Online Learning | December 2020: Pluralsight, Noodle, Doulingo, Udemy, Nvidia, Educause…

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NOVEMBER 2020 –  NEWSLETTER #38  |  Breaking news at IBL News  |  Noticias en Español

 

Acquisitions

• Training Company Pluralsight.com Acquired by Equity Firm Vista for $3.5 Billion

• Noodle’s Latest Acquisition of HotChalk Will Increase Its Marketing Capabilities

• Instructure Acquires K12 Assessment and Analytics Company Certica Solutions

 

Valuations

• Language Learning App Duolingo Gets a $2.4 Billion Valuation While It Prepares its IPO

• Udemy Reaches a $3.25 Billion Valuation After Raising Another $50 Million

 

Initiatives

• A StartUp Brings Together Online Students in a COVID-Safe Campus Resort in Texas

• NVIDIA Creates a Learning Community Around Its Jetson AI Micro-Computer

• A Financial Education Platform Provides Short Lessons on Practical Topics

 

Higher Ed

• Unizin’s Consortium Partners with Blackboard to Offer Ally to its 14 Member Institutions

• International Enrollments Drop 43% in the U.S. Due to the Global Pandemic

• Educause Analyzes How Higher Education Institutions Will Emerge from the Pandemic

 

Trends

• CIOs and CTOs Accelerate AI, Machine Learning, 5G and IoT Due to the Pandemic

About Half of the US Says that More Training Doesn’t Result in a Better Job

 

COVID-19

• The COVID Pandemic Causes Devastation to Children’s Learning Across the World

• Rensselaer Develops a Web App that Shows How COVID Will Spread in the Spring Semester

• SUNY Announces Remote Instruction Until February, Along with Mandatory Tests and Masks-Wearing

 

2020 Events 

• Education Calendar  –  DEC   |  JAN 2021  |  Conferences in Latin America & Spain

 


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Online Learning | November 2020: Google, IBM, Educause, Skillsoft, Microsoft…

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NOVEMBER 2020 –  NEWSLETTER #38  |  Breaking news at IBL News  |  Noticias en Español

 

Industry

• Google Introduces New Analytics with Machine Learning and Predictive Models

• IBM Will Focus More on Cloud and AI, while Placing Its Low-Margin, Legacy Tech into a New Public Company

• ZipRecruiter Partners with Training Platform to Create a Catalog of 250 Skill-Oriented Courses

 

Universities

• Educause’s 2021 ‘IT Issues Report’ Will Elaborate on Three Scenarios

• The New School in New York Fired 122 Staff Members After Reporting Financial Struggles

• The Catholic Polytechnic University Issues Its First Course, Cybersecurity Fundamentals

 

Investment

• SPAC Churchill Capital Will Merge with Skillsoft in $1.3B Deal and Acquire Global Knowledge for $233M

• Skillsoft and Global Knowledge in Talks to Merge and Go Public

• Another Zoom Challenger: Engageli Capitalizes on Video Conferencing Limitations

• Salesforce Will Invest Another $100 Million in Education and Social Companies

• Adobe Participated in Skillshare’s Last Funding of $66 Million in Series D

 

COVID-19 Effects

• Microsoft Follows the Shift of Tech Giants and Offers Its Staff to Permanently Work at Home

• Dropbox Becomes a Virtual First Company Making Remote Work Permanent

• A UNESCO/United Nations Report Introduces a Methodology to Connect Schools to the Internet

• Teachers Worldwide Find Creative Solutions to Avoid Education Disruption Due to COVID

 

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• A New Learning Platform During Pandemic Times? The Must-Have List of Features

 

2020 Events 

• Education Calendar  –  NOV  |  DEC  |  Conferences in Latin America & Spain

 


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Online Learning | September – October 2020: Conferences, Universities’ News, Rankings, COVID’s Impact…

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SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2020  –  NEWSLETTER #37  |  Breaking news at IBL News  |  Noticias en Español

 

Conferences

• SXSW EDU Announces that Its 2021 Conference Will Continue to Be Virtual

2020 LWMOOCs Conference: How MOOCs Are Reshaping the 4th Industrial Revolution

 

Universities

• The University of Arizona Will Provide WeWork Spaces to International Students

• ASU Announces a Major Research Laboratory on Environmental Sustainability

Laureate Sells Walden University to Adtalem for $1.48 Billion in Cash

 

COVID-19 and Universities

• 70% of College Students Are Falling Behind on Their Studies Due to COVID-19

• California State University’s Campuses Will Continue Virtually During the Spring Semester of 2021

• The University of Illinois Had a Comprehensive Anti-Virus Plan, but Students Partied On

• SUNY Oneonta Closed After Many Students Were Infected at Large Parties

• President Trump Pushes Universities to Reopen Despite a Spike of Virus Infections

• More Colleges Expected to Follow UNC’s Switch to Remote Learning Amid a Surge of COVID Cases

 

Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report 2021 Colleges Rankings: No Changes Despite Tweaks

• Eleven Public Universities Featured in the Top 20, According to the ‘Washington Monthly” Alternative Ranking

 

Industry

• The LMS Market Will Grow From $13.4 Billion in 2020 to $25.7 Billion by 2025

• Pearson Ends Its Search for a New CEO by Naming an Ex-Walt Disney Executive for the Role

• Facebook Returns to Its Roots by Launching a Campus-Only Social Network

 

Venture Capital

• ETS Announces Its Investment Arm to Acquire EdTech Companies and Expands Its Offering to Clients

• Lockdown effect: Indian Start-Up Byju Company Valued at $10.8 after Raising $21 Billion

• Online Learning Boom in India: Start-Ups Raising Huge Amounts of Capital

 

View

• Analysis: UX / UI Will Determine the Success or Failure of Your Next Web Project

 

2020 Events 

• Education Calendar  –  SEP  |  OCT  |  NOV  |  DEC  |  Conferences in Latin America & Spain

 


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Online Learning | August 2020: Stanford, Financial Distress, Harvard, OMSCS, Google, Apple…

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SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2020  –  NEWSLETTER #37  |  Breaking news at IBL News  |  Noticias en Español

 

Conferences

• SXSW EDU Announces that Its 2021 Conference Will Continue to Be Virtual

2020 LWMOOCs Conference: How MOOCs Are Reshaping the 4th Industrial Revolution

Universities

• The University of Arizona Will Provide WeWork Spaces to International Students

• ASU Announces a Major Research Laboratory on Environmental Sustainability

Laureate Sells Walden University to Adtalem for $1.48 Billion in Cash

COVID-19 and Universities

• 70% of College Students Are Falling Behind on Their Studies Due to COVID-19

• California State University’s Campuses Will Continue Virtually During the Spring Semester of 2021

• The University of Illinois Had a Comprehensive Anti-Virus Plan, but Students Partied On

• SUNY Oneonta Closed After Many Students Were Infected at Large Parties

• President Trump Pushes Universities to Reopen Despite a Spike of Virus Infections

• More Colleges Expected to Follow UNC’s Switch to Remote Learning Amid a Surge of COVID Cases

Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report 2021 Colleges Rankings: No Changes Despite Tweaks

• Eleven Public Universities Featured in the Top 20, According to the ‘Washington Monthly” Alternative Ranking

Industry

• The LMS Market Will Grow From $13.4 Billion in 2020 to $25.7 Billion by 2025

• Pearson Ends Its Search for a New CEO by Naming an Ex-Walt Disney Executive for the Role

• Facebook Returns to Its Roots by Launching a Campus-Only Social Network

Venture Capital

• ETS Announces Its Investment Arm to Acquire EdTech Companies and Expands Its Offering to Clients

• Lockdown effect: Indian Start-Up Byju Company Valued at $10.8 after Raising $21 Billion

• Online Learning Boom in India: Start-Ups Raising Huge Amounts of Capital

View

• Analysis: UX / UI Will Determine the Success or Failure of Your Next Web Project

2020 Events 

• Education Calendar  –  SEP  |  OCT  |  NOV  |  DEC  |  Conferences in Latin America & Spain


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Learning At Scale | July 2020: Trump Vs Colleges, Microsoft, Harvard, MIT, Microsoft, Intel…

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JULY 2020  –  NEWSLETTER #35  |  Breaking news at IBL News  |  Noticias en Español

 

Trump vs Colleges

• “Virtual Learning Has Proven to Be Terrible,” Says President Trump Contradicting DeVos

• UC and Other Institutions Join Harvard and MIT Against the Trump Administration Over the International Student Ban

• The Ban to Foreign Students to Stay for Online Classes Sparks Confusion in Higher Ed

• Harvard and Princeton Will Deliver Their Classes Online This Fall; Backlash for Keeping Full Tuition

 

Industry

• Microsoft Will Offer Free Learning Paths for Digital Jobs In-Demand to 25 Million Facing Unemployment

• Intel Launches an Associate Degree Program on AI with the Largest Community College

• WeWork Sells Its Boot Camp Flatiron School to an Investment Firm

 

Universities

• The University of California Paid Over $1 Million to Cybercriminals Who Stole Sensitive Data

• The Catholic Polytechnic University Will Start The Fall With Two Certificate Courses

• The Wealthiest African-American in the U.S. Presents an Alternative Finance Initiative for Black Colleges

2020 Top 50 Business Schools Ranking, According to Study.com

 

International

• Report: Nearly 260 Million Children Are Still Excluded from Education; Pandemic Exacerbates the Breach

• The Global Pandemic Accelerates the Inequalities in Education; 1.1 Billion Children Still Out of School

 

2020 Events 

• Education Calendar  –   JULY – DEC  |  Conferences in Latin America & Spain

 


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Learning At Scale | June 2020: MOOCs, Rankings, Losses, Andreessen Horowitz, Databricks, Google…

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JUNE 2020  –  NEWSLETTER #34  |  Breaking news at IBL News  |  Noticias en Español

 

Online Learning

• MOOCs Were Dead, but Now They Are Booming, According to The New York Times

• Eduventures Encourages to Re-Think Online Learning While Analyzing Scenarios

• Students Find the Learning Experience Provided by Schools To Be Unengaging

 

Universities

• QS Releases Its U.S. University Ranking for 2020: Harvard, Stanford, and MIT Remain on Top

• U.S. Colleges Will Lose Over $3 Billion After International Student Enrollment Decline This Upcoming Fall

• The Big Ten Universities Will Accumulate Over $1.7 Billion in Losses Due to the Pandemic

 

Initiatives

• Andreessen Horowitz’s “Crypto Startup School” Releases Its First Series of Video Lectures

• Databricks Launches a Program to Train College Students on Apache Spark and Other AI Tools

• GSV Ventures Creates an Online MBA in Entrepreneurship with Belhaven University

• Google’s Zoom-Like Web Conference, Meet, Makes Free Key Features of Its G-Suite Premium Version

 

Events

• Google, Cisco, Sony, and Other Companies Cancel Planned Launch Events in Light of the Civil Unrest

• SXSW EDU Announces Its On-Demand Event with Speakers from the March Event

 

Industry

• Cengage and McGraw-Hill Terminate their Merger to Create a Textbook Giant

• The College Board Responds to a Flood of Complaints About Malfunctioning of the Remote AP Tests

• NY’s Governor Hires the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for Reforming the School System

 

2020 Events 

• Education Calendar  –   JUNE  |  JULY – DEC  |  Conferences in Latin America & Spain


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Learning At Scale | May 2020: Indiana, Columbia University, ETS, Zoom, Linux Foundation…

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Universities

• An Increasing Number of Colleges Are Deciding to Reopen Campuses for the Fall

• Fifty Public Universities Can Lose $4.1 Billion In Revenue if Football Season Is Canceled or Altered

• Pay Cuts Set at The University of Arizona as a result of an Expected Loss of $250 Million

• Indiana University Authorized to Borrow Up to $1 Billion to Cover Revenue Shortfalls

 

Protest

• Columbia University’s TAs Say They Will Not Teach as They Face Financial Precarity

• An Increasing Number of Students Refuse to Pay Full In-Person Tuition for Online Classes

 

Non-Profit

• At-Home Testing Solutions Unveiled for AP Programs, TOEFL and GRE Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic

• Smithsonian Open Access: Millions of 2D and 3D Digital Items Without Copyright Restriction

 

Industry

• Zoom Continues Its Marketing Effort Despite Reports Questioning Its Security

• Zoom Comes Under Scrutiny Because of the “Zoombombing” Attacks Amid the Pandemic Outbreak

 

Conferences

• The Linux Foundation Plans a Massive Virtual Open Source Summit

• A List of Virtual Educational and Corporate Conferences Due to the Pandemic

• O’Reilly Eliminates Its Face-to-Face Conference Business, Laying Off Nearly 100 People

 

Apps

• Google Classroom, Class Dojo, and TikTok Rank Top Used Apps

• An App with Augmented Reality Teaches How to Keep Social Distancing

• Google and Apple Will Release in Mid-May a Controversial Tool to Track Down Infected People

 

2020 Events 

• Education Calendar  –   MAY  |  JUNE  |  JULY – DEC  |  Conferences in Latin America & Spain

 


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Learning At Scale | March – April 2020: Covid-19 Pandemic, Scammers, Free Resources, Initiatives, Johns Hopkins…

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MARCH – APRIL 2020  –  NEWSLETTER #32 |  Breaking news at IBL News  |  Noticias en Español

 

Covid-19 Pandemic

• How to Protect Yourself From Coronavirus’ Scammers Who Try to Steal Money or Personal Information

• Johns Hopkins University Updates the Coronavirus Map by Adding Local Data

• Historic $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill Provides Funding for Higher Ed and Help for Students with Loans

 

Free Resources

• Don’t Let Education Fall in the Curve of Covid: An Extensive Resource Website with Tools and Services

• Free Educational Resources in Times for Adjusting to the New Complicated Environment

 

Instructure / Canvas LMS

• Thoma Bravo Completes the Acquisition of Instructure and Appoints an Interim, CEO J. Charles Goodman

• Adobe Creative Cloud and Spark Will Be Integrated Inside the Canvas LMS

• Canvas LMS Creates a Toolkit for Contingency Planning Amidst the COVID-19 Outbreak

 

Conferences

• GW Plans a Workshop for STEM Faculty Who Teach Engineering through Computing

• NVIDIA’s Grand Virtual Conference After Closing Its In-Person Annual Reunion

• The ASU-GSV Summit Postponed to September 29th. AAC&U Conference Canceled

• The City of Austin Cancels SXSW March Festival and Plans a Virtual Conference

 

2020 Upcoming Events   [All of the conferences are canceled or moved online due to the Coronavirus – CDC Recommendations]

• Education Calendar  –  APRIL  |  MAY  |  JUNE  |  JULY – DEC  |  Conferences in Latin America & Spain

 


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Learning At Scale | February 2020: Coronavirus, ASU, MIT, Instructure, Cornerstone, Udemy…

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FEBRUARY 2020  –  NEWSLETTER #31  |  Breaking news at IBL News  |  Noticias en Español

 

Coronavirus’ Outbreak

• Time to Cancel Your Ed Conference? Facebook Pulls Out of Its Biggest Event; Microsoft Follows

• The World’s Largest Smartphone Conference Canceled Due to Coronavirus Concerns

• International Education Will Be Disrupted by the Coronavirus Travel Ban

• UMass Boston Student Contracted the Coronavirus; 100 at Princeton University Self-Quarantined

• Over 25,000 ASU Students Demand to Cancel Classes Due to a Coronavirus Case on Campus

 

Higher Ed

• Michael Crow Gets a $30 Million Gift from State Farm to Fund a Workforce Development Program at ASU

• The Annual Jupyter Conference Is Back – It Will Take Place on August 10-14 in Berlin, Germany

• MIT Donates the $850,000 Received from Epstein and Suspends Prof. Seth Lloyd

 

Corporate Business

• Cornerstone OnDemand Acquires Saba for $1.4 Billion

• Udemy Claims a Valuation of $2 Billion and Announces 5,000 Corporate Clients

• Course Hero: $100M in Revenue, 1M Subscribers, and a Valuation of $1.1 Billion

• Canadian EdTech Top Hat Raises $55M Trying to Disrupt the Textbook Industry

• Has 2U Turned the Corner? Quarterly Reports Show Improved Revenue and the Stock Surges 11%

 

Instructure / Canvas LMS

• Instructure’s CEO Steps Down and the Board Approves a Tender Offer to Acquire All Outstanding Shares

• Thoma Bravo Raises Its Offer for Instructure to $49 Per Share, but Investors Might Demand a Higher Price

• Instructure’s Shares Fell 3% Amid Concerns that the $2 Billion Takeover from Thoma Bravo Will Fail

Dissident Investors Are Likely to Derail the Instructure Transaction Unless They Get an Improved Offer

 

2020 Upcoming Events

• Education Calendar  –  MARCH  |  APRIL  |  MAY  |  JUNE  |  JULY – DEC  |  Conferences in Latin America & Spain

 


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Learning At Scale | January 2020: MIT, JetBlue, Visa, Microsoft, Instructure / Canvas LMS, LearnLaunch…

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JANUARY 2020  –  NEWSLETTER #30  |  Breaking news at IBL News  |  Noticias en Español

 

Higher Ed

• The U.S. Shows as the Number 1 in Education Across the World, According to the 2020 Best Countries Report

• MIT Suspends Professor Seth Lloyd Over a Detailed Report About His Ties to Epstein

• Federal Students Loan Portfolio Tops $1.51 Trillion After a 5% Increase

 

Corporate Training

• JetBlue’s Sponsored Education Program Has 700 Crewmembers Pursuing Undergraduate Degrees

• Visa Launches a Certification Program to Train Payment Card Disputes Professionals

• Microsoft Retires Its Professional Program and Opens a Role-Based Certification Site

 

2020 / 2019 Review

• JavaScript, HTML5, C# and CSS, the Most Benchmarked Skills of 2019, According to Pluralsight

• U.S. Education Technology Companies Raised $1.6 Billion in VC Funding in 2019

• 2019’s Most Popular Online Courses According to Class Central

• A Dynamic 2019 for Open edX, edX, Coursera, and Udacity: IBL’s Top-20 Headlines

• 2019 Year Review: MIT’s Epstein Scandal, Sale of Canvas LMS, 2U’s Collapse, and Pearson’s CEO’s Resignation

• IBL News Releases the 2020 Calendar

 

Conferences

The AACU Conference in DC Says that Liberal Education Is Key for Employability [Video]

• The LearnLauch Conference this Month in Boston Expects 1,500 Educators and Investors

 

Instructure / Canvas LMS

• Instructure Will Continue Reducing Spending But Refrain From Laying Off More Employees

• Analysis: Is Instructure’s Transaction Rigged? SEC’s Statements Show a Transparent Process

• Instructure Accuses Dissident Investor Praesidium of “Opportunistic Tactics” to Derail the Transaction

• The CEO of Instructure May Reap Over $22M After the Sale of the Company

• Instructure Moves Forward with Thoma Bravo’s $2 Billion Acquisition Proposal

 

2U

• 2U Hires Advisers to Explore a Sale While an Activist Investor Continues to Push

 

2020 Upcoming Events

• Education Calendar  –  JAN  |  FEB  |  MARCH  |  APRIL  |  MAY  |  JUNE  |  JULY – DEC  |  Conferences in Latin America & Spain

 


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