Auth0 Identity Platform | October 29, 2021
The Auth0 Identity Platform, a product unit within Okta, today announced it has been selected as the identity and authentication provider for Wharton Interactive, an interactive learning platform that draws on games, simulations, and research to make Ivy League business education more accessible to all. To enable a seamless, end-to-end experience for learners and educators, Auth0’s platform will provide a Single Sign-on (SSO) solution for learners and educators throughout their journey.
Wharton Interactive — founded by Sarah Toms, executive director, and Professor Ethan Mollick at the Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania — has developed different modes of delivering education on its Alternate Reality Courseware (ARC) platform. ARCs knit together leading subject matter expertise and an immersive games-based experience where users gain mastery through practice and receive personal feedback about their performance every step of the way. By increasing inclusive access to business education, this unique higher ed initiative strives to better the socio-economic status of individuals and lift economies through job creation.
To aid in Wharton Interactive’s marketplace launch, the team wanted to create one, seamless user experience across the entire platform, from the user’s account creation and management to the interactive simulations and classes, and selected Auth0 to help. By implementing SSO, students and educators can enter their login credentials once and automatically gain access to multiple applications. Through the implementation of Auth0’s SSO solution, Wharton Interactive’s platform benefits from increased security and privacy while improving the end-to-end experience for users.
“Auth0 plays an integral role in making Wharton Interactive’s mission to transform education a reality by eliminating the hurdles associated with having to login to multiple systems along the customer journey,” said Sarah Toms, co-founder and Executive Director for Wharton Interactive. “We were searching for a top-notch identity provider with proven expertise in SSO, and are so pleased that we have partnered with Auth0. From vendor selection to launch, it took only a few months to build and deliver a comprehensive solution that was ready for market.”
“Wharton Interactive is democratizing higher education and transforming the eLearning space with its cutting-edge approaches, and identity is a key enabler in supporting this mission — strong user experience, security, and privacy practices all start at login. We’re honored to support Wharton Interactive’s identity needs and help them seamlessly scale as they make education more attainable and secure for educators and learners around the world.”
Ghazi Masood, General Manager and SVP of Americas at Auth0
The Auth0 Identity Platform, a product unit within Okta, takes a modern approach to identity and enables organizations to provide secure access to any application, for any user. Auth0 is a highly customizable platform that is as simple as development teams want, and as flexible as they need. Safeguarding billions of login transactions each month, Auth0 delivers convenience, privacy, and security so customers can focus on innovation.
upGrad | December 06, 2021
The nine-month fully online program, which begins in January 2022, brings together qualified faculty and industry leaders who are known in the fields of data science and business analytics and includes industry-driven assignments and a capstone project. Additionally, 100+ hours of live sessions and robust mentor and student support is provided to help learners experience a seamless learning journey and build a rewarding career.
The program’s academic director, Dr. Kislaya Prasad, says the launch is especially timely, “We live in the age of data. The storied companies of our times - such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, Netflix - are all powered by data science.”
“It's not just Tech,” says Prasad, a research professor who also is academic director of Maryland Smith’s Center for Global Business. “All industries are realizing the value in data-driven decision making. So, it is not surprising that data skills have become critical for advancement in corporate careers.”
“Data is the new global currency and fluency in data analytics creates exponential opportunities for career enhancement,” said Karan Raturi, General Manager, North America, upGrad. “There has never been a better time to reinvent and recharge your career. As professionals return to an office or re-evaluate their work-life goals, upGrad, in partnership with University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, is offering professionals an opportunity to expand their skill sets and find or create new opportunities to build meaningful and progressive careers.”
Program instructors include respected and accomplished professors, Dr. P.K. Kannan and Dr. Anil K. Gupta. Kannan - the Dean’s Chair in Marketing Science, “is one of the world’s foremost marketing professors with special expertise in quantitative and Digital Marketing,” says Prasad.
Gupta is among the program instructors. Ranked by Thinkers50 as one of the world's most influential management thinkers, he has been named by The Economist, as one of the world's "superstars” for research on emerging markets. He is also the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Educator Award from the Academy of Management's International Management Division on the topic of globalization. Among other distinctions, he is a member of CNBC Disrupters 50 Advisory Council and holds the Michael D. Dingman Chair in Strategy, Globalization, and Entrepreneurship at University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Maryland Smith continues to rank among the top business school programs in the country, according to the latest ratings from U.S. News & World Report. The school is ranked No. 23 nationally and No.13 among public university business programs.
The progressive leadership of the University is as equally aligned and driven as upGrad to bring together a world-class education and globally recognised programs at an affordable cost to learners around the world.
upGrad has enrolled learners from more than 100 countries, and last year, doubled its U.S. enrollment with 25% of its learners now coming from the U.S., it’s second largest market. The education technology leader is doubling its U.S. team to continue supporting brand and operations expansion in the U.S.
“Our blended learning approach will help expand our learners' academic and professional exposure while also enabling them to substantially save on their education expenses. We are thrilled to have the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business join us, and with many more universities joining our network, we continue to empower learners across geographies. This is among many new university partnerships that will be announced in due course.”
Ronnie Screwvala, Chairperson & Co-Founder, 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 100 countries and over 300 University partners and 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, U.S., Middle East, India, Singapore & Vietnam, and with presence in many more countries.
About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business
The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, specialty master's, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.
Insight Academy of Arizona | October 12, 2021
Insight Academy of Arizona (ISAZ), a full-time online school serving students throughout the state of Arizona, becomes the first 100% online school recognized by the Arizona Department of Education for their Career Prep program.The ISAZ Career Prep program allows students in middle- and high-school to jump-start their future by taking career-focused electives to explore job options in classes such as Business, Health & Human Services, and Information Technology.
“This approval from the state means so much because it recognizes the well-rounded education, we are providing our students here at ISAZ. But more importantly, our program cultivates the potential in each individual student by integrating rigorous virtual learning with relevant work-based experiences that inspires, guides, empowers and prepares them for the challenges of post-secondary education and a globally competitive workforce.”
Dr. Erica Young-Jackson, Stride Career Prep CRE Administrator
In order to be approved for this program, schools must show the state DOE that it can deliver a coherent course sequence, involve related industry in decision making through advisory committees and partnerships, is inclusive for all special populations, ensure that Professional Skills and work-based learning are embedded into the program, and more.
About Insight Academy of Arizona
Insight Academy of Arizona (ISAZ) is an AdvancED-accredited, full-time online public school that serves Arizona students in grades 7-12. As part of the Arizona public school system, ISAZ is tuition-free and provides families the choice to access the curriculum and tools provided by K12, a Stride Company (NYSE: LRN). Stride offers learners of all ages a more effective way to learn and build skills for their future. For more information about ISAZ, visit az.insightschools.net.