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The OPM market, which stands at $2.3 billion, can grow 12 % by 2020, said Eduventures. 

Grand Canyon Education picked up 17 partner institutions after acquiring Orbis Education Services for $362 million.

"The next-generation model for MOOCs in higher education is to become a form of OPM providers, including the near-term focus on master's degrees," wrote expert Phil Hill, from e-Literate.


Artificial intelligence in U.S. education will grow by 47.5% from 2017-2021. An expert takes a peek into examples of how AI is used in education.

AI developed by Chinese companies will rock our world, and reshape teaching, said Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, best-selling author, and former Google's China chief.


MOOCs should be understood as just as digital content rather than college educational experiences, writes Amy Ahearn, manager at +Acumen. 

MOOC top platforms grew their businesses by over 20% in 2018

A 22-story tower in Beijing named the "MOOC Times Building" houses government supported incubator for edtech companies. It includes two tricked-out production studios to film and edit video for courses.  


Google has created an IT Support Professional Certificate program, designed to train anyone without any prior training or degree a Support Specialist in 8 to 12 months.

Coursera added 675 courses, doubled down on the number of degrees, launched the first Bachelor's degree, and reached 37 million learners in 2018. 


Coursera launched a forum space for its global community of learners to ask questions and help each other out. 

EdSurge is redefining its mission on writing, research and events, after closing a $2.5 million fundraise and signing with new partners in China (JMD and TAL Education)


DataCamp, a New York-based provider of online data science and analytics courses that claims 3.3 million users, raised another $25 million.

• Kahoot, an Oslo-based developer of a digital quiz tool popular with teachers, received investment support from Disney, and brought its valuation until $374 million. 

India's Byju raised $540 million to expand globally with English classes. 


• Education Calendar by IBL News

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