Over time, the company slowly built out its digital presence so that tutors could meet with students online via web chat, with complementary digital content for testing, quizzing, etc.Today, more than 50 percent of the company s revenue comes from its digital product, and with that the launch of a native mobile app.Within the app, users can video chat with tutors while looking over content on that subject, including interactive tests and quizzes.For now, the app connects existing tutors with their usual students, but eventually Varsity Tutors wants to allow for on-demand tutoring on any subject with the click of a button.Even if their usual tutor isn t available, Varsity Tutors hopes to be able to connect them with a Chemistry expert to answer a few pre-test questions.Varsity Tutors sources tutors from the best schools, like Princeton and Harvard, and tests them on their knowledge in a particular topic, as well as their confidence level in that topic.
It's the same goal that's pushed universities to make more and more courses and degree programs available over the internet, making it possible for students living on the far sides of the word to get degrees from American universities — and vice versa.But online education has a problem: Of the hordes of students that sign up for massive open online classes MOOCs , an average of less than 7% finish.Goel thinks artificial intelligence can change that."He thinks AIs could pick up that slack:"If automated, artificially intelligent teaching assistants could just address the basics it could raise the retention rate from say 7% to 15%," he said.On the scale at which MOOCs operate, even a retention bump of a few percentage points would impact thousands of students.An AI researcher at Georgia Tech, Goel has taken a big first step down this path.But Goel expects he can scale up the technology — and find other applications for AI in online classrooms."In the same online class we have developed tutors, intelligent tutors, that give you a learning exercise," he said.The student does an exercise, the tutor immediately provides feedback on that exercise.More from Tech Insider:Here's what you should do if your LinkedIn account was one of the hundreds of millions breachedA Bernie Sanders supporter transformed his Corvette into the ultimate piece of political artApple is working on an AI system that wipes the floor with Google and everyone elseThe US government still uses 56-year-old tech, among other crazy things an internal audit foundHere's how artificial intelligence could solve the biggest problem in educationNOW WATCH: This insane diet is taking Instagram by stormLoading video...
China s cutthroat education system is a breeding ground for Chinese K-12 education startups.The country s exam-heavy system particularly gives rise to startups that focus on helping students improve their test scores.Online education startup Yuanfudao 猿辅导 , which targets China s middle school and high school test takers, announced a $40 million USD boost from Chinese tech giant Tencent on Tuesday.Last March, the Beijing-based startup raised a $60 million USD round of Series D funding from Matrix Partners, New Horizon Capital and CMC Capital Partners.In China, buke classes are largely attended by students who want to improve their test scores.Due to the competitive and do-or-die nature of China s exam system – students can only attend schools that they test into – buke classes are a lucrative business.By moving buke sessions online, Yuanfudao claims it can cut at least 70% of the cost and distribute buke tutors and services more fairly across different regions of China.In addition to Yuanfudao s tutoring platform, the company has two other products: Yuantiku 猿题库 , an app that helps middle school and high school students cram for national exams by serving practice problems from an adaptive database, and Xiaoyuansouti 小猿搜提 , an app that lets students  search for homework answers and one-on-one help by uploading pictures of homework problems.Though the three apps operate independently at the moment, it s not hard to imagine possible synergies between them.Already, Yuanfudao has a unified account system that recognizes users based on their phone number across its different apps.In China s crowded education market, Yuanfudao s product suite could give it the competitive edge it needs over similar products, like Xuebajun 学霸君 , which is almost identical to Yuanfudao s Xiaoyuansouti.Yuanfudao joins a number of other education startups in Tencent s investment portfolio, including Enjoy Learning, a private tutor marketplace, and ABC360, an English language learning startup based in Hangzhou.
Investors in Preply s seed round include Arthur Kosten ex-CMO at Booking.com , Polish VC RTAventures, and founder & CEO of DocPlanner, Mariusz Gralewski.All of that combined produces self-learning ranking algorithm that pushes the best tutors up and meanwhile enables young stars new tutors without students still to be visible and be able to get new students, it says.It s not currently breaking out what the revenue share is.Languages are the most popular categories, although the marketplace is not exclusively focused on this unlike, for example, tutoring platform Verbling — offering tutoring in other subjects including art, science, maths and music.Step by step local tutoring is going to online, Preply argues, pointing to the pull factors of lower organisational costs, access to global knowledge and arbitrage between countries, allowing for a students to choose a less expensive tutor who is able to offer lessons at a lower price because they live in a different part of the world.We believe that we have a very strong technical team and early focus on international markets rather than the U.S. only that will help us compete with these well-established players, it adds.
Image caption Students facing the worries of the exam season are offered help by online tutorsTutoring is one the world's oldest professions, but even a vocation so entrenched cannot escape the rising "Uberisation" of daily life.Timothy Yu is founder of Hong Kong company Snapask, a mobile app that allows students to ask questions with a snapshot and then matches them with a tutor within seconds to have a one-to-one instant learning session.Mr Yu says that private tutors working in person, rather than online, will typically earn about $20 £14 per hour, but their capacity to earn is limited by constraints of time and balancing with other work.Tutor Hunt's John Underhill says more than 250,000 people have used its services to find tutors - and that the hunt for a tutor has moved a long way from "looking through the Yellow Pages, or peering into newsagent's windows at the multitude of cards".Mr Underhill says taking tutoring fully online certainly has its benefits, opening up a much bigger student base to tutors, while also giving students more choice.Nigerian companies Tutor.ng and Tuteria also allow for solely online tuition, signalling the emergence of a truly global trend.
I've asked in r/Manchester too but thought I'd ask here too.I'm doing an assignment as part of a Marketing CIM distance learning course and whilst I've had some great feedback on my 1st draft from my tutor, I think sitting down with someone and going through it in person would be best for me before I hand in the final draft in just under 3 weeks.Wondering if anyone out there has perhaps completed this course and would be able to help me out?I'm willing to pay.Thanks
The most recent TES Global Recruitment Index found that maths was one of the two most difficult subjects to recruit for.As I have noted previously, even at a time of severe teacher shortages, a side-effect of the Home Office s attempt to crack down on immigration has been the shutting out of many teachers from overseas, who would previously have come on Tier 2 visas.Using a headset, and looking at exercises on the screen - from 270 set lessons - pupils never actually see the maths tutor.When the initiative first started, this was due to technical reasons, but Hooper has found that just hearing their voice helps to focus pupils: students feel less self-conscious and are more happy to discuss and ask questions.Not only does Hooper connect UK pupils with a global army of maths tutors, but he also records every session, which is shared with the UCL Knowledge Lab, which provides rich insights into the efficacy of lessons - allowing tutors to receive personalised feedback and professional development.While tightening visa restrictions and loud scaremongering about immigration may deter some overseas teachers from physically coming to the UK, Hooper has - at least - found a way of using tech to tap into this rich source of talent to help reduce the workload of stretched UK teachers and, most importantly, to help drive up standards of education for the next generation.
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Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Stephen Hawking have all expressed concern about the existential threat of AI, just as deep learning neural networks are revolutionizing the AI field.Chen ends with a bold call to action:All the serious applications from here on out need to have deep learning and AI inside … it s just going to be a fundamental technique that we expect to see in all serious applications moving forward … as fundamental as mobile and cloud were in the last 5-10 years.It may be — indeed, probably is — a step along that very long road.What s interesting about deep learning is that while there s nothing magical or genie-like about it — as Geordie Wood points out in Wired, it s really just simple math executed on an enormous scale — its programs are ultimately matrixes of values that have been trained, rather than lines of code which are written although many lines of traditional code go into the training, of course.This also means that jobs which consist largely of pattern recognition and responding to those patterns in fairly simple and predictable ways — like, say, driving — may be obsoleted with remarkable speed.I give you, for example, this call from the White House for technologists and innovators to help reform the criminal justice system with artificial intelligence algorithms and analytics.
Humanoid robots maker, UBTech Robotics closed a USD 100 million Series B funding on Sunday.It was led by CDH Investments, and joined by CITIC Securities and its investment arm Goldstone Investment.After this round of financing, this startup is valued at USD one billion.In earlier 2015, this Shenzhen-based company had raised USD 20 million from Qiming Venture Partners; UBTech was then valued at USD 200 million thereafter.The latest funding will be used for R, including the establishment of R centers in Beijing and the United States, and for the development of new tutoring and entertainment products.Founded in 2012, UBTech focuses on developing and then commercializing humanoid robots for consumers.UBTech has launched two humanoid robots – the Alpha 1S and the Alpha 2.The Alpha 1S is priced at around USD 448 on Amazon.According to the introduction of Alpha 2 on Indiegogo, this robot is like a super assistant for both family life and work.Function wise, it is similar to an Amazon Echo.
According to educational experts I interviewed at this year s EdTechX Europe event on behalf of EdTech Media, this vision could soon become a reality.With concerns over unaffordable tuition fees and unsustainable debt together with the news that Leeds University will be the first to offer a fully accredited Mooc course , many predict that higher education will soon evolve beyond recognition.Sattya V. Nitta, Global Head and Program Director of Cognitive Science and Education at IBM, predicts that Jack will enjoy a highly customised, technologically-assisted university experience and that Massive Online Open Courses Moocs will be the most significant game changer.While Nitta is quick to explain that machines will be used to supplement, rather than replace, Jack s human teachers, it s worth bearing in mind that the modern school already incorporates an impressive level of technology that Jack and his classmates will probably take for granted.With twenty-four hour schools, remote access learning and specialist maths tutors Skyped in from Bangladesh, education is already changing to accommodate students of the information age.Jack s parents might be surprised to learn that the modern classroom - light, airy and flexibly arranged - is more GooglePlex than Victorian schoolroom.
Throughout my high school career, homework was the bane of my existence.Admittedly, I probably should have had a tutor in a subject or two, but I never made the effort to do so and it showed in my GPA.If you re in the same boat, there s a new app that might help you solve your problems, both literally and metaphorically.It s called Studyhub, and it s a new iOS app designed to help you better understand and complete your homework with the help of a tutor.The process is fairly straightforward.Choose the subject you need help in, take a photo of the problem s in question, and you ll be connected to a tutor who will help walk you through the problem using voice chat and a digital blackboard.
It was a great game, primarily because it was simple enough to learn that practically anyone could pick up the plastic guitar and start shredding.But wouldn t it be sweet if learning to play real guitar was as easy as pressing the colored buttons on a Guitar Hero controller?Once you re all set up, you simply choose the song that you d like to learn in the accompanying smartphone app, and the frets will light up to show you exactly where to put your fingers.In other words, it s a tutor that lives on your guitar, so you don t have to look back and forth T chord diagrams or tabs.They also don t require any special skills or techniques to ride, so they re more approachable than electric skateboards or unicycles.But unfortunately, despite the fact that electric scooters are widely available these days, the vast majority of them are still rather bulky, heavy, and unwieldy when folded up.
Education tech startup Teachable formerly known as Fedora has raised $4 million in a Series A round of funding according to CEO and founder Ankur Nagpal.The company provides a platform that s like a Shopify or a SquareSpace for tutors or teachers.Its platform allows subject matter experts to quickly construct online courses and sell or give them away to their followers, setting their own pricing, choosing how people should pay them, and owning all their own customer data.They can also opt to subscribe to use the software-as-a-service through a range of plans from $39 to $299 a month with low or no-commissions.Many are concerned with non-academic subjects, like cake decorating, feng shui, or how to fly or 3D print a drone.By contrast, predecessors to and competitors of Teachable s, such as Udemy, EdX or Coursera offer something more like a course catalog online, that students can peruse before buying.
Want to make money on the side with your tech skills (and help others in the process)?Consider tutoring high-school or middle-school students in your field of expertise.It’s a great excuse to continue your own lifelong learning, pass your skills along to a new generation, and, of course, pull in that side cash.Tutoring STEM subjects is financially lucrative; they’re in-demand skills, and kids and parents are thinking ahead to college majors.Since O’Connor is knowledgeable about the industry, today she’s sharing some advice about getting started in the tech tutoring space.One is that tutors who teach clients a STEM related subject are proven to have longer relationships with their clients.
Most schools prohibit teachers from tutoring children in the school systems in which they work, too, making it difficult to connect with families needing help.There are some solutions, like WyzAnt, a 12-year-old, privately held company in Chicago that now connects parents with hundreds of thousands of tutors.But Wyzant also takes a 40 percent fee, notes Megan O’Connor, the founder of Clark, a new app that aims to both make it far easier for educators to start and manage a tutoring business — and to put more money in their pockets in the process.O’Connor was working at the venture firm Human Ventures in New York, where Clark is based, when the idea first took hold early last year.“I was trying to help her automate things and I was just listening to some of the friction points she was wrestling with and the gap in solutions that are out there, and [Clark] just developed over time,” O’Connor says.Indeed, soon after finding a technical cofounder in Sam Gimbel, who’d previously founded a text-message based startup, the service took form as an SMS service to facilitate communication between students and their tutors.
p AI based online education startup Yuanfudao receives USD 120 M financingFinancing status: RMB 821 million (USD 120 million) financing in 2017AI based online education startup Yuanfudao on Wednesday landed USD 120 M financing to recruit more teachers and to make profits through its new business model of live streaming tutoring sessions.Yuanfudao is an online education startup that mainly targets China’s middle school and high school students.Its tutoring app connects students with tutors based on artificial intelligence and big data technology, so that tutors and students can be better matched.Students can choose one-on-one tutoring or join a group to take classes with other students.
The online tutoring market in the US is well-developed.Varsity Tutors raised $50m; Wiseant $20m; Tutor.com sold to IAC and InstaEdu was recently bought out.So it makes sense that this model would be big in other markets.This is the thinking behind MyTutor, a London-based edtech company that connects school pupils to high-performing university students for one-to-one, online tutorials.It’s now closed a £3 million Series A funding round led by Mobeus Equity Partners, and with participation from high-profile angels including Clive Cowdery (Resolution Capital) and Thomas Hoegh (Arts Alliance).The startup interviewed 25,000 potential tutors and has approved over 3,500.
Premier Global, a leading education provider for health and fitness professionals, has unveiled its new positioning, idea, visual and verbal identity, fashioned by brand consultancy The Clearing.The Clearing’s brief involved articulating a clear promise for the Premier Global brand and redesigning the brand experience to help it stand out as a 'beacon for quality'.Despite leading the field in personal training for over 20 years, the brand had been neglected, looked tired and lacked vision, due to the UK fitness industry suffering a crisis of quantity over quality, flooding the market with inexperienced and poorly-educated trainers.The brand consultancy located Premier Global's two main strengths: The partnership with The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the leading personal training authority in the US, which brought an edge of scientific evidence-based content, and the quality of personal training which was unparalleled.They then renamed the tutors delivering this as ‘master coaches’.The agency developed the brand promise – ‘Outperform’ – to appeal to over-achievers with a burning desire to transform other people’s lives for the better.
VIPKid, a Chinese education technology start-up backed by a long list of high-profile investors, including Tencent Holdings and retired NBA legend Kobe Bryant, has launched a Uber-style online education service to tap into the rising demand of learning Mandarin overseas.The Beijing-based company officially launched on Wednesday an online platform, which allows children across the world to learn Mandarin as and when they need via video conferencing-like one-on-one sessions taught by qualified teachers in China.The new service comes amid China’s rising status on the global stage, and would allow Chinese teachers to earn additional income during their spare time, according to VIPKid.The platform named Lingo Bus is the latest globalisation step made by VIPKid, which announced on Wednesday a funding round of US$200 million, the largest in its sector in the world, led by Sequoia Capital and joined by strategic investor Tencent Holdings, along with others.Founded in 2013 and formally known as Future VIPKid, the company has built a rapidly growing business with more than 200,000 child users, mostly Chinese, using its service to learn English at home from more than 20,000 North America-based instructors.Cindy Mi, founder and CEO of VIPKid, said the “on-demand economy model” had proven to be an effective way to connect teachers and children across the world.