Discovery Education and Business Leaders Launch Unique STEM Initiative

NNPA Newswire | November 17, 2019

Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital curriculum resources, content, and professional development for K-12 classrooms nationwide, has announced the creation of a STEM Careers Coalition. Officials said the initiative will help educators develop a pipeline of students who are interested in pursuing careers in STEM fields. It will also provide no-cost resources to students and educators, including virtual field trips, digital instructional assets and career exploration videos.Discovery Education officials said these resources would help students build foundational STEM knowledge and develop 21st-century skills for college and career success. “Last week we launched a critical initiative about future careers, a conduit through which students can see the work of the future, and a set of resources that bring relevancy to learning and broaden our understanding of and engagement with STEM,” stated Marla Wilson, the Senior Director of the Coalition. “This world of work is most effective when the individuals contributing to and leading this evolution represent the diversity of our communities and the richness of multiple perspectives. We are excited to work with our anchor partners to intentionally focus on girls and students of color, as we move to provide equity and access and de-mystify STEM,” she added.

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How do colleges and universities decide which courseware to use? With so many options to review, how do you determine which are most relevant to your goals? Contacted 16 institutions working with Every Learner Everywhere, a network that supports innovation in teaching practices, to learn about their preferred procurement methods. Below are seven steps to a successful process for selecting adaptive courseware.

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Asia’s Integrated Higher Edtech major upGrad to acquire Australia based Study Abroad market leader Global Study Partners (GSP)

upGrad | November 30, 2021

upGrad, Asia’s integrated higher edtech leader, has entered into an exclusive acquisition agreement with Global Study Partners (GSP), Australia's largest study abroad company, in a bid to strengthen its overseas education network. upGrad will invest USD 16 Million to buy 100% of GSP and commit a further USD 10 Million for future growth. GSP is slated to close its current financials at a GMV of over USD 10 million which will grow four-fold in the coming year. Following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, 45.2% of prospective global students are now interested in studying their program virtually as an alternative, according to The Impact of COVID 19 on Study Abroad Survey. Canada’s ApplyBoard in the same segment got funded recently at a USD 4 billion valuation. Leveraging this behavioural change, upGrad’s acquisition of GSP strengthens its foray in Study Abroad, one of the fastest growing segments worldwide. Founded in 2015 and headquartered in Sydney, Global Study Partners (GSP) boasts of an extensive institution network of over 600, with a focus on countries including, Australia, the UK, Canada, and the US, which are some of the most popular Study Abroad destinations in the world. GSP is also armed with more than 1,300 recruitment partners, including education and migration agents, schools, test preparation centres, alumni associations etc. “As an Integrated EdTech leader - we span the entire gamut of a learner's need from the age of 18-50 and in that, Study Abroad is a key growth initiative for us - not just out of India which is one of the two largest markets but also for our learners internationally. GSP coming into upGrad’s fold will be a needle mover for us to attain a headstart in being a global leader in this segment too.” Ronnie Screwvala, Chairperson & Co-Founder, upGrad Elaine Starkey, CEO and Founder, Global Study Partners, said “I couldn’t think of a more complementary business that is underpinned by shared principles and ethics “to empower learners throughout the world. Ronnie and Mayank are true visionaries with a deep understanding of this sector and truly get that 'it's all about the learner’s experience'. GSP partners' - institutions and recruitment partners - worldwide, will enjoy the benefits that the additional reach and capacity GSP can now deliver, and they can expect significant growth in quality student enrolments.” Students opting for Higher Education abroad from India are increasing rapidly and expected to reach ~1.8 million by 2024, as per Redseer report. They would be spending USD 75-85 Bn overseas, as Online emerges as the dominant channel for availing these services. “With 150K students every year, Australia is one of the biggest destination markets for Indian learners. With these two education giants in the key supplier and the demand markets combining forces, we are looking to build a revenue of USD 100Mn in study abroad business in the next 3 years,” Gaurav Kumar, President - Corporate Development and M&A, upGrad. About upGrad upGrad - started in 2015 is a pioneer in the online education revolution, focused on powering career success for a global workforce of over 1.3 billion. It is one of the few Integrated LifeLongLearning Tech Companies in the world - spanning the college learner to the working professional from the age group of 18-60 years and across Undergrad courses, Campus & Job Linked Programs, Studying Abroad, short form to executive programs to Degrees, Masters and Doctoral - with a learner base of over 2 million across 50 countries and over 300 University partners & a robust enterprise business with a client base of 1000 companies worldwide. upGrad’s Global Learning Engine rests on four pillars - (a) its large repository of original & owned content and IP, (b) its own best-in-class proprietary tech platform, (c) its high touch human-led delivery service backed by coaches & mentors, and (d) an 85% course completion track record, backed by a further 80% career outcomes guaranteed performance. Already termed Asia’s higher EdTech leader it has offices in the UK, US, Middle East, India, Singapore & Vietnam, and presence in many more countries. About Global Study Partners (GSP) Global Study Partners (GSP) is a leading B2B global EdTech marketplace for international student enrolments that works with 600+ Universities and Higher Education Institutes across the globe. GSP empowers students around the world by providing access to the best educational choices when embarking on studying abroad. Founded in 2015, the firm is headquartered in Sydney, Australia and has placed international students from 22 different countries into key study destination markets including Australia, UK, Ireland, US and Canada. GSP is committed to transforming lives through education and building out a globally connected student community.

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Sentinel U ® Launches ALIGNSM Community Health Course Digital Teaching Resources

Sentinel U | June 10, 2022

Sentinel U, a leading web-based education simulation technology provider, launched the ALIGNSM Community Health Course Digital Teaching Resources, the first learning course for community health nurses. "We designed this program as a valuable resource and time saver for nurse educators. Building or refreshing a curriculum can take months, but Sentinel U's ALIGN Community Health resource does the heavy lifting for nurse educators with the added benefit of being easily adapted to reflect major changes to the continuously evolving healthcare landscape." Jeffrey Caplan, president of Sentinel U The community health course demonstrates Sentinel U’s signature teaching style of using real-life scenarios to appeal to the next generation of community health professionals. The course eliminates dependence on textbooks, making it a great option for both students and faculty. "Today's students are digital natives who learn best when immersed in a scenario and actively participating in their education, not reading core competencies from a textbook. We are excited to take learning to the next level with our new enhancement." Dr.Laura Gonzalez, Vice President of Clinical Learning Resources at Sentinel U.

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Genesys Launches BeyondCX, the First eLearning Program for Contact Center Employees Focused on Empathy and Human Interactions in a Digital World

Genesys | September 22, 2021

Genesys, a global cloud leader in customer experience orchestration, announced BeyondCX, the industry's first eLearning program for contact center employees and supervisors that teaches the soft skills necessary for delivering empathetic, personalized experiences in today's digital world. Traditionally, contact center training has focused on technology enablement and product knowledge, optimizing for efficiency, and effectiveness. Yet, in the rush toward digital transformation, experiences have become less human. This has created an empathy skills gap as consumers want to feel heard, understood, and valued. But many contact center employees lack the training needed to bridge human and digital interactions. In recent Genesys surveys, 67% of consumers said they preferred empathetic customer service experiences over speedy resolutions1, while only 9% of high-performing agents cited empathy and listening as their greatest strengths2. With BeyondCX, Genesys has transformed traditional training into an interactive learning experience that helps companies address the empathy gap. Formatted like a television show, BeyondCX is a series of episodes that uses high-quality video production, the power of storytelling, and the latest skills-development techniques to immerse participants in the world of customer experience (CX). Contact center employees and supervisors will learn how to build trust, show empathy, and tailor the customer experience to transform traditional transactions into fluid, context-based conservations that build customer loyalty. The first season of BeyondCX is currently available for binge-watching via subscription, with support for additional languages coming later this year. Enhancing the employee experience In today's world of remote work, businesses are quickly realizing that a great employee experience is fundamental to delivering an empathetic customer experience, as contact center employees often are the primary points of interaction with a business. Engaging and retaining top talent is a priority; companies are rapidly adopting workforce engagement tools to help create a culture where contact center employees feel valued and supported. According to a recent Genesys survey, high-performing contact center employees most enjoy learning new skills and earning recognition. Over the past year, Genesys Cloud CX™ Workforce Engagement Management has experienced significant momentum. Since January, Genesys has released 65 new features, including gamification. And, today, nearly 400 customers, including PATLive, Carestream Dental, and Company Nurse, use gamification to tap into intrinsic human motivators like a desire for recognition, competition, or community to drive agent performance, collaboration, and retention. About Genesys Every year, Genesys orchestrates more than 70 billion remarkable customer experiences for organizations in more than 100 countries. Through the power of our cloud, digital and AI technologies, organizations can realize Experience as a Service SM our vision for empathetic customer experiences at scale. With Genesys, organizations have the power to deliver proactive, predictive, and hyper personalized experiences to deepen their customer connection across every marketing, sales, and service moment on any channel, while also improving employee productivity and engagement. By transforming back-office technology to a modern revenue velocity engine Genesys enables true intimacy at scale to foster customer trust and loyalty.

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