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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Learning objects were intended to provide an opportunity to scale teaching in a way the paid curriculum of Pearson or Disney could not do. Reflections content David Wiley Kierkegaard MOOC OER Open postmodernism Reusability Paradox

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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” 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.

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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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” 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.

More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

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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.”

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.

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

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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. In the past, publishers such as Pearson and McGraw-Hill were counted on to be the exit strategy. Yet recent years have been rough for traditional publishers like Pearson, which is in a turnaround phase. Is education technology investing back on track?

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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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” 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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” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “ MOOC enrollment drops at HarvardX and MITx after free certifications disappear ,” says Techcrunch. Via the IEEE Spectrum : “How the Pioneers of the MOOC Got It Wrong.” ” Let’s all point out how this article gets “the pioneers of the MOOC” wrong. ” Via Campus Technology : “ Pearson to Lower Cost of E-Books, Textbooks.”

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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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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). It’s baaaaack: “Return of the MOOC ,” The City Journal tells us. There’s some (sorta) MOOC-related news in the venture funding section below. Because MOOCs on an airplane proved to be such an effective mode of instruction. Via Techcrunch : “ Pearson is adding LittleBits kits to its STEM curriculum.” MOOCs weren’t really MOOCs either.

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “ Pearson Unveils Immersive History Curriculum, Even as Potential Sale of K–12 Products Looms.” From Pearson : “ AI-based tutoring : A new kind of personalized learning.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “Why Haven’t MOOCs Eliminated Any Professors?” Via Edsurge : “ Pearson , an Investor in Knewton , Is ‘Phasing Out’ Partnership on Adaptive Products.” ” No disclosure in the story that Edsurge shares investors with Knewton , nor that Pearson is, by way of Learn Capital, also an investor in Edsurge. Education Politics.

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Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). ” The publisher in question: Pearson. In other Pearson news, via The Digital Reader : “ Pearson Shares Slump Following Poor Earnings Report.” Presidential Campaign Politics.

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

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Turns out that Pearson, which once funded and acquired a lot of startups, isn’t in particularly good financial shape itself.). This is part of the push for MOOCs, we must be honest.).

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Testing, Testing… Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “British Officials, Pearson Probe Effort to Leak Test Content.” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Because up ’til now, MOOCs were the most brilliant data mining app ever.).

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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.”

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). To borrow from Jello Biaffra, “MOOCs aren’t dead, they just deserve to die.” ” From Edsurge : “How Blockbuster MOOCs Could Shape the Future of Teaching.” ” There’s more MOOC-related news in the nanodegree section below. ” Ben Williamson on Pearson : “Edu-business as usual – market-making in higher education.”

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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].”

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Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Elsewhere in MOOC research… From Campus Technology : “Grouping MOOC Students by Communication Mode Doesn’t Help Completion.” “ What We Learned From Talking with 100 MOOC Students ” by Justin Reich (and George Veletsianos and Laura Pasquini). ” More on MOOC (and related) research in the research section below. MOOCs losing their mojo? Education Politics.

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

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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.

Education Technology and the History of the Future of Credentialing

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Because despite their marketing copy, it remains important to ask: how do employers, in and out of Silicon Valley, respond to these alt-credentials – to MOOC certificates and nanodegrees and microcredentials and badges? ” MOOCs for credit. It’s an assessment now administered by Pearson, and since the education giant took over the GED in 2014, pass rates have plummeted. This is part seven of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.

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” 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. ” Via Edsurge : “ Coursera ’s Rick Levin on the Evolution of MOOCs and Microcredentials.” Here’s Pearson ’s annual report for 2016. Via the BBC : “Pearson boss sees pay boost despite firm’s struggles.”

Education Technology's Inequalities

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Other companies with similar models: Spark Schools, which raised $9 million this year from the Omidyar Network and Pearson, and APEC, also funded by Pearson. In April, journalist Anya Kamenetz looked closely at “ Pearson’s Quest to Cover the Planet in Company-Run Schools ”: "Pearson would like to become education’s first major conglomerate, serving as the largest private provider of standardized tests, software, materials, and now the schools themselves.

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). So much MOOC news! (Or “ MOOCs Are Global. Also via Edsurge : “How Harvard Is Trying to Update the Extension School for the MOOC Age.” ” There’s a MOOC-related privacy story in the MOOC section above. ” Via Edsurge : “ Pearson Efficacy Study Highlights the Challenge of Letting Students Retest.”

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Inside Higher Ed on online education at Simmons College. More on MOOC and online education research in the research section below. ” Via the press release : “ Cengage , McGraw-Hill Education , and Pearson have joined forces with Ingram and Chegg , Inc. Via The Guardian : “Education publisher Pearson reports biggest loss in its history.” Education Politics.

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” edX is offering an online master’s degree with Georgia Tech : an OMS (online master’s in science) in Analytics. The Economist on “ The Return of the MOOC.” ” “ Harvard/MIT Report Analyzes 4 Years of MOOC Data ,” Campus Technology reports. in the Classroom” – by Rose Luckin and Wayne Holmes and sponsored by Pearson, of course. Education Politics.

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” The publishers in question are Cengage , McGraw-Hill , and Pearson. Testing, Testing… Via Chalkbeat : “Calculator mix-up could force some students to retake ISTEP, and Pearson is partially to blame.” ” The testing firm in question: Pearson. 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.”

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

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” These headlines just kill me. ” More MOOC data in the “research” section below. Pearson is selling its language learning company Wall Street English to Baring Private Equity Asia and CITIC Capital for $300 million (although Pearson will get about $100 million of that as the rest goes to debt relief). (National) Education Politics.

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). “The MOOC is not dead, but maybe it should be,” says Rolin Moe. Pearson ’s Annual Report (2017) – my favorite part is how the numbers that are showcased on this web page are all green, even though they’re downward trending. Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). IBM partners with Pearson. OpenEd partners with Pearson. Presidential Campaign Politics. November 8 cannot come soon enough. Via Education Week ): “ Hillary Clinton Campaign Releases $500 Million Anti-Bullying Plan.”

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” Via The Chicago Tribune : “Pearson Family Members Foundation sues University of Chicago , aiming to revoke $100M gift.” 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. ” There’s more licensing and certification news in the MOOC section above.

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” The company – funded by Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Pearson, Learn Capital, and others – says it will remain open. ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Education Dive makes claims about “ MOOCs as tools for equity in under-resourced high schools.” ” Elsewhere, more claims about “the global poor” and MOOCs (and other ed-tech companies) in Edsurge. Education Politics.

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