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This Week in eLearning: World Bank’s Report on Coding Boot Camps, Deloitte’s Addition of Instructure to their Fast 500 List, and an Interview with Dr. Kathryn Linder about OSU Ecampus’ New Database

By Henry Kronk
November 15, 2017

World Bank Report Highlights Benefits of Coding Bootcamps Going Global

Lately, there has been a lot of news about coding bootcamps. Across the United States and Canada, the industry continues to grow at a rapid pace. Indeed, despite a recent bump, which saw a few early players close earlier this year, the industry continues to expand. This year, coding schools are expected to graduate approximately 25,000 students. Notably, unlike most college- and university-based computer science programs, these for-profit schools, which typically offer programming, design, and developer courses in a three- to six-month format, also tend to be far more diverse. Women and visible minorities are well represented in many coding schools, which is not the case in most college- and university-based computer science programs. It is not entirely surprising, then, that coding bootcamps are also now being embraced as a viable way to bring high-paying and in-demand jobs to emerging economies … Read more

Instructure Ranks on Deloitte’s 500 Fastest Growing Tech Companies List

Instructure continues to make gains on the LMS market on the K-12, higher ed, and training sides of the market. Their third quarter results reflect their ongoing success. As Josh Coates, CEO of Instructure, announced in late October, “We had a solid third quarter, delivering 42% revenue growth while posting continued improvements to our operating margin.” Coates credited two Instructure platforms in particular with the company’s ongoing growth: “Strong adoption of both Canvas and Bridge as well as exceptional customer satisfaction give us confidence in our ability to continue to expand our leadership position.”

Coates was quick to point out that Bridge continues to gain ground and offer new applications to better meet organizational needs. New developments include the HCM module Bridge Perform, which is a platform for facilitating meaningful employee-manager interaction. As Coates notes, “We are excited about the positive response we have received to date and look forward to expanding our presence in the HCM market.” … Read more

Dr. Kathryn Linder Discusses Online Learning Efficacy and OSU’s New Database

Dr. Kathryn Linder is a Research Director at Oregon State University’s Ecampus Research Unit. Last week, they announced the launch of the Online Learning Efficacy Research Database.

“We’re very excited about it,” Dr. Linder said over the phone. “It’s a way for faculty, distance education administrators and any other stakeholders who might be interested in the research on the outcomes of online and hybrid education to search the collection of academic articles that are studying those specific modalities in comparison to traditional face-to-face methods … Read more