EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

edX Passes 110 Million Total Global Enrollments, Up 29 Million Year-Over-Year

edx | December 15, 2020

edX Passes 110 Million Total Global Enrollments, Up 29 Million Year-Over-Year
edX, the education movement for restless learners, today announced a significant milestone in their growth in 2020. edX grew from 81 million total global enrollments in 2019, to over 110 million global enrollments in 2020, a record 29 million increase. The number of new registered users grew even faster at 161% year-over-year, to 35 million total individual users. Individual courses offered passed 3,000. In 2020 edX saw an average of 400,000 learners per day engaged in course content. This year alone, edX reached another milestone of issuing 2.1 million verified course certificates and offered 149 different credit pathways. More than 39 million hours of video were collectively consumed.

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The eLearning industry is never static. Just as technology continues to evolve, reinvent itself, and thrive (or die) in all technology-reliant industries, the same is true in eLearning specifically, and learning and development (L&D), broadly.In eLearning in particular, we have seen evidence of this through shifting budget allocations for eLearning programs, the increasing prevalence of eLearning in different global geographic markets, new and emerging trends in technologies that support eLearning, and the everincreasing role of social learning as a key L&D priority.Further, many organizations are now exploring new opportunities and experimental approaches to L&D that include artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, technology-supported personalized learning, and Big Data analytics.

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Echo360 and Turning Merge to Support Higher Education's Shift to Video and Hybrid Learning

Turning | January 12, 2022

Echo360, the globally leading video-based learning platform, announced today that it has merged with Turning, the world's premier provider of learning engagement platforms for education, business, and government sectors, to establish the industry's most comprehensive SaaS-based video learning and engagement platform that enables instructors and learners to share impactful learning experiences from anywhere. Combining Echo360's advanced video recording, streaming and video content management platform with Turning's expansive suite of learning engagement, authoring, and content solutions delivers the most holistic learning engagement experience for instructors and learners in any environment -- with more analytics, tools, and integrations with leading LMS platforms to ensure learning outcomes are achieved across every segment the combined enterprise now serves. The additional capital from Centre Lane Partners will enable Echo360 to dramatically expand their current offering in response to faculty and market demand. A NEW CHAPTER OF GROWTH Murad Velani, Chief Executive Officer, will lead the combined company, which will operate under the Echo360 brand name. The investment will allow Echo360 to expand its reach geographically and across other core learning markets including K12 education, government, and corporate learning. The combined enterprise will serve over 1,000 colleges and universities around the world, in addition to thousands of K12, business, and government customers in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. "Our mission is to create remarkable learning experiences for instructors and learners no matter who they are, where they are, or how they choose to learn, and video is an essential tool to enable the level of engagement we strive for in service to our customers around the world," said Velani. "Together Echo360 and Turning deliver the scale to be the global leader in learning engagement across every sector, and expands our ability to create equitable, engaged learning for all. Both companies have remarkable talent, a track record of innovation and impact, and together provide global scale at a time when learning demands and expectations around the world are being challenged and redefined daily." ANSWERING THE CALL FOR HYBRID LEARNING Amidst emergency remote learning caused by looming Covid-19 Omicron threats, school faculty, students, and administration are increasingly embracing video and hybrid learning alternatives -- digitally enabled approaches that facilitate more flexible teaching and learning experiences for students and faculty alike. In recent surveys, 73 percent of students have indicated a preference for online learning, and 57 percent of faculty said they would prefer teaching hybrid courses following the pandemic. "The fit between Turning and Echo360 is a natural one, and one that will immediately benefit the expanded segments," said Fred Singer, former Echo360 CEO who will be joining the newly combined company's board. "The unexpected need to transform campus life in 2020 forced a shift in our understanding of what's possible within a digital classroom and the broader educational technology ecosystem. Coming out of that experience, we've been seeing universities across the globe rethink the role of technology in creating more meaningful, more flexible, and more satisfying experiences for students and faculty alike. The combined platform supplemented with significant capital resources will ensure Echo360 continued leadership," said Singer. REDEFINING LEARNING ENGAGEMENT Turning's unique suite of student engagement tools combined with the Echo360 platform creates a highly interactive hybrid learning environment that unleashes the instructional power and learning potential of video. By enhancing Echo360's video-based solutions with Turning innovations, students and faculty will now be able to engage with course material at a deeper level and collaborate more effectively with their peers. Students can access class content and videos at any time and can take notes that are automatically time-synched to moments within the recorded lecture. Faculty can gauge student comprehension through live quizzes and advanced interactive audience response. To ensure the student experience is ever-improving, faculty can also access a suite of analytics and features to best track student learning and engagement in real-time. Built specifically for the cloud, instructors can use the platform from wherever they are, on any device, to record and create content, give, and receive feedback, and gain real-time insight into a student's learning journey. "This acquisition will redefine the learning engagement ecosystem, bringing a robust video management system capability to Turning's proven learning engagement solutions to create a transformational SaaS platform at scale that will accelerate growth for the company. Delivering proven Turning solutions like Dojo360, Point Solutions, and ExamView within a holistic Echo360 video learning experience to existing and new customers unlocks expansive growth opportunities, and we are committed to supporting this investment and management team." Ken Lau, Co-founder, and Managing Director, at Centre Lane Partners, LLC About Echo360 Echo360 believes that improved outcomes start with great moments in the classroom. Developed by educators, Echo360 helps instructors record and extend those moments to improve learner engagement through accessible, engaging video-based learning, reaching more than two million learners at approximately 1,200 schools and organizations across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific. www.echo360.com About Turning Turning was born out of the desire to transform traditional learning into active learning engagement. With global reach and impact across higher education, corporate, K12, and government sectors, the Turning portfolio (including Dojo360, ExamView, Point Solutions, and Knowbly) embodies its mission to create remarkable learning engagement experiences for everyone, everywhere. www.turning.com About Centre Lane Partners Centre Lane is a private investment firm focused on making equity and debt, control and non-control, investments in North American middle market companies. Centre Lane targets companies with revenues between $20 and $500 million that have leading market positions and sustainable competitive advantages in their respective niches.

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National Tutoring Nonprofit Introduces Free, Online Training to Help Scale Tutoring Programs

Saga Education | May 10, 2021

Saga Education, the national nonprofit behind one of the country's most studied personalized tutoring services, has announced the introduction of Saga Coach, a free, self-paced educational training portal that covers the basic components of successful tutoring. Saga's expertise as an established implementer of high-dosage, high-impact tutoring programs targeting thousands of students in large U.S. school districts such as Chicago, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Broward County, Fla., is at the heart of the training. According to research, children in the wake of the pandemic learned just 87% of the reading and 67% of the math that their grade-level counterparts learned during more typical years. While more schools prepare for Summer and Fall 2021, state and district leaders are planning to launch elevated tutoring services to ensure students have extra resources to make up for the learning time lost this year. Saga Coach provides school leaders with a one-of-a-kind, self-paced preparation curriculum that will assist them in easily preparing new tutors for this job at scale. "Leaders at the state and district levels recognize the importance of addressing the major learning disruptions that have occurred during the last year. When tutoring is handled properly, it can do more than just help students catch up; it can also help them thrive "AJ Gutierrez, co-founder of Saga Education, said. "As per University of Chicago research, students will gain two and a half years of math progress in one year by tutoring. Saga Coach takes the lessons we've learned and applies them to every organization, school district, or program that wants to incorporate tutoring." The virtual platform for Saga Coach is based on Saga's expertise providing over 2 million hours of tutoring. The online curriculum provides 19 self-paced modules on key areas that help tutors excel, such as building relationships with students and structuring an effective tutorial. Saga Coach is accessible on mobile devices and can be reached at any time and from any location. Learning modules that comprise Saga's basic training are unlocked as tutors progress. Saga's modules concentrate on three critical subjects for successful tutoring: relationship, ratio, and rigor. The platform has an engaging dashboard where tutors can work through the various units at their own pace, capture reflections, track progress, and engage with the tutoring community. "The difficulties that school districts face when introducing high-dose tutoring programs stem from the hiring and training of potential tutors, many of whom may not be qualified educators," said Krista Marks, Chief Product Officer at Saga Education. "We expect that by offering Saga Coach as a free, self-paced training platform, organizations can use it to deliver quality pre-service training for their tutors. The interactive course is intended to be engaging and to offer tutors agency over the journey of learning the fundamental skills of becoming a successful tutor." The University of Chicago Education Lab has studied Saga Education's comprehensive math tutoring model in Chicago Public Schools and New York City since 2013, discovering that it significantly increases learning outcomes for high school students. In two randomized controlled trials, students who got Saga tutoring studied up to two and a half years of math in one academic year – the equivalent to closing up to half of the black-white test score difference in one school year. Saga's tutoring paradigm has cut math course failure rates by 60%, according to the randomized trials. About Saga Education Saga Education is an evidence-based, personalized tutoring intervention that aims to provide students who are struggling with math the trust and intellectual strength they need to graduate high school and fulfill their goals. Fast Company added the organization to the distinguished list of the World's Most Innovative Educational Companies in 2020, recognizing it for its evidence-based, scalable tutoring program that targets students in high-need schools.

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The Be Kind People Project to offer VIRTUAL, OUTDOOR, and LIVE programs to meet blended education needs

PR Newswire | July 17, 2020

The 2020-2021 school year is approaching and The Be Kind People Project is equipping parents and teachers with the tools and programs they need to head back to school while facing a new normal in the classroom (or virtual classroom). The Be Kind People Project will offer VIRTUAL, OUTDOOR, and LIVE programs to meet blended education needs.The organization works to build a generation of respectful, responsible, healthy, and caring citizens and leaders. Investing in today's youth is building tomorrow's leaders.The BE KIND Academy is their most outstanding offering yet. It is a new virtual package that includes comprehensive virtual social and emotional learning, character education, health, academic, and digital responsibility education for classrooms, small groups, and at-home learning.

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Spotlight

The eLearning industry is never static. Just as technology continues to evolve, reinvent itself, and thrive (or die) in all technology-reliant industries, the same is true in eLearning specifically, and learning and development (L&D), broadly.In eLearning in particular, we have seen evidence of this through shifting budget allocations for eLearning programs, the increasing prevalence of eLearning in different global geographic markets, new and emerging trends in technologies that support eLearning, and the everincreasing role of social learning as a key L&D priority.Further, many organizations are now exploring new opportunities and experimental approaches to L&D that include artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, technology-supported personalized learning, and Big Data analytics.