online education

  • How Startups Are Solving A Decades-Old Problem In Education Crunch Network

    How Startups Are Solving A Decades-Old Problem In Education

    In 1984, educational psychologist Benjamin Bloom published research on a new method of teaching, commonly called Bloom’s 2 Sigma Problem. The term “2 Sigma” comes from the results of the study, which showed that students who were provisioned with a combination of one-on-one mentorship and mastery learning performed two standard deviations (“sigma”) higher than… Read More

  • Having Success With Code Bootcamps: Hiring Lessons For Employers Crunch Network

    Having Success With Code Bootcamps: Hiring Lessons For Employers

    And we’re back, with the second of three posts on having success with code bootcamps. Having explored whether coding bootcamps work for hiring top tech talent (hint: the answer is yes), we turn to tips for hiring bootcamp grads. From my experience, here are the top hiring lessons your company needs to learn. Read More

  • How New Technology Connects GED Graduates With New Opportunities Crunch Network

    How New Technology Connects GED Graduates With New Opportunities

    Most GED credential recipients say they take the test to further their education — not end it. In fact, 65 percent of GED credential holders indicated they wanted a job that requires further education or training after passing the test (as reported by GED Testing Service). Unfortunately, fewer than 12 percent went on to do just that. Read More

  • Udacity Raises $105 Million Series D, Bringing Valuation To $1 Billion

    Udacity Raises $105 Million Series D, Bringing Valuation To $1 Billion

    Udacity, the coding education service, has sprouted a magical horn. The company announced on Wednesday it had raised a $105 million Series D round. With a total valuation of $1 billion, the company has now joined the growing ranks of unicorns.  The round was led by international media, services and education company Bertelsmann with Scotland’s Baillie Gifford, Emerson Collective… Read More

  • Edtech’s Next Big Disruption Is The College Degree Crunch Network

    Edtech’s Next Big Disruption Is The College Degree

    For centuries, the college degree has been the global gold standard for assessing an individual entering the workforce. But after cornering the credentials market for nearly a millennium, the degree’s days alone at the top are most definitely numbered. By 2020, the traditional degree will have made room on its pedestal for a new array of modern credentials that are currently gaining… Read More

  • How Software Helps Keep Online Learners Honest Crunch Network

    How Software Helps Keep Online Learners Honest

    People often express worry that the relative anonymity of online learning environments and the disconnected nature of being in a MOOC (massive online open course) leads to more opportunities for academic dishonesty and outright cheating. However, emerging and improving technologies may prove to offer more — not less — protection from would-be cheaters. Read More

  • Why Ed Tech Is Taking Off In Latin America Crunch Network

    Why Ed Tech Is Taking Off In Latin America

    The past three months have redefined the education technology market among startup companies. Concerns about free content from YouTube and educational nonprofits, as well as user engagement and retention, were beginning to sour investors on the opportunity afforded by providing for-profit education to the lifelong learning sector. Read More

  • Searching For The Next Wave Of Education Innovation

    Searching For The Next Wave Of Education Innovation

    I’m going to come right out and say it: few areas have been as hopeful and as disappointing as innovation in education. Education is probably the single most important function in our society today, yet it remains one of the least understood, despite incredible levels of investment from venture capitalists and governments. Why do students continue to show up in a classroom or start an… Read More

  • Bringing Programming Education Online, Thinkful Raises $4.25 Million

    Bringing Programming Education Online, Thinkful Raises $4.25 Million

    Thinkful, the online continuing education services company for programmers and developers, has raised $4.25 million in a new round of funding as it looks to expand its portfolio of education offerings. “We’ve found a away to get a lot of professional engineers excited about helping people learn,” says Darrell Silver, who, along with Thiel Fellowship recipient Dan Friedman… Read More

  • Chinese Mobile Development Giant NetDragon Raises $52.5M For Its Online Education Business

    Chinese Mobile Development Giant NetDragon Raises $52.5M For Its Online Education Business

    NetDragon, one of China’s leading mobile and games development companies, has raised $52.5 million in Series A funding for its online education business from investors including IDG Capital, Vertex Venture, and Alpha Animation, an animation studio based in Shenzhen. The round values NetDragon’s online education subsidiary at $477.5 million. Targeted at students in kindergarten… Read More

  • Adaptive Math Learning Platform KnowRe Raises $6.8M

    Adaptive Math Learning Platform KnowRe Raises $6.8M

    KnowRe, an online math learning site for secondary students, has raised a new round of $6.8 million. The funding was led by returning investor SoftBank Ventures Korea, with participation from KTB Network Partners Fund, Partners Investment, and SparkLabs Global Ventures. Read More

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