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Unprecedented Support for Ed Tech

by Carl Straumsheim

Inside Higher ED

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Ed Tech's Funding Frenzy

With $2.51 billion invested in educational-technology companies during the first half of 2015, investors continue to defy fears that interest in the sector is waning. Yet analysts say the staggering figure distracts from what and who isn’t being funded.

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Go or No Go On New Technology Options?

Earlier this year, Lynda.com, an online learning platform which has since been acquired by LinkedIn, announced the largest yet investment in ed tech—$186 million. But, while tech is a big deal in most industries these days, including education, some question whether this trend will continue. Research firm Ambient Insight calls these investments “unprecedented.” What does this all mean for you?

With so many firms making so many investments, the playing field is cluttered and some hot start-ups may not survive. For educational institutions this highlights the importance of making careful considerations about which technologies to invest in now and which to take a “wait and see” approach with. Collaborative discussions with administrative and IT colleagues, and best practices learned through other school systems, can help here.

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