edX announced a new partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Based on the Open edX platform the Ministry of Labor will launch a MOOC portal with the aim to bridge the gap between education and employment in the Kingdom as well as the Arab world.
As announced last week, education startups Top Hat and Boundless have formed a partnership. As part of this partnership Top Hat will integrate content from Boundless including textbook chapters, PowerPoint slides, discussion questions and interactive exercises into its cloud based teaching platform for higher education.
Through the integration more than 300,000 students at more than 400 universities including Harvard, UCLA, Duke and MIT will gain access to the Boundless’ library of 21 introductory college-level subjects.
In May Top Hat announced a $10 million Series B and its expansion plans in other verticals including corporate training.
We took this latest announcement as an opportunity to catch up with Top Hat’s co-founder and CEO Mike Silagadze to talk about the future of free content, acquiring competitors and the startup’s expansion plans.
Tarena International, provider of professional education services in China, signed partnership deals with six Chinese universities and colleges.
Under the partnership students will be able to enroll in joint major programs and the institutions will include selected courses from Tarena in their standard undergraduate curriculum.
Editor’s Note: This post has first been published on edcetera – straight talk on edtech.
In my last post I briefly mentioned Unizin, the new consortium of higher education institutions that was rumored to become a strong competitor of edX. With its soft-launch last night—which was first reported by Inside Higher Ed—we can add some more pieces to the puzzle and get a better picture of its mission.
The founding consortium members are Colorado State University, Indiana University, the University of Florida, and the University of Michigan. The non-profit will be governed by a board of directors, representing membership universities that make a significant investment in Unizin.
Google Education announced another service targeting teachers across the globe. Google Educator Groups (GEG) is a program that wants to support communities of educators, online as well as offline and aiming to help teachers to learn, share, and inspire each other to meet the needs of their students through technology solutions, both in the classroom and beyond.
Turkcell, Turkey’s leading mobile communications provider, has formed a partnership with Coursera.
Under the agreement Turkcell created a Turkish user interface for Coursera’s website and will work together with Coursera’s current partner Koc University to subtitle existing courses and create new courses in Turkish through Turkcell Akademi.
Coursera announced today that it has restored access to the majority of its courses for Iranian students after working closely together with the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control.
The General License G now states that US institutions may offer undergraduate-level online courses in the humanities, social sciences, law or business to students in Iran. The sanctions still prohibit the offering of courses that deal with advanced STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
Esri, a developer of geographic information system (GIS) software, has pledged free licences to all of the over 100.000 elementary, middle, and high schools in the United States as part of the ConnectEDU initiative.
At a licence price of $10k the pledge is worth over $1 billion. Esri joins other leading companies like Apple, Microsoft, Adobe and AT&T.
To get you up to speed for the week ahead, we serve you a Monday Ristretto here on EDUKWEST by picking the most important reads from the past week, putting them in a grinder and extracting the essential information for a short and punchy brew.
As every week, we’ve got three shots for you. Lesson plan marketplace Teachers pay Teachers raised venture funding. Chegg announces expansion into internships and career planning and Apollo Education enters Africa.
Internships, entry-level job placements, career planning and project-based work are all growing verticals. Chegg entering the space with its Chegg Career Center is just another indicator that there is a shift in how millennials seek for job openings and how employers want to connect with prospective interns, future employees or freelancers.
The following three startups, MBA & Company from the UK, Project Talent and Career Sushi from the US, tackle this growing market from different angles. An EdTech Startup News Career Edition, if you will.