ViewSonic | June 30, 2022
The New Taipei City Government in Taiwan and ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solutions, have partnered to promote UNIVERSE by ViewSonic, an immersive 3D virtual environment designed for education, to schools at all levels in the city. This initiative will benefit about 400,000 K–12 students. The two organizations inked an agreement of collaboration to help schools become digital learning environments following a successful pilot program at Long Pu Elementary School in New Taipei City. Additionally, this week, ViewSonic showcased UNIVERSE in New Orleans, USA, at the ISTE Live 22 Conference & Expo.
"New Taipei City has been devoted to digital learning for years. We have observed that current online learning faces numerous challenges, such as a lack of interaction and sense of participation. UNIVERSE by ViewSonic simulates real-world interactions. Teachers and students can create personalized avatars to further engage with each other in this 3D space. Moreover, UNIVERSE can also be applied to cross-school teaching, thereby bridging the resource gap between schools. We look forward to having New Taipei City as the world's first city to adopt Metaverse for all levels of education, leading the way for schools all over the world in transforming how we teach and learn digitally."
- Chang Ming-Wen, New Taipei City Education Department Commissioner
"Current online education platforms still focus on unidirectional communication. It not only limits the development of interactive courses for educators but also makes it difficult to evaluate studentengagement during classes. Students cannot easily interact with peers and are prone to feel isolated. UNIVERSE by ViewSonic is the strongest solution to resolve these issues by making online learning feel as if it were in-person. Through the cooperation with New Taipei City, all teachers and students will benefit from the most innovative learning pedagogies.
- James Chu, Chairman and CEO of ViewSonic
Immersive virtual learning environments, including classrooms, lecture halls, and collaborative areas, are offered by UNIVERSE by ViewSonic. Emojis, chat messages, and realistic spatialized audio are just a few of the simple and user-friendly alternatives available to participants for various forms of communication. Teachers can project content, design pop quizzes, and separate students into breakout rooms for group discussions thanks to digital teaching aids. Teachers can also connect to ViewSonic's myViewBoard platform and use its cutting-edge teaching capabilities through the built-in browser.
CORPORATE LEARNING SYSTEMS
Meazure Learning | June 29, 2022
Meazure Learning, the industry leader in high-stakes online testing services for professional and higher education testing markets, announced today that it has acquired the Certification and Licensure business of Scantron Corporation. The test center network, associated assessment software, exam development, psychometric, and client services and solutions specialist teams are all included in the acquisition of the Certification and Licensure business. By enhancing its best-in-class remote proctoring with a scalable, worldwide test center network and increased exam production capabilities, the purchase enables Meazure Learning for continued expansion and expands its product line for the professional certification and licensing testing market.
When test centers had to close as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, Meazure Learning experienced a spike in demand for its industry-leading online proctoring platform. Program administrators aim to give test-takers the option of taking exams safely in distant locations or in a conventional testing facility today. The convenience and flexibility of a multi-modal distribution solution allows test-takers to take a test whenever and wherever they want. Meazure Learning is expanding its existing network of 300 test centers in Canada to over 1,600 test sites globally by incorporating Scantron's Certification and Licensure test center network in order to fulfill the growing market demand.
The acquisition will boost Meazure Learning's exam development and psychometric capabilities in addition to extending its secure delivery options. More significantly, the combined experience of the two firms will give clients access to greater capacity, thought leadership, research, and new best practices. The exam creation and psychometric team will more than double in size.
"The acquisition of Scantron's Certification and Licensure business aligns with Meazure Learning's purpose of helping move people forward in their educational and professional pursuits. The combination of our best-in-class remote proctoring platform and newly expanded global test center network provides our customers and partners with the flexibility, reach, and innovative technology to deliver an exceptional candidate experience and superior outcomes for test-takers."
- Tim McClinton, CEO of Meazure Learning
EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY,CORPORATE LEARNING SYSTEMS
The Tandym Group | June 28, 2022
A global provider of digital skills training, Simplilearn, recently established a partnership with the Commonwealth nations to offer free digital upskilling courses to students. 10,000 students will have free access to Simplilearn's $5 million in digital upskilling programs. Through the collaboration, Simplilearn's classes will assist students in the Caribbean, Africa, and Pacific to upgrade their knowledge of the digital economy, and each graduate will receive a certificate of completion. To provide upskilling opportunities to as many learners as possible, Simplilearn has previously cooperated with Government bodies of several nations in their national digital skilling programmes.
"The world is becoming increasingly digitized, and hence there is a massive demand for professionals to upskill themselves in the latest digital skills to flourish in the field. Simplilearn through its SkillUp platform will provide free programs to 10,000 learners in the regions ofCaribbean, African and Pacific. We see this as an opportunity to extend our support to the Commonwealth countries by improving access to high-quality upskilling in the region. We look forward to working with them towards boosting the prosperity of the nations."
- Mr.Krishna Kumar, Founder & CEO, Simplilearn
The need for youth skilling was also identified, and Mr. Krishna Kumar thanked the Commonwealth Secretary General for her leadership in identifying youth as a crucial resource for the Commonwealth countries as part of their ongoing collaborative action research with Cambridge University's Center for Resilience and Sustainable Development.
Simplilearn previously collaborated with nations including Saudi Arabia, Oman, South Africa, Lebanon, Jordan, and Singapore for boot camps on technology, artificial intelligence, and data. More than half of Simplilearn's revenue comes from its international activities. Today, Simplilearn has assisted more than one million professionals in 150 countries in upskilling and preparing for the digital future. Simplilearn has maintained its leadership position in the field of digital skilling for learners, corporations, and companies. To offer digital skills training programs, the company has teamed with a number of IT powerhouses in foreign countries, including Deviare in South Africa, Gulf Business Machines in the Middle East, and the ILX Group in the United Kingdom, among others.