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

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A number of ed-tech companies, including Udemy and Tynker, have raked in funds from investors over the past week. In addition, PeopleAdmin, a talent-management software provider for the education sector, acquired TeacherMatch. 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.

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‘Faculty Information System’ Developer, Interfolio Acquired for $110M+

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based Interfolio aims to help simplify the workflow for faculty with software it dubs “faculty information systems.” Founded in 1999, Interfolio claims at least 300 colleges and universities, including University of California, Los Angeles, University of Texas at Austin, Reed College and Dartmouth, use its software. The software includes platforms focusing on three different areas. Being a faculty member requires a lot more than just teaching and research.

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Some of the best online academies include Udemy , Khan Academy, and CodeAcademy. Udemy offers a plethora of free and cheap online courses to take, including both academic and lifestyle topics to learn about.

Bigger Deals, Bigger Bets: EdTech Venture Funding Trends Continue in 2018

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With more than 4 billion users now connected to the internet, 50% of the global population (Forbes, December 2018), it is not surprising that the education sector has embraced devices and software to interact, engage, and enhance the learning environment for students.

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Are Free Educational Videos Worth It?

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Common hits are videos from dispersed free and paid-for educational videos websites such as TEDx , Udemy , Khan Academy , and Coursera.

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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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Connexeo (school administration software): $110 million. Udemy (skills training): $173 million. Other areas of investment for Chan Zuckerberg Initiative in 2018 – that is, in addition to tutoring and preschool management software: career placement software, English language learning software, and financial aid management software.

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Via Education Week : “Ed-Tech Software Group Objects to Messages in Feds’ #GoOpen Campaign.” Noteworthy: this is the third recent ed-tech investment by Naspers – a South African media conglomerate and “ the former mouthpiece of apartheid ” – which recently backed Udemy and Brainly.). Education Politics. The US Senate has voted to approve the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden as the new Librarian of Congress.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Via Inside Higher Ed : “Colleges that accommodate transgender students by letting them choose preferred names and pronouns find their efforts hindered by out-of-date software and federal reporting requirements.” Udemy has raised another $60 million , this time from the South African media group Naspers (which just last month invested $15 million in the homework help site Brainly). Udemy, which offers a marketplace for online classes, has raised $173 million total.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Udemy has a new CEO : “Kevin Johnson, former CEO of EBates, a marketplace for coupons and shopping discount deals.” Via Edsurge : “How U of Michigan Built Automated Essay-Scoring Software to Fill ‘Feedback Gap’ for Student Writing.” Education Politics. US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos appeared in front of a Senate subcommittee this week to talk about Trump’s budget proposal.

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The Business of Education Technology

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Online education (admittedly, a very generic category): Investments include Udemy ($60,000,000), DigiSchool ($15,700,000), MasterClass ($15,000,000), UNICAF ($12,000,000), OpenClassroom ($6,740,000). The pressure to move towards digital assessments has fueled schools’ investments in hardware and software more than any other argument about the importance of ed-tech. The learning management system is a piece of “enterprise” software after all.

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Via Inverse : “ Udemy ’s Exodus, Amazon ’s Gain. ” EdWeek’s Market Brief has a write-up of a recent study by the Software & Information Industry Association about why teachers take online PD courses. This biggest reasons: “how to use digital devices, how to use the educational software that goes on them, or to find out more about classroom behavior or management.” Education Politics.

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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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Udemy (skills training) – $173 million. In April, Education Week’s Market Brief reported on a study by the consortium claiming school districts could save billions if they shared with one another the details about what they were paying for hardware and software.

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That class is produced by language learning software maker Rosetta Stone. Online video portal Udemy announced that it has raised $3 million Adaptive learning company Knewton announced a massive round of fundraising: $33 million.