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Kaleidoscope launches new scholarship creator tool

The scholarship management company Kaleidoscope launched a tool on Tuesday so individuals can create scholarship programs and disburse money directly from the platform, in the vein of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe. Kaleidoscope founder Greg Dehn said the platform’s “Award Builder” tool is the next step in the company’s mission to reduce student debt. He said creating a scholarship is typically a heavy administrative lift, because after designing criteria, scholarship creators need to advertise and then go through the selection and disbursement process. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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Pearson sues Chegg for copyright infringement

The British-owned publisher and education services firm Pearson on Monday filed a copyright lawsuit against the textbook rental and “homework help” service Chegg, alleging the company is selling answers to question sets in its textbooks. The suit, filed in New Jersey, claims that Chegg — which offers a $14.95 monthly subscription service that allows students to access answers to questions found in more than 9,000 textbooks, many of which are published by Pearson — is in violation of Pearson’s “exclusive rights as a copyright holder,” because the company is using Pearson’s content to turn a profit. Ryan Johnston has the story.

Blackboard and Anthology plan to merge by end of year

The learning management system provider Blackboard is merging with the administrative tools provider Anthology by the end of the year, according to a Monday press release. Blackboard, founded in 1997, was an early educational technology provider that today serves more than 150 million users worldwide, both in K-12 and higher education. By merging with Anthology, the new company seeks to provide an “edtech ecosystem,” for higher education institutions modernizing their technology, according to the release. Emily has more.

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