“Education used to be a slice of life, something you did as a child through college, and then spent the rest of your life working, and then death,” said Udacity CEO Sebastian Thrun onstage at VentureBeat’s DataBeat/Data Summit. “Everything is about to change.”
College Abacus, the “Kayak of college financial aid,” lets students compare the total net price of attending college and generate up to 100 personalized estimates, before they fill out an application.
UniversityNow has closed $20.4 million to grow its network of accredited, online universities where students earn undergraduate and graduate degrees at a fraction of the traditional cost, and in a more flexible environment.
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun discussed what it will take to fix America’s outdated system of higher education at TechCrunch Disrupt.
Guest Post Mr. President, my appeal is this: As you make this critical push for reform, don’t forget to clear the path for the innovators like me who are trying to work with you.
Textbook provider Boundless launched an iOS application and a premium offering today, continuing its efforts to making educational content more accessible for college students.
Ed-tech startup Instructure has raised $30 million led Bessemer Venture Partners. Instructure is the company behind Canvas, a learning management system (LMS) that is used by 425 colleges, universities, and school districts.
Find college too expensive? Enstitute has an intriguing apprenticeship program to replace higher ed.
Coursera’s slogan is “Higher education that overcomes the boundaries of geography, time, and money.” Except, of course, for the state boundaries of Minnesota.
Education startup Inigral raises $3.25 from the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation and Founders Fund.
When a startup known as Social Finance raised an astronomical $77.2 million last week to expand its new lending model to colleges and universities across the United States, it seemed almost too good to be true.
Education must evolve as curriculum changes, and new subject information becomes available. But it also must change to adopt the Web and accept that students are using it for just about everything.
“Don’t go to college.” Four words you probably never heard your mother or father say to you growing up. But that’s exactly what famed entrepreneur Peter Thiel is saying, and he’s upping the ante. “Don’t go to college, and I’ll give you $100,000.”
Digital textbook company Inkling announced Wednesday that is has scored $17 million in second-round funding from Tenaya Capital to compete with major competitors entering the space.
Twenty-nine universities in the US have banded together to bring incredibly fast gigabit Internet access to their campuses and surrounding communities.
Guest Post Prominent venture capitalist Fred Wilson wrote a provocative blog post back in 2008 called Hacking Education, in which he expressed frustration with our current educational institutions and called for replacing them with a grand hack, an internet-enabled “peer production, collaboration, social networking, web video, voip, open source, even game play” platform.
We’re still waiting for the student tablet company Kno to deliver on its innovative dual-screen tablet design, but for now iPad owners will be able to get a taste of Kno’s textbook marketplace with its newly launched iPad app.
Kno, the maker of an upcoming digital textbook tablet, announced today it has secured $46 million as part of an equity and debt round. Marc Andreesen’s Andreesen-Horowitz was the lead in the round, with Silicon Valley Bank and TriplePoint Capital participating.