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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