Paper | March 15, 2023
On March 14, 2023, Paper, the education support system (ESS), announced the acquisition of Readlee to address the literacy crisis. It would use Readlee's innovative learning tool, artificial intelligence and speech recognition technology to improve learners' reading skills.
According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress report, about one-third of 4th and 8th graders cannot read the basic achievement level, which is the test's lowest level. The National Center for Education Statistics data shows that about 34% of American high school students graduate with reading proficiency. Unfortunately, this proficiency decreases further to 18% for recent graduates. This data shows that the literary crisis has become a systemic issue, and there is a flaw in the current educational approach.
Master teachers collaborated with Harvard researchers to design Readlee for better learning outcomes, and it would become 'Paper Reading' after complete integration into Paper's ESS. This tool will listen to students' reading, give real-time feedback with individualized support, and measure their success. With AI and speech recognition, it approaches reading through learning science, showing that reading aloud improves vocabulary, memory, and confidence. It aims to support students throughout their academic journey and after graduation.
Co-Founder and CEO of Paper, Philip Cutler said, "This acquisition reflects our commitment to providing the academic support that empowers students throughout every stage of their learning journey. Improving literacy proficiency is an essential component of our mission, and we believe research-backed technology and repeated practice are the keys to addressing the mounting literacy crisis." He added, "We are excited to join our forces and aligned missions to have an even bigger impact on students. Our teams are already working together to change the future of education. Our mission is to help create a world where everyone has the ability to read, learn, and become a success."
(Source – Cision PR Newswire)
Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Paper, an e-learning solutions provider, offers services for personalized learning, tutoring, essay review, academic and student support, homework help, teacher support, remote education, teacher assistants, and virtual tutoring. It develops confidence in every student with its educational support system. It serves over 3 million students from different school districts across the United States and Canada. It provides individualized support to every learner to solve their problems and discover different ways of learning. It helps teachers and administrators review student activity and track their progress with its data-driven insights and metrics. It instantly connects students with tutors for support in their tests and assignments.
CORPORATE LEARNING SYSTEMS
PRnewswire | May 09, 2023
EpicQuest Education Group International Limited ("EpicQuest Education", "EEIQ" or the "Company"), a provider of comprehensive education solutions for domestic and international students seeking college and university degrees in the US, Canada and the UK, today announced that on May 2, 2023, EduGlobal College ("EduGlobal"), signed an Articulation Agreement (the "Agreement") with Yorkville University ("Yorkville") that establishes a pathway for EduGlobal students who have successfully completed EduGlobal's International Undergraduate Pathways Program (iUPP) or its English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program to complete Bachelor's degrees at Yorkville.
Cam Parker, Director of EduGlobal College, commented, "A core value of EduGlobal College is its mission to attract a diverse international student population from around the world and provide those learners with a well-rounded education that will enhance all areas of their personal and professional lives. In addition, we are renowned for providing among the very best of English proficiency courses, providing international students the linguistic skill set needed in an academic setting. We are pleased to have developed this English language and academic pathway with Yorkville as it further enhances our students' choices to find the best avenues toward their career goals. We at EduGlobal feel strongly that our greatest reward is the ongoing success of our students, long after they have graduated."
Dr. Thomas Chase, Vice President Academic and Principal, BC Campus of Yorkville University, commented, "Yorkville University in New Westminster is very pleased to establish a pathway agreement with EduGlobal College that will provide EduGlobal graduates a clear academic trajectory into Yorkville New Westminster's Bachelor of Business Administration program. In an increasingly internationalized world and a rapidly shifting economy, student mobility is key to individual students' success and ability to thrive in the world of work. As an institution strongly committed to student success, we are pleased to celebrate this new agreement with EduGlobal."
The Agreement between EduGlobal and Yorkville facilitates admission to Yorkville's bachelor's degree program and includes the opportunity for EduGlobal students to transfer applicable course credits to Yorkville. The Agreement with Yorkville is for a two-year period through May 3, 2025. EduGlobal students must meet certain admissions standards and students will be supported with program-related information sessions and materials.
The Agreement with Yorkville furthers the template that EduGlobal has created for the academic advancement of its international students. As previously announced, EduGlobal signed an agreement with Algoma University for students who completed its iUPP or EAP Program to complete baccalaureate degrees and graduate certificates at Algoma University. The agreements also illustrate EEIQ's commitment to internationalization as a key element in its growth strategy.
About EpicQuest Education Group International Limited
EpicQuest Education Group International Limited ("EpicQuest Education" or the "Company") provides comprehensive education solutions for domestic and international students seeking university and college degrees in the US, Canada and the UK. The Company owns and operates EduGlobal College, based in British Columbia, Canada, which focuses on English proficiency educational programming for students pursuing academic degrees. The Company operates and is a 70% owner of Davis College, a career training college located in Toledo, Ohio. In addition, the Company has a recruiting relationship with the Miami University Regional campuses, where it maintains residential facilities, a full-service cafeteria, recreational facilities, shuttle buses and an office for the regional campuses that provides study abroad and post-study services for its students; these facilities are not owned, maintained, operated or are a part of Miami University.
About Yorkville University
Established in 2004, Yorkville University is a private Canadian post-secondary institution that has grown to encompass three campuses offering online and on-campus programs to nearly 14,000 students in every part of the country. Its degree programs include undergraduate and graduate offerings in business and behavioral sciences, social sciences and the creative arts. Yorkville University provides practitioner-oriented degree programs for developing students' professional careers.
About EduGlobal College
EduGlobal College is a private college located in the Metro Vancouver area, British Columbia. EduGlobal College provides English language programs for international students who are seeking academic and career advancement and specializes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs (also known as English as a Second Language, or ESL, programs) that focus on helping international students acquire the advanced competencies in academic English that will be necessary for them to complete their degree programs. In tandem with its EAP program, EduGlobal College offers first-year university courses and a Master's Academic Preparation Program to help prepare international students who have completed a bachelor's degree and aspire to pursue graduate studies at a Canadian university. EduGlobal College also offers students an innovative model for bridging the gap between private and public sector post-secondary education in Canada through its pathway program. EduGlobal College is approved by The Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training in the Province of British Columbia.
CORPORATE LEARNING SYSTEMS
iMocha | April 13, 2023
iMocha, the world's leading skills intelligence and skills assessment platform launches project-based assessments to its growing portfolio of assessment types. It is built for talent development teams to gather whether employees are skill-fit and ready to be deployed on projects and determine ROI of learning programs.
Today, tech assessments are usually done via single-task coding assessments, whiteboard interviews, and MCQs but that's seldom enough to gauge project-readiness of employees or know the effectiveness of the upskilling programs. Especially for job profiles like front-end developer, back-end developer, full-stack developer, assessments that go beyond algorithms, syntax, and logic are required. iMocha's project-based assessments help talent professionals overcome these challenges and determine skill readiness, including problem-solving skills, domain-specific skills, contextual understanding, and ability to think through a project.
In August 2022, the beta version of iMocha Projects was deployed for iMocha's existing customers that included enterprises and learning platforms. Through the project-based assessments, L&D teams were able to automate time-consuming, manual evaluations that could be subject to bias. Further they also received detailed skills analytics about their employees – which helped in creating accurate and personalized learning paths. Some of the most popular skill sets beta users utilized were ReactJS, Data Science and Machine Learning, Java Spring Boot, MySQL, and more.
Sujit Karpe, CTO and co-founder of iMocha, explained, "This is iMocha's version of capstone projects: we provide the data, the problem statement, and essentially everything required to successfully work on a project. Often, coding assessments fell short in determining real-life skills; they also cannot handle multiple project files like ReactJS, Angular, Jupyter Lab, and more. With iMocha projects, talent development leaders can bridge the gap between experiential learning and hands-on knowledge application by evaluating employees on real-world challenges, similar to what they would be facing on the job."
He continued, "With iMocha Projects, talent leaders will be able to show true value gained via their L&D programs and measure training effectiveness objectively."
iMocha is a skills intelligence and assessment platform that enables talent leaders to make smarter talent decisions with its skills-first insights. 500+ organizations across 70+ countries trust the platform to acquire job-fit talent faster and to measure the ROI from their talent development initiatives. It empowers talent teams with the largest skill library with 2500+ assessments, AI-LogicBox (AI-based pseudo-coding simulator), AI-EnglishPro (AI-powered language analyzer), skill benchmarking, upskilling dashboard, talent analytics, proctoring, fraud detection, and custom assessment consulting, etc.