Anthology Inc | January 24, 2023
Anthology, the largest EdTech ecosystem for education on a global scale, announced on January 23, 2023, that it would support more solutions with certifications for data security and privacy.
The company, which provides educational solutions supporting the entire learning cycle, has now expanded its ISO 27001 security certification feature. After integrating Anthology and Blackboard in October 2021, one certification would combine Blackboard Learn, Anthology Ally, Anthology Student, and Anthology Reach.
Furthermore, Anthology Encompass, Anthology Engage, Blackboard SafeAssign, and Blackboard Data attained ISO 2001 certification. Complete solutions approved by ISO 27001 are also approved for cloud service security controls and data privacy protection practices.
An independent third-party auditor has confirmed that ISO 27001 certification is recognized globally for its best international security management practices and overall security controls. Thus, this certification guarantees that Anthology's security program satisfies high security and privacy standards.
Richie Rodriguez, Chief Information Security Officer at Anthology, said, "Data security and data privacy are foundational elements of the learning journey. This expansion of certification by independent experts signals to learners, instructors and administrators that Anthology is committed to delivering the highest level of safety and security. Our team puts security and data privacy at the center of our product development and management lifecycle process, an approach that ensures our solutions will continue to provide seamless, industry-leading protection so learners can focus on achieving their goals."
(Source – Cision PR Newswire)
The mentioned products got certified for ISO 27017 and ISO 27018 as well. ISO 27017 establishes security protocols for cloud services, while ISO 27018 contains specifications for protecting personally identifiable information (PII) in public clouds.
The company supports over 150 million learners in 80 countries as well as educational institutes worldwide. It provides approximately 60 SaaS products and services dedicated to promoting learning. In addition, it serves the global education community with dynamic, data-informed events that will assist learners and instructors in achieving their objectives.
Emtrain | January 09, 2023
Emtrain, an emerging revolutionary eLearning and analytics solution provider, announced it will serve as Cisco's exclusive diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) training partner for a global initiative that will provide anti-discrimination and inclusive culture analytics and training to the company's partners and suppliers. The partnership builds on Cisco's promise to offer anti-discrimination and inclusive culture training to all of its employees and make it available to the rest of the Cisco ecosystem.
We've seen time and time again how companies can influence behavior and society beyond just their own workplace. At Cisco, we have made a commitment to promoting and advancing social justice within and outside the company, and we know we can lean into our ecosystem of partners and suppliers to join us on this journey," stated Cisco EVP and Chief Policy & Purpose Officer Fran Katsoudas. He also said, "We're choosing Emtrain to help us because they have been instrumental in helping us measure and improve our internal pro-social skills, which leads to increased diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we're confident they can do the same for our broader ecosystem." (Source – Cision PR Newswire)
According to Katsoudas, Emtrain was picked for this function because they have demonstrated success in acquiring employee perception data and delivering benchmarked DEI scorecards and analytics while concurrently engaging individuals with relevant, timely content. Cisco earned a 92% completion rate for their employee-inclusive culture training earlier this year.
"More than ever before, businesses are influencing our culture. Cisco has the size and reach to create a new standard and expectation for D&I."
Janine Yancey, Emtrain's founder and CEO.
The "Building Skills for a Conscious Culture" course was made available to Cisco partners at the 2022 Partner Summit on November 1 and is presently being implemented with select suppliers.
Founded in 2004 by Janine Yancey, Emtrain is a provider of eLearning and analytics that quantify the impact of workplace social dynamics. The company's solutions go beyond compliance to foster inclusivity, ethics, and respect as professional competencies through the use of video-based skill-building training. Emtrain collaborates with industry professionals and uses current events to create video-based training content on themes including sexual harassment, unconscious bias, respect, and ethics.
More than 600 companies, including Bed Bath & Beyond, Genentech, and LiveNation, use Emtrain's platform. Recognized by Fast Company as one of the "World Changing Ideas 2020" and one of the "Inc. 5000 2021" fastest-growing companies. Emtrain is a woman-owned and driven firm funded by venture capital.
PowerSchool | January 31, 2023
On January 30, 2023, PowerSchool, a provider of cloud-based software for K-12 education, released updates for its PowerSchool Unified InsightsTM and PowerSchool Unified Classroom® solutions. The updates include LearningNav and ContentNav, new data-driven personalized learning products, and a new resource library inside Unified Insights MTSS, providing educators with verified, research-backed tools and strategies. The company also announced time-saving software Clouds, designed to give educators a more connected approach to engaging, planning, and monitoring the unique needs of their students.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress's latest "National Report Card" results show the impact of learning disruptions that students have experienced. It illustrates declines in math and reading for fourth and eighth graders in the United States, with math scores experiencing the greatest drop since NAEP testing began in 1990. Each student is at a different stage in their learning journey, indicating that educators require tools and resources to address individual student needs, personalize learning, and optimize their operations.
The updates, expected to roll out in the first half of 2023, provide the following:
LearningNav, an intelligent platform using machine learning and AI to provide personalized learning paths that adjust to the student's needs. An educator can view a student's starting point, select learning goals, and then review a constantly adapting personalized pathway recommendation for that student. Once the pathway is assigned, students can cover it at their own pace.
ContentNav, an update to Unified Classroom, is a one-stop shop for high-quality, pre-approved content that simplifies access to resources such as district-created materials, curated partnership content, and open education resources, which will support teacher instruction.
Resource Library, released by PowerSchool Unified Insights MTSS to help educators address students' individual needs. This library will provide educators with vetted, research-backed strategies and tools.
The company's new Clouds, that are persona-specific options that have been integrated and built to enhance how educators serve their students by bringing all necessary tools into one centralized location. The six Cloud types offered are Student Information Cloud, Personalized Learning Cloud, Educator Recruitment Cloud, Educator Effectiveness Cloud, Student Success Cloud, and Workforce Development Cloud.
Based in Folsom, California, PowerSchool provides cloud-based K-12 education software. Its mission is to supply the education ecosystem with unified technology that enables educators and students to fulfill their potential in unique ways. Schools and districts can manage state reporting and related compliance, finance, human resources, special education, talent, registration, funding, learning, instruction, assessments, grading, attendance, and analytics in one unified platform. The company serves around 45 million students worldwide, with 12,000+ customers, and sells solutions in over 90 countries.