Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that instruct tens of thousands of students at once may get the lion’s share of attention in online learning these days, but San Francisco-based InstaEDUis gaining traction with a far more intimate approach: teaching students one at a time, Gigaom reports. The online tutoring startup launched in public beta last May and, on Wednesday, said it was coming out beta with an additional $4 million in the bank. The Series A round, which follows $1.1 million previously raised, was led by Battery Ventures and includes current investor The Social+Capital Partnership. As part of the deal, Battery Ventures’ Brian O’Malley will join InstaEDU’s board.
Jake New studied journalism at Indiana University, where he was editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, the Indiana Daily Student. At the IDS, Jake covered the IU administration, minority student issues, and state education policy. After a brief stint at the Bloomington Herald-Times covering IU, crime, and local politics, Jake interned at the Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington D.C, writing about online learning, open-access policies, academic publishing, and ed-tech startups. Jake joined eCampus News as an assistant editor in May 2013, where he continues to cover technology and higher education. His days often begin with a cup of coffee and the sinking feeling that another MOOC story is just around the corner. Follow Jake via Twitter: @eSN_Jake