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"Real Life Learning: An Up Close Look at Competency-Based Education," by Edsurge, with sponsorship from D2L. There is no disclosure on the landing page for the guide (nor on individual articles in it) that the two companies share investors: Graham Holdings. I have been tracking these failures to disclose financial...

"Texas Partners With BloomBoard to Bring Competency-Based PD to the State," Edsurge wrote on May 24, 2017. This article fails to disclose that Edsurge and Bloomboard share investors: Imagine K12, Learn Capital, and the Gates Foundation. I have been tracking these failures to disclose financial relationships because Edsurge has been...

"Would You Like Higher Ed With That? Guild Education's Playbook to Educating Employees," Edsurge wrote on May 24, 2017. This article fails to disclose that Edsurge and Guild Education share investors: 1776. (Interestingly, when Edsurge lists Guild Education's investors in the article, it does not mention 1776 at all.) I...

"Pearson, an Investor in Knewton, Is 'Phasing Out' Partnership on Adaptive Products," Edsurge wrote on May 12, 2017. This article fails to disclose that Edsurge and Knewtonshare investors: GSV. Pearson is also one of the largest limited partners in Learn Capital, another Edsurge investor. This sort of disclosure (or lack...

"Edmodo's Tracking of Students and Teachers Revives Skepticism Surrounding 'Free' Edtech Tools," Edsurge wrote on May 15, 2017. This article fails to disclose that Edsurge and Edmodoshare investors: Learn Capital. This sort of disclosure (or lack thereof) is particularly important as Edsurge now sells schools a service recommending which ed-tech...

"U of Chicago, UPenn, Harvey Mudd Among Colleges to Join Scholarship App Raise.me," Edsurge wrote on May 16, 2017. This article fails to disclose that Edsurge and Raise.Meshare investors: GSV and ImagineK12. This sort of disclosure (or lack thereof) is particularly important as Edsurge now sells schools a service recommending...

In light of the news this week that Marc Mezvinsky is joining Social Capital, I thought I’d detail the investment firm’s ed-tech portfolio. (Yes, that’s the Marc Mezvinsky who is married to Chelsea Clinton.) Social Capital’s education investments include: CreativeLive (online training) BetterUp (corporate coaching) Guild Education (online career training)...

"CreativeLive Raises $25M to Expand 'Artistic Entrepreneurship' Education Platform," Edsurge wrote on May 19, 2017. This article fails to disclose that Edsurge and CreativeLiveshare investors: GSV. This sort of disclosure (or lack thereof) is particularly important as Edsurge now sells schools a service recommending which ed-tech products they should buy....

As the FCC moves forward with its efforts to scrap “net neutrality,” I thought it might be worthwhile to list the education technology companies that have raised money from ISPs. After all, if there is “preferential treatment” on the Internet, it’s worth thinking about how this will affect schools’ access...

"Zeal CEO John Danner: Want to Make Data Actionable? Start With Building the Right Culture," Edsurge wrote on May 1, 2017. This article fails to disclose that Edsurge and Zeal share investors: Reach Capital. This sort of disclosure (or lack thereof) is particularly important as Edsurge now sells schools a...