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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



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 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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