Digital Learning in ‘Inside Higher Ed’ This Week

Among the topics: Canvas parent is sold; accessibility bill reintroduced; $190 million federal settlement for Phoenix; mom pays someone to take online courses for her son.

December 11, 2019
 

Inside Higher Ed published several articles of potential interest to readers of "Inside Digital Learning" in the last week. They include:

  • Instructure, the publicly traded company whose Canvas learning management system has been ascendant in recent years, announced last week that it would be sold to a private equity firm. The sale was reported to be for about $2 billion.
  • A new twist to the college admissions scandal: a California woman has pleaded guilty to paying someone to take online courses that her son could transfer to Georgetown University for credit.
  • Legislation promoting equal access to instructional materials for students with disabilities has been reintroduced to the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressmen Phil Roe, a Tennessee Republican, and Joe Courtney, a Connecticut Democrat. The Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education Act, also known as the AIM HIGH Act, would create a commission to develop voluntary accessibility criteria for instructional materials and educational technology.
  • The Federal Trade Commission and the University of Phoenix announced a settlement Tuesday of a five-year investigation into whether the university falsely touted its relationships with big employers. The for-profit, mostly online university will pay about $50 million to the federal government and forgive another $140 million or so in fees owed to the university by former students who were allegedly harmed by the ads.

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