Meet Education Project Marissa Lowman LearnLaunch

MEP #006 with Marissa Lowman from LearnLaunch

In this episode, Marissa Lowman from LearnLaunch joins MEP to talk about the Boston education technology community, what it takes to build an engaged community, and the first cohort of their accelerator:  LearnLaunchX. Don’t miss it!

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Instructure Series E EDBRIEF

EDBRIEF: Instructure raises $40 million Series E

Instructure has raised a $40 million Series E led by Insight Venture Partners with participation of Bessemer Venture Partners and EPIC Ventures.

The venture round brings the total raised by Instructure to around $90 million and it will be the last before the planned IPO later this year.

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Renaissance Learning UClass

EDBRIEF: Renaissance Learning acquires UClass

Renaissance Learning announced the acquisition of UClass, a cloud storage and content management platform that allows school districts to upload their entire curricula.

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Cerego adaptive language learning

EDBRIEF: McGraw-Hill Education and Cerego partner for Adaptive Language Learning

McGraw-Hill Education announced a partnership with Cerego, a provider of memory management tools. Under the partnership the companies will work on adaptive language learning products for K-12 students.

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Scholas Labs EdTech Accelerator

EDBRIEF: Pope Francis launches Scholas Labs EdTech Accelerator

Cross-published on EDUKWEST Europe

As part of his project Scholas Occurentes Pope Francis announced the launch of Scholas Labs last week.

Scholas Labs is a four-month edtech accelerator program which offers support with fundraising, mentorship and product tests in the Scholas network. The accelerator is supported by several tech companies like Microsoft, Google and Grupo Telecom.

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Jefferson Education Accelerator

EDBRIEF: Jefferson Education Accelerator Launch

The University of Virginia announced the launch of a new edtech accelerator program. The Jefferson Education Accelerator will focus on edtech startups in the growth stage with at least $1 million in revenue and internal data that proves the service or product is working.

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Google Helpouts Shut Down

Google Helpouts to Shut Down on April 20th

Google Helpouts will be shut down due to “slower than expected growth” on April 20th. Users can download their Helpouts history until November 1st using Google Takeout.

Launched in November 2013, Google Helpouts was an expert directory built upon the Google Hangouts infrastructure. At launch, the platform was used by several education companies including Coursera, Rosetta Stone and Alliance Française.

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Startup Profile: WhatsDue

One of the major tasks for college and university students is to stay organized. Away from the (loving) supervision of parents keeping track of what is due and when can become overwhelming, especially when the student has difficulties to set up a proper learning and work routine.

WhatsDue aims to help organizationally challenged learners to keep up with their assignments through a simple to use app that reminds them of due dates through customizable reminders.

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completing MOOCs

3 Things I learned from completing 60 MOOCs in 10 Months

In January 2014 I started my first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) after reading a blogpost on Poets & Quants. I did not know back then this would be the start of the many MOOCs I would complete in the next 10 months. Over the course of these 10 months I learned 3 important things about this new way to gain knowledge:

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CommonBond Nelnet

HEDLINE: Student Loan Refinancer CommonBond partners with Nelnet

Student loan refinancer CommonBond announced a strategic partnership with education planning and financing provider Nelnet. As part of the deal Nelnet invested an undisclosed amount in CommonBond and agreed to finance at least $150 million of CommonBond’s annual loan volume.

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