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Learnyst Startup Profile EDUKWEST

Startup Profile: Learnyst

Trainers, coaches and tutors across the globe are increasingly interested in expanding their local audience by creating and selling online courses. Marketplaces like Udemy offer the advantage of a global audience of potential customers, but can also be quite competitive and costly when it comes to commission.

Bangalore-based Learnyst offers educators all the tools they need to set up a storefront to sell their online courses, assess and manage their students, host their content and receive payments.

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HEDLINE: Schoology raises $15 million led by Intel Capital

Schoology, a learning management solution which provides a collaborative learning environment, has raised a $15 million venture round led by Intel Capital with participation of new investors Great Oaks Venture Capital and Great Road Holdings and existing investors FirstMark Capital and Meakem Becker Venture Capital. Intel Capital’s Sumeet Jain will join Schoology’s Board of Directors.

The round brings Schoology’s total capital raised to $25 million.

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Instructure Canvas

Instructure Canvas – The next Dominant Education Platform?

Instructure Canvas is quietly building what could become one of the dominant platforms in online education, from academic to vocational and lifelong learning. In this post I want to focus on three indicators that show Instructure’s growth in different verticals of the market and the overall potential the Canvas Network has for institutions and for-profit education.

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HEDLINE: Foradian raises $2 million Angel Round from William Bissell

Bangalore-based edtech startup Foradian Technologies has raised a $2 million angel round from William Bissell, MD of FabIndia.

The funding will be used to further develop the product and to spread into new markets in the US, Asia and Europe.

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HEDLINE: The Maker of Eliademy CBTec raises Seed Round


CBTec, the Finnish startup behind the LMS / MOOC platform Eliademy raised seed funding from Inventure. Though the amount has not been disclosed, TechCrunch estimates the round at €200.000.

Eliademy is also planning to raise a €4 million Series A by December 2014.

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institution-free LMS

A Quest to Create An “Institution-Free” LMS

In the summer of 2012, I was heading to Ljubljana to teach a four-week course to a group of Slovenian university students. I gathered everything that I needed to teach the course: readings, case studies, links to blogs and web videos, and more. But there was one problem. I didn’t have a good way to share these materials with the students.

This got me thinking. We are all well aware of the many issues educators and students have with the usability of many learning management systems. But this was the first time I experienced the issue of not being able to take a course I had already set up in my St. Thomas LMS with me to teach somewhere else. And it occurred to me that there are probably many educators who face this issue on a regular basis (adjunct faculty who teach at more than one institution, for instance).

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HEDLINE: Learning Edge Academy of Professionals raises Angel Round

Indian edtech startup Learning Edge Academy of Professionals (LEAP) has raised an undisclosed amount of angel funding from Sarthi Angel Venture Foundation (SAVF).

This is the first investment of SAVF which was launched last August by Sarthi Group, a financial services company.

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HEDLINE: Instructure Canvas enters Harvard and Europe

Instructure Canvas announced that it opened an office in London, bringing the Canvas LMS to the UK. The local team is already working together with the University of Birmingham, Henley Business School, Condè Nast College of Fashion & Design and Wolsey Hall Oxford.

Earlier this week Harvard announced that it will replace its in-house developed LMS iSites with Canvas by the 2016-17 academic year.

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HEDLINE: Clever raises $10.3 million Series A led by Sequoia Capital

Clever, a startup that provides schools with an API to connect existing LMSs with new edtech products, raised a $10.3 million Series A led by Sequoia Capital with participation of Paul Graham (Y Combinator founder), Sam Altman (Y Combinator President) and Deborah Quazzo (GSV Advisors). Sequoia Capital Partner Bryan Schreier will join Clever’s Board of Directors.

The funding will be used to hire more developers and salespeople as well as for the next stage of growth, turning the API into a digital learning platform for the classroom.

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MOOC Solutions

Overview: LMS and MOOC Solutions for Small Institutions and Individuals

Editor’s Note: This article has first been published on edcetera – straight talk on edtech.

Today’s article goes back to the origins of my career in blogging. When somebody asks me how I got started I usually tell him or her that it was really quite accidental. Based on having a successful tutoring business online I soon got so many questions from fellow tutors and online educators about how to establish their own online presence that it really made more sense to put my thoughts and advice out there in form of a blog than to answer each question in an individual email.

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