“Mining Massive Datasets,” a Stanford course taught by a trio of instructors including Kosmix and Junglee founder, and former Amazon technology director, Anand…
Coursera co-founder and Stanford researcher Andrew Ng is leaving his day-to-day role at Coursera and joining Chinese search engine provider Baidu as its chief scientist. Ng is among a handful of high-profile artificial intelligence researcher to be hired by web companies int he past year.
The design team at Khan Academy is helping lay the foundation for a revolution in education.
Udacity Founder and CEO — and famed inventor of self-driving cars and wearable technologies at Google — came on the Structure Show podcast this week to talk about the promise, limitations and future of online education. Here’s what he had to say.
A new study of data from massive open online courses offered by Harvard and MIT professors paints a different — and welcome — picture of the state of online education. Completition rates might be low, the authors argue, but that’s a misleading stat.
IBM is working with the Gwinnett County public schools to test out a system that puts big data and deep learning to work personalizing education for fifth- and sixth-grade math students
Language-learning startup Duolingo is launching a new Language Incubator to enable its 10 million users to contribute lessons for new languages.
As the conversation around online education increasingly turns toward credentialing, Microsoft Virtual Academy is partnering with startup Degreed to recognize those who complete their online training programs.
For the first time, online education startup Coursera is sharing details on how it’s faring on the money-making front: the company said it’s earned $1 million from the verified certificate program it launched in January.
To make sure employees aren’t getting distracted, online training company Mindflash is incorporating new eye-tracking technology into its application.
Pluralsight, an online developer training platform, has acquired TrainSignal, a more than 10-year-old company that offers web-based classes for IT professionals.
An online associate’s degree program jointly managed by a private Ohio college and a San Francisco startup has been discontinued after accreditors raised questions about its business structure.
America has millions of open jobs and not nearly enough people qualified to fill them. Sometimes, that’s because people don’t know they exist. Online education can change that.
The University of California at Berkeley is the latest institution to offer a masters degree in data science but, along with education technology company 2U, it will offer the entire program online.
Bill Gates answered audience questions during a session at Microsoft’s Faculty Summit on Monday morning. Among the topics: education, patents, computer science, machine learning and philanthropy.
Mozilla’s ScienceLab wants the open web to transform science as much as it’s transformed the other areas of our lives.
A new analytics engine from education technology company Desire2Learn uses big data to predict and improve student performance in higher education.
Through its mobile app development Technovation Challenge, nonprofit Iridescent Learning has reached thousands of girls across the country. Now it wants to reach around the world.
Professors at San Jose State University argue that massive open online courses (MOOCs) could seriously compromise the quality of education at public universities.
TareasPlus, a Spanish-language educational site for students in Latin America, is launching a new marketplace of video content and eyeing more global expansion.
Treehouse, a Portland, Ore.-based startup that offers online coding lessons, has raised $7 million in new Series B funding.
Language learning giant Rosetta Stone has acquired Seattle-based Livemocha to shift its products to the cloud.
Pluralsight, a Salt Lake City-based developer training company, has released new programming courses for kids in elementary, middle and high school.
Publishing giant Wiley has launched Digital Classroom, an online marketplace of software training videos and digital books.
In a short film released by non-profit Code.org, sports and pop stars join Silicon Valley luminaries in encouraging more people to learn to code.
Learn-to-code startup Codecademy is building on its recently-launched track of API classes with lessons created in partnership with Twitter Gilt Groupe, Box, 23andMe, Dwolla and others.
Over the weekend, a professor on Coursera announced that he would no longer be teaching a course that was only in its fifth of ten weeks, marking the second time in a month that a Coursera class has hit a stumbling block.
Harvard law school is inviting 500 people to take a free 12-week copyright course — complete with small discussions, a 3 hour exam and a certificate at the end.
Social learning startup Grockit on Tuesday announced a $20-million-dollar round of financing led by Discovery Communications. The company launched in 2007 to help students with text prep but with the May release of Learnist expanded to a wider audience of lifelong learners.
University Ventures, a $100 million education technology fund, on Monday announced the launch of UV Labs, a company that will partner with schools to build new online learning products.
Online learning site lynda.com on Monday announced that it had hired Frits Habermann as its new CTO. The former PopCap and Adobe executive will oversee the expansion of the company’s cloud infrastructure and build out new mobile and international platforms.
As the CEO and co-founder of Codecademy, 22-year-old Zach Sims has been enormously successful in raising the profile of the code literacy cause. But, as competition mounts, he needs to show that he can build a business on top of the emerging learn-to-code trend.
As online learning platforms like Coursera, Udacity and edX raise the stakes for students with increased partnerships with traditional universities and credit-bearing classes, here are five technologies that can help them thwart cheating.
2U (formerly 2tor) is partnering with 10 top U.S. universities for a new online learning program for undergraduates that aims to create the online equivalent of quality offline education, with small classes, live instruction and teacher-student interaction.
Leading entrepreneurs and thought leaders provide a look at the future of education in a short documentary from Ericsson. It discusses how technology is changing the way students learn as well as what it means to learn and teach in a connected era.
Several novice programmers who signed up for a free machine-learning class on Coursera have gone on recently to win predictive-modeling competitions. Maybe it’s not that hard to mint new data scientists after all.
Marrying the quality of cable TV quality with convenience and access of online education, Seattle-based CreativeLIVE has announced that it has raised $7.5 million from Greylock Ventures. The online learning platform offers higher quality video instruction to “creative entrepreneurs.”
A new proposal calls for a Consumer Reports-like rating body to evaluate new digital learning tools. Ed tech innovators like the idea in theory but they worry that it won’t work in practice.
As digital learning platforms continue to personalize education, McGraw-Hill SVP Jeff Livingston believes schools, particularly at the high school level, will need to rethink grouping students by age and instead organize students by competency.
Smarterer, a Boston-based startup, is shifting away from being a site for showing others what you know to being a platform for benchmarking personal progress toward educational goals. In time, it could partner with online learning platforms measure effectiveness and student performance.
Duolingo, a language learning and crowdsourced translation platform from Recaptcha founder Luis von Ahn, has raised $15 million in Series B funding from New Enterprise Associates and Union Square Ventures.
Lectures from Stanford, Rice, Duke, UCSF and a dozen other schools are being made freely available worldwide in dozens of languages, thanks to a partnership between online education startup Coursera and crowdsourced captioning service Amara. All of the captions are contributed by volunteers.
BenchPrep, a Chicago-based startup providing interactive test prep courses, is adding several new publishing partners, including Pearson Education, Inc.,O’Reilly Media, Inc., Microsoft Press. The new partnerships put the company on track to offer 200 courses by the end of September, up from 120.
Online education startup Coursera, which provides free online courses taught by professors at top universities, has attracted one million enrolled students from every country in the world. The company has raised $22 million and partners with universities including Stanford, Princeton and Duke.
According to GSV Advisors, an investment firm specializing in education, investments in K-12 education climbed to $389 million in 2011, which is up from $13 million in 2005. But despite massive growth, the sector isn’t without its obstacles.
Earlier this week, online ed startup Coursera said it added a dozen new universities and raised an additional $6 million. A contract between the company and a university partner, obtained by the Chronicle of Higher Education, reveals hints about how it plans to profit.
In some circles, the phrase “gamification” may have gone out of fashion but, with help from Bunchball, Course Hero is intent on showing that it can still pack a punch in education and released some data to illustrate its point.
In addition to announcing $6 million in new funding, online education startup Coursera Tuesday announced that was adding a dozen new university partners, including three international partners.
In an effort to further cast itself as a consumer-facing social network for education – and unseat incumbent Blackboard – Lore rolled out a new version of its platform Monday that makes it more streamlined, design-centric and functional.
As online classes proliferate, LearningJar, which launched in public beta this week, offers a platform to help people figure out the skills and courses to focus on, track their progress and prove their competence.
The Escoffier School for Culinary Arts has one hell of a namesake to live up to. Auguste Escoffier is the closest thing the cooking world has to a deity. The school’s owners believe they can impart the grand master’s wisdom via an intensive online course.
On the heels of significant growth, Udemy, an online video course startup, today rolled out an overhauled website designed to improve content discovery and student interactivity. Udemy also added Netflix-like course recommendations and a Q&A feature.
Rafter, a course materials management platform that grew out of textbook rental site Bookrenter earlier this year, today announced that it had acquired four-month-old startup HubEdu.
According to disruptive innovation expert Clayton Christensen, half of North American higher education will move online in the next ten years, followed by half of k-12 education by 2019. Here’s a guide to seven that are starting to realize that future.
Startups disrupting education aren’t profitable yet, but as online education gains momentum, Knewton CEO Jose Ferreira said the margin creation opportunity is going to be “ridiculous.”
Since its February launch, Pearson-backed education startup Alleyoop has been learning from the collective behavior of its student users. On Wednesday, it rolled out a new recommendation engine informed by the tens of thousands of new data inputs.
San Fransciso-based online video course startup Udemy today released the salaries of the top 10 instructors on the 2-year-old platform. All of them earned more than $50,000 on their own and the top individual made more than $200,000.
The New York Times has an interesting piece on teachers incorporating social media tools in the classroom to prompt more participation from students who might not otherwise speak up. While many criticize the practice, I think these tools have a place in classrooms.
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