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Commentary on the latest edtech news by the EDUKWEST editors.

Coursera Monthly Subscriptions EDUKWEST

Coursera Monthly Subscriptions Channel Lynda and Pluralsight

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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Tinycards Duolingo HEDLINE EDUKWEST

With Tinycards Duolingo takes a first step beyond Language Learning

Educational app maker Duolingo launched a stand-alone flashcard learning app this week making it the company’s first step to move beyond language learning. Is Tinycards going to be a success of similar size like Duolingo’s massively popular language learning apps, or is it more of a trojan horse that aims at taking over the brain training vertical?

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Instructure PowerSchool acquisition

PowerSchool – Instructure’s first post-IPO Acquisition?

Instructure and Pearson announced an interesting partnership at SXSWedu. The bi-directional integration of the Canvas LMS and the PowerSchool SIS is a strong statement by itself, but if we add the fact that Pearson is planning to sell its Student Information System business it gets really intriguing.

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Everspring

In the Slipstream of 2U’s Success Everspring raises another $10 million

Everspring, a Chicago-based edtech startup that helps universities to get their courses online, has raised a $10 million venture round from Park Loop and existing investors Carrick Capital Partners and Accretive reports Crain’s Chicago Business.

Everspring raised another $10 million earlier this year and currently counts University of Kansas, Kent State University, the College of William and Mary, and Auburn University as its customers.

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Open Access

New Approaches to Open Access from The Gates Foundation and Macmillan

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation published its new Open Access Policy last week which requires all recipients of grants from the foundation to make their published research accessible to the general public.

The new policy comes into effect as of January 1, though the foundation commits to a “two-year transition period” during which publishers can apply for a so called 12-month embargo period to limit the accessibility of research as well as underlying data sets.

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