In conjunction with the Professional Learning Cycles, the team at your school/district will receive implementation support from a PCE consultant with school and coaching experience to guide the implementation of the work in classrooms.
The PCE consultant will also provide text set recommendations for staff, customize student materials recommendations and answer any questions throughout the process.
Through learning communities, you have a great opportunity to connect with other students who share your interests and get to know faculty.
Students who participate in a learning community earn higher grades and have increased exposure to university resources and the Greater Lafayette community.
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Create hubs of innovation: A guiding principle in our work is to create synergies in order to maximize educators’ ability to respond to students’ needs and interests in creative, rigorous, and differentiated ways. The vast intellectual resources of the university and the numerous professionals that we prepare for the region provide us with unique leverage to provide interdisciplinary, research-based responses to the region’s teaching and learning issues and challenges.
Conduct research to inform program development and instruction in our educator preparation programs: Research associates affiliated with CapEd, including a Pathways Research Fellow, conducts a range of research on effective practice for preparing future educators. This research informs the curriculum and instruction in our programs preparing future teachers, special educators, school counselors, school psychologists, school nurses, and school social workers.
CapEd sponsors research that marshals faculty expertise, provides students with research experiences, and addresses issues of concern to the region’s educational community. Current research efforts are focused on school climate at a local school, school violence and factors shaping violence prevention and mitigation, and interventions that effectively support English learners with academic writing in high school.
Enhance in-service educator professional learning: Faculty associated with our educator preparation programs routinely engage with in-service educators to share current research, use this research to collaboratively develop applications to pressing problems of practice, and hone skills and expertise so that students are better served and professionals increase their knowledge base and their connection to their fields.
An interprofessional faculty team with expertise in educational leadership, school counseling, and inclusive educational practices is working with a large, comprehensive high school to identify key educational equity issues that will be the focus of their 2019-2020 WASC self-study. Working collaboratively with the school’s Equity Leadership Team, we are surveying students, conducting document analysis, and engaging focus groups.
A faculty team with experts in child/adolescent development, school counseling, and special education is implementing a professional learning series on inclusive practices, particularly related to SB 48, for teachers, parents and school board members associated with a specific charter school district.
A faculty team with expertise in mathematics, science, computer science, and Universal Design for Learning is offering a 5 day summer institute to elementary school teachers interested in best practices for NGSS-aligned, inclusive instruction.
School counseling experts delivered professional learning sessions to high school counselors in a local district to increase their capacity to advise for college/career pathways and to mitigate the summer slump.
Contribute to effective and equitable systems: We partner closely with school districts and agencies serving students and families throughout our region. This vantage point allows us to understand the systemic issues facing our educational partners. Using research and inquiry techniques, we support our partners to develop solutions that can transform systems.
Using a nationally-validated survey instrument, we are conducting an exit survey for a partner district to assist them with better understanding patterns of teacher attrition and retention.
With tools from the Society for Human Resource Management, we are working with a local district to better align its new teacher on-boarding practices and protocols as a way to Boost teacher retention and efficacy.
As part of a long-term partnership, we are working with local district staff to bring standardization and rigor to its support of schools as they develop their annual Single Plan for Student Achievement.
Prompted by global lockdowns during the Covid-19 pandemic, we used our expertise and resources to help the University move its teaching online. We designed and developed an initial portfolio of 50 short, cross-disciplinary and flexible online courses for professional learners.
These Cambridge Advance Online courses are created and led by University academics, and are intended to bring the best of Cambridge professional education to a global audience.
The certificated courses reflect the Cambridge experience, with low student-to-tutor ratios and academically rigorous standards. Students can engage directly with academics at Cambridge, and benefit from rich interaction with subject experts and enhanced peer-to-peer networking.
“Being able to draw together the combined expertise of the University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Press & Assessment allows us to develop these courses using the skills and experience we have ‘in-house’ and puts us in a unique position. We have the expertise and freedom to create a truly great digital product and to be able to wield the right tools rather than make compromises.”
Professor Graham Virgo, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, University of Cambridge
Student feedback has been exceptional, with 96 percent of students in the first two cohorts rating courses as ‘good’, ‘great’ or ‘excellent’.
In its first year, together we have developed 13 specialist online courses, collaborated with 29 academic experts, and delivered three successful sets of course runs. The Cambridge Advance Online team has seen significant investment and its group of expert learning designers, media and content creators and marketing and sales executives has grown to over 30.
In this article, we will be analyzing various aspects of the EdTech industry while covering the 20 biggest EdTech companies in the world. If you want to skip our detailed analysis, you can go directly to the 5 Biggest EdTech Companies in the World.
Educational Technology, abbreviated as EdTech, refers to the use of technology for the purpose of teaching, learning, and education. The widespread use of tablets, online learning platforms, interactive boards, artificial intelligence, and mobile apps depicts the ongoing adoption of technology in the domain of education.
According to an industry analysis report by Fortune Business Insights, the global EdTech market size was valued at $115.80 billion in 2022. The industry is projected to grow from $133.55 billion in 2023 to $433.17 billion by 2030, at a compound annual growth rate of 18.3%.
Currently, North America dominates the EdTech industry as a result of its high adoption rates for gadgets. This region generates the most regional revenue for the global EdTech industry, incorporating accurate technological trends such as Virtual Reality to facilitate educational learning for students as well as academics.
The Asia Pacific region qualifies as the second rapidly growing region in educational technology. It has shown exponential growth in government-led programs for the promotion of e-learning in rural areas. Recently, the National Digital Library of India was recognized as a fully digitized library for online learning during the Festival of Libraries. The MEXT program in Japan also provides online education for different levels.
Outside North America and Asia, Europe stands out in the industry as e-learning services have become common in the UK, Germany, France, and Scandinavia. The CAGR for the European region is expected to show exponential growth in the future. Last but not least, the Middle East and Africa have been forecasted to dominate the EdTech industry by growing significantly in the near future.
The EdTech industry encompasses smart classrooms and mobile learning as its two basic mediums for instruction. Smart Classrooms have transformed the educational landscape through interactive projectors and whiteboards.
The EdTech market has gained more popularity following the COVID-19 pandemic due to a rise in the trend of distance learning, switching from on-campus classes to online modes of instruction in the form of online classes via social apps, chatrooms, and e-books. As mentioned above, the penetration of mobile phone technology has further aided this industry to step forward in mobile learning.
According to an article by McKinsey, published in November 2022, private companies and startups are generating high revenues for the EdTech industry. Venture capitalists have been inclined to invest in startups considering online learning and view it as a profitable market opportunity.
The EdTech innovation has progressed so much that, on August 14, Tech & Learning reported that the Florida Institute of Technology’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovative Design recently tested teaching a group of students in a hologram, an enclosed visual space showing a 3D view of people or things. Since the literacy rates have been booming in third-world countries like India, international players such as Udacity, Coursera, and edX have shifted their focus to the Indian market considering the regulatory environment in places like China where an additional translation of content from English to Chinese is required.
There are various notable names in the global EdTech industry, Coursera (NYSE:COUR) being one of those. Coursera, Inc. (NYSE:COUR) gives access to a wide range of courses, degrees, and even professional certifications online. On July 27, the company reported $153.7 million in revenue, up 23% from $124.8 million a year ago. With 5 million learners adding to the user base for the 11th consecutive quarter as of 2023, experts anticipate Coursera, Inc. (NYSE:COUR) to grow its consumer segment revenue by another 20%.
Taking into account the intensity of rivalry in EdTech, the company faces competition from Udemy, Inc. (NASDAQ:UDMY). Udemy (NASDAQ:UDMY) is an online learning platform that offers 20,000 free courses in collaboration with teachers and professionals around the globe. On June 21, Udemy, Inc. (NASDAQ:UDMY) reported that it has been capturing more attention of viewers toward AI-based courses since Artificial Intelligence is said to be the future. Emphasizing the importance of skill development especially those relevant to AI, the vice president of EMEA at Udemy said:
“Businesses and professional learners are turning to online training to upskill in such cutting-edge topics. It is the reason why courses published on ChatGPT saw massive growth of 4,419% on our platform among business employees globally during Q1 2023”
Chegg, Inc. (NYSE:CHGG) is another online education provider popular among students. Services like online tutoring and book rentals are available through subscription to the company. On May 2, Reuters reported Chegg, Inc. (NYSE:CHGG) decided to come up with its own AI model ‘CheggMate’ for student assistance in the near future. This was in response to the threats the company faced from free chatbots like ChatGPT currently setting records for the fastest-growing user base of 100 million only 2 months after its release.
Now that we have an idea of what is happening in the industry, let’s take a look at the biggest EdTech companies in the world which include Pearson plc (NYSE:PSO), New Oriental Education and Technology Group Inc. (NYSE:EDU), and Duolingo, Inc. (NASDAQ:DUOL), among others.
For this list, we have considered both public and private companies. Our ranking is based on market capitalization as a metric for quantifying the size of public companies and similarly estimated valuation or the next available financial metric for private companies. For further authenticity, we have counter-checked the rankings by doing a manual search on the biggest edtech companies including public and private companies. Finally, we have arranged our list in ascending order, with public companies ranked by market capitalization and private companies ranked by estimated valuation.
The market cap for public companies is measured as of August 9 and we sourced our estimates for private companies from Growjo and CBInsights.
Estimated Annual Revenue: $140.9 million
Skillshare is an online learning platform based in the United States. It offers 30,000 diverse courses to almost 20 million subscribers. Important skills on courses such as coding, design, and fashion are taught through videos and discussion forums. Members are asked to complete a project online to learn a particular skill at an affordable price, ranging from $19 to $99. As of 2023, Skillshare’s estimated annual revenue is $140.9 million.
For investors looking to increase their exposure to the EdTech market, some interesting stocks to look up include Pearson plc (NYSE:PSO), New Oriental Education and Technology Group Inc. (NYSE:EDU), and Duolingo, Inc. (NASDAQ:DUOL).
Market Cap: $274.23 million
2U, Inc (NASDAQ:TWOU) is an American program management platform which partners with non-profit educational institutes to help them conduct their degrees online. These institutes include many prestigious universities including Yale and MIT. Thus, 2U, Inc. (NASDAQ:TWOU) provides the technology required for remote learning in education. The company acquired edX back in 2021 as its learning platform for offering free courses and certifications. As of August 9, 2U, Inc. (NASDAQ:TWOU) is worth $274.23 million.
Estimated Annual Revenue: $700.1 million
Blackboard is a US-based EdTech platform that serves as a learning management system. It provides online program management, hosting and student learning. Although these services are used worldwide, Blackboard particularly caters to 75% of colleges and universities in the United States. As of 2023, BlackBoard’s estimated annual revenue is $700.1 million.
Market Cap: $1.23 billion
With an aim to supply every student the same access to education that too at an affordable rate, Chegg, Inc. (NYSE:CHGG) works in the EdTech market. Primarily, it solves problems for students online and rents out books at cheap rates. As of August 9, Chegg, Inc. (NYSE:CHGG) is worth $1.23 billion on the open market.
Market Cap: $1.62 billion
Udemy, Inc. (NASDAQ:UDMY) is a popular EdTech company that conducts both academic and professional tutoring in more than 60 different languages. For academic education, it offers self-paced college courses. For students looking forward to learning professional skills to land jobs, Udemy, Inc. (NASDAQ:UDMY) provides technical certifications. Its business customers include more than 50% of the Fortune 100 companies. As of August 9, Udemy, Inc. (NASDAQ:UDMY) is worth $1.62 billion.
Market Cap: $2.29 billion
Coursera, Inc. (NYSE:COUR) is a US EdTech firm currently providing different courses and certifications online. The company being one of the biggest EdTech companies in the world, offers Master’s Degrees in data science, entrepreneurship, and MBA in affiliation with University of Michigan and California. Students can also do a live chat with professionals or discuss with peers on the discussion forum. As of August 9, Coursera, Inc. (NYSE:COUR) is worth $2.29 billion.
Estimated Valuation: $3 billion
ApplyBoard is a private Canadian company operating in the EdTech industry. It provides international students an opportunity to apply for postgraduate studies in Canada. It spreads over Australia, Brazil, China, India, and many other countries. Deloitte has also recognized it as one of the highest growing tech firms. As of 2023, ApplyBoard is valued at approximately $3 billion.
Estimated Valuation: $3.4 billion
Unacademy is an Indian Edtech company that enables students to prepare for examinations like Chartered Accountancy, UPSC, and GATE. It also provides a wide variety of online learning programs related to various skills like coding or photography. Recently in June, Graphy by Unacademy acquired Singapore-based community building platform Scenes in order to expand a community of creators who are motivated to create digital products such as online courses. As of 2023, Unacademy is valued at $3.4 billion, making it one of the biggest EdTech companies in the world.
Estimated Valuation: $3.5 billion
Zouyebang specializes in K-12 education by offering a multitude of services like answer guides to common problems, online courses, and practice questions for a better learning experience. Founded in 2015, the startup has grown to be a leader in China’s after-school education market. One of the largest online databases of 3 million questions is available on the website. As of 2023, Zouyebang is valued at approximately $3.5 billion.
Estimated Valuation: $3.8 billion
Articulate functions in the educational technology industry as a company which develops e-learning software. It aids teachers from 172 different countries to work with an interactive and user-friendly interface through which they can design curriculums, upload tests and review student progress. Almost 120,000 schools and universities employ this software for managing academics efficiently. As of 2023, this EdTech firm is valued at $3.8 billion.
Estimated Valuation: $4.4 billion
Guild Education is a private EdTech business that works to provide online learning to corporate employees. Guild Education also assists Fortune 1000 firms to enable their employees to undertake educational programs. In a accurate interview with the Chief People and Purpose Officer Dean Carter, HRDTV has reported that Guild Education is striving to unlock an opportunity to learn for the workforce which it never formally had before. As of 2022, Guild is valued at $4.4 billion.
Market Cap: $4.47 billion
TAL Education Group (NYSE:TAL) also known as ‘Tomorrow Advancing Life’, is one of the leading Chinese EdTech firms. It specializes in providing after-school education online. Almost 10 million students are currently enrolled on the company’s website. A separate mobile app helps students learn core subjects like Mathematics and English. It also offers courses for standardized tests for applying abroad. As of August 9, TAL Education Group (NYSE:TAL) is worth $4.47 billion.
Estimated Valuation: $4.5 billion
Headquartered in Beijing, VIPKid is a Chinese EdTech company that aims to transform education in China. It connects Chinese students with international tutors so they can learn verbal, written, or business English. Video tutorials and live chats make this learning journey more engaging. Thus, VIPkid tries to bridge the gap between almost 700,000 Chinese students and some top-notch English institutes around the world. As of 2023, VIPKid is valued at $4.5 billion.
Estimated Valuation: $4.7 billion
BetterUp is one of the world’s biggest virtual coaching startups launched by the world-famous Prince Harry which helps individuals to analyze their behavior and discover their strengths. It drives purpose and direction in the workforce through personalized coaching programs and detailed career advice. As of 2023, Better Up is valued at $4.7 billion.
Market Cap: $5.37 billion
Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc. (NYSE:BFAM) has transformed education by assisting parents from their child’s early childhood. It provides early school education, both on campus and online. Their full-time and part-time virtual courses help students develop social and academic skills. The company also gives virtual consultations to parents regarding the career choices they should make for their children. Regular feedback is also communicated online. As of August 9, Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc. (NYSE:BFAM) is worth $5.37 billion.
In addition to Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc. (NYSE:BFAM), other prominent players in the EdTech space include Pearson plc (NYSE:PSO), New Oriental Education and Technology Group Inc. (NYSE:EDU), and Duolingo, Inc. (NASDAQ:DUOL).
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From dawn to dusk: That’s how long the average adult spends on-screen — about 11 hours daily.
At the same time, corporate trainers are trying to grab employee attention long enough to educate them and ensure the information sticks. Tools like EJ4 let viewers watch five- to 10-minute training videos, while Google Primer provides five-minute interactive lessons on the go, and our platform, The Training Arcade, offers three- to five-minute microgames to reinforce information and assess learner knowledge. Each of these bite-sized and user-friendly tools takes the limited time (and attention) users have into account.
This reframing of content through microlearning can be easily applied to any corporate training program. Instead of long, constantly interrupted courses, microlearning is brief and easily digestible. It’s ultra-focused with precise, measurable goals. Above all, microlearning helps make training simple and fun.
Is it necessary to update tried-and-true training methods? We say yes. Millennials are claiming the place of baby boomers as America’s largest adult generation, and as digital natives, they think differently. That’s why passive training doesn’t always work anymore. Across multiple platforms, microlearning can increase learner engagement with audio, video and games without wasting valuable time.
Microlearning is built on cognitive science. It uses spaced repetition, a proven retention-boosting method of breaking down learning courses into more manageable pieces and repeating them with adequate spacing between lessons. This learning technique accesses the learner’s working memory bank, which makes microlearning worth consideration for any employer seeking to teach candidates hard skills.
Let’s explore industries that have implemented microlearning:
Manufacturing And Transportation
Through a combination of retiring experts, rapidly advancing technologies and underskilled newcomers, these industries are facing an uphill battle when it comes to training. Keurig Dr Pepper has acquired a number of distributors and bottlers over the years, resulting in a geographically dispersed workforce and different standards of business. In an effort to train employees on a standard way of doing business, the company developed a series of brief training videos available on desktop and mobile that cover a variety of topics, including HR compliance, sales techniques and communication skills.
As an industry leader on the pulse of what’s next, it’s easy to see why Google entered the microlearning space. In 2014, the technology giant launched Google Primer, a free mobile app with five-minute interactive lessons designed to empower startups and small businesses with knowledge about search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM), content marketing, audience measurement, branding, business planning and many other subjects. Courses can be taken on the go, in a plane, on the subway, at a coffee shop or just about anywhere else. Today, over 10 million learners have downloaded the app.
Healthcare And Pharmaceutical
Healthcare professionals deal with high-demand situations every day: long hours, patients in need and sometimes life-or-death situations. Our firm created Dr. Neb, a game that helps clinicians who treat patients with uncontrolled COPD to identify the best solution to prescribe. These games offer a series of branching dialogue, virtual conversations between doctors and patients, laid out with a storybook narrative much like a comic book with voice bubbles.
Merck, a multinational pharmaceutical company, leveraged Axonify’s microlearning, gamification and adaptive learning platform across 52 global manufacturing sites to Boost its safety culture. With an 80% voluntary participation rate, the company saw a decrease in recordable incidents and a decrease in lost time injury frequency rates.
Beyond games and videos, here are a few solutions worth considering when creating your microlearning strategy.
Animation is a powerful tool. In a accurate study published in Neuron, researchers discovered that the brain absorbs about 80% of an environment’s sensory information. This hyperdigestion is why corporations and government institutions like Cleveland Water utilize video-creation services like Vyond, Powtoon or Moovly to produce studio-level videos.
Learners are easily distracted by texts, instant messages, emails, social media, phone calls, fitness trackers, etc. This means every second counts. When fighting for their attention and retention, a well-crafted video enables you to pull your audience away from everyday distractions and deliver memorable content. By creating videos with relatable characters, environments and situations, training leaders can help learners remember concepts and details that they might otherwise forget.
Infographics help learners digest information, show a hierarchy of data and illustrate a point in a condensed visual manner. Beyond training, IBM uses infographics to streamline recruiting. HR professionals can find infographics tools like Piktochart and Visme handy in building a stronger company culture.
Do you believe the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words? A well-designed infographic is worth even more. Visuals can help learners process information faster and store information longer by appealing to emotions. When designing your infographic, follow these rules:
• Write a headline that clearly states the purpose of the infographic.
• Choose a simple layout with lots of blank space.
• Write clear and concise text.
• Ensure all visuals (e.g., charts and graphics) are clear without explanation.
• Make all fonts and color combinations easy to read and appropriate for the topic.
When it’s time for coaching and reinforcement of training, some teams bristle. Older methods — like dreaded compliance meetings — can feel patronizing, or worse, like a big waste of time. Chatbot platforms, such as Mobile Coach, create chatbots for meaningful outreach and useful conversations on the employee’s schedule.
As consumers, most of us are familiar with chatbots, but this technology has evolved and is being used more and more for new employee onboarding, customer service, sales training, diversity training and several other topics. Designing a chatbot is as much an art as a science, but when done right, it can be a very effective tool for introducing new concepts, providing reminders, tracking goals and assessing knowledge.
Train The Next Generation With Microlearning
Younger learners will increasingly be joining the workforce, so it’s time for industries across the board to meet their training needs. Companies who do will find themselves ahead of the curve, with employees who are engaged in training and can recall what they’ve learned.
The Rocketbook Pro looks like any other notebook but it packs a beautiful secret: It's completely reusable, and the Rocketbook app makes it easy to transfer your notes from the pages to your phone.
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The notebook comes with a Pilot FriXion erasable pen, a microfiber cloth to wipe the pages clean, a 40-page lined and dotted grid page pack, and a scratch-resistant cover.
A 20-sheet, scannable notebook to quickly transfer your copy from written to digital.
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Smart notebooks are one way to reduce your environmental impact, especially if you're one to buy a planner each year or a fan of journaling. Beyond their eco-friendliness, is the plain fact that a lot of people still prefer to handwrite their notes, journal entries, lists, and planning rather than use a digital alternative.
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Personally, I have an easier time remembering things when I've handwritten them, which has been proven to be true for others in medical studies.
The greatness of the Rocketbook Pro is in the two-pronged approach to a smart notebook; you get both the benefits of old-fashioned handwriting and the ability to digitally store and save your pages.
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How does that last part work? The notebook cover on the Rocketbook Pro features an embedded NFC chip that, when held up to an NFC-enabled smartphone running iOS or Android, leads to the Rocketbook app. This will then let you scan your pages and save them as a shareable PDF, individually or as a bundle. It can be preset to automatically send the scans to different destinations, like OneDrive, Evernote, Slack, email, iCloud, Google Drive, box, OneNote, and more; all with different codes that are at the bottom of each page.
After you're done with your notes and satisfied with how they got scanned into the app, you can wipe down your Rocketbook Pro page clean with a damp microfiber cloth.
Rocketbook has also taken a step towards a more professional look with the Pro smart notebook, by doing away with the spiral binding and flexible cover in favor of a hard, scratch-resistant portfolio-style cover made of vegan leather.
The hardcover on this newer option is one thing that many users of previous Rocketbook versions had requested. The Pro version can also lay completely flat when open for easier writing and bends in 360 degrees to take quick notes on the go.
As a fan of bullet journaling and organization in general, I love how customizable a blank or dotted notebook is. My bullet journal serves as an all-in-one for planning, writing down work tasks and meetings, lists, to-dos, budgeting, and random annotations.
The Rocketbook Pro has a variety of page packs from planners to blank pages for sketching, so the ability to customize my planner is there. Pilot also offers different types of the erasable Frixion pen, like clicker colored pens, markers, pastels, and more options to make my journaling heart flutter.
I like keeping my old journals as snapshots of my life at that stage, but scanning and saving my pages serves the same purpose and the fact that I can just wipe down the pages to start over is so convenient.
Having used it for a number of weeks, I can't say for sure that I'll never go back to my pen and paper notebook, especially my beloved bullet journal. But I can definitely say I won't for a good while. I love the fact that the Rocketbook Pro is versatile so I can create my own layouts on the dot grid, and I can wipe off any errors I make -- something I can't do on my paper bullet journal. For now, I find myself reaching for my Rocketbook exclusively whenever I have to take down a quick note or try to organize my thoughts, so it's been a win in my book.
The Rocketbook Pro is available in letter size, 8.5 inches by 11 inches, which retails for $60; and a 7 inches by 9 inches executive size, priced at $55.
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