We start in the episode with our block of K-12 stories. Alicia and Chris discuss whether teaching with the help of audio books actually makes sense from an educational point of view and what group of students might benefit most from such a teaching concept.
According to VentureBeat New York-based Skillshare is about to officially announce its new “Netflix-like” subscription model this Thursday. Learners will get access to hundreds of online courses for a fixed fee of $9.95 per month.
During the beta test learners who participated in the membership program saved about $75 per month on average.
Yesterday we live-streamed our fourth episode of On the Ed, and although we are still in Alpha this work in progress slowly takes shape. It definitely shows that it adds new and interesting layers to the discussion when I do an episode with at least two guests. So regularly having three or more people in the Hangout is one of the objectives for the weeks to come.
This week my guests are Alicia Chang, content lead at San Francisco robotics company Play-i, Matthew Burr, co-founder of NYC startup Nomadic Learning, Shiv Rajendran of London-based Affectively who came on for his third time in a row, and Bhavin Parikh of test prep startup Magoosh who joins us exclusively to share his thoughts on the Khan Academy and College Board partnership.
Skillshare, a marketplace for interactive online classes raised a $6.1 million Venture Round co-led by Union Square Ventures and Spark Capital bringing the total funding raised to $10 million.
The new funding is going to be used to build a more social experience by connecting students and teachers through activity feeds and other features.
CourseHorse, a platform that centralizes and curates offline classes and courses for lifelong learners raised a $1.3 million Series A with participation of Learn Capital and a group of angel investors.
CourseHorse previously raised a $500k Seed Round from New York Angels, NYC Seed and Golden Seeds.