Exam results will no longer be used to define 'failing' schools

The Guardian | January 28, 2019

Schools in England will no longer be punished for failing to meet the government’s standards in national exams or tests, Damian Hinds will announce as part of a new strategy to attract and retain teachers in the profession.The proposals to be unveiled by the education secretary means schools will not be defined as failing or “coasting” based on results of national tests or GCSE exams, removing a burden of assessment that has been criticised for unfairly hitting schools with challenging pupil intakes.Instead, only Ofsted inspection results are to be used in future as a trigger for intervention in schools such as a change in management – a decision welcomed by school leaders as removing the assessment double jeopardy that many faced.“Floor and coasting standards added unnecessary stress and uncertainty without ever helping the process of school improvement. School leaders will be pleased to see the back of them,” said Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, which has long campaigned against them.

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Organizations adopt different project management techniques, instructional design models, and visual design principles to create eLearning solutions.The changing tastes of learners, falling attention spans of learners, and the shift towards learning on mobile devices have brought a significant change in the way eLearning is designed and delivered.Learners choose to access smaller learning nuggets ‘on-the-go’ and this in tandem has fueled the growth of video-based learning and dedicated mobile learning apps.

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Organizations adopt different project management techniques, instructional design models, and visual design principles to create eLearning solutions.The changing tastes of learners, falling attention spans of learners, and the shift towards learning on mobile devices have brought a significant change in the way eLearning is designed and delivered.Learners choose to access smaller learning nuggets ‘on-the-go’ and this in tandem has fueled the growth of video-based learning and dedicated mobile learning apps.

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New Skillsoft Study Reveals Learning and Development Disconnect Between Women in Tech and Employers

Skillsoft | December 03, 2021

Skillsoft, a global leader in corporate digital learning, today released new research exploring the current state of women in tech including the challenges and barriers to inclusion they face and how employers can better support them. Findings from Skillsoft’s 2021 Women in Tech Report reveal that while female employees have gained hard-fought ground in the workplace, a large gap still exists when it comes to opportunities for professional development and career advancement. According to the report, there is a misalignment between the workplace benefits women in tech are seeking and what is currently being provided. For example, while 86 percent of respondents cited opportunities for professional development and training as extremely or very important to them, just 42 percent said their employers currently offer this as a benefit. Additionally, when asked about the top challenges they have faced while pursuing a tech-related career, nearly a third of women surveyed (32 percent) pointed to a lack of training. The research indicates that women in tech want to learn, and when asked which tech-related areas they are most interested in, business analysis, cybersecurity, analytics, AI, and machine learning, and leadership and management topped their lists. With Skillsoft’s recent IT Skills and Salary Report finding that 76 percent of organizations currently face skills gaps in their IT departments, providing opportunities for training and professional development is a major benefit for employers and employees alike as it can help fill crucial shortages and skills gaps and put women on a path for career advancement. “Organizations around the globe are looking for ways to address their skills gaps, and in many cases, the answer lies within via their existing workforce. Women make up less than 40 percent of the global workforce, and for that number to increase, female employees must be empowered with continuous training, professional development, and career advancement, as well as equal pay. The time is now for organizations to tackle gender disparity head-on. By doing so, we can build more inclusive, equitable, and competitive businesses.” Potoula Chresomales, SVP, Product Management, Skillsoft Skillsoft’s 2021 Women in Tech Report highlights a few ways organizations can better empower female employees, including: Provide and encourage opportunities for certification: When asked how certifications have helped advance their careers, respondents reported gaining more responsibility (52 percent), earning higher salaries (34 percent), and receiving promotions (32 percent), among other benefits. Despite business analysis and cybersecurity being identified as leading areas of interest, just 22 percent and 18 percent of respondents, respectively, hold corresponding certifications.19 percent report holding no certifications at all. Make a concentrated effort to reduce gender bias in STEM: 70 percent of women surveyed reported that men outnumber them in the workplace at ratios of two-to-one or greater. Additionally, Skillsoft found that compared to men, women in tech must work longer to climb the corporate ladder. The highest percentage of men in leadership roles have 15-20 years of experience versus 26 or more years for women. To encourage more women to pursue tech-related careers, respondents said organizations should provide opportunities for professional development and training (55 percent), childcare (47 percent), career coaching, mentoring, and counseling (43 percent), and an equitable work culture (41 percent). Alleviate the unique on-the-job challenges women face: While overall job satisfaction for women in tech is strong – 91 percent of respondents report being extremely or somewhat satisfied in their roles – they face numerous obstacles. 38 percent of respondents list their biggest challenge as a lack of equity in pay. This is followed by balancing work and life (36 percent) and a lack of equity in opportunities (33 percent). Ensure training is timely and topical: When selecting a training provider, women in tech seek scheduling capabilities (34 percent), relevant course availability (32 percent), and opportunities for hands-on practice (32 percent). About Skillsoft Skillsoft is a global leader in corporate digital learning, focused on transforming today’s workforce for tomorrow’s economy. The Company provides enterprise learning solutions designed to prepare organizations for the future of work, overcome critical skill gaps, drive demonstrable behavior-change, and unlock the potential in their people. Skillsoft offers a comprehensive suite of premium, original, and authorized partner content, including one of the broadest and deepest libraries of leadership & business skills, technology & developer, and compliance curricula. With access to a broad spectrum of learning options (including video, audio, books, bootcamps, live events, and practice labs), organizations can meaningfully increase learner engagement and retention. Skillsoft’s offerings are delivered through Percipio, its award-winning, AI-driven, immersive learning platform purpose built to make learning easier, more accessible, and more effective.

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TutorMe Launches Partnership with Richland School District Two

TutorMe | February 03, 2022

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Surgent Introduces Red Flag Mania Courses, Expanding Its Professional Development Offering for the Accounting and Finance Industries

Surgent | May 04, 2021

Surgent, a part of KnowFully Learning Group, today announced the launch of Red Flag Mania within its course portfolio for Surgent IQ, the company’s online learning center that delivers upskilling and reskilling training for accounting and finance professionals. The launch consists of an innovative e-learning solution that mixes film, theory, and “whodunit” fun, empowering learners to use data to unravel complex problems and gain new skills. Surgent IQ will offer Red Flag Mania as a stand-alone season, with 6-8 hours of content, also as during a subscription model - which can include future seasons throughout the year, also as mini-games. Red Flag Mania, co-founded by Kelly Richmond Pope, Ph.D., CPA, and experiential marketing expert Roni Jackson, creates richly produced educational courses that incorporate real people and real stories, increasing engagement and resulting in a better level of retention. Studies show that gamification increases motivation and productivity by up to 87% and ultimately knowledge retention, allowing students and professionals to select up information faster. Red Flag Mania courses encourage learners to look for clues that reveal “red flags” which can be overlooked without this type of deep investigation and important thinking. “Red Flag Mania’s unique approach to gamification and fraud detection is an innovative sort of professional development that far supersedes options currently on the market,” said Elizabeth Kolar, MBA, CPA, CGMA, Executive vice-chairman. “We’re excited to ascertain this partnership enable a broader reach of this data, allowing students and professionals to fine-tune their skills, while also providing a visibility boost to the 2 innovators who have successfully made tough topics like fraud accessible and interesting .” Red Flag Mania’s innovative curriculum complements KnowFully’s approach to education, which focuses on personalizing the training experience to every individual must drive more efficient and meaningful learning outcomes. This approach is clear across Surgent’s portfolio of solutions, which spans all stages of an accounting or finance professional’s career, from Surgent Exam Review, which offers award-winning test prep courses for the CPA Exam, EA Exam, CMA Exam, et al., to Surgent IQ, which delivers skill-building training for all career stage, and Surgent CPE, a provider of best-in-class continuing professional education (CPE) for CPAs and other tax and financial professionals. “Our gamified learning experience is meant to encourage students and professionals alike to nurture their skills through storytelling and therefore the immersive experiences that are crucial to the application of the knowledge on a day-to-day basis,” said Kelly Richmond Pope. “Our partnership with Surgent IQ may be a fantastic opportunity to expand our reach to professionals trying to find a fresh approach to learning. About Surgent Surgent, a part of NexPhase Capital-backed KnowFully Learning Group, features a 35-year history of leadership in accounting, finance, and tax education. for many of the company's history, Surgent has been referred to as a trusted provider of the Continuing Professional Education that CPAs got to maintain their professional credentials. More recently, Surgent has become one of the fastest-growing Exam Review course providers, offering adaptive learning-based courses that help students pass accounting and finance credentialing exams faster. Surgent IQ, launched in 2020, delivers on-demand skill-building courses that help students and professionals leverage targeted learning to further their careers. About Red Flag Mania Red Flag Mania may be a game-based investigative experience that uses true crime stories to show postsecondary learners concepts of active learning, critical thinking, problem-solving and ethical deciding in business and accounting courses. The company’s simulation-based, immersive learning approach incorporates real people and real stories that end in positive learning outcomes.

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