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


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. As part of the deal, most of its staff will join Pearson. Pearson officials did not respond in time for the story.

Pearson To Scale Back Partnership With Adaptive Learning Provider Knewton

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With Eyes on Asia, Kidaptive Raises $19.1M to Grow Its ‘Invisible’ Adaptive Learning Platform


Once known for a learning game, the Redwood City, Calif.-based based company now touts itself as a provider of adaptive-learning technologies for educational content providers. Kidaptive first entered the edtech market in 2012 with Leo’s Pad, a game-based learning app that offered mini-games and puzzles to assess cognitive skills in young children. The company has refocused its business and research around what it calls its “Adaptive Learning Platform.”

K-12 Dealmaking: Age of Learning Partners With HMH, Pearson Lands Egyptian Testing Contract; ETS and Khan Academy Partner on Teacher Prep

Marketplace K-12

Age of Learning is partnering with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for well-known book titles, while Pearson begins a national testing contract with Egypt. The post K-12 Dealmaking: Age of Learning Partners With HMH, Pearson Lands Egyptian Testing Contract; ETS and Khan Academy Partner on Teacher Prep appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Assessments / Testing Business Strategy English / Language Arts Personalized / Adaptive Learning Teacher Preparation

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


Today, Pearson announced it will adopt a “digital first” approach to updating its higher ed course materials, meaning that any revisions or changes to textbook content will happen first in the digital version. This new development process goes into effect next year, when “we will have a substantial number of titles that we will apply this new model to,” says Pearson CEO John Fallon. He did not rule out the possibility that Pearson may still issue new print editions. “If

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

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Few corporate brand names in education are as recognizable, and as polarizing, as Pearson, the giant education provider whose reach extends to virtual schools, testing, language training and an array of other areas. Many educators these days see Pearson as the embodiment of commercial businesses’ continued push to turn profits from public schools. Pearson officials have been talking about shifting away from being identified as simply a publishing company for years now.

Amid Struggles, Knewton Names Former Pearson Exec as New CEO


Knewton pioneered adaptive-learning technology and amassed more than $157 million in venture capital, but lately the company has weathered through the loss of publishing partners and the departure of its outspoken founder. Kibby has spent much of his career working for major textbook publishers—having served as president of McGraw-Hill’s Higher Education Group and a senior vice president at Pearson Education before that.

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


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. Now one of its most high-profile content partners and investors, Pearson , is pulling back. Pearson will no longer use Knewton’s adaptive learning engine for some of its digital offerings. Cost and commitment was one likely reason, says Ferreira, that led Pearson to pull back.

Education Behemoth Pearson to Cut 4,000 Employees, 10 Percent of Workforce

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Pearson today announced that it is responding to rocky conditions and poor performance in international markets by laying off 4,000 workers and putting a greater focus on adaptive courseware and classroom products, as well as blended and online learning. A Pearson official told EdWeek Market Brief that that company is not yet revealing how many layoffs will be in the United States, or other Pearson markets. Court Hands Major Victory to PARCC, Pearson.

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


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


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?

Data Driven Instruction: How Student Data Guides Formative Assessments

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As personalized learning becomes a more mainstream pedagogy in K–12 classrooms, teachers have started to adapt assessment processes to get a deeper look at student growth. . Unlike summative assessments, which provide an overall view of a student’s growth from the beginning to the end of a class, formative assessments allow teachers to assess students as they learn and adjust the curriculum to focus on areas where students may need more help. “A

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A Major Textbook Publisher Has Gone Private. What Does That Mean For Its Transition To Digital?

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The publisher has been middle of the pack in recent years, with stronger performance than McGraw Hill but not as good as companies like Pearson, says James Wiley, principal analyst at the research and advisory firm Eduventures.

Knewton Was Acquired For Less Than $17M, and Former CEO Brian Kibby Has Left


For most of its years as a startup, Knewton focused on building adaptive learning technologies that it would license to publishers, before pivoting to sell its own courseware in late 2017. Kibby was previously an executive at McGraw-Hill Education and Pearson. The publishing and professional learning business dipped by 7 percent, “mainly due to declines in the books businesses and test prep,” according to the company.

ASU Agrees to Independent Investigation of Its Online Textbook Practices


And he said he and other professors were told to fail at least 30 percent of students, a move that would set a baseline against which to measure a separate adaptive-learning experiment championed by the provost, Mark Searle. Student government leaders then obtained a contract between ASU and Cengage detailing how the two would share revenue for a jointly developed adaptive learning tool for introductory economics.

Jose Ferreira Steps Down as Knewton CEO, Eyes Next Education Startup


Few technologists have championed the role of big data, personalized learning and many other education buzzwords as vociferously and for as long as Jose Ferreira. Ferreira’s decision marks the end of a nearly nine-year run at Knewton, where he strived to build technology to pinpoint what students know, don’t know and should learn next. He claims to be among the first to coin this approach as “adaptive learning.” What’s all the buzz about adaptive learning really about?

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


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.

Cengage, McGraw-Hill Agree to Merge to Become 2nd Biggest US Textbook Publisher


Pearson, with a market cap of $8.5 Its acquisitions include Redbird Advanced Learning (a K-12 math, reading and writing curriculum provider) Area9 (an adaptive learning technology) and ALEKS (an online adaptive math program). Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education plan to join forces in an all-stock merger. The news, first reported by The Wall Street Journal , would create the second-biggest U.S.

Deals and More Deals: The Top Edtech Business Stories of 2019


The gaming giant worked with the Institute of Play to create STEM-focused, hands-on learning experiences that promote collaboration, creativity and problem solving. Billion Valuation by Tony Wan Learning a new tongue has helped Duolingo grow a horn.

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


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.

State-of-the-art education software often doesn’t help students learn more, study finds

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But they often highlight the promise of so-called “adaptive learning” software, in which complex algorithms react to how a student answers questions, and tailor instruction to each student. It’s probably the largest and most rigorous study of adaptive learning to date. In most cases, students didn’t get higher grades from using adaptive-learning software, nor were they more likely to pass a course than in a traditional face-to-face class.

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


Knewton drew heaps of hype and investment by promising to provide artificial-intelligence technology to major textbook companies to make their content more adaptive. Earlier this year Ferreira stepped aside as CEO, replaced by Brian Kibby , a veteran of major textbook companies including Pearson and McGraw-Hill. And even before the management change, the company had quietly started building a huge library of courses bolted to its adaptive engine.

From Mexico to China: Why the World is Interested in the United States Edtech Market


The United States is expected to lead the charge, followed by countries in Asia and Europe, so it may come as no surprise that people interested in edtech are traveling from all over the world to learn from, sell to and acquire U.S. We are using iPads for our fourth to ninth grade students, and we are looking for apps and websites for our students to learn [on the devices with],” says Najera.

Digital Learning’s Pioneers Are Cautiously Optimistic


It represents a category of edtech, called “digital courseware” by foundations and industry analysts, that’s changing the way online students learn and faculty teach. Small companies like Acrobatiq, OpenStax and Smart Sparrow—the platform behind HabWorlds—and edtech veterans including Pearson and McGraw-Hill are racing to to develop complete courses that faculty can implement immediately. And like any algorithm, those in adaptive software come with biases.

Why the World’s Youngest Continent Got an Edtech Accelerator


Pearson, through its Affordable Learning Fund , has also invested in several Africa-based education companies. Humanity’s future may well be in Africa, where 60 percent of the population are under the age of 25. Yet their prospects are perilous. In 2012, 30 million primary-age children (or 1 out of 5) in sub-Saharan Africa did not attend any school. Secondary schools can only take in 36 percent of students who finish primary school.

Paying to Turn in Homework? ASU Prof's Viral Email Raises Questions About Online Textbook Model


Textbook companies defend their new model, arguing that digital titles help students learn better than past methods and are sold for far less than traditional textbooks. Goegan also argued that he was forced to fail 30 percent of his students, which he said university officials wanted so that an adaptive-learning project being developed for other sections of the economics course would be made to look good by comparison. The faculty is using it to help the student learn.”

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?). Pearson is Not a Platform.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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John Warner made the connection between Theranos and ed-tech in an op-ed published on Inside Higher Ed, noting the parallels between the claims about companies poised to revolutionize education, often made by those without much experience or expertise in teaching and learning and the claims that Holmes and her company made – claims that those with experience and expertise (biologists and chemists and medical engineers, for example) knew simply weren’t true.

Your Syllabus to SXSW EDU 2019 (and Where to Find Us!)


But it’s become increasingly unclear if online learning is living up to its promise for students, as concerns persist over quality, inequitable disparities in digital-learning participants and outcomes. Translating Research Into Practice When it comes to the constantly-evolving science of how we learn, what’s fact—or fiction? Hear what led Hampshire College to ban standardized test results as an admissions requirement, and what the school has learned since.

SimCityEDU sets middle school students to work on a “Pollution Challenge”

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SimCityEDU , an Educator Innovator partner, is proudly releasing its first game-based learning and assessment product built on the popular SimCity video game platform. is intended to act as a powerful teaching tool for educators, integrating learning and assessment aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards in the same experience. SimCityEDU is a first product out of GlassLab (or Games Learning and Assessment).

Rethink Education Re-Ups Commitment to Edtech With $107.5 Million Fund


But as some disappointed investors have learned last year, the actual market value and performance behind “unicorns” may be as illusory as their nickname. Since launching in 2012, Rethink has invested in 27 companies that serve a broad spectrum of learners and needs, ranging from elementary-grade grammar ( NoRedInk ) to college student success platforms ( Civitas Learning ) and career training for professionals ( General Assembly ). Venture capital for U.S.

Not Sure What Courseware to Try? This Tool Wants to Make Your Decision Easier


But without proof, Monroe, vice president of academic innovation and support at Ivy Tech Community College, and her colleagues are searching in the dark to find the right tools that faculty can use to improve learning outcomes for the more than 200,000 students in the Indiana community college system. There’s huge amount of money coming into the edtech market for adaptive learning, personalized learning, competency-based materials, open materials.



Software & Online ACCELERATE LEARNING STEMSCOPES SCIENCE ( ) Accelerate Learning announced a new platform using the best of CNN’s digital content to create a new science education product. It includes a variety of assessments, multiple-choice and claim-evidence-reasoning assessments, along with extensive support for teachers such as embedded professional development and instructional resources to support a differentiated learning experience for each student.

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Games-Based Learning Not Only Helps Students, but Teachers Too

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Game designers are incorporating assessment tools into new learning games in ways that are useful for instructional decision-making, without overpowering teachers with irrelevant data. . Last fall, at Robinswood Middle School in Orlando, Florida, 65 students were learning about air pollution. They weren’t learning by textbook or even a video. an adaptation of the popular commercial game SimCity from nonprofit game collaborative GlassLab.

Ed Tech News, a New Podcast, and the Hack Education Roundup!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We''ll be talking about Mozilla''s Open Badges project , the issues around recognizing skills and achievements that happen outside of traditional learning institutions, and the HASTAC Badges Competition: Badges For Lifelong Learning. The Rise of the Low-Cost Tablet & the Promise It May Hold for Learning BYOD: Does It Solve or Does It Worsen K-12 Tech Woes? That class is produced by language learning software maker Rosetta Stone.

Can US Higher Education Publishers Leverage a Subscription Model

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Develop Adaptive Learning Platforms. The learning platform must be responsive and intuitive. Over the last few years, each publisher has built as well as acquired personalization and adaptive learning platforms and products such as McGraw-Hill’s LearnSmart and ALEKS, Cengage’s MindTap, and Pearson’s REVEL. Providing tailored content will enhance the learning experience, leading students back to your service for more content subscription.

Education Technology and the Ideology of Personalization

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Facebook worked with the Summit Public Schools charter chain in order to develop this “personalized learning platform,” which it released last year and now licenses to other schools under the product name “Basecamp.” Basecamp is essentially a learning management system (with the adjective “personalized” appended to it). “Can Venture Capital Put Personalized Learning Within Reach of All Students?” It partnered with Pearson.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” – “This includes how long-distance learning programs are defined.” Via The Washington Post : “ A South Carolina school district just abolished snow days – and will make students learn online.” Via Edsurge : “ Pearson ’s Former Product Chief Reflects on the 4 Megatrends Shaping Global Education.” DreamBox Learning has raised $130 million from The Rise Fund. The adaptive learning company has raised $175.6

Hack Education Weekly News

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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.” billion it agreed to pay Apple/Pearson for iPads, but what do I know). ” Via Edsurge : “ Adam Bellow Becomes CEO of Breakout EDU to Spread Gamified Learning.” ” Grit ™ – a blog post about a trademarked grit product by Pearson , of course.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Testing, Testing… Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “British Officials, Pearson Probe Effort to Leak Test Content.” The learn-to-code company Treehouse has launched “Techdegrees,” “a guided-learning experience designed to prepare students for entry-level developer jobs at companies across the country.” Via Techcrunch : “ Lilwil ’s personalized learning engine teaches teachers how to teach.” Education Politics.