University Rankings: A Student Perspective and Experience

November 4, 2017 | 548 views

One of the first things that comes to everyone’s mind while choosing U.S. universities is “Ranking.” Rankings can give you a basic idea about universities, but are these rankings really the main thing to keep in mind while choosing universities? The answer is no. The ranking of a school is not the only thing that describes the value of a university.

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3 Ways to Monitor Student Progress in Class with Classroom Management

Article | October 7, 2022

Virtual learning is a great way to ensure accessibility and continuity of education. With schools and higher education enthusiastically adopting hybrid forms of online and classroom learning, measuring the outcomes has become crucial. Monitoring facilitates the ability to gain insight into the effectiveness of learning programs. It provides educators the insight and feedback they need to design better educational programs, engage students on a deeper level, build a collaborative classroom, and boost smart classroom management. This is especially essential when a virtual learning component is involved. With learners scattered geographically, the importance of monitoring students becomes a pressing challenge. While it has been traditionally done through a variety of approaches like assignments, quizzes, practical exams, and so on, with digitalization in classrooms, educators must now incorporate new monitoring techniques and assessment protocols to ensure they have a solid insight into overall student progress. Here are ways to monitor students with classroom management. Interactivity in the Classroom Interactive lessons are one of the best teaching devices. Not only do they engage learners, but they also ensure longer retention of information. In addition, they enable teachers to monitor the benefit of classroom management software. Many classroom management software solutions offer the ability to integrate interactivity within remote learning classes. Some of these include: Chat boxes that let teachers and students interact with each other. Some tools offer the virtual equivalent of raising a hand in class, allowing students to take part in conversations just like in a physical classroom. Polls that allow teachers and professors to maintain the attention of the whole class by encouraging them to answer questions, provide feedback, or responses to enrich classroom conversations. Whiteboard tools give learners and educators the ability to draw, write, or point to images so they can evoke interaction with the classroom while leading a discussion. Breakout rooms enable students to form smaller groups, which lets teachers assign group projects and activities in real-time. Seamless Collaboration Communication and collaboration are the bedrock of effective learning. In a virtual environment, both can take a hit. However, with the right approach and the tools to support it, it’s possible for educators to enhance classroom collaboration and monitor the learning progress of their students. Here are some tools that can help educators ensure collaboration in the classroom: Video discussion that enables teachers to create video rooms within the classroom to facilitate face-to-face discussion for different topics. Learners can choose to either record videos or communicate in real time. Portfolio creation tools that let students work on a project and use images, text, gifs, and videos to enrich discussions and improve collaboration among groups Gamification in online learning combines the best of entertainment and education. For trivia and quiz-based assessments, Peer-to-peer Feedback Peer-to-peer feedback in the classroom is often neglected, but it is an important form of collaborative learning. Additionally, it provides a great way to track progress, compare teacher feedback, and monitor collaboration. In higher education, this is an especially vital resource. A significant challenge that educators face in encouraging peer feedback is getting learners to be more specific. This can be achieved through A study by Springer revealed that students give better peer feedback when it is anonymous. It allows learners to provide more in-depth and specific input. With online tools, this is made easier and faster. With anonymous feedback, it is easy to get carried away. This is why some tools allow students to flag particular feedback for a teacher’s review as well as add their response, making the process truly democratic. Receiving feedback is an impactful way to learn, and by learning to give the right feedback, learners get to form a new perspective on a subject, ensuring smart classroom management. Final Thoughts Remote learning classroom management software has made it simpler to reach learners and create a thriving educational environment. However, remote learning poses challenges in monitoring student progress. And yet, with so many new tools and classroom management platforms, monitoring in education is easier than ever. Educators can monitor students with classroom management and contribute to building more efficient learning approaches. They can also keep a close eye on the progress of individual students and introduce new lesson plans and tasks based on the insights they receive

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How to use an LMS to simulate the publishing process with undergrads

Article | July 12, 2022

As a quick side note, the saying should be “publish in English or perish”, but we will tackle multilingualism in the academic world on a different occasion. While in some contexts the constant pressure to publish may have its disadvantages – the first that comes to mind being that it favors quantity over quality – it is not hard to understand why publishing is so important in the academic world. Publishing your results is essential for the advancement of science. As a researcher, you read what others have done in your field and then you try to identify how you might contribute with a novel approach, a clever solution, or a different idea.

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10 European EdTech startups changing the face of education in 2020

Article | July 20, 2022

Edtech has changed the face of learning and the whole concept what a school is. A decade ago, a university was an old building in the city where you went to get an education – nowadays there are MOOCs available online, with enrollment numbers skyrocketing. Coding used to be reserved for talented IT professionals – now kids learn to code before they even know the alphabet. Virtual reality was a Star Trek-like feature that we only saw in the movies – today it’s a highly efficient classroom tool.

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Is education the new currency?

Article | February 10, 2020

To prosper in an era of technological disruption we’re told we need to become lifelong learners, and to nurture skills like creativity, adaptability and emotional intelligence. But there’s often little guidance on how to do this; navigating the bewildering array of educational options at our fingertips can be a daunting task. What if there was a way to quantify the value of each university module, training course or career choice, and map how they would shape your skills and the opportunities available to you?

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Interplay Learning and Dominium Management Services Offer Skilled Trades Training

Interplay Learning | February 01, 2023

On January 31st, 2023, Interplay Learning partnered with Dominium Management Services to provide highly effective, engaging, and scalable training solutions. Interplay Learning is an effective and scalable training solution for engaging maintenance technicians. Dominium, an affordable housing developer, owner, and manager, offers Interplay's training solutions to its technicians of all levels of experience. With Interplay Learning's experiential, on-demand training courses and skills evaluations, Dominium provides maintenance associates with realistic 3D simulations and training content designed to develop their internal technical skills. In addition, the company offers a robust, just-in-time training curriculum to more than 350 employees across 230 communities, with a diverse catalog of technical courses and custom learning paths tailored to each employee's skill level and property needs. After using Interplay, Dominium has seen a decrease in ramp times, an increase in internal promotions, and a rise in technician confidence. In addition, cutting-edge training contributes to Dominium's ability to establish a competitive advantage. By creating and managing high-quality, reliable, affordable homes that lay the groundwork for more vibrant neighborhoods, Dominium contributes to the solution of the affordable housing crisis. The availability of inexpensive housing in their area is a problem, according to almost 90% of American adults. A recent survey also reveals 6.8 million fewer affordable rental housing units than needed in the nation. Interplay's customers can train and practice hands-on learning from a desktop, phone, tablet, or in virtual reality by utilizing immersive learning technology, resulting in a highly trained employee who is rapidly prepared for employment. About Interplay Learning Since 2016, Austin-based Interplay Learning has improved the training, careers, and lives of skilled workers. Its award-winning online and VR training for the essential skilled trades—HVAC, electrical, solar, plumbing, multi-family maintenance, and facilities maintenance—is scalable and more effective than traditional methods. The platform creates immersive VR scenarios for skilled trades workers to learn effectively, resulting in a confident, highly skilled workforce. Interplay Learning has earned Best Use of Virtual Reality for Enterprise Applications from AI Breakthrough Awards and the AHR Expo – Innovations Awards 2020.

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PowerSchool Updates Solutions to Personalize Learning and Boost Operations

PowerSchool | January 31, 2023

On January 30, 2023, PowerSchool, a provider of cloud-based software for K-12 education, released updates for its PowerSchool Unified InsightsTM and PowerSchool Unified Classroom® solutions. The updates include LearningNav and ContentNav, new data-driven personalized learning products, and a new resource library inside Unified Insights MTSS, providing educators with verified, research-backed tools and strategies. The company also announced time-saving software Clouds, designed to give educators a more connected approach to engaging, planning, and monitoring the unique needs of their students. The National Assessment of Educational Progress's latest "National Report Card" results show the impact of learning disruptions that students have experienced. It illustrates declines in math and reading for fourth and eighth graders in the United States, with math scores experiencing the greatest drop since NAEP testing began in 1990. Each student is at a different stage in their learning journey, indicating that educators require tools and resources to address individual student needs, personalize learning, and optimize their operations. The updates, expected to roll out in the first half of 2023, provide the following: LearningNav, an intelligent platform using machine learning and AI to provide personalized learning paths that adjust to the student's needs. An educator can view a student's starting point, select learning goals, and then review a constantly adapting personalized pathway recommendation for that student. Once the pathway is assigned, students can cover it at their own pace. ContentNav, an update to Unified Classroom, is a one-stop shop for high-quality, pre-approved content that simplifies access to resources such as district-created materials, curated partnership content, and open education resources, which will support teacher instruction. Resource Library, released by PowerSchool Unified Insights MTSS to help educators address students' individual needs. This library will provide educators with vetted, research-backed strategies and tools. The company's new Clouds, that are persona-specific options that have been integrated and built to enhance how educators serve their students by bringing all necessary tools into one centralized location. The six Cloud types offered are Student Information Cloud, Personalized Learning Cloud, Educator Recruitment Cloud, Educator Effectiveness Cloud, Student Success Cloud, and Workforce Development Cloud. About PowerSchool Based in Folsom, California, PowerSchool provides cloud-based K-12 education software. Its mission is to supply the education ecosystem with unified technology that enables educators and students to fulfill their potential in unique ways. Schools and districts can manage state reporting and related compliance, finance, human resources, special education, talent, registration, funding, learning, instruction, assessments, grading, attendance, and analytics in one unified platform. The company serves around 45 million students worldwide, with 12,000+ customers, and sells solutions in over 90 countries.

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Thought Industries Launches New Online Academy Powered by Helium LMS Platform

Thought Industries | January 30, 2023

The enterprise learning platform Thought Industries for partner, customer and professional training recently launched its new online learning Academy powered by the world's only completely customizable headless developer LMS framework, Helium. It was established in 2022 at the company's annual customer and LMS industry event, Cognition22. For Education to develop a new Academy site, Thought Industries works with Verified Helium Partner. Helium addresses a pain point from the past making it simpler for designers and developers to collaborate with many companies looking forward to customizing and extending the capabilities of their LMS systems. In the past, designers either made mockups and were then met with constraints when developers had been putting them on the screen, or they viewed the system first and then created limited mockups to match. Both approaches are hard, expensive, and take a lot of time. The Thought Industries Academy has different products and services under one roof for learning professionals willing to get more of the potential of the company’s learning platform and programs. Customers of Thought Industries will find a wide range of self-service resources, including new content, new featured resources and FAQs are put in the front and center to simplify the learning experience. Philip Cahill, Thought Industries Senior Director of Customer Education, said, "It was crucial for us to be our own first customer in creating the new Ti Learning Academy. Helium gave us all the flexibility we needed to meet the needs of learning professionals worldwide." He added, "With Helium, we were able to build our new Academy without any limits, and as an added bonus, it gave us a great opportunity to show customers what Helium can do." (Source: Cision) About Thought Industries Founded in 2012, Thought Industries is one of the world's leading B2B external training platform providers and customer education. The company powers the learning business for companies ranging from midmarket enterprises to the Fortune 500, helping them change how they build, deploy, and scale profitable global online learning operations. The customers use the company's platform to reach, teach and engage with their learning audiences. Additionally, businesses, organizations, and associations can give their audiences engaging, fully branded learning experiences using enterprise-level delivery and monetization tools.

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Interplay Learning and Dominium Management Services Offer Skilled Trades Training

Interplay Learning | February 01, 2023

On January 31st, 2023, Interplay Learning partnered with Dominium Management Services to provide highly effective, engaging, and scalable training solutions. Interplay Learning is an effective and scalable training solution for engaging maintenance technicians. Dominium, an affordable housing developer, owner, and manager, offers Interplay's training solutions to its technicians of all levels of experience. With Interplay Learning's experiential, on-demand training courses and skills evaluations, Dominium provides maintenance associates with realistic 3D simulations and training content designed to develop their internal technical skills. In addition, the company offers a robust, just-in-time training curriculum to more than 350 employees across 230 communities, with a diverse catalog of technical courses and custom learning paths tailored to each employee's skill level and property needs. After using Interplay, Dominium has seen a decrease in ramp times, an increase in internal promotions, and a rise in technician confidence. In addition, cutting-edge training contributes to Dominium's ability to establish a competitive advantage. By creating and managing high-quality, reliable, affordable homes that lay the groundwork for more vibrant neighborhoods, Dominium contributes to the solution of the affordable housing crisis. The availability of inexpensive housing in their area is a problem, according to almost 90% of American adults. A recent survey also reveals 6.8 million fewer affordable rental housing units than needed in the nation. Interplay's customers can train and practice hands-on learning from a desktop, phone, tablet, or in virtual reality by utilizing immersive learning technology, resulting in a highly trained employee who is rapidly prepared for employment. About Interplay Learning Since 2016, Austin-based Interplay Learning has improved the training, careers, and lives of skilled workers. Its award-winning online and VR training for the essential skilled trades—HVAC, electrical, solar, plumbing, multi-family maintenance, and facilities maintenance—is scalable and more effective than traditional methods. The platform creates immersive VR scenarios for skilled trades workers to learn effectively, resulting in a confident, highly skilled workforce. Interplay Learning has earned Best Use of Virtual Reality for Enterprise Applications from AI Breakthrough Awards and the AHR Expo – Innovations Awards 2020.

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PowerSchool Updates Solutions to Personalize Learning and Boost Operations

PowerSchool | January 31, 2023

On January 30, 2023, PowerSchool, a provider of cloud-based software for K-12 education, released updates for its PowerSchool Unified InsightsTM and PowerSchool Unified Classroom® solutions. The updates include LearningNav and ContentNav, new data-driven personalized learning products, and a new resource library inside Unified Insights MTSS, providing educators with verified, research-backed tools and strategies. The company also announced time-saving software Clouds, designed to give educators a more connected approach to engaging, planning, and monitoring the unique needs of their students. The National Assessment of Educational Progress's latest "National Report Card" results show the impact of learning disruptions that students have experienced. It illustrates declines in math and reading for fourth and eighth graders in the United States, with math scores experiencing the greatest drop since NAEP testing began in 1990. Each student is at a different stage in their learning journey, indicating that educators require tools and resources to address individual student needs, personalize learning, and optimize their operations. The updates, expected to roll out in the first half of 2023, provide the following: LearningNav, an intelligent platform using machine learning and AI to provide personalized learning paths that adjust to the student's needs. An educator can view a student's starting point, select learning goals, and then review a constantly adapting personalized pathway recommendation for that student. Once the pathway is assigned, students can cover it at their own pace. ContentNav, an update to Unified Classroom, is a one-stop shop for high-quality, pre-approved content that simplifies access to resources such as district-created materials, curated partnership content, and open education resources, which will support teacher instruction. Resource Library, released by PowerSchool Unified Insights MTSS to help educators address students' individual needs. This library will provide educators with vetted, research-backed strategies and tools. The company's new Clouds, that are persona-specific options that have been integrated and built to enhance how educators serve their students by bringing all necessary tools into one centralized location. The six Cloud types offered are Student Information Cloud, Personalized Learning Cloud, Educator Recruitment Cloud, Educator Effectiveness Cloud, Student Success Cloud, and Workforce Development Cloud. About PowerSchool Based in Folsom, California, PowerSchool provides cloud-based K-12 education software. Its mission is to supply the education ecosystem with unified technology that enables educators and students to fulfill their potential in unique ways. Schools and districts can manage state reporting and related compliance, finance, human resources, special education, talent, registration, funding, learning, instruction, assessments, grading, attendance, and analytics in one unified platform. The company serves around 45 million students worldwide, with 12,000+ customers, and sells solutions in over 90 countries.

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Thought Industries Launches New Online Academy Powered by Helium LMS Platform

Thought Industries | January 30, 2023

The enterprise learning platform Thought Industries for partner, customer and professional training recently launched its new online learning Academy powered by the world's only completely customizable headless developer LMS framework, Helium. It was established in 2022 at the company's annual customer and LMS industry event, Cognition22. For Education to develop a new Academy site, Thought Industries works with Verified Helium Partner. Helium addresses a pain point from the past making it simpler for designers and developers to collaborate with many companies looking forward to customizing and extending the capabilities of their LMS systems. In the past, designers either made mockups and were then met with constraints when developers had been putting them on the screen, or they viewed the system first and then created limited mockups to match. Both approaches are hard, expensive, and take a lot of time. The Thought Industries Academy has different products and services under one roof for learning professionals willing to get more of the potential of the company’s learning platform and programs. Customers of Thought Industries will find a wide range of self-service resources, including new content, new featured resources and FAQs are put in the front and center to simplify the learning experience. Philip Cahill, Thought Industries Senior Director of Customer Education, said, "It was crucial for us to be our own first customer in creating the new Ti Learning Academy. Helium gave us all the flexibility we needed to meet the needs of learning professionals worldwide." He added, "With Helium, we were able to build our new Academy without any limits, and as an added bonus, it gave us a great opportunity to show customers what Helium can do." (Source: Cision) About Thought Industries Founded in 2012, Thought Industries is one of the world's leading B2B external training platform providers and customer education. The company powers the learning business for companies ranging from midmarket enterprises to the Fortune 500, helping them change how they build, deploy, and scale profitable global online learning operations. The customers use the company's platform to reach, teach and engage with their learning audiences. Additionally, businesses, organizations, and associations can give their audiences engaging, fully branded learning experiences using enterprise-level delivery and monetization tools.

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