Learning Innovation | June 2018: SNHU, Google, Udacity, 2U, Pluralsight, Georgia Tech…

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A Portuguese university lets students explore civil engineering structures with virtual reality as a way to better engage in their STEM careers.

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is using blockchain credentials to issue Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees.

Google and Udacity have teamed up to offer 12 free career-oriented courses.

Walmart will allow employees to study online for free with any of these nonprofit colleges: University of Florida, Brandman University and Bellevue University.

Trilogy Education, which offers bootcamp programs to universities, has raised $50 million.

2U, with its stock soaring and earnings beating expectations, has raised another $331 million.

The number of students taking online courses is quickly rising while overall enrollments decrease. Growth is now over 17 percent.

Chegg bought a Berkeley-based AI-feedback tool startup called WriteLab for $15 million.

MissionU, which was billed as a one-year alternative to a traditional college, will cease operations after its sale to WeWork.

Pluralsight raised $310 million on its first day on Nasdaq. Prior to going public, the Utah-based startup with 6,700 courses and 659,000 users, got $192.5 million in venture capital.

Developers at Penn State University have created a tool to create online courses in a single browser screen, called HAX (Headless Authoring Experience).

• Georgia Tech’s online Computer Science Master’s Degree’s secrets were revealed by its dean (Video).

• MOOCs are not addressing the problems of education, said Columbia’s researcher Fiona Hollands (Video) .

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