Last week Yahoo announced would shut down its vertical portal Yahoo Education on September 30th, followed by its legacy product Yahoo Directory at the end of the year. This, however, does not seem to affect the collaboration between Easyuni and Yahoo Malaysia who announced a partnership for a higher education portal back in May.
Coursera announced its entrance into the Brazilian / Portuguese MOOC market through partnerships with the University of São Paulo (USP), the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), the Lemann Foundation and the web portal R7.
Brazil represents Coursera’s fifth largest user base behind the US, India, China and UK.
The same day Udemy announced its three new management hires, lynda.com shared that itself made an important new hire. Andrew Wait becomes Chief Revenue Officer, overseeing the company’s strategic direction including, global expansion, marketing, customer experience and enterprise sales. Wait will report directly to CEO Eric Robison.
Udemy added three seasoned executives to its management team which further underlines that the startup days for the course marketplace are over.
The new hires will take over roles as vice president and general manager Udemy for Organizations, vice president of business development and vice president of finance and operations.
Today Junction Education, a startup founded by former McGraw-Hill executive Vineet Madan, officially launched. Junction Education aims to provide instructors and students with an easy to use course platform which integrates different kinds of web content into web- and mobile based courses.
Junction Education has received investment from two former heads of McGraw-Hill Education, Robert J. Bahash and Peter C. Davis, who are also advisors to the startup along with former Pearson Education Global CMO Gary L. June.
One year after John Yoo took over as CEO of Teachers pay Teachers from its founder Paul Edelman, the teacher resource marketplace shuffles its leadership again.
Adam Freed, who joined TpT’s board of directors in May as part of its venture round, takes over as CEO. Yoo will go back to his roots as former head of product and focus on mobile strategy and classroom initiatives.
Chegg announced a strategic partnership with book distributor Ingram along with its second quarter 2014 results on Monday. With results better than expected and a partnership that will immediately liberate $25 million of Chegg’s capital, shares were up 9% in afterhours trading.
The second quarter results also once more indicate the ongoing transition of Chegg into a purely digital business as stated by Chegg’s CEO Dan Rosensweig in the press release.
Here is our weekly rundown of the edtech news covered by our sister site EDUKWEST Europe.
This week we got news from TES Global, announcing that the next version of TES Resources will introduce paid downloads. Learning Technologies Group merged Epic and LINE Communications into a new brand: LEO Learning. ABA English, an English learning platform from Spain raised €2.5 million.
Google announced the launch of the Translate Community with the aim to improve Google Translate through crowdsourcing better translations for the 80 currently supported languages and to eventually launch new language options with the help of its users.
In the community members can vote on existing translations and generate new ones. Google also added a new feature to Google Translate that enables anyone to contribute directly even without signing up to the Translate Community.
As announced earlier this year, Duolingo has officially launched its Duolingo Test Center this week. The first test learners can take via the platform is an English test. For the moment the test is free, but will it eventually cost $20.
The test can be taken via an Android device or the Google Chrome browser and takes about 20 minutes to complete.