PRnewswire | April 28, 2023
Intellum, the leader in EdTech for Business, today announced that Reputation-Based Gamification is now part of the core Intellum platform. Intellum is the first education technology company to move beyond the behavioral-focused game mechanics found inside other learning management systems and education platforms. The new capabilities empower clients to better motivate learners by tying the consumption of content and the acquisition of skills and knowledge to peer recognition.
Many businesses adopt gamified learning models in an effort to motivate employees, customers, and partners to complete corporate learning initiatives by awarding digital badges or points. While this approach has been somewhat effective in driving engagement, it fails to tie recognition and reward to what matters most: content mastery and efficacy.
"Engaging learners is critical, but most gamified learning initiatives drive the wrong behavior, encouraging learners to speed through content just to earn a badge, as opposed to motivating them to learn for the right reasons. Over time, we've proven that this type of behavioral engagement has no impact on the success of a business education initiative," said Chip Ramsey, CEO of Intellum. "However, learning science research has now demonstrated that reputation is the best motivator for self-directed learning. Our new approach to Reputation-Based Gamification finally connects the dots for the learner, illuminating the personal benefits of acquiring the right knowledge and motivating them to learn by tapping into everyone's desire to be recognized and respected by their peers."
Intellum has offered industry-leading gamification and social learning functionality for years, and the new Reputation-Based Gamification combines both social motivation and gamified learning experiences in an all-new way. Learners are now encouraged to build reputation by consuming content tied to specific skills and competencies (as defined by the client). Reputation points accrue and are displayed on the learner's profile, skill-by-skill, so learners can easily be identified and recognized for their respective skill sets and expertise. Proven game mechanics like timed challenges and leaderboards keep learners engaged and motivated, and clients can offer awards like shareable credentials for learning achievements.
"Intellum provides a platform where learners are encouraged to challenge themselves and their peers with friendly competition. It is essential in driving continued growth through training, which in turn leads to increased sales and customer satisfaction," shared Alyssa Morris, Associate Director of Design for Cricket Wireless.
Intellum's new approach to gamification includes:
• Skills-based Learning and Reputation Accumulation – earn reputation across key skill competencies after completing relevant content. Share skills acumen on profiles and with peers.
• Credentials Acquisition for Topic Mastery – earn Credentials by completing specific learning paths or sequenced coursework, which can be shared on profiles or through professional and social networks, showcasing subject mastery.
• Timed Challenges and Leaderboards – accelerate skills and reputation building by competing against peers in timed, topic-based Challenges. Climb Challenge Leaderboards and track peers' activity on progress.
• Rewards Store Support – earn "Gold" when finishing courses, completing Challenges, or earning Credentials, and redeem it for prizes.
• Self-Service Admin Settings and Reporting – set up and manage game mechanics, as well as track skills progression, topic mastery, learner engagement, content performance, and "Gold" balances and transactions.
"We're seeing more and more thought leaders and partners in our industry get certified and post on LinkedIn. And those are the people who are going to share their accomplishments and participate in other forums or communities," explained Samantha Parsons, Director of Partnerships Experience Academy at impact.com. "For that reason, we're giving our learners the ability to earn reputation points and add additional credentials while mastering a particular topic. Gamification is a very integral piece of our education initiatives—and a much larger growth strategy for us. That's why we're super excited about Intellum's new reputation-based in-platform capabilities."
Intellum provides the #1 customer, partner, and employee education platform that large brands and fast-moving companies rely on to engage audiences and improve product knowledge, utilization, retention, and revenue. Intellum's scientific, data-driven approach is based on 20+ years of industry experience, and the Intellum Platform includes all of the tools an organization needs to create, deploy, manage, track, and continuously improve highly personalized, engaging educational experiences.
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PRnewswire | April 05, 2023
Teaching Strategies, the country's leading developer of early childhood curriculum, assessment, professional learning, and family engagement solutions, has won EdTech Digest's "EdTech Cool Tool Award" for The Creative Curriculum®, its research-based, whole-child curriculum that serves children from infancy through kindergarten.
The Creative Curriculum®, which earned the top honor in the "curriculum and instruction solution" award category, is designed to give early childhood educators, no matter their level of experience, the resources and support they need to implement a developmentally appropriate, content-rich program for children with diverse backgrounds and skill levels. The curriculum's digital platform includes, for example, planning tools to guide individualized instruction; a mobile app to engage families with learning in the classroom and at home; and on-demand professional development and community-building opportunities.
Teaching Strategies was also named a finalist in seven award categories, spanning company leadership to assessment to credentialing.
"Our youngest learners—and those closest to them— deserve comprehensive supports that meet their evolving needs. This is especially true as we continue to navigate the long-term effects of the pandemic on learning in the classroom and at home," said Teaching Strategies CEO John Olsen. "We're thrilled to be recognized by EdTech Digest for our leadership in the sector and for our ongoing commitment to offer children, educators, and families the most innovative, timely solutions."
Established in 2010, The EdTech Awards recognize, acknowledge, and celebrate the most exceptional innovators, leaders, and trendsetters in education technology with three main honors: the EdTech Cool Tool Awards, the EdTech Leadership Awards, and the EdTech Trendsetter Awards.
Teaching Strategies was named a finalist in various categories under all three main honors. The products recognized as finalists for "Cool Tool Awards" include the new Professional Development Teacher Membership; the widely-used and trusted GOLD® assessment; the trauma-informed coaching app Noni™; and Tadpoles®, a communication solution for child care programs.
In addition, Olsen was named a finalist for a "Leadership Award" and the company's entire ecosystem of solutions was a finalist for a "Trendsetter Award."
Access a full list of winners and finalists for the awards.
This year's finalists and winners were narrowed from the larger field and judged based on various criteria, including: pedagogical workability, efficacy and results, support, clarity, value and potential.
"A very big congratulations to all The EdTech Awards 2023 finalists and winners—and congratulations to all who endured the upheavals of the last few years only to come through stronger, more experienced, resilient, and resolute in laying out the future of learning," said Victor Rivero, who as Editor-in-Chief of EdTech Digest oversees the program.
Rivero continued: "It's far from perfect but across K-12, higher education, and workforce learning sectors, an accelerated digital transformation has left in its wake hybrid schools, rapidly changing postsecondary models, and an increasingly remote-based workforce. The world has truly changed—and we will never be the same again."
About Teaching Strategies
Driven by research that shows a child's first eight years form a critical foundation for success in school and in life, Teaching Strategies has been an advocate for the early education community for over 40 years. Today, Teaching Strategies connects teachers, children and families to inspired teaching and learning experiences, informative data, stronger family partnerships, and professional learning through the leading early learning platform and resources. Its products, including the most widely-used curriculum and assessment solutions The Creative Curriculum® and GOLD®, are found in over 250,000 classrooms and reach over 4 million children each year. To learn why thousands of early childhood programs and many states choose to partner with Teaching Strategies to help ensure children's success in school and in life.
About EdTech Digest and EdTech Awards
EdTech Digest, a leading source of cool tools, interviews, and trends showcasing the future of learning, annually honors the best and brightest people, products and groups working in edtech with The EdTech Awards. Cool Tool, Leadership, and Trendsetter honorees span the K-12, Higher Ed, and Skills & Workforce sectors.
PRnewswire | April 12, 2023
The SDA Bocconi School of Management (SDA Bocconi), Italy's premier management school and a top-ranked international academic institution, and edX, the global online learning platform from 2U, Inc. (Nasdaq: TWOU), today announced that SDA Bocconi plans to launch new Professional Certificate programs on edX.org. An existing 2U partner, SDA Bocconi's new offerings will build on the proven success of the institution's executive education courses, launched in October 2020.
Meeting the ongoing global demand for alternative credentials, SDA Bocconi's new offerings on edX provide learners with a flexible, affordable opportunity to gain knowledge in relevant topics across leadership, finance, and strategy. SDA Bocconi has designed these programs to support employers and employees across a wide range of industry sectors with the skills needed to navigate the increasingly dynamic and competitive global marketplace, as well as create innovative, productive, and inclusive working environments.
"Learners today are demanding flexibility and individualized paths in their academic journey. They want to enroll in affordable programs, centered around real-world impact, that fit their schedules, provide a clear pathway to completion, and can offer a quick return on investment. We really want our learners to "live the educational journey" through a dynamic, innovative and interactive path to ultimately create a high impact experience for each of them," said Leonardo Caporarello, Associate Dean for Online Learning at SDA Bocconi. "With high student retention and satisfaction rates for our initial executive education offerings with 2U, we are excited to expand our work to include these new programs with edX, creating even more opportunities for learners all over the world to achieve career success."
Professional Certificate programs on edX are designed to build and enhance critical professional skills needed to succeed in today's most in-demand fields. They are offered in highly relevant fields providing learners with a valuable, standalone credential that showcases knowledge and skills.
"Expanding our partnership with SDA Bocconi to include offerings core to edX's vision for high-quality, innovative, modular, and affordable education underscores our shared commitment to innovation in online learning," said Andrew Hermalyn, president of partnerships at 2U, the parent company of edX. "SDA Bocconi is renowned for its expertise in the wide spectrum of skills needed to thrive in the modern business world. This next phase of our partnership will be instrumental in expanding the institution's reach to learners across the globe."
The new programs will be live on edX.org in the second half of 2023. SDA Bocconi also plans to launch additional courses on edX, exploring topics including health care, sustainability, and blockchain.
edX is the global online learning platform that exists to help learners everywhere unlock their potential. edX was founded by Harvard and MIT in 2012 to make the world's best education available to everyone. Today, as a 2U, Inc. company (Nasdaq: TWOU), edX connects 48 million ambitious learners with the skills, knowledge, and support to achieve their goals. Together with the world's leading universities and companies, edX offers thousands of free and open courses, professional certificates, boot camps, credit-bearing micro credentials, and undergraduate and graduate degrees. Discover purpose-built online programs in technology, business, healthcare, science, education, social work, sustainability, and more at edX.org.
About The SDA Bocconi School of Management
SDA Bocconi School of Management has been a leading institution in management training for over 50 years. The School's mission is to help individuals, companies and institutions grow by promoting managerial culture, knowledge and innovation. MBA programs, executive and specialized masters, executive programs, custom programs, applied research, research labs and knowledge centers all contribute to a wide offering aimed at professionals from all over the world and all sectors of the economy. SDA Bocconi is among the leading business schools in Europe and those to have gained triple accreditation – EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB – which puts it in the elite of business schools worldwide.