FutureLearn and LSHTM offer free online Coronavirus course - Global Education Times (GET News)

FutureLearn and LSHTM offer free online Coronavirus course

FutureLearn and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) have partnered to launch a course to spread awareness about Coronavirus.

In an effort to spread awareness about the pandemic, FutureLearn and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine have collaborated to launch a free online course – COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus.

The course focuses on the outbreak of Covid-19 and what is known about the outbreak till date.

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Online learning platform Preply raises $10 million funding to pursue expansion - Global Education Times (GET News)

Online learning platform Preply raises $10 million funding

Online learning platform Preply has announced that it has raised an extra $10 million in funding to finance its expansion, doubling its previous fundraising total.

Preply plans to invest the $10 million funding into: the growth of its network of 10,000 tutors; scaling its marketplace; introducing new tools, assessment and homework functions; and developing their mobile applications.

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Estonia offers digital education solutions for free to help Coronavirus fight - Global Education Times (GET News)

Estonia offers digital education solutions for free to help Coronavirus fight

In the wake of the Coronavirus crisis, Estonia has offered to support the educational systems of other countries with digital education services delivered at no cost.

Startup Estonia along with the Ministry of Education and Research and a few other entities have collaborated to roll out a new initiative which will allow other countries access to their digital education tools.

This step has been taken by the government of Estonia as most countries are facing school closures due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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US relaxes online education visa rules to battle Coronavirus outbreak - Global Education Times (GET News)

US relaxes online education visa rules to battle Coronavirus outbreak

In reaction to the coronavirus outbreak, the US immigration authorities have relaxed online education visa rules for international students.

The potential procedural adaptations message released by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Student and Exchange Visitor Programme (SEVP) on Monday last week was sent to all SEVP-certified colleges and universities.

The statement declared that such institutions ‘may need to adapt their procedures and policies to address the significant public health concerns associated with the COVID-19 crisis’.

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Decline seen in growth of MOOCs - Global Education Times (GET News)

Decline seen in growth of MOOCs

A new report from Class Central has indicated a decline in the rate of growth of massive open online courses (MOOCs).

These statistics appear in stark contrast with the marked growth that MOOCs, aiming to provide unlimited participation, experienced in 2018.

Yet, despite a shift in what the report’s author Dhawal Shah termed as ‘the second wave of MOOC hype’ in 2018, ‘the year of MOOC-based degrees’, the numbers of current online learners remain in the multi-millions globally, and continues to grow.

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Nexford University announces scholarships in honour of Equal Pay Day - Global Education Times (GET News)

Nexford University announces scholarships in honour of Equal Pay Day

Nexford University has announced that it will be offering scholarships to women for their MBA and BBA degree courses as part of its support for Equal Pay Day.

The Office of National Statistics reported on 29 October 29 that the gender pay gap currently stands at 17.3%, based on a median average, with this data leading to the derivation of this year’s date.

Equal Pay Day is a symbolic day dedicated to raising awareness of the gender pay gap, which stands to represent the day upon which a woman’s salary is no longer equal to a man’s. This year, Equal Pay Day was marked on 14 November.

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UK is suffering from a soft skills crisis, finds Instructure report - Global Education Times (GET News)

UK suffering from soft skills crisis, finds Instructure report

New research from edtech company Instructure (NYSE:INST) has revealed that educators and business leaders believe UK is suffering from a soft skills crisis, threatening the productivity of UK Plc.

The Instructure Skills Study: preparing for the 2030 workplace report, which draws from a Censuswide study, shows that about 68% of secondary school teachers and 64% of businesses believe that lack the soft skills needed to be successful in the workplace.

Approximately seven in ten of all surveyed believe that soft skills for not get enough attentions in the much-publicised skills gap debate.

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Get Me A Course wants to make Indian online education market ‘efficient’ - Global Education Times (GET News)

Get Me A Course wants to make Indian online education market ‘efficient’

Edtech startup Get Me A Course is hoping to become a leading player in India’s $2 billion online education market by bringing ‘efficiency’ to consumers.

Having grown by a multiple of eight since 2016, the online education market in India is expected to reach the $1.96 billion mark in the next two years.

A total of 9.6 million users are expected to be paying for online courses in India alone by 2021.

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