Adaptive learning platform Knewton announced a partnership with multinational elearning and publishing company Sebit.
Sebit, owned by Türk Telekom, has been a global leader in educational technology for more than 25 years and its solutions are used by more than 3 million students in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Google Capital, Google’s growth oriented fund, invested $40 million in Renaissance Learning, a company that provides schools with evaluation tools. The deal values Renaissance Learning at $1 billion USD.
McGraw-Hill Education announced the acquisition of an 80% equity stake in Danish adaptive learning startup Area9. McGraw-Hill had already purchased a 20% equity stake in January 2013. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
When reading those headlines with the top trends of the year, there seems to be confusion about which year actually was the “year of the MOOC”. Some say it was 2012, some go for 2013. Based on the slight cooling off during the last quarter of 2013 with Udacity and Coursera going into company training and edX cancelling its student matching efforts, we all might get the chance to talk and write about other interesting things going on in education right now.
I have blogged about adaptive learning and interviewed startups on that matter since 2010. Most of these companies offer solutions for math and test preparation such as US startups TenMarks (K-12), Perfect800 (test prep) or European math startup PrepMyFuture.
I also had the chance for two interviews with McGraw-Hill executives. I always find it insightful how big companies position themselves for the future and in which areas those companies see big potential. McGraw-Hill undoubtedly sees their LearnSmart product as one of their key-products to be well positioned for the future of education. McGraw-Hill Education
Edukwest’s Senior Editor Christopher Dawson and I talked with Vineet Madan, Senior VP of New Ventures and I also interviewed Jay Chakrapani, McGraw-Hill’s VP and General Manager of the higher education digital education group.
Therefore, when I got offered the possibility to talk to area9 co-founder Dr. Ulrik Juul Christensen, it was particularly interesting for me to seize my chance and interview the creators behind the LearnSmart and SmartBook products.
McGraw-Hill also recently made a strategic investment in area9 and bought 20% of the company. With its products area9 wants to achieve three key points: create personalized solutions, on a global scale that are affordable.
In this interview, we talk about the state of adaptive or personalized learning in 2013 and whether we have already achieved true adaptiveness. As pointed out at the beginning of this article, I have mostly heard about adaptive solutions in the math and test prep space. I was interested in hearing whether there might be a particular explanation for this, for instance if it is simply easier to realize such a product in the math space than in language arts.
We also talk about the challenges, particularly for colleges and universities, to integrate Interactive Learning Online (ILO) and how long it might take until adoption at large scale (3 years+).
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In this episode we speak with Vineet Madan, Senior Vice President of New Ventures at McGraw Hill.
Based on a paper recently published by the company we start the interview by trying to define what adaptive learning means and how to integrate this concept with technology to make it work in the classroom.