Pearson Bets on Adaptive Learning (Again) With $25M Acquisition of Smart Sparrow

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Smart Sparrow , which provides course-authoring tools for faculty and instructional designers to build adaptive courseware, has found a new home in a much bigger nest. In recent years, Dror-Naim says his team has been building the next iteration of its adaptive course-creation tool.

TCC Takes Z-Degrees to the Next Level With Adaptive Learning

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Now benefits like those cost reductions and higher student success rates are prompting the school to roll out more Z-degrees programs and extend its partnership with Lumen Learning by piloting next-generation adaptive OER courseware. TCC partnered with Lumen Learning in 2013 to develop open educational resource (OER) courses and degree programs with the use of the Candela platform. Tackling The Learning Curve.

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Cash Awards Honor Faculty and Institutions for Innovative Use of Digital Tools

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Digital Learning Innovation Awards (DLIAwards) from the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) last November. The mission of the OLC DLIAwards is to discover student-centered active learning solutions that advance the world of digital learning for all students,” says Kathleen Ives, the CEO and executive director of the Online Learning Consortium. Fulé and her colleague Don Carter, the university’s director of e-learning, launched the.

With Adaptive Tech, Students Are Saving Money and Learning More

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adaptive technology. These digital tools help students master course learning goals by using data generated from students’ interactions with the adaptive software to predict what students should view or do next online. By adopting the adaptive tool, we were able to completely integrate the lab and lecture during the class meeting times. Manuela Ekowo: What made CPCC begin using adaptive technology? Are you using adaptive tools in other courses?

Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free—and Be Financially Sustainable?

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New and traditional publishers are trying to offer alternatives such as open educational resources (OER), or freely downloadable and adaptable learning materials. But some providers of OER still ask for fees in return, and that has advocates concerned. One company, Top Hat, is trying to shift away from that by opening up its marketplace of mostly OER materials to users for free. In 2017, Top Hat nabbed $7.5

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Hitting Reset, Knewton Tries New Strategy: Competing With Textbook Publishers

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Knewton drew heaps of hype and investment by promising to provide artificial-intelligence technology to major textbook companies to make their content more adaptive. And even before the management change, the company had quietly started building a huge library of courses bolted to its adaptive engine. The secret to its swift entry into publishing was OER (open education resources). Knewton’s pitch is that its mix of OER and an adaptive-learning system will set it apart.

Saddle Up for Silicon Slopes! Our Guide to the 2017 ASU+GSV Summit

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The region boasts an unusual concentration of highly-valued tech startups—Domo, Qualtrics and Inside Sales are among them—along with big education companies, including Instructure, the developer of the Canvas learning management system. godfather” of OER and Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning), trace their roots here. She adds: “If you don’t tie learning to talent, you miss the point of edtech.”. Polish the dress shoes. Stiffen those shirt collars.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. million in venture capital from high profile names like LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and from firms active in ed-tech investing such as Learn Capital. Arguably, one of the best candidates is the learning management system. Would there even be “learning analytics” without the LMS, I wonder?).

It’s 2020: Have Digital Learning Innovations Trends Changed?

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In early 2017, organizations that have focused on digital learning came together to better leverage their strengths and capacities for a common goal: improving student success.

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Wiley to Acquire Knewton’s Assets, Marking an End to an Expensive Startup Journey

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In the second eye-raising deal for the higher-ed publishing industry in as many weeks, Wiley, a major textbook publisher, has agreed to acquire the assets of Knewton, a provider of digital courseware and adaptive-learning technologies. Last year, Wiley disclosed paying $200 million in cash for The Learning House, a provider of online program management services for higher-ed institutions. And around 2017, publishers including Pearson that once used Knewton began to pull back.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” DeVos visited my hometown of Casper, Wyoming to give this speech where she spoke at the Woods Learning Center. The accreditor: the Higher Learning Commission. Via The CBC : “Toronto man ‘angry’ after learning his $8,100 master’s degree that required no exams or academic work is fake.” link] pic.twitter.com/XT9iGmcrJs — Jack Clark (@jackclarkSF) September 13, 2017. Carnegie Learning has acquired Globaloria.

Pearson Signals Major Shift From Print by Making All Textbook Updates ‘Digital First’

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David Wiley, chief academic officer of Lumen Learning The company did not specify a timeframe for how frequently it will print new editions. The goal, she says, is to “make our tools more versatile in terms of how we help students learn.” It’s about time that legacy publishers are starting to adapt their model for the digital world,” says Nicole Allen, the director of open education for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.

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Via WaPo’s Valerie Strauss : “ Trump ’s rather weird meeting with the 2017 Teachers of the Year.” The NAACP endorses OER. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Online education pioneer Tony Bates asks “ What is online learning ?” ” Via NBC News : “How to Thrive: Arianna Huffington Launches E-Learning Series.” Jeff Fernandez, the co-founder of the online learning company Grovo , has resigned.

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” Via EdSource : “New program aims to create more uniform standards among linked learning academies.” ” The Linked Learning Alliance is a voluntary certification program for California’s high school career academies. ” PrecisionHawk is a drone surveillance company, which I’m sure has nothing in common with the learning management system. The Girl Who Drank the Moon , written by Kelly Barnhill, is the 2017 Newbery Medal winner.

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Important thoughts here on social emotional learning and structural racism. ” “ Personalized learning ” equals cutting the teacher workforce in Oklahoma. Edsurge on “Bridging the School-to-Business Gap: What Public Schools Can Learn From Industry.” “ Will Virtual Reality Drive Deeper Learning ?” His wife is the co-founder of OER organization CK–12.). Silverback Learning has acquired testing company EdifyAssess.

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The 2018 Horizon Report has appeared, thanks to EDUCAUSE

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The 2018 Horizon Report , started by the New Media Consortium in 2017, was completed and published by EDUCAUSE this week. ” OER is definitely rising, and this timeline might actually be precise (cf my post from yesterday ). “Short-Term Trends: (one to two years)” leads off with “Growing Focus on Measuring Learning.” ” That’s certainly growing, not without resistance. “Redesigning Learning Spaces” is an ongoing trend.

Heard, Overheard and Announced at ISTE 2016

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David Samuelson, Age of Learning's head of global schools, told EdSurge in an interview that the product (currently geared at Pre-K, kindergarten and first grade) is essentially the ABCMouse consumer product—a collection of multi-subject learning activities—with all the necessary K-12 add-ons, like curriculum and professional development. “It’s Rolling out in fall of 2016 and into 2017, the courses will cover as yet undetermined aspects of school leadership.

The 2018 Horizon Report has appeared, thanks to EDUCAUSE

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The 2018 Horizon Report , started by the New Media Consortium in 2017, was completed and published by EDUCAUSE this week. ” OER is definitely rising, and this timeline might actually be precise (cf my post from yesterday ). “Short-Term Trends: (one to two years)” leads off with “Growing Focus on Measuring Learning.” ” That’s certainly growing, not without resistance. “Redesigning Learning Spaces” is an ongoing trend.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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You can read the series here: 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018 , 2019. At the time, David Wiley expressed his concern that the lawsuit could jeopardize the larger OER movement, if nothing else, by associating open educational materials with piracy.