EdSurge HigherEd Year in Review: Our Top Higher Education Stories of 2018

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While not quite the “Year of the MOOC,” 2018 saw a resurgence in interest around the ways these massive open online courses are delivering free (and more often these days, not free) online education around the world, and how these providers are increasingly turning to traditional institutions of learning. How Blockbuster MOOCs Could Shape the Future of Teaching. The “Year of the MOOC” is long behind us. What’s Next for Pearson?

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The Content Paradox

Improving Education Environments

Learning objects were intended to provide an opportunity to scale teaching in a way the paid curriculum of Pearson or Disney could not do. It sounds like the MOOC mania of 2012 (the world’s education through video and LMS replaced with the world’s education through less expensive and/or editable textbooks), except this time the open advocates are spreading the platitudes rather than critiquing the platitudes.

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If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER: The Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

Here’s a VP from Pearson: Tim Peyton, vice president of strategic partnerships at Pearson, said it was no secret that publishers like Pearson had made textbooks too expensive and had seen sales drop as a result. Imagine that – somehow – you’ve never used the internet before. A good friend and long-time internet user finds this out and begins trying to describe to you how awesome the internet is.

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How AI Can Compliment Educators, Not Replace Them

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51Talk (or “China Online Education Group”), China’s leading online education platform and the first from China listed on the NYSE (NYSE: COE), was invited to attend the summit alongside education industry leaders such as Pearson, Amazon, and YouTube. One of online education’s earliest attempts to solve this issue on a global scale came in the form of MOOCs (massive open online courses).

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As Traditional Colleges Grow, Online OPM Relationships Shift

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That’s how much Georgia Tech’s online master’s of computer science degree cost when it launched through MOOC-provider Udacity in 2014. And Pearson, an OPM for online powerhouse Arizona State University, is working with Maryville University, a private nonprofit near St. A cool $6,630.

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More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

And the idea of pivoting away from that at the exact moment Pearson, Cengage, and McGraw-Hill are adopting that approach seems a bit too convenient. But because Pearson has the exclusive rights to distribute this title, there is no competition and you’ll pay over $200 for a new copy. What do you think the whole MOOC thing George Siemens and I and others was about? And no, Stephen, Lumen is not “in the same business as Pearson, Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education.”

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US Edtech Investments Peak Again With $1.45 Billion Raised in 2018

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Once upon a time, she notes, “MOOCs were supposed to displace higher education. Now many MOOCs are embedded within these institutions. There’s a moment in the market now where publishers like Pearson and McGraw-Hill—the traditional 800-pound gorillas—may be supplanted by new, digital-first technology platforms.” For many U.S. cities and states, 2018 marked the wettest year on record.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

” And I wondered at the time if that would be the outcome for MOOCs. 2012, you will recall, was “ the year of the MOOC.”) ” MOOCs looked – for a short while, at least – like they were going to pivot to become LMSes. Pearson is Not a Platform. I’m not sure if we can still call Pearson “the world’s largest education company.” Pearson does not have a platform. But Pearson is not a platform.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

Neither Pearson nor Blackboard, companies that were quite active in gobbling up startups a year or so ago, bought a single company this year. Why, it was just a few years ago that Pearson sold off The Financial Times, wasn’t it, in the hopes that a restructured company could make ed-tech pay. ” (Its MOOC competitor edX also announced this year that many of its courses would no longer be free.) Vive la MOOC révolution.

Rethink Education Re-Ups Commitment to Edtech With $107.5 Million Fund

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Prior to launching Rethink, Greenfield and co-founder Rick Segal had invested in SchoolNet and Wireless Generation, acquired by Pearson and News Corporation for an estimated combined $620 million. He’s never been a fan of digital textbooks or MOOCs.) Venture capital for U.S. education technology startups ebbed in 2016, dipping roughly 30 percent in deal volume and value from the previous year. Also missing were blockbuster exits, such as LinkedIn’s $1.5

Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). A call to rebrand MOOCs , from Edsurge. Via Mindwires Consulting’s Michael Feldstein : “ Pearson Open Sources Equella – Properly.” (National) Education Politics. The GOP passed their tax plan. Various education-related updates – via The New York Times : “How the Republican Tax Plan Uses School Savings to Hurt States.”

The Content Paradox

Improving Education Environments

Learning objects were intended to provide an opportunity to scale teaching in a way the paid curriculum of Pearson or Disney could not do. It sounds like the MOOC mania of 2012 (the world’s education through video and LMS replaced with the world’s education through less expensive and/or editable textbooks), except this time the open advocates are spreading the platitudes rather than critiquing the platitudes.

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Can US Higher Education Publishers Leverage a Subscription Model

Kitaboo on EdTech

But how do they compete with resources like MOOCs and OERs that have made high quality course content from respected university professors available for free? When students started migrating towards used textbooks, rentals, MOOCs and OER due to the high prices of printed textbooks, it affected the revenues of traditional book publishers. The overall cost of higher education has been continuously increasing, as is evident by the rise in the textbook prices.

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Machine Teaching, Machine Learning, and the History of the Future of Public Education

Hack Education

Pearson, for example, was founded (albeit as a construction company) in 1844 and acquired along the long history various textbook publishing companies which have also been around since the turn of the twentieth century. MOOCs were going to change everything.

Week of August 22nd, 2011 - Live and Interactive Webinars in Blackboard Collaborate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

link] EPCOP MOOC WEBINAR ( Australia Series ) Mon 22 Aug 09:00PM New York / Tue 23 Aug 01:00AM GMT / Tue 23 Aug 11:00AM Sydney Coach Carole. EpCoP MOOC webinar [link] TECH TALK TUESDAYS: DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP/SOCIAL NETWORKING WITH STUDENTS ( Australia Series ) Tue 22 Aug 02:00AM New York / Tue 23 Aug 06:00AM GMT / Tue 23 Aug 04:00PM Sydney Anne Mirtschin.

Week of September 5, 2011 - Live and Interactive Webinars in Blackboard Collaborate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

EPCOP MOOC WEBINAR ( Australia Series ) Mon 5 Sep 09:00PM New York / Tue 6 Sep 01:00AM GMT / Tue 6 Sep 11:00AM Sydney Coach Carole. A free webinar about the E-portfolio Massive Open Online Course (EpCop MOOC), a free e-portfolio professional development activity. link] TALLER MEMORIAS EN RED - #DDHHYC ( Host Your Own Webinar Series ) Tue 6 Sep 11:30AM New York / Tue 6 Sep 03:30PM GMT / Wed 7 Sep 01:30AM Sydney Luz Pearson.

The Stories We Were Told about Education Technology (2019)

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Pearson sold its US K-12 curriculum business for $250 million. Pearson said it would shift its strategy and make all its textbooks “ digital first ” (which you just know is going to cost students more). ASU ends its MOOC experiment , Global Freshman Academy. 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.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). ” “Aftermath of the MOOC wars: Can commercial vendors support creative higher education ?” through-MOOCs program launched, its College of Business says it is seeing the contours of a model it can use to promote the university abroad, enroll previously untapped groups of students and attract corporate partners.” US Presidential Campaign Politics. There was a Vice Presidential debate this week.

Positioning Techniques of The Non-Profit University in For-Profit Education Ventures

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Online Program Management companies like 2U and Pearson do much of the heavy lifting involved in designing, developing, marketing and managing online programs for their clients. That the people behind those MOOCs invested so much time and money (mostly other people’s money, mind you) launching these ventures without a full understanding of this basic flaw of their business model is one of the great mysteries of the 21st century.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” The “guru” is Brendan Kealey , formerly with Pearson. 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. I’m starting on that project soon, and my god, this all looks so grim. National) Education Politics.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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Pearson, for one.) 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.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” The University of Iceland has joined edX. ” “ Pearson , WTF? (National) Education Politics. “ The Republican War on College ,” by The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson. “ Tax bill reflects rift between many Republicans and higher education,” The Washington Post reports. And perhaps it’s not just higher ed.

Week of August 29, 2011 - Live and Interactive Webinars in Blackboard Collaborate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

link] TALLER MEMORIAS EN RED - #DDHHYC ( Host Your Own Webinar Series ) Tue 30 Aug 11:30AM New York / Tue 30 Aug 03:30PM GMT / Wed 31 Aug 01:30AM Sydney Luz Pearson. link] The 2011 Worldwide Virtual Library Conference November 2 - 3, All Free, All Online in Blackboard Collaborate Submit to present or to be kept informed at [link] EPCOP MOOC WEBINAR ( Australia Series ) Wed 31 Aug 06:00AM New York / Wed 31 Aug 10:00AM GMT / Wed 31 Aug 08:00PM Sydney Coach Carole.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Class Central : “ MOOCs May Still Be Reshaping Higher Education, Just Not In the Way That Was Initially Predicted.” There’s more MOOC news in the contests and competition section below. “ Can Pearson Sell Efficacy? Via Forbes : “Building Brains: How Pearson Plans To Automate Education With AI.”

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Week of September 12, 2011 - Live and Interactive Webinars in Blackboard Collaborate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

link] EPCOP MOOC WEBINAR ( Australia Series ) Mon 12 Sep 09:00PM New York / Tue 13 Sep 01:00AM GMT / Tue 13 Sep 11:00AM Sydney Coach Carole. link] TALLER MEMORIAS EN RED - #DDHHYC ( Host Your Own Webinar Series ) Tue 13 Sep 11:30AM New York / Tue 13 Sep 03:30PM GMT / Wed 14 Sep 01:30AM Sydney Luz Pearson.

Why #techquity

Educator Innovator

Finally, Mirra writes about the hasty planning or lack thereof in LA for their iPad rollout and partnership with Pearson. Technology continues to be touted as the savior of humankind (think Sugata Mitra’s hole in a wall) or the downfall of all that is good in the world (think the backlash on MOOCs and Facebook).

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Edsurge : “ Pearson ’s Former Product Chief Reflects on the 4 Megatrends Shaping Global Education.” Class Central writes that “ Y Combinator’s Startup School MOOC To Give Out $10,000 to 100 Companies.” ” From the Pearson website : “ Pearson 2018 half-year results.” My apologies that this is a day late.

Hack Education Weekly News

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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.“ Also via Edsurge : “ MIT Moves Beyond the MOOC to Court Companies, Professional Learners.” million in crowdfunding for its MOOC platform. Someone should inform them that MOOCs are dead.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOCMOOCs. “Learning Creative Learning: It’s not a MOOC , it’s a community,” says the MIT Media Lab. “A Proposal to Put the ‘M’ Back in MOOCs ” – an op-ed by Class Central ’s Dhawal Shah in Edsurge. “Rethinking MOOCs ” – an op-ed in Duke University’s newspaper The Chronicle. (National) Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). “Free MOOCs Face the Music,” writes Inside Higher Ed on edX ’s decision to start charging fees. More “MOOC” news under the job training section below. million for its MOOC platform. Inside Higher Ed on a new report from Pearson : “Higher Ed’s Next Reform Push: ‘Demand-Driven Education’ ” “Fewer U.S.

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STEMxCon - Today Is the Final Deadline for Proposals; Great Keynotes + Sessions; Need Volunteers!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Smith, Director of Programs Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for STEM - Revolutionary or Evolutionary? The end of the day today is the final deadline to get in a proposal to speak at next week''s free and online 2013 Global STEMx Education Conference (STEMxCon.com) , September 19 - 21. This is a great opportunity to share your work or ideas! We have an absolutely terrific lineup of keynote speakers.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Pearson today signaled an increased focus on artificial intelligence and personalized learning with the appointment of former Intel executive Milena Marinova.” ” Though a goal of AI is automation, Marinova stressed that Pearson’s intent is not to replace instructors, but to help them.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” Via Edsurge : “What’s Next for Pearson ? ” Via Education Week : “ Pearson Tested ‘Social-Psychological’ Messages in Learning Software, With Mixed Results.” ” Gizmodo also picked up the story : “Pearson Embedded a ‘Social-Psychological’ Experiment in Students’ Educational Software [Updated].”

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

Hack Education

Turns out that Pearson, which once funded and acquired a lot of startups, isn’t in particularly good financial shape itself.). ” “It’s all about the state I live in” even – to invoke Pearson, a company founded in Yorkshire in 1844, the largest education company in the world, and still insist that the “Silicon Valley narrative” and the “California ideology” are the dominant forces shaping education technology. (I’m