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EDUKWEST Sunday Review

Sunday Review for the Week of April 7th 2014

In this week’s Sunday Review we have got charter schools cashing in on kids, MOOC’s older siblings lynda.com and Pluralsight flexing their muscles, K12 Inc rebranding part of the company, Nigeria’s Mark Zuckerberg, the impact of student loans on the economy, how Facebook killed the class reunion and more.

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Instructure Canvas

Instructure raises $30 million Series D Funding – Heads for IPO

Instructure Canvas

Instructure, makers of the Canvas LMS which targets established players like Blackboard and the Canvas Network which is Instructure’s answer to the MOOC craze, announced a $30 million Series D funding round led by Bessemer Venture Partners with participation of existing investors. This latest round brings the total funding raised to $50 million.

The funds will be used to accelerate Instructure Canvas adoption in K-12 schools, colleges and universities according to the press release.

Josh Coates, CEO of Instructure, also shares that the company is not headed for an exit of being acquired by one of its competitors like Blackboard. Instead, they are heading for an IPO sooner or later.

“We’re building the foundation of a company that will one day access the public markets. We have a long-term vision for education, and we’re committed to making it a reality.”

This is of course important for potential clients who think about switching their LMS provider. As we often see in the social media space where acquisitions of smaller platforms happen all the time, particularly at the moment, many people who switched from let’s say Facebook often find themselves back at the same place when services like Instagram get acquired.

If a school or college decides to switch from Blackboard they certainly do it for a good reason. Hence, they want to be sure that the service is going to exist at least five to ten years down the road and not being acquired by the service provider they had left.

Instructure’s business model seems to be solid. Since its launch, Instructure has attracted more than 6 million teachers and students from 425 institutions and booked more than $90 million in contracts according to the press release.

Instructure Canvas Network, the company’s answer to MOOC platforms like Coursera, Udacity or edX, has delivered more than 40 online courses by partner universities since its launch in November 2012. Other than MOOC platforms like Udacity or Coursera, Canvas Network allows institutions to define the structure of their courses and how to teach these themselves which has resulted in various different formats ranging from a smaller online course format with more interaction to really massive video lecture based courses.

Back then I had the pleasure to talk with Brian Whitmer, co-founder and CPO of Instructure. We talked about the Canvas Network and the future of online delivered higher education.

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C12 Audio Podcast

C12 Episode 2 Homework, Homework, Homework (Audio)

C12 Audio Podcast

C12 Episode #2

“Homework, Homework, Homework”

  • recorded: March 30th 2012
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K12 News

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  • Economic recovery skips the classroom
    Source: CNNMoney
  • French parents to boycott homework
    Source: The Guardian
  • Two hours’ homework a night linked to better school results
    Source: The Guardian
  • Moodlerooms CEO: Blackboard acquisition will expand open-source movement
    Source: eSchool News
  • School district, ACLU reach settlement in filtering lawsuit
    Source: eSchool News
  • `Bully’ Documentary Rating: What Happens in Schools Is Too Much for the Multiplex
    Source: The Educated Reporter

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Blog of the Week

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C12 with Christopher Dawson - EDUKWEST

C12 Episode 2 Homework, Homework, Homework

C12 with Christopher Dawson - EDUKWEST

In this second episode C12 Christopher Dawson invited Vince Leung, co-founder of MentorMob to talk about their learning playlists.

The blog of the week features two articles, one by Steve Wheeler about the flipped classroom and the other one by Shelly Blake-Plock on TeachPaperless about the EdTech Link in Baltimore.

Chris also covers the news in K12 including budget cuts, French parents boycotting homework, homework being linked to better school results, Moodlerooms acquisition by Blackboard and the slippery slope of community standards and local rights in the weekly K12 news round-up.

Full Episode

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K12 News

Links

  • Economic recovery skips the classroom
    Source: CNNMoney
  • French parents to boycott homework
    Source: The Guardian
  • Two hours’ homework a night linked to better school results
    Source: The Guardian
  • Moodlerooms CEO: Blackboard acquisition will expand open-source movement
    Source: eSchool News
  • School district, ACLU reach settlement in filtering lawsuit
    Source: eSchool News
  • `Bully’ Documentary Rating: What Happens in Schools Is Too Much for the Multiplex
    Source: The Educated Reporter

Interview

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Blog of the Week

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review:ed Audio Podcast

review:ed #22 Interview with Richard Byrne Moodlerooms & Blackboard (Audio)

review:ed Audio Podcast

review:ed Episode #22

Interview with Richard Byrne Moodlerooms & Blackboard

  • recorded: March 30th 2012
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Show Notes

Chris and I invited Richard Byrne of FreeTech4Teachers.com to talk about the probably biggest story in education last week: the acquisition of Moodlerooms by Blackboard and the according press release that Bb is now embracing open source.

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review:ed #22 Interview with Richard Byrne Moodlerooms & Blackboard

Moodlerooms

Chris and I invited Richard Byrne of FreeTech4Teachers.com to talk about the probably biggest story in education last week: the acquisition of Moodlerooms by Blackboard and the according press release that Bb is now embracing open source.

The announcement has received some mixed feedback amongst the education community to say the least, some being confused if everything will remain the same with Moodle, the open sourced LMS. On his flight back from Switzerland, Richard had enough time to reflect on the consequences which he then shared with us in this interview.

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review:ed #22 Blackboard buys some Open Source and the French Homework Revolution (Audio)

review:ed Audio Podcast

review:ed Episode #22

“Blackboard buys some Open Source and the French Homework Revolution”

  • recorded: March 30th 2012
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Show Notes

[01:55] Interview with Richard Byrne of FreeTech4Teachers.com about Moodleroom acquisition by Blackboard
Source: EDUKWEST | Blackboard | TechCrunch | ZDNet

[02:40] Startup incubator for Highschool students launched
Source: GeekWire

[05:37] Student developers build Microsoft Phone ecosystem
Source: The Verge

[13:45] Chris talks about his iPad experience so far

[16:54] How does the Khan Academy iPad app perform

[19:03] 2tor and UNC Chapel Hill launch online graduate program
Source: 2tor

[23:40] Announcement: Christopher Dawson now Senior Editor of EDUKWEST

[25:07] Thank you to our sponsor AcademicPub

[28:00] SparkLab: the educational build-mobile
Source: Kickstarter

[33:43] The French Homework Boykott
Source: The Guardian

[40:46] CK-12 beta program launched
Source: CK-12

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review:ed #22

review:ed #22 Blackboard buys some Open Source and the French Homework Revolution

review:ed #22In this episode of review:ed Kirsten and Chris talk about the acquisition of Moodlerooms by Blackboard, student entrepreneurs, Microsoft phone, CK-12, 2tor and UNC Chapel Hill and the French homework revolution.

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Show Notes

[01:55] Interview with Richard Byrne of FreeTech4Teachers.com about Moodleroom acquisition by Blackboard
Source: EDUKWEST | Blackboard | TechCrunch | ZDNet

[02:40] Startup incubator for Highschool students launched
Source: GeekWire

[05:37] Student developers build Microsoft Phone ecosystem
Source: The Verge

[13:45] Chris talks about his iPad experience so far

[16:54] How does the Khan Academy iPad app perform

[19:03] 2tor and UNC Chapel Hill launch online graduate program
Source: 2tor

[23:40] Announcement: Christopher Dawson now Senior Editor of EDUKWEST

[25:07] Thank you to our sponsor AcademicPub

[28:00] SparkLab: the educational build-mobile
Source: Kickstarter

[33:43] The French Homework Boykott
Source: The Guardian

[40:46] CK-12 beta program launched
Source: CK-12

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WizIQ logo

Des Moines Area Community Colleges will implement WizIQ Classrooms in Fall

WizIQ’s virtual classroom is going to serve as a platform for everything from virtual office hours to synchronous lectures, lesson capture, and even outreach to prospective students.

One of the reasons for the implementation of WizIQ was its recently launched Blackboard Building Block that enables DMACC to integrate the new technology easily in its existing LMS.

Mark Steffen, Director of Distance Learning for DMACC, explaines that

“We were able to make WizIQ available to a significant percentage of our staff at a fraction the price of other virtual classroom solutions. We’re going to be training our staff and then looking expand across the entire distance education faculty as we move to more synchronous course offerings.”

WizIQ will primarily be used by faculty to schedule class sessions and virtual office hours directly through Blackboard Learn.

Via: marketwire

 

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