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06/10/2021
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Hybrid learning will survive post-pandemic

Hybrid learning will escape the “hype cycle” that built up massive open online courses in past years, Anant Agarwal, chief executive of the online learning platform EdX, said during MIT Technology Review’s annual conference on Tuesday. The pandemic caused major shifts in education that stand up the future of stackable credentials and “micro-courses,” he said. These shorter, often-online courses are now making headlines as part of a new normal in education, similar to the attention that massive open online courses did in 2012, Agarwal said. Emily Bamforth has the story.


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Video-conferencing company wants to "end Zoom fatigue"

InSpace, a startup seeking to build a better breakout room experience for virtual meetings, announced Tuesday $6 million in two rounds of seed funding. The company marked the new funding to support educators using the system, which is designed to incorporate physical elements of a classroom into an online space. The company says it aims to deliver a different experience than that found on other videoconferencing platforms — InSpace’s website advertises using the platform to “end Zoom fatigue.” Emily has it.


Verbit prepares to go public

Verbit, a transcription technology company, will look to go public after announcing its most recent round of $157 million in funding on Tuesday, according to a news release. The company, headquartered in Palo Alto, California, reached a valuation of $1 billion in four years, making it a so-called unicorn, tech-industry vernacular for a privately held company that achieves that milestone. Verbit’s latest round of funding will support research and development and add 200 positions, as well as “help prepare Verbit for a public offering,” the company said. Check out the full story on Edscoop.


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