LatAm’s leading online ESL school moves into the US

Open English, the leading online English-language school in Latin America, this month began rolling out its services for the US market. On the back of its success in Brazil and Latin America, reaching over 300,000 students, the company aims to target Hispanic communities, the county’s largest growing minority group. There are some 53 million Hispanics in the US and, according ... Read More »

StudyPortals acquires share of webinar platform

StudyPortals, the international study search platform, has acquired a significant share of student recruitment and webinar provider Web2Presentfor an undisclosed amount. The company aims to promote the use of webinars among its 1,800 university partners saying it benefits students to have a “personal touch” in the decision making process. “It took StudyPortals about six years to collect all the information ... Read More »

Future of study travel: streamlined, with agents on top?

Education agencies have a unique opportunity to shape the future of the study travel sector with their proximity to client base. As personalised learning becomes more in demand, agents are more nimble when catering for their clients’ wishes than language schools, which can be slower to adapt to the zeitgeist. This was the message delivered by education strategist, Dr Alex ... Read More »

FutureLearn breaks MOOC record, opens up

UK-based MOOC platform FutureLearn has broken the record for the biggest single run of an online course, with more than 430,000 students currently enrolled on its IELTS preparation course. The platform has also opened up its partnership policy to accommodate more specialised institutions The popularity of the six-week, British Council-run course, ‘Understanding IELTS: Techniques for English Language Tests’, demonstrates the ... Read More »

India: leading VET chain pairs with MOOC platform

With India projected to become the world’s most populated country within a decade at 1.4 billion, the government has set a goal to upskill 500 million people by 2022 in order to harness the country’s economic potential. Under the partnership, ALISON and AISECT will provide a free e-learning platform to students offering internationally recognised vocational courses, which will be free ... Read More »

What works offline doesn’t work online: edtech stakeholders

Gamification ranked high among solutions to create engaging online learning at this year’s EdTech Europe conference in London, which brought together some 650 speakers and delegates to discuss innovation in the global sector. “Using digital content needs to be as easy as falling out of bed” Stakeholders agreed there is a need for a pedagogical shift in the move towards ... Read More »

Students seek MOOCs as course add-ons

A study entitled Fulfilling the promise: do MOOCs reach the educationally underserved? found that Duke’s 13 MOOCs on the Coursera platform provide students with access to content they might not encounter on their formal course of study, thus complementing existing courses. The study analysed qualitative data from pre-course surveys issued to all of the MOOCs’ 9,000 enrolees in the autumn ... Read More »

UK: Online school adds schedule to cross time zones

The school is also currently expanding its course offering, particularly at A Level – the final qualification taken at school or a further education college in the UK – adding French, Spanish and Latin A Level courses, as well as Film Studies and Business Studies at the lower GCSE level. “It’s so that students aren’t having to study late in ... Read More »

Canada: app launched to help first-time students

The app targets first-time international students, offering pre-departure support and information once on campus including how to set up a bank account and grocery shopping. The app was launched in May and Sheridan promoted it during pre-departure orientation in China and India in July. To date it has been downloaded over 1,100 times for both Android and Apple operating systems. ... Read More »

HEIs press ‘start’ on gamification in recruitment

Gaming interfaces are making their way to the international student recruitment sphere and marketers say they enhance the user experience and increase institutions’ profiles. Gamification strategies can be as simple as adding a completion bar at the top of an application form or interactive campus tours, according to experts speaking at the European Association of International Education (#EAIE2015) conference in Glasgow this ... Read More »