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Chatbots boost creativity, research finds

Chatbots are an increasingly common tool used by colleges and universities to relieve staff from fielding repetitive questions, but recent research from Cornell University shows that the same bots are also an effective in collaborative work settings. In work led by researchers at Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, people who experienced high levels of anxiety during group work found greater creative confidence when paired with a chatbot that used a robotic conversational style. Colin Wood has the details.

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2U buys EdX for $800 million in cash

The educational technology company 2U is buying the online course nonprofit EdX, including its brand, marketplace and website, in an $800 million cash deal announced Tuesday. EdX, launched by MIT and Harvard in 2012, was a pioneer in massive open online courses, with its name recognition and status within the edtech market listed as one of the reasons behind the deal in a 2U investor update on Tuesday. Emily Bamforth has it.

Instructure files for IPO

Instructure, the company that develops the learning management system Canvas, has filed with the Securities Exchange Commission for an initial public offering, the company announced Monday. The private equity firm Thoma Bravo, which focuses on technology companies, acquired Instructure in March 2020 for $2 billion, removing it from public trade as schools and universities shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic and moved to online learning platforms. Check out the full story on Edscoop.

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