Summary: Coursera’s introduction of a monthly subscription model for parts of its MOOC platform is not a Netflix like revolution of higher education but a mere adoption of the very successful revenue model used by e-learning platforms such as lynda.com or Pluralsight.
Of course, adding a matching and accepted payment scheme to a growing choice of tech focused Specializations courses is a logic step to take if you want your slice of this fast growing and very lucrative market segment. But it also navigates Coursera on a collision course with the aforementioned established players and the deep pockets of LinkedIn..
Oh, and what about disrupting higher education by making it accessible to everyone? iversity, Germany’s MOOC platform that was recently saved from bankruptcy, might have the answer to that question.
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If an edtech startup disappears and nobody notices, did it ever exist? Luvo, formerly Flashnotes, seems to have gone into hibernation, or possibly full shutdown. When you are visiting the website these days, all you see is a wooden texture and a “Thank you from Luvo” note in the browser tab.
As a follow-up to our interview with Imagine K12 co-founder Tim Brady on the merger with Y Combinator we reached out to some of our investor contacts for commentary on the merger itself and its potential impact on the education technology landscape in North America and the EdTech accelerator scene globally. Continue reading