With Technology becoming more useful in day-to-day life, its use in Education is becoming imperative.
As Covid-19 pandemic has forced everyone to stay indoors, thereby making our education dependent on technology.
Education can be integrated with Technology giving birth to a platform known as EdTech (Acronym for Education+Technology), which uses a computer or mobile phone to facilitate learning or gaining an online degree.
The ease of learning it provides and the wide range of customization it contains thereby makes us more needful to adopt EdTech platforms. So now, you don’t need to quit your job to get a University degree while you can earn it from home with a flexible schedule.
Many EdTech companies worth billions of dollars in the US provide online learning for both students and teachers for various subjects, but finding the best online learning platform can be an uphill journey.
Here is the list of the top Five EdTech companies based in the US that you may be looking for.
edX is a massive open online course (MOOC) developed by Harvard and MIT in 2012, it offers online university-level courses for students across the globe in a wide range of subjects.
edX is a nonprofit organization that runs on a free open-source software platform. It offers 2800+ courses in subjects like Math, Computer science, Humanities, etc, with over 34 million+ learners worldwide in almost every country.
It has partnered with over 150 schools and corporations globally to offer courses in its web portal.
edX courses consist of video tutorials with an interactive learning exercise including an online discussion forum where students and teachers can interact with each other.
Coursera is a massive open online course (MOOC) founded by Standford University Computer Science Professors in 2012. It works with the world’s top universities to offer online degree programs, making education more accessible and affordable for everyone.
Coursera is the largest course provider offering more than 4300 courses with over 430+ specialization programs helping millions of students across the world. You can choose from free courses, certificate programs, stackable credentials, and hands-on projects.
Coursera courses are usually 4-12 weeks long, with 1-2 hours of guided video lectures a week. It provides courses on-demand in which the material is made available at once and learners can take their time to complete the course.
As per Coursera Impact Report 2020, the top five most popular courses that people learn from Coursera were digital marketing, contact tracing, Python programming, project management, and social psychology.
Udacity, founded in 2011, is a for-profit educational organization offering massive open online courses. While it was originally focusing on offering university-oriented courses, it now focuses more on vocational courses for professionals and freelancers. It has partnered with many universities to offer online degree programs. Udacity helps master new concepts in less time with more practice than theory which can be leveraged immediately.
Udacity along with AT&T offers Nanodegrees and paid internships that are designed to teach programming skills required to qualify for an entry-level IT position. It is mainly a paid course and upon successful completion, a certificate is provided.
Courses are usually 2-6 months long, with 5-10 hours of video lectures a week.
The topmost starred courses on Udacity are Introduction to Computer Science: Building a Search Engine, Introduction to Theoretical Computer Science: Dealing with Challenging Problems, and Applied Cryptography: Science of Secrets.
Udemy is an American massive open online course (MOOC) provider for professionals and students. It was founded by Oktay Cagla, Gagan Biyani and Eren Bali in May 2010. It offers online university-level courses for students across the world in a wide range of subjects.
Udemy is a giant player in the eLearning industry which offers a wide range of online courses from the best universities in the world. It was also recognized in the “2020 Change the Word” List of Fortune Magazine.
As of Dec 2020, it has over 40 million learners, 57k instructors, 155k courses, 480k course enrollments, 7k+ Enterprise customers, and 65+ languages.
It has so many courses in its catalog including academics, business, health and fitness, entrepreneurship, music, the arts, language, and technology.
Most courses in Udemy are paid but some are free, depending on the course.
5. Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a nonprofit EdTech founded in 2006 by Salman Khan that runs on a free open-source software platform and is accessible through its website. It offers instructional videos, practice exercises, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower students to learn at their place and at their own pace. The website includes other features like teaching tools, practice exercises, and progress tracking.
All resources are available for free to learners on its mobile application and website in different languages.
Khan Academy provides courses related to computing, history, math, history and so on, It also helps with the courses in K-14, test preparation (LSAT, Praxis, SAT) and coding lessons.
Since it doesn’t have a good source of revenue, it relies mostly on donations coming from philanthropic organizations.
Its offline videos have been distributed to rural areas of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
The EdTech market is very competitive in the USA, Almost all platforms are popular and have the best instructors. What do you think of Edtech companies? Do you think they will remain with us for a long time, or cease to appear in the next few years? Drop your answers in the comments section below.
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