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John Baker, president and CEO of Desire2learn. (JENNIFER ROBERTS For The Globe and Mail)
John Baker, president and CEO of Desire2learn. (JENNIFER ROBERTS For The Globe and Mail)

Innovation

Five disruptive companies in education Add to ...

These five businesses are making their mark in the education space:

Desire2Learn: Based in Kitchener, Ont., it began making learning management systems for online classes in 1999. It’s now used at more than 650 universities in 20 countries.

Knewton: An adaptive platform that uses artificial intelligence to personalize learning. Arizona State University was able to decrease course withdrawals and increase pass rates.

Coursera: Online courses taught by professors from 62 universities. Most classes are free and some count for university credit.

Top Hat Monocle: Students can use their own devices to answer questions in class. The company is building an integrated marketplace for professors to sell course content.

Smart Technology: Invented the interactive whiteboard in 1991, and since then it has sold more than two million units.

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