Old, Slow Laptops Are Sabotaging College Student Success

Spotty internet service makes remote learning hard for many college students. So does lacking reliable access to a computer. But even students who do have Wi-Fi and digital devices for schoolwork may not be able to fully participate in their courses if the technology they have is old, outdated or not powerful enough to handle … Read more

Is the Solution to College Zoom Fatigue … a Different Video Platform?

Just as the pandemic is loosening its grip and schools and colleges move back to in-person classes, new startups are offering video platforms they say do a better job for teaching than Zoom or other mass-market systems. One of the latest entrants is Engageli (pronounced, “engage-ly”), which a few months ago scored $14.5 million in … Read more

Why Emergency Online Learning Got Low Grades From Many College Students

The following is an edited excerpt from Staying Online: How to Navigate Digital Higher Education, forthcoming from Routledge. Nearly all of higher education moved online at the beginning of the pandemic. For longtime proponents of online education like myself, you might think it would be an accomplishment. Except that many students showed up resentful, taking … Read more

Coursera’s IPO Filing Shows Growing Revenue and Loss During a Pandemic

This afternoon, Coursera filed its S-1 paperwork, offering a first look at how the Mountain View, Calif.-based online education provider is faring as it prepares to go public. And the numbers reveal both increasing growth and losses during a year of great disruption to schools and businesses impacted by the pandemic. Coursera reported $293.5 million … Read more

Are You a Digital Threat to Your College? Read This to Find Out

There are approximately 3,700 higher ed institutions in the U.S. There are about 1,329,900 teachers employed by these institutions. Add in roughly 144,880 administrators, and that means nearly 1.5 million post-secondary educators are at risk of losing their jobs today by performing one single act: Posting on social media. Around the world there were 4.20 … Read more

2U, Guild Education Partner to Expand Online Education for Adult Workers

Employee training programs are usually among the first on the chopping block as companies tighten their belts during a typical economic downturn. But the current crisis is anything but, and an increasingly remote workforce will only accelerate the need for new skills and habits to keep companies running. That’s the consensus among the leading consultant … Read more

Hobsons’ Higher Ed Business Split and Sold in Separate Deals Totaling $410M

Hobsons, which offers a suite of software for college and career planning, admissions and enrollment, and student success and advising, will be broken up and sold in a pair of transactions totaling approximately $410 million. The company’s owner, the Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT, which is also the publisher of the British newspaper Daily … Read more

A Small College Hopes to Claim Artificial Intelligence for the Liberal Arts

Colby College is carving out space in the liberal arts canon for artificial intelligence. Thanks to a $30 million gift from an alumnus, the small, selective college in Maine is establishing the Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence, which aims to integrate machine learning, natural language processing and big data into instruction and research across the … Read more

Digital Courseware Provider Top Hat Gets $130M and a New CEO

Another balding founder of a tech company is passing the baton off to a successor. No, this is not the same shellshock as Jeff Bezos’ resignation letter, nor is the company anywhere as big as Amazon. But it could prove just as disruptive in the world of education publishing, where technology startups have been steadily … Read more

Former Pearson, edX Exec Raises $7.5M to Build AI-Powered Digital Courseware

The demand for innovative digital learning technology has never been higher. And investment continues to flow into the edtech space. But companies looking to differentiate themselves in this increasingly competitive sector have to bring something new to the table. Esme Learning Solutions is banking on artificial intelligence (AI), collaborative learning experiences and relationships with some … Read more