Learning Innovation | July 2018: Tsugi, Berklee, Google, Coursera…

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• TsugiCloud.org, Dr. Chuck’s new initiative in online education, continued to add new functionalities to its framework of apps.

• Berklee College of Music in Boston found success in reducing its online courses’ prices to a third of the cost of face-to-face programs.

Google.org funded an initiative to bring its IT Support Professional Certificate program to 25 community colleges.

Coursera and edX released lists of their most popular courses, without providing specific numbers. edSurge analyzed MOOCs’ revenue models.

• GitHub launched a new bundle of its education tools for use by schools. The launch was two weeks after Microsoft announced that it was acquiring GitHub for $7.5 billion in stock.

• The $1.9 billion Capella-Strayer merger was approved by the Higher Learning Commission and is expected to close on or before Aug. 1.

Coursera added A/B testing to its platform by randomizing enrollees into different versions of the same course and then observing the effects of different teaching inputs on learning outputs.

• Rice University introduced a 24-week Data Analytics boot camp developed in partnership with workforce accelerator Trilogy Education.

Chegg, the publicly-traded provider of textbook rentals, acquired StudyBlue, a company that offers study tools such as flashcards, for $20.8 million.

• Grand Canyon Education sold Grand Canyon University for $875 million to form a nonprofit. Last year nonprofit Purdue University purchased the online for-profit Kaplan University.

Another coding boot camp, Learners Guild, in Oakland, CA, shut down, after being unable to find a sustainable business model.

2U continued its acquisition spree and acquired a digital annotation tool called Critique IT. This purchase came after 2U raised $331 million through a common stock offering in June.

Google said that over one million students used AR tools as part of its Expeditions Pioneer Program.

• After raising $42 million of funding in March, Degreed acquired Pathgather, a New York-based provider of corporate training tools.

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