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.

Help Deliver Better Learning From Textbooks with the OpenStax College “Concept Coach”

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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.

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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.

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

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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. The Chromebook App Hub is designed to help teachers find the best resources, tools, and apps, sort of a one-stop-shop idea. They are just about the tool.

With Adaptive Tech, Students Are Saving Money and Learning More

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One new category of tool schools are experimenting with is. 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. Tell me how the tool works.

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

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

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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.

Pearson, an Investor in Knewton, Is ‘Phasing Out’ Partnership on Adaptive Products

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Throughout the past decade, Knewton ’s adaptive learning technology has been backed by some of the biggest names in the both the publishing and venture capital community. Pearson will no longer use Knewton’s adaptive learning engine for some of its digital offerings. These innovations have allowed us to in-source our adaptive learning capability, and thus we are phasing out our agreement with Knewton for select areas of our global product portfolio.”

Digital Leadership is Not Optional

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There are many changes I intend to make, but the most significant will be creating a book that is more “evergreen,” a book with less focus on tools and more on the dispositions of digital leaders. Personalized and blended learning pathways were proclaimed to be the future of education. More and more schools have gone 1:1 thanks to the cost-effectiveness of the Chromebook and cloud-based tools. How are we adapting and evolving?

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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.

Innovations for Educators: IBM’s Teacher Advisor

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It houses a library of K-5 math open education resources (OERs)—including activities, lesson plans, and supporting materials—from organizations such as EngageNY , the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education , CPALMS , and UnboundEd. And according to IBM, since Teacher Advisor uses AI, it will continue to learn and improve with use from teachers and other education experts. Arguably co-designing the tool with teachers will be a crucial next step.

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

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A bundle that includes access to its other online tools, including MyLab and Mastering, costs about $79. 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.” Today, companies like Pearson and Cengage bundle digital content with other online tools that some students are required to use.

Michelson Runway Announces 5 Higher-Ed Startups in Inaugural Cohort

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Each of the five startups focuses on technology innovation in higher education, with products that range from student coaching tools to a talent recruiting platform. 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.” Five higher-ed technology startups are soaring this week.

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

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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.”. The weight of the activity will be in blended learning, and how you combine the benefits of face-to-face with purely online approaches.”.

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. More often than not, these platforms also come with a series of tools that enable their users to build their own products, services, and marketplaces. ” (Amazon Inspire is the company’s OER platform.)

Hack Education Weekly News

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Via KNN : “‘ aisectmoocs.com ’ launched as India ’s largest free online open learning platform.” ” “Starting this month, the wealthiest athletic departments have a new tool to help them attract and retain the best athletes – the ability to cover the full cost of summer school for students who are on any form of athletic aid,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. Education Politics. “ U.S.

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” Via The Washington Post : “ Education Department relaxes financial aid process in the absence of IRS tool.” 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.” ” “How Can VR be Used for Learning?”

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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. Adeptemy , an adaptive learning company, has raised $3.48

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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Affluent students get to digital tools for creative exploration; poor students get to use theirs for test prep. 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.