Global education marketplace Udemy announced the launch of its Teacher Tech Initiative at the fifth annual White House Science Fair. Through the initiative K-12 teachers in the United States get access to free and heavily discounted computer technology courses on the platform.
21 months have gone by since our last report on how much top course creators on the online learning platform can make. That definitely qualifies for an update as Udemy shared new data on its course creator earnings.
At the time of our first post, Udemy’s Top 10 course creators had earned a combined $5 million with the top person having made $450k over the course of two years.
Pluralsight, a Salt Lake City-based online training platform for technology professionals, has raised a $135 million Series B led by Insight Venture Partners with participation of ICONIQ Capital and Sorenson Capital.
The round brings Pluralsight’s valuation close to $1 billion reports TechCrunch. Pluralsight previously raised a $27.5 million Series A in January 2013 from Insight Venture Partners.
Udemy added three seasoned executives to its management team which further underlines that the startup days for the course marketplace are over.
The new hires will take over roles as vice president and general manager Udemy for Organizations, vice president of business development and vice president of finance and operations.
Udemy released its first Skills Index, an analysis of trends in American skills development based on data from Udemy’s top 100 paid online courses. The result: tech related courses are hugely popular on the platform which frankly is not a big surprise or keen insight.
Besides gathering data on the courses, Udemy surveyed 7000 Udemy students about their motivation to take courses online.