Credential Blockchains Could Help Student Mobility These 4 Efforts Explore How

edsurge | June 18, 2020

Credential Blockchains Could Help Student Mobility These 4 Efforts Explore How
More than 70 efforts are underway around the world to use blockchain technology in education, and most set their sights on better connecting people with job opportunities, according to a new report published by the American Council on Education. The report is part of the Education Blockchain Initiative, organized by the American Council on Education and supported by $2 million from the U.S. Department of Education. The initiative aims to study whether and how decentralized digital ledgers can give students and workers more control over their academic and job records and improve the flow of data among schools, colleges and employers, leaders told EdSurge in February.

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An online learning plan covers the teaching strategies, communication rules, devices, solutions, and policies supporting online or blended learning in the school community. Keep the plan as simple as possible, but make the expectations clear for learners, teachers and guardians as to how to learn and teach online. An IB World School has agreed to share their online learning plan as an example of what to consider when creating one. This plan is updated regularly, as is common for schools using online learning under emergency circumstances.

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An online learning plan covers the teaching strategies, communication rules, devices, solutions, and policies supporting online or blended learning in the school community. Keep the plan as simple as possible, but make the expectations clear for learners, teachers and guardians as to how to learn and teach online. An IB World School has agreed to share their online learning plan as an example of what to consider when creating one. This plan is updated regularly, as is common for schools using online learning under emergency circumstances.

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Cornerstone Boldly Advances New Ground in Learning Content designed for today’s modern, skills-forward workforce

Cornerstone | November 17, 2021

Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc., a leader in adaptive HR solutions, today announced new content offerings expressly designed for today’s modern, skills-forward workforce. These updates include a groundbreaking new learning series, “A Seat at the Table,” the hiring of Emmy-award winning producer, Dave Grant, and new partnerships with Skill Pill and Sponge Compliance to support business performance skill-building. Today’s announcements come on the heels of the launch of Cornerstone Xplor, the market’s first solution to bring every element of people growth into a single experiential destination. When combined with the company's vast content offerings, Cornerstone Xplor helps organizations meet their people where they are with a highly personalized and fully connected growth experience, at scale. Through its own content production studio, Cornerstone Studios, the company is delivering innovative content designed in non-traditional formats. Considered one of its most ambitious series to-date, “A Seat at the Table,” is a new original learning series that showcases honest and authentic dialogues to develop the understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) as a skill in the workplace. By featuring multiple perspectives from non-actors in unscripted, open conversations around sensitive, yet critical, topics within the workplace, the series helps to facilitate more inclusive and authentic work environments. To supplement the series, Cornerstone Studios developed thoughtful guides to encourage leaders to take action and actively promote team dialogue. Cornerstone will premiere the first episode, "Talking about Depression," today at Cornerstone Convergence 2021, and the full series will drop in Cornerstone Content Anytime, the company's content subscription offering, in December. To elevate Cornerstone Studios’ production of high-quality, binge-worthy content, Cornerstone has hired a new head of production, unscripted television executive Dave Grant. A three-time Emmy-award winning producer, Grant will play a key role in meeting learners where they are with innovative and engaging consumer-grade content. Since joining Cornerstone, Grant has been instrumental in the production of the “A Seat at the Table” series and will be responsible for helping the organization evolve workplace learning content. “Reengaging modern, tech savvy employees will require new content that is fresh, educational, inclusive and entertaining,” said Dave Grant, Head of Production, Cornerstone. “By expanding Cornerstone’s learning experience to meet the expectations of today’s modern workforce, we are acknowledging the high expectations for quality content required by consumers and pivoting our strategy to meet that demand.” In addition to investing in original content creation, Cornerstone is also focused on augmenting its curated content offerings through partnerships. Now available within Cornerstone Content Anytime subscriptions, new business performance and integrity content from Skill Pill and Sponge Compliance will provide organizations with access to a vast, multilanguage content library. By the end of the year, fully localized courses in French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Arabic and Turkish and subtitled courses in Chinese, Korean and Japanese will all be available. Cornerstone is also offering flexible catalogs from Skill Pill, allowing organizations to choose specific courses and provide them with the flexibility to customize their catalog to their exact needs. “We are set on breaking down barriers and pushing the envelope in how we deliver authentic, relevant and brief learning content to employees around the world. Continued innovation in this area, combined with our organization’s unique ability to connect learning back to skills, reinforces our fierce dedication to providing customers with resources for creating a more engaged, inclusive, future-ready workforce.” Summer Salomonsen, Vice President, Content Product, Cornerstone Cornerstone’s continued focus on its content business stems from an increased demand in online learning correlated with changing work environments and a focus on developing new and different skillsets. Due to ongoing shifts caused in part by the pandemic, Cornerstone has seen a 4x increase in registrations of self-directed learning content in February 2021 compared to pre-pandemic levels in February 2020. In 2021, 36 million minutes of learning content have been consumed through Cornerstone Content Anytime. Of those 36 million minutes, 50% of that time was spent on self-directed learning, implying a newfound interest in personal skill building from both organizations and people. About Cornerstone Cornerstone powers the future-ready workforce with adaptive HR solutions designed to unite technology, data and content and inspire a work environment of growth, agility and success for all. With an AI-powered, skills-forward, experiential system designed for the contemporary workforce, we help organizations modernize their learning and development experience, deliver the most relevant content from anywhere, accelerate talent and career mobility and establish skills as the universal language of growth and success across their business. Cornerstone serves over 6,000 customers and 75M users and is available in 180 countries and 50 languages.

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South Dakota received $6.8 million to assist the State students during COVID-19

washingtontimes | August 03, 2020

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded South Dakota $6.8 million to support the state’s efforts in serving students during the coronavirus pandemic and its aftermath.While 39 states applied for funding, only 11 states, including South Dakota, were awarded grants.“During school closures in the spring, we saw that those schools providing competency-based instruction, or what’s often called ‘customized’ or ‘personalized’ learning, were better able to keep more of their students engaged in distance learning,” said Secretary of Education Ben Jones. “This three-year grant will help us build on those successes and further develop that kind of learning model across South Dakota.”

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ONLINE EDUCATION

TutorMe Launches Partnership with Saint Paul Public Schools to provide online education assistance to more than 33,000 K-12 students

TutorMe | November 15, 2021

TutorMe, the online tutor of the future, today announced a partnership with Saint Paul Public School District to provide more than 33,000 K-12 students with free access to TutorMe's online, 24/7 tutoring service for the 2021-2022 school year. With more than 15,000 tutors available anytime to help with more than 300 subjects, TutorMe provides immediate expertise whenever and wherever students need it. Whether it's homework help or a study session, students pair up with their private tutor for a personalized 1-on-1 lesson in the advanced lesson space. "Providing access to TutorMe supports our district-wide effort to close academic gaps exacerbated by COVID-19 and accelerate learning recovery through the 2021-2022 school year," said Darren Ginther, the district's director of the office of college and career readiness. "The personalized support empowers students and their families to get the help they need at any time, anywhere, whether it be during remote learning, late-night studying after extracurriculars, or when they hit a roadblock with their homework." TutorMe's virtual classroom provides interactive features including a text editor, code editor, two-way audio/video chat, screen sharing, and a virtual whiteboard for engaging and enriching education. Each session is archived so students can conveniently access past lessons to help them with coursework and studying. "TutorMe has been on the frontline of online education assistance well before the pandemic arrived, providing top-notch tutors and on-demand academic support to ensure students never feel lost. The community of students, staff, and families at Saint Paul Public Schools can rely on TutorMe to provide 1-on-1 learning during critical times of need and beyond." TutorMe's co-founder and CEO Myles Hunter About TutorMe TutorMe is the online tutor of the future. As a leading provider of online tutoring, the platform connects students with highly qualified tutors in 30 seconds or less. A subsidiary of Zovio, TutorMe has provided access to personalized academic support for more than 1.5 million students wherever and wherever they need it the most. Partnering with hundreds of schools, districts, and corporations, TutorMe helps address educational equity by providing students and staff at participating institutions with free access to premier tutoring services. TutorMe is a recipient of HowtoLearn.com's 2020 Parent and Teacher Choice™ Award, the Timmy for Best Tech for Good in LA, a National Parenting Product Award, a Mom's Choice Award, and 2021 Silver and Bronze Edison Awards. About Zovio Zovio is an education technology services company that partners with higher education institutions and employers to deliver innovative, personalized solutions to help learners and leaders achieve their aspirations. The Zovio network, including Fullstack Academy and TutorMe, leverages its core strengths to solve priority market needs through education technology services. Using proprietary, advanced data analytics, Zovio identifies the most meaningful ways to enhance the learner experience and deliver strong outcomes for higher education institutions, employers, and learners. Zovio's purpose is to help everyone be in a class of their own.

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