmaking news, adaptive learning products and technologies provider Knewton raised $25 million. The post K-12 Dealmaking: Knewton Raises $25 Million; Barnes & Noble Education Acquires PaperRater.com appeared first on Market Brief. Also, Barnes & Noble Education acquired PaterRater.com, while Codeverse raised $10 million.

K-12 Dealmaking: Knewton Raises $52M; Imagine K12 Merges with Y Combinator

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Venture capital deals in the ed-tech market dominated the news over the past week, with companies such as Knewton, SchoolMint, and NuuEd announcing the completion of funding rounds as well as ed-tech accelerator Imagine K12 merging with the Y Combinator fund. The round, led by Belgium-based Sofina and London-based Atomico, marks Knewton’s largest fundraising round to date, the company said.

K-12 Dealmaking: Apple Acquires Learnsprout; Pearson, Knewton Turn to Adaptive Math

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Recent dealmaking news includes acquisitions by Apple and Excelligence Learning, and partnership between Pearson and Knewton. Pearson, Knewton Form Partnership: Pearson and Knewton have teamed up in an effort to “personalize” K–12 math education starting with elementary school students. Utilizing New York-based Knewton’s adaptive learning platform, Pearson says it will update its digital curriculum, enVisionMATH2.0. The Knewton-powered enVisionMATH2.0

Ed-Tech Venture Capital Boom, and the K-12 Part of the Pie: It's Complicated

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Ed-tech Venture Capital cbinsights edtech educationinvestment knewton venturecapitalInvestment in ed-tech startups hit $2.3 billion in the year ending June 30, but K-12 schools aren't the largest slice of the pie, according to CB Insights.

Ed-Tech Venture Capital Boom, and the K-12 Part of the Pie: It's Complicated

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Ed-tech Venture Capital cbinsights edtech educationinvestment knewton venturecapitalInvestment in ed-tech startups hit $2.3 billion in the year ending June 30, but K-12 schools aren't the largest slice of the pie, according to CB Insights.

Wiley Buys ZyBooks in $56M Cash Deal to Bolster Courseware Offerings

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This marks Wiley’s second courseware purchase in three months, following on its acquisition of the much hyped (and generously funded) Knewton in May. Wiley did not disclose how much it paid for Knewton, suggesting that that amount is likely smaller than this transaction.) Wiley was pursuing Zyante and Knewton at the same time, claims Matt Leavy, executive vice president of Wiley’s education publishing division.

K-12 Dealmaking: Investor Weld North, Learn Launch Make Big Moves

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TAL Invests in Knewton: TAL Education Group (NYSE: XRS ), a K-12 after-school tutoring services provider in China, announced a strategic investment in New York-based Knewton , a global provider of adaptive learning products. TAL joins Knewton’s latest round of funding, which is led by Sofina, a Belgian investment group. Knewton has an established international footprint. By Alexa J. Henry.

Basketball-style breakthroughs in teaching

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For example, as students complete online lessons using the adaptive-learning platform Knewton , the software measures each student’s learning growth and analyzes statistically which activities would be most effective for helping that student make learning gains. Although Knewton’s approach incorporates data only from online-learning experiences, it isn’t hard to imagine a similar approach that also includes data from offline activities.

Going Back to School to Learn About Blended Learning

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And companies like Knewton are targeting schools taking a personalized approach. Recently I was invited by the Natick, Mass. public schools to attend an Apple Distinguished Schools Day where Natick shared its blended learning approach with other schools and districts. As an online learning tool, Listen Current fits well into blended learning, but I wanted to learn more about how schools are adopting it and how we as a company can be more attractive to schools using blended learning.

Deals and More Deals: The Top Edtech Business Stories of 2019

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Wiley to Acquire Knewton’s Assets, Marking an End to an Expensive Startup Journey by Tony Wan Knewton, the much-hyped developer of adaptive-learning tools and digital courseware, was acquired by Wiley. We later learned that the education publisher paid less than $17 million —much less than the $180 million that Knewton had previously raised. When it comes to the business of education, the teenage years of this century are going out with a bang.

Pearson Bets on Adaptive Learning (Again) With $25M Acquisition of Smart Sparrow

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The following year, Knewton was bought in a deal that has become a poster child for education technology hype. Developing adaptive learning capabilities has been an ongoing effort for Pearson—dating back to nearly a decade, when it invested in Knewton in hopes of using the startup’s technology for its digital products.

School of Me: Letting students study what they want, when they want is the latest education trend

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Some education technology developers, such as Knewton, say machines can figure out what students need to know and how best to deliver it. For instance, Waggle, a program powered by Knewton’s technology, serves students new tasks based on how well they did on previous tasks. Knewton’s claim to fame (and some are skeptical of it) is that it provides the right difficulty and the right presentation, and can find whatever style students seem to like best. “We

Global Ed-Tech Funding, Propelled by Big Deals, Reaches New Record

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based adaptive learning company Knewton recently announced it was forming a partnership with 17zuoye , which describes itself as the largest online education platform in that country. Knewton Launches Partnerships With Ed. Global funding for educational technology has risen to a record $2.98 billion, fueled by rapid growth in China, which accounted for 37 percent of recent deals, a new analysis shows.

K-12 Dealmaking: Khan Academy Acquires App Developer; GradeSlam Raises $1.6 Million

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WebAssign, Knewton Form Partnership: WebAssign , provider of digital instructional solutions for faculty and students, has formed an alliance with adaptive learning company Knewton , according to a statement. “We’re We’re excited to be working with Knewton to integrate their adaptive learning technology into WebAssign,” said Mark Santee, vice president of business development and marketing at WebAssign.

APLU Announces Adaptive-Courseware Grants: Bringing Scale to Scale

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Knewton. Pearson MyLab & Mastering (with Knewton). Last week the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) announced seven universities will receive grants to use adaptive courseware in an effort to achieve higher completion rates at lower costs.

With Eyes on Asia, Kidaptive Raises $19.1M to Grow Its ‘Invisible’ Adaptive Learning Platform

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Once the industry’s poster child for adaptive learning, Knewton boasted working with dozens of publishers, including Pearson and McGraw-Hill. Arena says he’s familiar with Knewton, adding that his team is “proceeding slowly and cautiously” in its external partnership and business development work. When some kids grow up, they stop gaming and go abroad. That metaphor might describe the journey that Kidaptive took on its way to a major fundraise.

What Can Machine Learning Really Predict in Education?

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Panelist Andrew Jones, a data scientist at Knewton, admitted that despite the hype, machine learning is still relatively limited in how it’s been applied, at least in the eyes of some users. Gather student data, make predictions about their learning—and perhaps their future. For years education companies have tried to apply technologies to better understand students and tailor their learning experiences, or support instructors who can intervene when human help is needed.

Consolidation, collaboration or closure? How colleges stay alive in 2018

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That said, this will be the year that OER goes mainstream thanks to the launch of Cengage’s OpenNow, the other publishers’ inevitable response, and increased efforts of new courseware providers like Top Hat and Knewton. The last year certainly turned in its share of surprises. Prominent full-time MBA and law programs folded. Whole colleges closed, as did well-known bootcamps. Purdue and Kaplan University stunned the higher education world.

The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning

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Some education technology developers, such as Knewton, say machines can figure out what students need to know and how best to deliver it. For instance, Waggle, a program powered by Knewton’s technology, serves students new tasks based on how well they did on previous tasks. Knewton’s claim to fame (and some are skeptical of it) is that it provides the right difficulty and the right presentation, and can find whatever style students seem to like best.

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

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Knewton, an adaptive learning engine that became a digital courseware company, was reportedly bought by Wiley for way less than it raised. The U.S. education technology industry appears on track to surpass the amount of investor funding tallied in recent years. For the first half of 2019, the industry saw $962 million raised across 65 deals, the highest amount of funding at the halfway mark since at least 2015.

Could Remixing Old MOOCs Give New Life to Free Online Education?

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Should such features emerge, that would make the platform a free competitor to systems like Knewton, the for-profit company that was an early player in adaptive learning and now focuses on selling low-cost textbooks built around open content. “It’s It’s a little hard to tell how Knewton works because it is so proprietary,” says Lue. It’s common these days to hear that free online mega-courses, called MOOCs, failed to deliver on their promise of educating the masses.

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Learning From Algorithms: Who Controls AI in Higher Ed, And Why It Matters (Part 2)

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Ones used directly for academics (like Knewton) or ones that are non-academic? With Knewton, that is this notion of personalized and adaptive instruction. And so what Knewton does—and what any personalized and adaptive technology does—is, you design tasks for students to do in the interface. Colleges often experiment with artificial intelligence to help spot when students need special help, part of an effort to draw predictions from data.