K-12 Dealmaking: Udemy, Tynker Raise Funds; PeopleAdmin Acquires TeacherMatch

Marketplace K-12

A number of ed-tech companies, including Udemy and Tynker, have raked in funds from investors over the past week. Udemy Raises $60 Million: Udemy , a San Francisco-based online provider of courses, received a $60 million strategic investment from Internet and entertainment group Naspers through its Naspers Ventures division. In addition, Larry Illg, CEO of Naspers Ventures, is joining Udemy’s Board of Directors.

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Why Obama’s higher ed ratings are struggling

The Christensen Institute

Applying the QV Index just to a subset of new institutions would allow us to learn about the feasibility and unintended consequences of such a ratings system. Education Blog Department of Education Dev Bootcamp digital learning disruptive innovation General Assembly higher education higher education ratings Lynda.com Obama online learning President Obama QV Index Ted Mitchell Udacity Udemy Wall Street Journal

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?The Future of Online Learning Is Offline: What Strava Can Teach Digital Course Designers

Edsurge

I became a Strava user in 2013, around the same time I became an online course designer. Quickly I found that even as I logged runs on Strava daily, I struggled to find the time to log into platforms like Coursera, Udemy or Udacity to finish courses produced by my fellow instructional designers. Why was the fitness app so “sticky” as opposed to the online learning platforms? How could we apply the same practices to learning?

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Udemy thinks they’ve “cracked online education” they haven’t. But…

Mark Smithers

Last week, on the Time web site, Udemy CO Dennis Yang claims to have “cracked online education” They haven’t of course and this is exactly the sort of glib claim guaranteed to to annoy those that have thought deepest and longest about the ways in which technology can be used in education. Whilst Udemy’s claim is overstated they are, in fact, onto something and that something is that. And Udemy are not the only ones that are doing this.

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Udemy thinks they’ve “cracked online education” they haven’t. But…

Mark Smithers

Last week, on the Time web site, Udemy CO Dennis Yang claims to have “cracked online education” They haven’t of course and this is exactly the sort of glib claim guaranteed to to annoy those that have thought deepest and longest about the ways in which technology can be used in education. Whilst Udemy’s claim is overstated they are, in fact, onto something and that something is that. And Udemy are not the only ones that are doing this.

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Can a Subscription Model Work for Online Learners and Teachers? Skillshare Just Raised $28M to Find Out

Edsurge

Can a “Netflix”-like subscription model really work for online education platforms? Founded in 2010, Skillshare initially offered an online platform for users to find and teach in-person classes. A couple years later, the company pivoted to becoming a subscription model for online courses, which today cover topics ranging from arts and design to business, technology and everyday hobbies for adult learners.

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Moving From 5% to 85% Completion Rates for Online Courses

Edsurge

MOOCs, shorthand for massive open online courses, have been widely critiqued for their miniscule completion rates. Industry reports and instructional designers alike typically report that only between 5 to 15 percent of students who start free open online courses end up earning a certificate.

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Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?

Neo LMS

The above idea is a noble one and massive open online courses, better known as MOOCs , are thought to be the solution to worldwide access to higher education. The online connectivity may not be a really important problem, but MOOCs faced a wall of other, more important issues.

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Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?

Neo LMS

The above idea is a noble one and massive open online courses, better known as MOOCs , are thought to be the solution to worldwide access to higher education. This means a world of students getting close to equal rights to education, not being constrained by the boundaries of the physical classroom, and encouraged to pursue active learning. The online connectivity may not be a really important problem, but MOOCs faced a wall of other, more important issues.

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?A Starter Kit for Instructional Designers

Edsurge

As online course platforms proliferate, institutions of all shapes and sizes realize that they’ll need to translate content into digital forms. Designing online learning experiences is essential to training employees, mobilizing customers, serving students, building marketing channels, and sustaining business models. But they can also be creating learning apps, museum exhibits, or the latest educational toy. Share what you learned.

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Ka’Ching! 2016 US Edtech Funding Totals $1 Billion

Edsurge

In this annual analysis, EdSurge counts all investments in technology companies whose primary purpose is to improve learning outcomes for all learners, regardless of age. This year startups that serve primarily the K-12 market raised $434 million; those targeting the postsecondary and corporate learning sector raised $593 million. Pluralsight, an online learning company that was also expected to IPO, is also on hold. based startup went to Age of Learning, which.

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The Professor Who Quit His Tenured Job to Make Podcasts and Lecture Videos

Edsurge

That’s one question we had for Kevin deLaplante, who did just that when he left Iowa State University in 2015 to focus on running his Argument Ninja Podcast and teaching courses on his online Critical Thinker Academy , both aimed at bringing concepts from his scholarship to a popular audience. So we also asked deLaplante what he thinks about the broader landscape of online education that he’s part of. EdSurge: What got you started making online courses on your own?

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Online Education: Will it Make Us Smarter? #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

link] Predictions are 1/2 of higher Ed will be online in the next 10 years. How do we assess quality with all of the online education providers that are out there? Adult learning space, higher Ed, and K-12 all have different needs so they create different markets. Building learning content that students can access on their own. Udemy - 80% male because focuses on tech space. Adult learners adding to skill sets or learning about hobbies.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

million settlement against the country’s largest operator of online charter schools. ” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Facebook blames its lack of diversity on “the pipeline” ( riiiiiiight ) and so it’s giving $15 million to Code.org so that more kids learn to code. A “ personalized learning explainer ” from Mindwire Consulting. The learn-to-code startup has raised $42.5 Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “As In-Person Bootcamps Falter, Codecademy Introduces Paid Online Options.” Pretty sure this is the best MOOC story of the week: “ Russian Underground Launches Online Courses in Card Fraud ,” Infosecurity Group reports. Via Business Insider : “Online learning may be the future of education – we compared 4 platforms that are leading the way.”

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Hack Education

Tony Bates looks at “Brexit and online learning in Europe.” ” She promises that every kid will learn to code (of course) by having the private sector train CS teachers. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). From the edX blog : “How to be a Better Learner: Determine Your Learning Style.” ” Try learning styles, maybe. Via Inverse : “ Udemy ’s Exodus, Amazon ’s Gain.

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