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DECEMBER 2019  –  NEWSLETTER #29  |  Breaking news at IBL News  |  Noticias en Español


Higher Ed

• Only 9% of Faculty Prefers to Teach an Online Class; 73 % Chooses a Face-to-Face Environment

• A New Catholic Polytechnic University Will Focus on the Integration of Science and Faith

• Moody’s Forecasts Moderate Growth Revenue at Public and Private Universities

IMS Releases Its New QTI Interoperability Standard For Online Assessments

• Analysis: Over 30M Adults With College Education But No Degree: Certificate Programs to the Rescue


MIT, Harvard

• MIT Executive Vice President and Treasurer Steps Down, Reif Announces by Surprise

• Harvard Changes Its Caption System to Settle Deaf Association’s Suit



• Pearson Pushes Out His CEO After a Dramatic Tenure Full of Sales and Job Cuts

• Pearson’s AI-Enabled Calculus App Provides Real-Time Feedback and Suggests Pathways



• Hugging Face Raises $15 Million to Expand its Open Source Software on Conversational AI

• EdCast Raises $35 Million in Funding to Expand Its Platform

• With 30 Million Users and $1.5 Billion Valuation, Doulingo Plans to Go Public in 2021


Instructure’s Sale

• Instructure Says to the SEC that Thoma Bravo Is Offering the Highest Price

• A Third Shareholder of Instructure Says the Board Didn’t Act in the Company’s Best Interest

• A Second Shareholder Announces It Will Vote Against Instructure’s Proposed Deal

• A Large Investor Opposes Instructure’s Plan to Sell for $2 Billion

• An Equity Investment Firm Buys Instructure for $2 Billion, Taking It Private


2019 Upcoming Events

• Education Calendar  –  DECEMBER  | JAN – JUNE 2020


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