edX | November 07, 2022
The University of California, Riverside Extension and edX, a leading global online learning platform from 2U, Inc., today announced a partnership to develop UCRX's first Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on the edX platform. The courses, featuring content in mental health, well-being and world languages, will be free-to-audit for edX learners.The five courses UCRX will be offering include a mental health and well-being course focused on the dynamic power of the brain, Arabic language for business, and English-Spanish language interpretation and translation. The three interpretation and translation courses will include concentrations in medical, legal and education settings.
"The launch of our first MOOC courses on edX introduces UCR University Extension's mission of preparing a new generation of innovative thinkers to become lifelong learners around the globe.We look forward to collaborating with the edX team to provide these affordable, accessible education opportunities."
Dr. Kevin J. Vaughn, Dean of University Extension and Professor of Anthropology at UCR
In addition to the new MOOCs, UCRX will continue to offer its boot camp programs in coding and cybersecurity in partnership with edX. Since launching in 2018, over 300 learners have graduated from UCRX's boot camp programs. Graduates have been hired by nearly 40 companies, including JP Morgan and Infosys. With this expansion of our partnership, UCR Extension is furthering its commitment to provide accessible and affordable education opportunities from a world-renowned university system, said Andrew Hermalyn, President of Partnerships at 2U. "MOOCs establish an accessible entry point for people to begin their learning journeys and discover complementary programs, from additional MOOCs to MicroMasters® programs, on the edX platform.
About University of California Riverside Extension
The University of California (UC) is the world's leading public research university system. UCR is one of ten UC campuses. Nine of the ten UC campuses have University Extensions, which are designated as the professional, continuing and online education division for the campuses. For more than 65 years, the mission of UCR Extension has been to provide professional development, academic advancement and personal achievement programs for international and domestic learners. Many of these programs ground their practical components in evidence-based research. UCR Extension offers a welcoming and diverse environment in which learners can advance their existing careers or embark on new ones, to continue in lifelong learning, or set and achieve new scholastic goals. UCR Extension provides academic programming for a variety of industries, including the fields of Education, Health and Wellness, Business and Management, Law and Criminal Justice, Engineering and Technology, and others. The organization currently offers 75+ certificates and academic pathway programs to 4,000 students and 7,000+ enrollments per year including international students from 45+ countries.
edX is the education movement for restless learners and a leading global online learning platform from 2U, Inc.Together with the majority of the world's top-ranked universities and industry-leading companies, we bring our community of over 45 million learners world-class education to support them at every stage of their lives and careers, from free courses to full degrees. And we're not stopping there — we're relentlessly pursuing our vision of a world where every learner can access education to unlock their potential, without the barriers of cost or location. Learn more at edX.org.
Fearless Futures | November 18, 2022
Today, Fearless Futures, an international diversity, equity and inclusion training and consultancy firm, announces the launch of its premier E-learning program, E-learning: Foundations to Inclusion and Equity, which educates participants on how to build inclusion and equity into their organization. Known for its transformative virtual and in-person trainings, Fearless Futures expands the accessibility of its educational offerings with this E-learning tool, enabling smaller companies, as well as corporations with teams too large to make instructor-led live training for all feasible, to advance their own anti-oppression learning in a cost-effective manner and at their own pace. Through the program, Fearless Futures pushes e-learning to a higher level of effectiveness by keeping participants deeply invested through engaging facilitators and short chapters, while also preserving the gravity of the subject matters. Unlike typical online DEI trainings, which are mainly intended to avoid workplace litigation and therefore set a very low bar in terms of actual education, this program covers the foundational concepts of systemic oppression, intersectionality and equity. The studio-produced experience, which includes interactions, engaging animations and historical footage, is slightly over two hours and structured in 17 bitesize video chapters, interspersed with activities. Foundations to Inclusion and Equity is available globally in English with captions in different languages upon request and accessible on computers and mobile devices.
"Making intersectional equity and inclusion education available to a large audience has always been a driving force of our organization and we are thrilled to now offer a tool that expands accessibility as well as affordability,We believe that everyone has a right to this education, which is key to achieving profound change. Now, from the palm of their hands or within their homes, folks can participate in the in-depth analysis required to understand intersecting oppressive systems that exist in our workplaces with our E-learning tool."
Hanna Naima McCloskey, founder and CEO of Fearless Futures.
Initially developed to support schools' DEI efforts in 2014, Fearless Futures was founded by Hanna Naima McCloskey, now a seasoned facilitator and educator, to give students the tools to engage with the nuance and complexity of oppression. Following the organization's initial success, Hanna expanded Fearless Futures' teachings to cater to leaders in the corporate world in 2016, a demographic in urgent need of anti-oppression training. Since then, Fearless Futures has served employees of all levels, from c-suite leadership to junior staff working in organizations across a variety of industries including technology, finance, media and more.
About Fearless Futures
Fearless Futures is a diversity, equity and inclusion training and consultancy firm that facilitates transformative learning experiences by actively challenging the root causes and intersections of inequities as well as their lived realities. The firm serves daring companies across sectors including tech, finance, media and more who are unafraid to engage in courageous analysis and actions and are committed to deep change across their organizational ecosystems. Fearless Futures envisions a world in which each person and organization possesses and actively practices the skills and tools to design equity into their everyday lives in service of affording access to freedom, legitimacy, dignity, safety and belonging for those who live with inequity. Founded in the UK in 2014 by Hanna Naima McCloskey, Fearless Futures specializes in globally relevant, robust analyses of inequities in the workplace and how they produce unequal and harmful outcomes for marginalized groups, applying its intersectional methodology to design equitable policies and processes.
Penda Learning | November 16, 2022
Penda Learning, a Learning 2020 company, announced today that it has finalized an agreement with Scantron for the use of more than 14,500 assessment items in 11 assessment banks that span all science disciplines. These items will be used to expand the assessments currently available with Penda Science — a game-based science curriculum for grades 3–8, physical science, environmental science, and biology. — to include all NGSS performance expectations and state-specific science standards. Unlike traditional assessments, Penda Science interactive assessments challenge students to achieve high scores that earn them points to unlock virtual worlds, customize their avatars, and more. Teachers and administrators can use the line item analysis data to pinpoint learning gaps and personalize instruction within the Penda Science platform for small groups and individuals to help students achieve science mastery.
"This agreement will dramatically accelerate the development of comprehensive assessments within Penda Science. High-quality, validated assessments are critical for teachers to make informed decisions about instruction and intervention in order to support science learning success for all students. We are excited to be able to offer students a more interactive and engaging assessment experience and educators the reliable data they need."
Brad Baird, President/CEO of Learning 2020
The new assessment development is slated to be completed by April 2023. Assessments will be available for diagnostic, formative, and summative purposes. Also new to the Penda assessment suite will be a "quick check" assessment for teachers to use before, during, or after a unit to gauge student learning in order to plan or modify instruction to align with student knowledge.
About Learning 2020
Learning 2020, parent company to Penda Learning, is dedicated to identifying pressing, unfilled needs within the K-12 education market and developing technology solutions that solve these challenges in innovative and cost-effective ways that will positively impact teaching and learning. Formed in early 2019 by Brad Baird and Bill Tudor, experienced education technology entrepreneurs, Learning 2020's current focus is on ensuring all students have access to high-quality STEM instruction whether learning at home or in school.