Category Archives: News

The latest edtech news from around the globe.

lynda.com

lynda.com hires former Ancestry.com and EF Englishtown executive Andrew Wait as CRO

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.

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Udemy new hires

Udemy hires Seasoned Execs – Focus on Scale and Growth

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.

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Junction Education

Junction Education launches a Flipboard for College Courses

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.

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Teachers pay Teachers

Former Etsy COO Adam Freed new CEO at Teachers pay Teachers

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.

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Chegg

Chegg outsources Textbook Distribution to Ingram in its Transition to Digital Company

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.

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EdTech News Europe

EdTech News Europe: TES Resources, LEO Learning and ABA English

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.

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Google Translate Community

Google enters Crowdsourcing with launch of Translate Community

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.

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Duolingo Test Center

HEDLINE: Duolingo Test Center brings Learners a $20 Version of the TOEFL

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.

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Top Hat

Top Hat integrates Boundless – Interview with Mike Silagadze

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.

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