Global Knowledge Launches a Platform Based on the Open edX Software

Global Knowledge, the largest IT training company in the world, has launched its learning platform with over 100 on-demand courses. This platform is a heavily customized solution with the Open edX version at its core. It has been developed in partnership with IBL Education.

 “Our platform is the result of extensive research and customer input. It has been created in response to market demand, in order to help individuals and enterprises upgrade existing skills, acquire a one and address skill gaps.”

CIO magazine recently featured this platform as one of the most innovative:

Global Knowledge offers courses in data analytics, change management, application development, cloud computing, cybersecurity and networking. It’s been around since 1995 and now has over 1,500 employees worldwide with technology partners such as Amazon Web Services, Cisco, SAP, Red Hat, Microsoft and IBM.

It promises to offer the most “relevant and timely content” from the “best instructors” via customized private programs, public training, flexible formats and support for continuing education. Companies should contact Global Knowledge to get a quote, since each program can be customized to a business’ needs.

 

1150+ of Coursera’s Courses Are Still Free


After smart research, Class-Central.com has listed all of the MOOCs in Coursera that are still completely free (1,174 in total). These are courses from 166 universities including Stanford, Georgia Tech, Yale, Duke, and Michigan. Only 35% of the courses are not in English.

The list collects Class Central’s top 50 free online courses of all time, including the two most popular MOOCs by far — Barbara Oakley’s Learning How To Learn and Coursera co-founder Andrew Ng’s Machine Learning MOOC.

Class Central has organized the courses into the following categories:

Coursera is, along with edX and Udacity, the main provider of online courses.

Mercer Digital Will Curate edX Courses

Mercer, a leading technology consultant subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, will curate catalogs of edX courses to prepare its workforce of 22,000 employees.

“Research shows that just 35% of employees’ skills today will be relevant in five years and current jobs will require new skillsets,” said Ilya Bonic, Senior Partner and President of Mercer’s Career business.

The initiative comes after an agreement between Mercer Digital and the edX organization, which was announced this week.  No further details were disclosed.

IBL Newsletter 2/10/2018: 2U, WeWork, Laureate, ACT…

FEBRUARY 10, 2018  –  NEWSLETTER #7 ON LEARNING INNOVATION

2U will pay $13m to lease WeWork’s Flatiron School Learn.co platform technology. Additionally, 2U will provide up to $5 million in scholarship funding for WeWork 175,000 members and 4,000 employees interested in pursuing graduate degrees in 2U schools. The 13,000 students enrolled in 2U programs will access to WeWork co-working office space.

Laureate, the global education giant, is shifting its focus by selling off some international institutions in Morocco, China, Malaysia, Italy and Cyprus, and refocusing on emerging markets such as Spain, Portugal, and Latinoamerica.

ACT, the test-maker nonprofit organization, is investing $7.5M in Smart Sparrow as a way to become more involved in the learning process, provide more analytics and adaptive solutions to teachers and students, and go fully digital in the next 3 to 5 years.

Businesses are expanding their internal training programs to serve the needs of learning audiences that include customers, channel partners, contract workers and others who need product knowledge and skills. This is called extended enterprise, and it requires better LMS technology and custom developed proprietary content to help sell products or services.

Edraak.org, the Queen Rania Foundation’s educational site, has announced its expansion into K-12, in order to meet the needs of school-aged children across the Arab world. The project has been powered by a $3 million grant from Google.org.

EMC School, a language-learning unit of New Mountain Learning, has acquired Zulama, a Pittsburgh-based company founded at Carnegie Mellon University, which currently offers a game design curriculum.

•  Chile passed a historic major education reform law that guarantees free higher-education at state universities  –which will receive $495 million over the next 10 years.


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Edraak.org Expands its Open edX Platform into K-12 with a Grant from Google


Edraak.org, the Queen Rania Foundation’s educational site, has announced its expansion into K-12, in order to meet the needs of school-aged children across the Arab world. The project has been powered by a $3 million grant from Google.org as well as support from Google employees on product design.

When fully released by 2020, its digital curricula and learning resources, developed in the Arabic language, will include Mathematics materials for grades 7 and 9, with over 1,200 minutes of video lectures.

These open educational resources will be designed to align with national curricula in the MENA region, which accounts more than 15 million children out of school as a result of armed conflicts and displacement.

The platform, based on Open edX software, will also offer tools and resources for parents and educators, empowering them to guide children’s learning journey.

Edraak CEO Shireen Yacoub stated that “the new platform builds on the success of Edraak’s existing platform for adult learners, which has reached over 1.5 million learners across the Arab world since its launch in 2014”.

The Linux Foundation Attracts 1M Learners at edX.org

The Linux Foundation has just passed the one million mark for people trained at edX.org, disclosed Clyde Seepersad, General Manager at this organization.

“For example, over 65,000 folks registered for our Blockchain course within the first 100 days. There’s clearly a huge appetite for materials on critical open source projects and we’re committed to continuing to develop courses to help fill the need,” he said.

Other popular courses are  “Introduction to OpenStack (LFS152x), Introduction to Linux and Administering Linux on Azure (LFS205).

“The Linux Foundation has been a valued partner since they joined edX in 2014, and we congratulate them on achieving the milestone of reaching 1 million learners,” explained Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX.

EdX Prepares the Release of Hawthorn for March

The edX organization is preparing the release of the new version of the Open edX platform called Hawthorn for this March, three months later than scheduled.

Before the launch, a major upgrade from Django 1.8 to Django 1.11 is needed. This task will be completed during February. After this, edX will start the packaging of Hawthorn, a process that will last 4 to 6 weeks.

Technically speaking, edX won’t support Vagrant; Devstack will be based on Docker.

Hawthorn will be the eight release of the Open edX platform, replacing the existing Ginkgo version.

IBL Newsletter 1/31/2018: NYU, Stanford, Candace Thille…

JANUARY 31, 2018  –  NEWSLETTER #6 ON LEARNING INNOVATION 

• Distance ed is saving higher ed: college enrollment online has steadily climbed its way up to 31.6 percent of the student population, as face-to-face continues to plummet and despite faculty resistance to digital education, has explained Robert Ubell, vice dean emeritus of online learning at NYU and author of the Going Online book.

• Stanford University has named its first CIO, Stephen Gallagher, currently occupying the same position at Harvard Business School. He will oversee an IT organization with 550 staff members and a budget of $150 million, and determine which technology, systems, and data should be moved to the cloud.

• Chicago plans to teach 500,000 young people in K-12 and community colleges how to code, starting with Swift, the iOS app creator language. It will follow Apple’s “Everyone Can Code” program.

• Highly innovative CIOs are redefining how IT works. They’re ditching legacy systems, developing innovation-focused processes, reimagining work, leveraging their positions, and building the right talent and culture.

• The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has built a three-story production studio that can accommodate multiple camera views and presenters, green screen operations and teleprompting when producing iMBA and other courses.

• Candace Thille, a pioneer in the science of learning and open education, has taken a leave from Stanford and joined Amazon to help the retailer better train its corporate workforce (half million employees). Amazon has a history of investing heavily to produce its own top-notch internal technologies.

• The use of analytics in the classroom helps to make more effective the learning experience for the student. edX’s “Analytics for the Classroom Teacher” course offers many insights in terms of using descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics. This post elaborates on this.



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New Profesional Certificate Programs at edX

edX has announced 23 new Professional Certificate programs tailored for specific jobs and career paths.

These skill-based courses, intended for employers who are seeking talent, have been designed by top universities and companies such as Berkeley or Microsoft.

The program was launched in April 2017, and now includes 49 series from 23 edX partner institutions.

Part of this program is also six new Spanish-language programs.