It’s a busy year for Apple.
On Friday, the company announced its plans to invest $1 billion in a new company called Coursera, an online-education company that offers students courses from leading universities, and said it would expand its partnership with Khan Academy, a popular online-learning platform that is owned by Facebook.
The company also said it will be adding courses from Harvard Business School and Stanford, and it said it has signed deals with universities to offer courses from the schools.
Apple’s moves to create new businesses to support its online education ambitions come amid a new wave of online-industry competition from Amazon and Google.
Apple is the latest company to offer online courses through its own educational software and apps, and in July, Apple added a free course for iPhone users to get their feet wet with online courses from companies like Stanford and Harvard Business.
“This is a big year for education,” said Steve Yegge, a partner at venture-capital firm Bessemer Venture Partners, who has a track record in investing in online education.
“It’s not just going to be a new generation of online learners who are going to become Apple students.”
The companies have also seen an uptick in competition in the space from other online-companies like Udacity and Khan Academy.
Apple’s Courserax and Khan College have attracted hundreds of millions of students in the past few years, while Courserapost and Courserum have been offering courses from top universities like Harvard and Stanford.
“It’s a really exciting time to be in the business of online education,” Yegen said.
“If you look at the companies that are in this space, they’re focused on helping their customers be more successful.
They’re focused not just on making money, but also creating a learning environment that they can trust.
That’s a big thing.”
The rise of Courseras and Khan has also led to a new class of teachers who specialize in helping students learn online.
Courserahad Kostin, a New York-based educator who runs Courseraycass, an educational content company, said she has been working with Courseracass for two years.
She said the company is focusing on teaching students from a wide variety of backgrounds to be better learners.
“They are all different types of teachers,” she said.
“We want to get a broader set of people learning how to use technology.
We’re trying to build a better online learning experience for our students, and Coursserahads is really a good place to do that.”
Kostin said she hopes to start her own company and have Courserass teach her how to teach online classes in the future.
The two companies, however, are not the only companies in the industry focused on improving online education—Google’s YouTube has been building a more expansive and immersive education platform that lets students watch videos from other YouTube channels and videos from teachers across the globe.
The new offerings also include more video and audio content from the companies, and are being piloted by schools and businesses across the country.
Apple has also become more open to creating its own online education offerings, with its latest investment bringing it close to $3 billion in new investments and making it the largest publicly traded online education company.
The company said it plans to offer its own courses and online content, and that it will begin work on creating an iPad-based platform for online courses that would offer both the ability to create courses from outside the company and the ability for students to upload their own courses to Courseraa.
Apple also said in a statement that it has started working with the Harvard Business and Stanford education programs to offer Courserademy courses, and is working with Stanford to offer Khan Academy courses.
Apple will launch a “class of the future” that will give students an opportunity to complete Courserai courses and use it to become better learners, Apple said.
The next stage in this class will be an “educational experience that will enable students to become more self-directed and take ownership of their learning.”