Leveraging big data with connected content for stronger academic outcomes


In other words, the metric that matters the most is student academic outcomes. While these are critical measures in the educational context, they do not directly correlate to better student outcomes.

General Assembly’s Jake Schwartz on transparency, outcomes, and measuring what matters

The Christensen Institute

Last month, General Assembly released a groundbreaking report, “ Measuring What Matters ,” that reports on the student outcomes in its full-time programs. One to help us create the framework we would use to track and report these outcomes going forward, and eventually, another independent firm to actually conduct the review. And why these outcomes, in particular? The same is true for scaling our data and reporting on our students’ outcomes.

Youth will determine the outcome of the 2018 midterms

The Hechinger Report

The participation of younger voters will determine the outcomes of the upcoming elections. The post Youth will determine the outcome of the 2018 midterms appeared first on The Hechinger Report.

How Ed-Tech Companies Use Research to Make Better Products

Digital Promise

While there is widespread support for ed-tech companies to use research when designing their products, there is still little information available about how companies actually do (or should do) this work. As a result, pioneering companies have had to adapt these methods as they strive to make products that are truly “research-based.”. In this report, we answer questions such as: How do companies find and apply published research to guide product design?

Building a Learning Company: Three Entrepreneurs Dish Out Advice


So, it’s perhaps not surprising that there are game-based edtech companies hoping to leave a mark in classrooms. Finding a (Sustainable) Business Model Grant Hosford, the co-founder and CEO of codeSpark, an app that teaches kids, ages 5- to 10- years old how to code, advised the audience that you can make some choices for your company that appear good at first and even midway through. It does make it kind of challenging on the structure of the company,” Krajewski said. “If

As Tech Companies Hire More Liberal Arts Majors, More Students Are Choosing STEM Degrees


Companies specializing in this area focus on connecting talent to opportunity, and startup accelerator LearnLaunch estimates more than 240 such companies have already been funded. But those fragmented solutions and companies haven’t yet solved the challenges they think exist. The report reads that “policymakers have been particularly down on the outcomes of liberal arts, questioning the value of these majors as relevant to the challenges ahead.”

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


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.

Does Your Company Really Need AI? Stanford Executive Course Aims to Demystify the Hype


Artificial intelligence has become a ubiquitous buzzword for tech companies these days, but even though all kinds of founders and CEOs say their product is infused with AI, the meaning of the term varies from advanced machine learning to a smart spreadsheet.

What Is ‘Quality’? Task Force Seeks Comment on Higher-Ed Outcomes Reporting Standards


Corinthian Colleges show, there can be a wide disconnect between marketing language and actual outcomes, making it hard for students to do apples-to-apples comparison between different options. In an effort to close the gap between claims and facts, Entangled Solutions has issued a near-final draft of a new set of “quality assurance” standards for how programs report and communicate student outcomes. There’s been too much pressure on the job placement as the only outcome.

This Company Wants to Gather Student Brainwave Data to Measure ‘Engagement’


The company says it has a working prototype and is in conversations with a Long Island school to pilot the headset. The company’s CEO has said that BrainCo aims to develop a tool that can translate thoughts directly into text, or “brain typing.” To support that work, the company plans to use data collected from students using its headsets to compile “the world’s largest brainwave database.” But the company has also faced less enthusiastic reviews.

Johns Hopkins' Education School Reviews Educational Products for Companies

Marketplace K-12

Companies can have their products evaluated for educational outcomes by Johns Hopkins' school of education, in a collaboration between the institution and an industry association.

As US Tech Companies Look to Mexico, Coding Bootcamps Follow


companies to plant roots in Mexico, where lower wages and loose regulations have allured manufacturers for years. the Washington Post reported on the tech boom south of the border, with major global companies like IBM, Oracle and Intel setting up shop in Guadalajara, also known as country’s “Digital Creative City.”. 95 course providers —was largely driven to fill openings at tech companies. company that provides skills-based training programs has followed path.

How Boundaries Between Colleges and Companies Will Continue to Blur


EdSurge sat down with Gallagher during the ASU+GSV Summit in May to learn about why he predicts that when it comes to education, the line between colleges and companies will continue to blur. And I think it will be 5, 10 or 15 years until aspects of this ecosystem are sorted out, but it makes for a really exciting time now to get the IBMs and healthcare companies and hotels and others at the table with college and university leaders, technology leaders, and so on.

Companies Are Bought, Not Sold: M&A Advice From 3 Edtech CEOs Who Survived the Process


The industry has since consolidated, due in part to an uptick in mergers and acquisitions by education companies and private equity firms. So what is it like—and what does it take—to sell a company? She started Ranku, which helped colleges and universities market their online programs, in 2013 and sold the company to academic publisher, Wiley in 2016. She and her fellow panelists all also agreed on another thing: Companies are bought, not sold.

Fixing School & The Role Companies Play - #IamME Podcast on @EpiphanyLearn

The Innovative Educator

How companies can partner with schools to develop relationships that grow educator expertise and support student learning. The one strategy teachers could implement to result in powerful outcomes for their students and themselves.

Research Finds Poor Outcomes For Students Who Retake Courses Online

NPR Learning and Tech

But in the AIR study, because the teachers who supervised students were paid at their regular rate, whether they taught or not, offering the software-based courses actually cost schools more than teaching them face-to-face, with no better outcomes to show for it. High schools around the country are increasingly turning to external, for-profit providers for "online credit recovery."

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


Matthew Pittinsky wants the equivalent of disarmament talks between edtech companies and colleges. You recently offered some advice for entrepreneurs starting an edtech company in today’s landscape. The closer you get to being the actual platform for that degree of instruction, you often will tend to communicate that you can drive way better outcomes. At the first ASU+GSV Summit, though, coincidentally, I came across a company that eventually became the basis of Parchment.

Company and District Partnership: The Secret Sauce to a Successful Edtech Implementation


Districts should seek out edtech companies that provide partnership-focused support which is oriented toward long-term success from day one – not just when you buy a whole-district contract. So how do districts find technology companies that are most likely to help them succeed?

5 keys to making the best staff selection


The staff selection process is fundamental for a company to function properly, since hiring the appropriate personnel for each position is crucial for a cordial and productive office environment. Education GoConqr Blog Posts companies company employees resources smart links staff selection

What I Learned On My ‘Secret Sabbatical’ As a Scholar-in-Residence at a Private Company


The secret sabbatical (so-called because I didn’t really disclose it to Steelcase, also because I want it to sound cooler than it really is) was about using my position as an embedded academic in a corporation to gather all the intel that I can about how private companies work and to see if there’s anything that’s particularly good that could be adapted and brought back into higher education, to make higher education better. The best companies seem to be defined by their agility.

Blackboard Co-Founder: ‘4 Secrets to Building a Tech Company for Higher Ed’


To mark the 20th anniversary of Blackboard, one of the first LMSes, the company’s co-founder, Matthew Pittinsky, wrote an epic blog post about the company’s history, which includes his advice for today’s edtech leaders. As origin stories go, the founding of Blackboard twenty years ago lacked that single light bulb moment that tech companies like to tell. The winner of the LMS market would be the company with the most widely adopted platform.

What life before edtech can teach us about personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

Before building, trying, or buying new technology tools, we should start by asking, “In an analog world, how would we personalize learning to drive student outcomes?”. In many circles, edtech and the future of learning have become synonymous.

Grill That Edtech Company With These 6 Questions Before Buying Anything


Companies should be able to demonstrate that the product team effectively integrated real-world experiences into developing systems that match with users' needs and capabilities. In many cases, a variety of study designs is most helpful in understanding both the effects of the tool on outcomes like student learning as well as the extent to which users enjoy and effectively engage with the tool.

Rethinking Teaching with Available Canvas Tools

Tech Helpful

I heard a leading CEO for a media company say "our industry has to stop trying to force what we do into these new platforms. Outcomes. What are Outcomes ? Outcomes allow the administration and faculty to track mastery in a course.

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Yes There’s ‘Disruption’ in College Market, But the Bigger Trend Is Growth of ‘Enabler’ Companies


Beyond online education, the enablement ethos has already extended into many other domains where for-profit companies are signing high profile, financially significant long-term partnerships with colleges and universities. The rallying cry among many higher-education startups is “disrupting” college as we know it.

Educating in the Moment of Urgency

Tech Helpful

Weigh the outcomes. When I was growing up, my mother had these decorative brass scales that sat in our living room (the room for company) and no one was allowed to touch them. education failure growth hero outcomes procrastination quick response urgency

2016 Awards and Accolades for Double-Digit Growth and Company Culture

Think Through Math

and one of Pittsburgh’s fastest growing companies. companies for the third consecutive year. Think Through Learning has also been recognized as the #13 fastest growing technology company by the Pittsburgh Business Times. In addition to receiving accolades for growth, Think Through Learning earned its place among Pittsburgh’s “Top Workplaces” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette — a designation determined solely by employee surveys regarding company culture.

ISTE 2017 Preview: What to Expect from This Year’s Conference


Her keynote address is sure to get ISTE attendees thinking outside the box as they work to provide better outcomes and opportunities for students nationwide. Company Announcements EdTech NewsISTE is just a few days away, and the team at eSpark Learning is about to head to San Antonio to learn from the nation’s most innovative and dedicated educators. As we countdown to ISTE 2017 , here’s a few things we’re excited to see, do, and learn about during the conference.

Research Finds Online Service Providers Boost Program Enrollment


Universities that contract with an online program management company tend to outperform those that go it on their own. Traditionally, the report noted, OPM companies have signed long-term contracts with schools, incorporating investments in new online programs.

How edtech supports the success of the Nordic Education


Using research and inputs from the latest advances in the gaming industry, EDUdigi co-opts teachers and developers to better understand how and if digital games can be used, with one of the outcomes being a knowledge and business accelerator for startups that make learning games.

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The push for “free” universal education in Africa often falls short—here’s a better way

The Christensen Institute

But unfortunately many schools are falling short—and in some cases failing all together—when it comes to unlocking the potential academic and economic benefits of school, and even in some of the most developed countries, career outcomes falter. Learning outcomes leave much to be desired.

An investor’s take: seeing the patterns of potential in bootcamps

The Christensen Institute

Rich Flynn: The noteworthy closures in 2017 (DevBootcamp/Kaplan and Iron Yard/Apollo) were very parent company-specific in nature and revolved around strategy, execution, and focus challenges—they were not a reflection on the bootcamp model’s significant potential.

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Innovation is More Than an Idea or Tool

A Principal's Reflections

One can look at numerous companies and develop his or her conclusions. Not only did both of these companies disrupt their respective industries, but both have evidence in the form of users and revenue to validate that their solutions were genuinely innovative.

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The Relationship Between Failure and Success

A Principal's Reflections

The most progressive companies deliberately seek employees with track records reflecting both failure and success. Ignoring or shying away will always result in outcomes that are not favorable or acceptable in the long term. In life, there are certain truths.

The race is on for the AI-powered classroom


Software today leverages deep learning to assemble custom textbooks, that adapt to teaching methods, class-types and learning outcomes. AI is changing how some edtech companies are approaching the goal of creating intuitive, intelligent teaching bots.

Who Should Facilitate Professional Learning?

A Principal's Reflections

In a perfect world this would be great as well as ideal, but just like it is unrealistic for current players to coach, the same can be said for practicing educators, especially when the research has shown that on-going, job-embedded professional learning is what leads to improved learning outcomes.

The Path to Efficacy

A Principal's Reflections

The same can be said for teachers and administrators who can effectively implement ideas and strategies in ways that result in improved learner outcomes. It is then essential to determine specific outcomes, strategies, and measures & targets. Freeman and Company.

Debunking the ‘Gold Standard’ Myths in Edtech Efficacy


But when it comes to demonstrating that products “work,” too many companies fall back on testimonials. In fact, we’d argue that the best way to ramp and grow a company is to create a compelling portfolio of efficacy. Researchers then study the outcomes.

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Challenges Facing Edtech Procurement and Possible Solutions: Part 2

Digital Promise

For example, the Digital Promise Edtech Pilot Framework provides a resource bank of digital resources to help educators navigate through the multitude of companies within the edtech market. Note: you can find and read Part 1 of this blog post series here.

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Why Mega Universities Should Lead the Way on Quality Assurance


Widespread reports of poor student outcomes and stories of misleading students into enrolling shredded not just the predatory actors, but the national for-profit sector as a whole. Mega-universities are on the rise.