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Welcome to our newsletter on learning innovation and training at scale. We want to keep you informed of all the must-know news, insights, cases and technologies.

OCTOBER 2019  –  NEWSLETTER #16


CORPORATE

Udacity's CEO, Vishal Makhijani, stepped down, and the company started to the search for a replacement. Is Udacity in trouble

Forbes made a selection of the next billion-dollar startups, and among them is Coursera, which has an estimated revenue of $140 million in 2018.

• IBM is acquiring open software company Red Hat for $34 billion, in a massive deal that could reshape cloud computing.


PLATFORMS

Novoed was acquired by Boston-based private equity firm Devonshire for an undisclosed sum. 

Udacity launched Student Hub to provide a way to connect learners and receive support from mentors. 

Moodlerooms was rebranded into Blackboard Open LMS.


INVESTMENT

MIT announced a $1 billion investment in AI through its new Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, which will open in Sept. 2019.

• YouTube announced a $20 million investment in educational content while partnering with several organizations, including edX.org.


UNIVERSITIES

MOOC-based degrees are trying to differentiate from other online degrees, with lower pricing as the main factor. 

190 universities have announced 600 free online courses, according to Class-Central. 


INITIATIVES

The Coursera for Refugees global program, which provides free access to the entire library of courses, reached 11,000 learners.

• Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) and nonprofit LRNG agreed to merge to deploy community-based education strategies.

• A Houston Community College launched an online campus, with 31 online programs. 


BLOCKCHAIN

A six-part documentary series aims to demystify blockchain by focusing on how activists and entrepreneurs are building solutions which will impact politics and society. 

Coursera launched this month 10 new Specializations, including one in Blockchain for non-developers, from ConsenSys Academy.  

LearningMachine.com updated its open source blockchain architecture to enable support for records issuance and verification.
 

EVENTS

• Education Calendar by IBL News
 



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Archive:
IBL Newsletter #15 – September 2018
IBL Newsletter #14 – August 2018
IBL Newsletter #13 – July 2018
IBL Newsletter #12 – June 2018
IBL Newsletter #11 – May 2018
IBL Newsletter #10 – April 2018
IBL Newsletter #9 – March 15, 2018
IBL Newsletter #8 – March 1, 2018
IBL Newsletter #7 – February 2018
IBL Newsletter #6 – January 31, 2018

IBL Newsletter #5 – January 15, 2018
IBL Newsletter #4 – December 2017
IBL Newsletter #3 – November 2017
IBL Newsletter #2 – October 2017
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