EdTech Recap

Each month the Yellowdig Team puts together the latest news from the EdTech industry. 

August 2019 EdTech Recap

  • Focus on non-traditional / corporate learners continues to grow among online programs

    • * Boston University's new online business degree is $24,000 for a reason. Unlike on-campus program, it has no electives and is aimed at a different audience. Link

    • * Strayer's enrollment rose 11.5% year-over-year during the second quarter driven by “bigger scholarships and a "shift to lower-paying corporate-sponsored students" - Link

  • * Zovio (formerly Bridgepoint Education) has launched Employer Services division just brought onboard Delta Airlines as a customer Link

     

  • There is a growing interest among Provosts and CAOs for evidence based EdTech adoption

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      * Data from the annual Campus Computing Survey confirm that most campuses do not “have a formal program to assess the impact of IT in instruction and learning outcomes.” Link

    • * A research study finds many highered institutions are selecting expensive new ed-tech tools without strong evidence they improve student learning. Link

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  • Regulation, data security and quality of instruction is starting to catch up with the EdTech party

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    • * ‘Regular and Substantive’ Interaction: The Trump administration is considering an overhaul of a 26-year-old federal rule that is seen variably as a barrier to innovation and an important guardrail against substandard instruction. Link

    • * Senators go after EdTech on student data usage Link

    • Pearson data breach: details of hundreds of thousands of U.S. students hacked. Link

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    • Students are increasingly vocal about lower quality education.

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    • * 6 more students join lawsuit against National American U. Link

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  • More evidence that online learning can be as good, if not better, than in-person learning with the right tools

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    • * The Consortium for Online Humanities Instruction is one of the largest-scale experiments (at least if you measure scale by the number of institutions involved, rather than enrollments) in online postsecondary learning. Student participation broadened. Link

Disclaimer: This recap is based on what the Yellowdig team came across in the edtech news media in this month. We do not endorse any 3rd party sources or claim this list is comprehensive.