Blackboard | July 21, 2020
Blackboard Inc. today announced that in the last 18 months, the number of institutions that have transitioned to the SaaS deployment of Blackboard Learn has increased by more than 50%. The move to SaaS has enabled institutions to scale their online learning programs at an unprecedented rate, while also accelerating their digital teaching and learning strategies in response to the global pandemic."The SaaS deployment of Blackboard Learn has enabled the education community to scale at an incredibly rapid pace as they move towards a more robust, holistic, and data-driven teaching and learning model," said Jim Chalex, Vice President of Product Development at Blackboard. "The foundational role SaaS plays is underscored by the fact that today, nearly 70% of our Learn clients are fully operational on SaaS or have begun planning to move to the cloud."The SaaS deployment of Blackboard Learn enables institutions to access the Blackboard Data platform, an analytics infrastructure that fuels a more holistic, mature EdTech environment. Through Blackboard Data, institutions have access to a range of consolidated learner- and institutional-level insights that can be leveraged to improve the learning ecosystem for individuals, departments, and institutions. The cloud-based solution also allows institutions to activate Blackboard Learn Ultra—Learn's next-generation user experience—which allows instructors and learners to leverage an intuitive digital interface for a seamless experience. In fact, over the past year, the number of clients using Learn Ultra has increased by more than 90%.
PR Newswire | August 14, 2020
The Office of Experience (OX), a Chicago-based design and digital innovation agency, is excited to partner with iEducation Group on the launch of the Fusion Global Academy website and brand. Fusion Global Academy, a primary member of iEducation Group's growing private school network, is a resource that provides premier, accredited one-on-one education virtually for students from sixth to 12th grade. The Fusion Global Academy experience is delivered exclusively online, with teachers who can connect with the same students anywhere in the world at times most convenient to the student."Our work for Fusion Global Academy comes at a time when society is thinking of new ways to educate our children," says Stratton Cherouny, co-founder of OX. "Particularly in this time of COVID-19, Fusion Global Academy is a resource for people to experience the benefits and continuity of one-on-one learning, first-hand. If there is a silver-lining in education to this pandemic, COVID could be a catalyst for discovering a better way to learn."The launch of Fusion Global Academy is ideal during this time of social distancing, when more of the burden of keeping education on-track is on students, parents and families. Students who enroll at Fusion Global Academy receive a consistent, personalized experience and can have confidence they are learning from certified teachers at an accredited school, whose graduates go on to some of the most recognized universities and colleges in the world.
IBM | June 19, 2020
VR Education is focused on the benefits virtual reality can bring to education, with immersion and the remote connection opportunities as key drivers. The online student market especially will be perfectly suited to the immersion and remote aspects of VR, says CEO Dave Whelan. Even before its integration into the Oculus Go headset, VR Education’s Apollo 11 experience had already been downloaded more than 120,000 times and generated over €1mln in revenue for the group. Raid on the Ruhr, for example, allows users to experience the famous 1943 mission first-hand as they fly the Lancaster bomber from the UK to the Ruhr Valley.