A Shakeout Coming for Online Program Management Companies

Wisewire

With so many online program management companies offering similar services, many market observers agree: something’s got to give. Ten years ago, just three or four companies existed to help universities start online programs. The latter has spawned even more competition, from a new set of companies charging fees for specific services, rather than the bundles that the OPMs have historically used. Some companies have already found a niche and are doing well, said Kim.

How Tech Companies Are Selling Colleges on Mass Data Collection

Edsurge

CHICAGO—Big Data will save you. Versions of that sales pitch echoed through the cavernous exhibit hall this week at one of the largest trade shows for tech companies selling to colleges. Bold, half-foot tall letters on one company’s display claimed its software had helped a college bring in more than $1 million in new student revenue and led another to a 53 percent increase in new students. The company is moving “aggressively,” he said, to expand to more campuses next year.

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Guest Post: The Missing Piece: What Most Edtech Companies Need & Only a Few Have

Digital Promise

This common experience illuminates how challenging it can be for educational technology (edtech) companies to communicate what they do and why it is important. This challenge is even harder for edtech companies innovating on the cutting edge.

4 examples of engaging vision-impaired students in STEM

eSchool News

So much of science is based on sight and observations, and when students who have vision challenges are forced to stand off to the side and listen to classmates’ observations about experiments or data, they lose some of the excitement that goes along with scientific discovery.

Data is a poor judge of opportunity

The Christensen Institute

In 2018 Apple became the world’s first trillion-dollar company. In fact, history is full of examples of companies that overlooked or even rejected what turned out to be lucrative business ventures. You win some and you lose some,” HP cofounder Bill Hewlett later remarked about the company’s missed opportunity with the personal computer. Data myopia. HP’s executives had a kind of data myopia. Looking beyond the data.

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Ed tech companies promise results, but their claims are often based on shoddy research

The Hechinger Report

Examples from The Hechinger Report’s collection of misleading research claims touted by ed tech companies. All three of these companies try to hook prospective users with claims on their websites about their products’ effectiveness. A Hechinger Report review found dozens of companies promoting their products’ effectiveness on their websites, in email pitches and in vendor brochures with little or shoddy evidence to support their claims.

How Edtech Companies Blur the Lines Between Commercial and Research Data

Edsurge

Edward Snowden’s revelation about the National Security Agency’s information-gathering practices alerted the public to the nefarious uses of data collection. Stories pointing to secretive consumer tracking policies and privacy violations from companies like Facebook and Google have stirred further outcries, and education companies are not immune to criticisms either. In academic research, the data collection has to be done for a project approved by university board members.

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Data Driven Instruction: How Student Data Guides Formative Assessments

EdTech Magazine

Data Driven Instruction: How Student Data Guides Formative Assessments. When it comes to assessing student knowledge levels, data has empowered more schools to choose formative assessments versus summative assessments. .

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Digital security and safeguarding student and staff data

Neo LMS

A version of this post was originally published on April 9th, 2019, in Education Technology , as the first part in a series regarding safeguarding data in educational institutions. We all know about the importance of data security. The thing is, educational institutions of all shapes and sizes have to manage a lot of sensitive data, be it related to their students or the faculty body and everyone who ever sets foot on the school’s premises.

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University Data Science Programs Turn to Ethics and the Humanities

Edsurge

Data scientist Mark Madsen has been programming and crunching data long before buzzwords like artificial intelligence and machine learning were common. began receiving requests from local colleges and universities asking for tips about crafting their data-science curriculum. Madsen, who advises software companies these days, is still concerned by that attitude, and about how he sees it impacting industry practices—and society more broadly.

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This Company is Using AI to Change the World

EdNews Daily

Each company has incredible resources, and each is synonymous with technological innovation. But none will be the company that will change the world with AI. THIS IS THE COMPANY. The company that could change the world is a little-known technology company with a rather innocuous sounding name: Value Spring Technology. Ali can also perform complex highly manual data processing like data integration/fusion, but at computer speeds and capacities.”.

Using Data and Collaboration to Improve the Healthcare Workforce

Digital Promise

Despite a number of unique challenges faced by the healthcare industry as they develop talent pipelines, innovative Human Resources directors from hospitals around the country have started to focus on data and data sharing to overcome these barriers. This summer, Digital Promise interviewed 15 individuals representing employers and workforce development boards to learn about the challenges and benefits to using data to evaluate and inform workforce development programs.

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Indebted to your mentors? One company’s business model tests repaying connections that paid off

The Christensen Institute

The need for mentoring models that both afford scale and support mentor-mentee relationships is what piqued my interest in a new approach: a company called Pelion is trying to source reliable connections to virtual career mentors and tying the outcome of those connections, as measured by the career success of the mentee, to a financing model called income share agreements (ISAs).

The Tech Industry is Hijacking School Data. But Decentralized Systems Can Change That.

Edsurge

Since last fall they’ve already submitted digital data about their demographics, household income, ethnicity and legal status, food intolerances, medical profiles, grades and socio-emotional skills. Every activity on computers and the software applications they use in class further generates data about them everyday. That’s a huge and sensitive trove of data collected in just five months—data that has gone to parties unknown to me and out of my control.

Help Teachers Truly See Their Students Through Usable, Connected Data

Edsurge

His own school experiences have since fueled his drive to support data-driven personalized learning in an effort to make today’s schools engaging, fun and free of “the stress and angst” many students feel. Fundamental to realizing this vision is helping teachers truly “see” their students through usable, connected data—specifically by encouraging adoption of the Ed-Fi Data Standard. I want to make it easy for teachers to read student data and the Ed-Fi data model does that.

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Help Us Help You: How Schools Can Give Useful Feedback to Edtech Companies

Edsurge

Over the years, I have taken what teachers have requested and sent a ton of feedback to companies. But I was curious: What do the companies do with that feedback? All of the companies I spoke with noted that feedback from schools is extremely critical for the development and success of their tools. While nearly all education companies welcome feedback, there are ways in which educators can craft them to be helpful and actionable.

Which Edtech Companies Are Producing the Best Research-Based Products?

Edsurge

As Alpha Public Schools administrator Jin-Soo Huh told EdSurge this past summer , “Edtech companies have a responsibility when putting out studies to understand data clearly and present it accurately.” Nonprofit Digital Promise agrees, and on August 9, the nonprofit launched an effort to collection and evaluate quality examples of how companies conduct and research in designing and improving their products. Here are the top companies in each category.

Citywide data partnership offers new ways to serve students

The Hechinger Report

The school district has long shared some of its student data with trusted community partners, but now those data-sharing agreements are getting turbocharged, thanks to new software designed to create a holistic view of individual children by bringing together data and insights from all the organizations that serve them. Brent Schondelmeyer, deputy director of community engagement for LINC, said data sharing can be challenging because everyone stores their data differently.

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Another Giant Tech Company Pays Record Fines: What Does it All Mean?

EdNews Daily

But news of tech companies breaking laws and paying massive fines really have no meaning. 170 Million for stealing children’s data? There was a time when doing something wrong could wreck a company. People would stop using a company’s services and that company would take a loss, or even go out of business. But today’s biggest companies are so ingrained in our lives that we wouldn’t consider stopping patronage. By Charles Sosnik.

The Value of Usage Data as the First Step in Edtech Research

edWeb.net

Later, schools used spreadsheets and written reports to determine usage, and developers had to wait months, possibly years to get and analyze efficacy data. Now, when usage data is available on a daily basis, developers and educators have a shared interest in that information. During their edWebinar, “ Edtech Usage Data: Key to Planning Efficacy Research,” Dr. Denis Newman, Co-founder of Evidentally, Inc., edWeb Blog data data analysis data and schools edtech research

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The Next Edtech IPO Might Be This London-Based Language Learning Company

Edsurge

Niesner claims the company is on track to hit $40 million in revenue in 2020. The company is still shy of the $100 million revenue threshold commonly associated with IPO-ready companies. The company reached 25 million users by 2012 and 55 million users three years later.

Education and the Big Data Revolution

Omega Notes

As development of comprehensive data analytics, machine learning, and AI continues to move forward, people’s standards of life improve as it allows us to make better decisions by observing past results. Even though analytics systems may feel distant and confusing, the research shows that using big data to innovate education improves student outcomes. The post Education and the Big Data Revolution appeared first on Omega Notes.

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Why your student?s personal data could be freely bought and sold

The Hechinger Report

that can freely sell student data. However, even after years of research, the authors of the study found it almost impossible to find out where the student data on these lists came from. “It’s Related: How can schools protect student data without training teachers in privacy basics?

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As Instructure Changes Ownership, Academics Worry Whether Student Data Will Be Protected

Edsurge

The pending $2 billion sale of one of the largest learning management systems to a private equity firm has raised questions about what happens to the trove of student data held in the company’s courses. We do not—and we will not—share or sell student data.

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?Student Data and Privacy, From Inside Cambridge Public Schools

Edsurge

Most applications collect some form of data from users and when it comes to children, we must be cautious as to what happens with that information. As an instructional technology specialist for Cambridge Public Schools (CPSD), one of my many roles is to advise teachers on new technology tools and be a gatekeeper for student data. We aim to set the standard for student data and privacy at Cambridge, which serves 6,961 students. Student data privacy laws.

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Who else is collecting data about your children?

Securly

Websites must (1) provide notice of what type of information is being collected and what it is being used for (2) obtain verifiable parental consent for collection/use of said information and (3) establish procedures to ensure confidentiality of data collected. Regardless, 10 years later, data collection came to be mostly implicit. Although they claim it is not a breach of Privacy Policy, it exposes data that users may not know is defaulted “public”.

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How to Protect Education Data When No Systems Are Secure

Edsurge

Nothing is sacred—or secure—when it comes to data. As schools and districts increasingly rely on digital tools, what have companies and districts learned about safeguarding sensitive information? Survivors from high-profile breaches at two education technology companies—Edmodo and Schoolzilla—shared what they learned at the SF Edtech Meetup on Sept. The conversation focused on how companies and schools can create the protocols and culture to keep everyone smart and alert.

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Mindful Tracking Cookie Policies Improve K—12 Data Security

EdTech Magazine

Mindful Tracking Cookie Policies Improve K—12 Data Security. Current web browsing policies in K–12 schools may be allowing third parties to collect and sell student data , creating a need for schools to update and maintain safe internet use protocols.

Teacher Lesson Planner + Personal Organizer + Data and Assessment Binder = Teacher Anchor (All in One Awesomeness!)

Kleinspiration

When I knew she was coming out with her newest item, Teacher Anchor , I decided to hold off on purchasing my new planner from another company. A huge bonus the Teacher Anchor offers is the entire data piece. I selected to give this product a try because I was sold on the fact that it included an additional teaching tool: the data/assessment section. If you view the video above, you will see more examples showing off specific templates.

Our 4 Do’s and Don’ts for Companies Selling to Schools

Edsurge

Software, guest speakers, singing groups, hardware, professional development programs, online courses, observation tools, data solutions—we’ve received pitches aimed at solving almost every educational problem, real or perceived. They are essential to the survival of companies, and they are neither glamorous nor easy to execute. Company reps think they are providing a useful onramp. For example, some schools will be focused on rethinking assessment.

Data Analytics Can Drive Startups in the Right Direction

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

On an adjacent wall hangs a TV with a rotating screen of our company-wide performance metrics dashboards. Panorama Education works with 6,500 schools to collect and use data in areas that are traditionally hard to measure, like school climate, family engagement, and social-emotional learning. As an organization, one of the central premises of our work is that data can help people improve processes and structures and can spur professional growth for individuals and teams.

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How This Teacher Brings Census Data to Life in the Classroom

Edsurge

For example, the data determines how much funding Title I students receive for hot lunch programs, how much their families must pay in registration fees and whether there will be resources for after-school activities.

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Combat Teacher Turnover with Data and Interventions

edWeb.net

In “ Using Data to Combat Attrition and Keep Good Teachers ,” Henry Wellington, CEO and founder of Upbeat, discussed issues that cause teacher turnover and how schools and districts can intervene. Although 30% of teachers leave for reasons outside of schools’ control, the other 70% are leaving due to issues that occur within the school environment, and lack of data makes it difficult to find out why. Last, teacher survey data can often be unreliable if it is not anonymous.

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MobyMax Wins 2018 Tech Edvocate Award for Best Global EdTech Company

techlearning

was awarded the 2018 Tech Edvocate Award for Best Global EdTech Company. was awarded the 2018 Tech Edvocate Award for Best Global EdTech Company. This complete edtech platform is also a unified data platform. MobyMax, the most widely adopted edtech platform in the U.S.,

Blackboard Co-Founder Urges ‘Disarmament’ Between Edtech Companies and Academics

Edsurge

Matthew Pittinsky wants the equivalent of disarmament talks between edtech companies and colleges. They’re specific to a particular pedagogical approach—if you’re using your portfolios in creative arts, versus whatever the examples may be, simulation-based learning. You recently offered some advice for entrepreneurs starting an edtech company in today’s landscape. You mentioned Parchment, your new company.