Blackboard Secures FedRAMP Moderate Certification for Flagship Learning Management System

PRNewswire | April 23, 2020

Blackboard Inc., a leading education technology company for teaching, learning and student engagement, today announced that the U.S. federal government awarded the Software as a Service (SaaS) deployment of Blackboard Learn—the company's flagship learning management system (LMS)—FedRAMP Moderate. This authorization makes Blackboard one of the only commercial off-the-shelf SaaS providers authorized in AWS GovCloud (US) as an Educational LMS. This newest authorization follows on the heels of Blackboard Learn's FedRAMP Tailored (Li-SaaS) authorization awarded in 2018. The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), a longstanding Blackboard partner, has sponsored both FedRAMP authorizations.

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K-12 education is at the beginning of what many hope will be a systemic transformation toward personalized learning. Across the nation, schools are experimenting with personalized learning to better meet each student’s unique needs and ensure broader access to a world-class education. Many of these experiments have been captured in individual case studies and other vivid narratives, but the field lacks a broad-based understanding of how personalized learning is emerging in classrooms across the United States.

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K-12 education is at the beginning of what many hope will be a systemic transformation toward personalized learning. Across the nation, schools are experimenting with personalized learning to better meet each student’s unique needs and ensure broader access to a world-class education. Many of these experiments have been captured in individual case studies and other vivid narratives, but the field lacks a broad-based understanding of how personalized learning is emerging in classrooms across the United States.

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CYPHER LEARNING Personalizes Learning Experiences with Innovative Skills Development Features

CYPHER LEARNING | December 05, 2022

CYPHER LEARNING, a leading provider of learning platforms for schools, universities and organizations around the world, today announced the official launch of its innovative skills development features. This functionality, immediately available to users of both of the company's products, MATRIX LMS for Business and NEO LMS for K-20, helps drive personalized learning journeys, tailored to learners' skills and needs.The advanced features are staples of CYPHER LEARNING's intelligent learning platform (ILP). The company unveiled ILP earlier this year, inviting users to test out the new, intelligent features. STI Education Services Group (STI ESG), one of the largest networks of schools in the Philippines, has helped drive learning success using CYPHER LEARNING's skills development capabilities.As an academic institution, we are dedicated to empowering our teachers with the skills and resources they need to become more effective mentors to their students," said Aisa Q. Hipolito, vice president for academics at STI. "With CYPHER LEARNING's new capabilities, our teachers can improve their own skills and knowledge both of which are essential to supporting students' success. The new functionality benefits students in other ways too, enabling them to explore their interests and create individual learning goals based on their desired careers in the future. Teachers can track the progress of students and provide feedback and intervention, when necessary, to help students achieve their goals. Educational institutions and businesses can take advantage of the following skills development features available in CYPHER LEARNING platforms to drive mastery of skills: The ability to tag content and resources with competencies, so learners can achieve goals mapped to their roles, careers, educational standards and more. Learners receive personalized recommendations, in the form of courses, groups and forums to join, learning paths and more that reflect their goals, background and previous accomplishments. Instructors can automate daily tasks such as enrolling learners in courses or awarding points and badges to save time and make learning personalized. Learners and their instructors can track goal progress from the main overview page. Learners can participate in Q&A forums where they can ask questions and get support on achieving goals. "Skills development features can also help bridge the gap between academics and industry making students better prepared as they enter the job market,Our platform can be populated with different job competencies from across industries, which educational institutions then map with their courses and curricula. When students set learning goals, the goals and related activities can equip them with the skills they'll need in their careers." Jenielyn Padernal, CYPHER LEARNING's global EdTech director. Graham Glass, CEO of CYPHER LEARNING, said: "Whether you're an employee or a student, learning is more useful and enjoyable when it's relevant to you. As we enable learners to set meaningful goals, we're also making it easier for them to achieve them. The learning process should be learner-centric, and at CYPHER LEARNING, we're committed to that approach." About CYPHER LEARNING CYPHER LEARNING provides an intelligent learning platform that is empowering schools, businesses and entrepreneurs worldwide to reimagine online education and deliver the best learning experiences. CYPHER LEARNING has solutions for all major e-learning sectors: NEO LMS for K-20, MATRIX LMS for Business, and INDIE LMS for Entrepreneurs. Relied on by millions of users, CYPHER LEARNING supports 50+ languages and has offices worldwide with global headquarters in Plano, Texas.

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Nation's largest Hispanic Serving Institution FIU joins tech training initiative

Florida International University | October 12, 2022

Florida International University (FIU) has joined an initiative designed to help students access the skills and credentials necessary to succeed in high-demand technology careers. Through a partnership with the tech talent platform SkillStorm, FIU students can now participate in courses that lead to credentials from the country's leading tech companies, including AWS, Salesforce, CompTIA and Pega. "As one of Florida's largest institutions, we have a responsibility to prepare our students to navigate a rapidly evolving and increasingly digital labor market,Partnerships like this one, which will draw on SkillStorm's unique training model and deep relationships with major tech employers, are helping us realize that mission and fulfill our role as an engine of economic mobility throughout the state." Bridgette Cram, Interim Vice President, Innovative Education & Student Success at Florida International University. Though Hispanics make up nearly one-fifth of the U.S. workforce, they are just 7 percent of the tech workforce, according to recent research from the Aspen Institute and the Kapor Center. As the country's largest Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) with more than 32,000 students who identify as Hispanic or Latino, FIU is uniquely positioned to help close this persistent gap by expanding access to the credentials that are most in-demand among technology employers today. FIU's partnership with SkillStorm includes the Accelerator Program . SkillStorm's Accelerator Program provides online, asynchronous and traditional training courses to help students gain certification in AWS, Salesforce, CompTIA and Pega. Our work is rooted in the belief that closing skill gaps and creating pathways to economic mobility are, in many ways, two sides of the same coin,said Joe Mitchell, COO at SkillStorm. Together with FIU, we're enabling more students to learn the skills that lead to success in today's world of work, and expanding access to economic opportunity for those who stand to gain the most from the promise of higher education. The certifications provided through these partnership tracks are designed for students and professionals at any stage of their educational or career journey. Many of FIU's certification courses will offer students the flexibility to attend when convenient, while providing access to one-on-one training from industry-certified instructors. About FIU Florida International University is a top public university that drives real talent and innovation in Miami and globally. Very high research (R1) activity and high social mobility come together at FIU to uplift and accelerate learner success in a global city by focusing in the areas of environment, health, innovation, and justice. Today, FIU has two campuses and multiple centers. FIU serves a diverse student body of more than 58,000 and 290,000 Panther alumni. U.S. News and World Report places dozens of FIU programs among the best in the nation, including international business at No. 2. Washington Monthly Magazine ranks FIU among the top 20 public universities contributing to the public good. About SkillStorm SkillStorm is bringing together Fortune 500 employers, universities, and government agencies to build tomorrow's highly skilled tech workforce. Through partnerships with platforms like Pega, Salesforce, AWS and ServiceNow, we help working learners and aspiring tech experts build in-demand skills and earn industry-recognized certifications to compete in an increasingly dynamic economy. Our work is rooted in the belief that closing skill gaps and boosting economic mobility are two sides of the same coin, and that new approaches to training can help to both expand the pool of skilled tech talent and create new pathways to opportunity.

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GoReact expands into K-12 education market with video feedback platform for districts and teachers

GoReact | November 17, 2022

GoReact today announced its expansion into the K-12 education market and the availability of its video feedback platform for school districts across the U.S. The formal expansion comes after a limited pilot with select school districts, which used GoReact’s platform to support teacher growth and development. “Our platform has become a standard part of the higher education tech stack over the last decade, especially in new teacher development, and we’re thrilled to extend the benefits of our platform to K-12 districts nationwide,We all need to do more to support the incredible teachers shouldering ever-heavier burdens. GoReact empowers districts to better support teacher induction, growth and development.” Ken Meyers, GoReact’s founder and CEO. GoReact’s proprietary video feedback platform will help K-12 school districts offer teachers more support through: Supporting induction programs by enabling new teachers to increase practice, model instruction, and receive targeted and visual feedback. Fostering professional learning and development by tailoring feedback and empowering teachers to set measurable goals. Onboarding unlicensed tutors and teachers of record by expediting time to proficiency with video observation. Encouraging self-reflection by empowering teachers to watch videos of themselves teaching. Engaging in teams through PLC collaboration on practices prioritized by the school or district. Improving instructional leadership to maximize the educational impact of every minute spent in the classroom. I love GoReact for teacher observations,” said Ann Stark, Mentor Teacher at Foothill Consortium California Teacher Induction Program.Having our beginning teachers actually see themselves teaching and then getting to provide comments on their areas of strength or growth is very powerful. With entry into the K-12 sector, GoReact is planning a comprehensive product roadmap geared toward the unique and evolving needs of K-12 education. GoReact already provides data security safeguards, including compliance with FERPA and COPPA, for its best-in-class video feedback platform. GoReact also integrates with all LTI-compliant learning management systems. About GoReact GoReact is reshaping education by humanizing and accelerating skills-based learning. More than 800 colleges, universities, and K-12 districts worldwide use GoReact to facilitate scalable video observation, coaching and assessment for rapid skill development. With simple, interactive tools for collaborative learning and personalized feedback, GoReact helps all learners demonstrate skill competency with greater human connection and engagement.

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