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

Edsurge

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.

ACT Rolls Its Recent Acquisitions Into a New, Integrated Learning Platform

Marketplace K-12

COVID-19 accelerated the rollout of Mosaic by ACT, which is being billed by the company as a comprehensive, adaptive learning solution weaving together assessments, curriculum, and social-emotional learning.

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ACT Takes Stock Under Direction of New CEO Janet Godwin

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The interim CEO of the ACT talks about the company's recent acquisitions and what's ahead for the major provider of assessment and other services. The post ACT Takes Stock Under Direction of New CEO Janet Godwin appeared first on Market Brief.

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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100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom – SULS033

Shake Up Learning

The post 100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom – SULS033 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Here’s how Google describes it : “ The Chromebook App Hub , an online resource to help educators, administrators and developers work together to learn about Chromebook apps and activity ideas for schools. Idea Sparks are designed to help teachers create meaningful learning experiences for their students with Chromebooks. Assess class performance.

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

Edsurge

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.

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From Silos to Sharing: Why Are Open Educational Resources Still So Hard to Find?

Edsurge

For over a decade, plenty of time and dollars have been poured into encouraging the use of open educational resources (OER). In 2007 the Hewlett Foundation’s funding helped create OER Commons. Department of Education spearheaded the #GoOpen movement, a collection of efforts to spur educators, publishers and technologists to make OER more available and easily accessible. From my experience, the answers usually are: OER resources are in silos.

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The Winners and Filmstrips of An (Almost) Decade in Education Technology

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Marie Cini is the president of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. I define education technology as any tool that supports learning, digital or not. OER and open books. Learning analytics. Adaptive learning systems.

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Why new technologies often don’t help students

The Christensen Institute

Edtech enthusiasts promote the benefits of innovations such as open educational resources (OER), learning management systems (LMS), and adaptive learning software. But edtech innovations hold real promise for improving student learning outcomes if education leaders use them to redesign classroom and school models in ways that transform teachers’ instructional practices. The Gooru software and LPS’s learning resources are available for free at gooru.org.

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. Delivering these models to a differentiated population of educators and learners requires an adaptive approach.

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Engrade users can access Knovation’s digital content

eSchool News

Collaboration aims to create a more open, collaborative digital learning environment for K-12 students and educators. McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, and Knovation, an online resource curation tool, announced a collaboration to expand and simplify educators’ and students’ access to professionally-evaluated, standards-aligned digital content. We’re excited to partner with Knovation to support a more open, collaborative and easy-to-use learning environment.

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Knewton’s New Business Attracts New $25M in Funding. But Some Things Don’t Change.

Edsurge

The company that set the bar for hyping adaptive-learning technology has had to adapt to new leadership and a new business model. Brian Kibby, CEO of Knewton Getting into the courseware business marks a major pivot for the New York City-based company, which originally licensed its adaptive learning technology to publishers. Then there’s the adaptive learning engine that makes the decision about which learning material a student should see next.

Michelson Runway Announces 5 Higher-Ed Startups in Inaugural Cohort

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Here are the five companies in the 2016 cohort: Lrnr : An adaptive-learning platform that uses open educational resources (OER). We’re learning alongside these institutions.” Michelson Runway hired Designs for Learning , a learning assessment consultancy, to design studies to evaluate student outcomes for each of the companies. Five higher-ed technology startups are soaring this week.

Pearson CEO Fallon Talks Common Core, Rise of ‘Open’ Resources

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Thirty percent of the company’s revenues come from assessments of one kind or another, which includes professional certification and apprenticeship programs, as well as summative exams. A Pearson business motto is “content plus assessment, powered by technology, equalizes effective learning at scale,” Fallon said, and after years of striving for that goal, “we only feel that it’s really now starting to come together.”.

Can US Higher Education Publishers Leverage a Subscription Model

Kitaboo on EdTech

But how do they compete with resources like MOOCs and OERs that have made high quality course content from respected university professors available for free? When students started migrating towards used textbooks, rentals, MOOCs and OER due to the high prices of printed textbooks, it affected the revenues of traditional book publishers. And it has also launched OpenNow, its own OER with courses starting at $30 per course and is accessible within a Cengage Unlimited subscription.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

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?).

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The company behind the ACT on Wednesday announced plans for a Center for Equity in Learning, which will focus on helping underserved students succeed in college and the work force.” ” “ Northwest Evaluation Association To Enter State Assessment Market,” says Education Week. ” Via Edsurge : “ Adam Bellow Becomes CEO of Breakout EDU to Spread Gamified Learning.” More, via Inside Higher Ed , on various colleges’ OER initiatives.

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Hack Education

” DeVos visited my hometown of Casper, Wyoming to give this speech where she spoke at the Woods Learning Center. in August has released an assessment on the university’s response and what it could have done better. 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.” Carnegie Learning has acquired Globaloria.

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” From the press release : “ Learning Machine and MIT Media Lab Release Blockchain Technology for Educational Credentials.” ” “ Lifeliqe debuts VR -enabled educational content to keep kids interested in learning,” says Techcrunch. The video learning company has previously raised $1.57 PowerSchool has acquired the LMS Haiku Learning for an undisclosed sum. Education Politics. “ Spending Bill Could Revive Year-Round Pell Grants.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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The NAACP endorses OER. The “nation’s report card” is the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP. 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.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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In 2012, Pearson, Cengage Learning, and Macmillan Higher Education sued Boundless Learning, claiming that the open education textbook startup had “stolen the creative expression of their authors and editors, violating their intellectual-property rights.”