Higher ed must learn to use student data more wisely

ecampus news | April 24, 2019

When it comes to recruitment and alumni contributions, how you use student data can make a big difference. According to Students, alumni, and administrators agree: Data-driven communications make a difference, a survey from software and services provider Ellucian, students are increasingly using their expectations of and actual experiences with data and personalized communications to dictate their enrollment and future giving.The annual survey, released last fall, shows that personalized communications weigh heavily in students’ decisions about which institution to attend. Eighty-seven percent of students who received personalized communications during their application process say it was an important factor in their choice of school. Forty-eight percent of students who applied to multiple colleges used poor communication as one reason not to attend a particular institution.“Today’s students expect seamless personalized experiences from nearly every organization they come in contact with—whether they realize it or not,” says Katie Lynch-Holmes, Ellucian senior strategic consultant. “These expectations and actual experiences influence their choice of institution, long-term loyalty, and future giving.”

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Students are empowered to grow in a personalized, competency-based learning environment. Cultivating a growth mindset helps students understand that failure is a part of the learning process – and that there’s always someone ready to support them when they try again.

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Visalia Unified School District Ensures Optimal Data Interoperability with Addition of Multiple PowerSchool Solutions

PowerSchool | February 17, 2022

PowerSchool, the leading provider of cloud-based software for K-12 education in North America, today announced that Visalia Unified School District (VUSD) in Tulare County, California, has added multiple PowerSchool solutions to drive enhanced educational outcomes. VUSD has added PowerSchool Unified Classroom® Performance Matters and PowerSchool Unified Insights as anchors in its robust tech stack after enjoying many years as a PowerSchool Student Information System (SIS) user. The district previously benefitted from implementing PowerSchool’s Unified Classroom® Schoology Learning toward the start of the pandemic. With the implementation of Performance Matters, Visalia will enhance its ability to create and distribute personalized assessments and monitor student performance. “Prior to Schoology Learning, we did not have a uniform LMS. With Performance Matters, we are able to have one assessment tool for the district and Unified Insights provides a robust data visualization tool,” said Andre Pecina, Administrator Curriculum and Instruction, Visalia Unified School District. “The value for us at the district-level is that the implementation team was a thought-partner for us. It was more than just checking off completed tasks, but also taking time to think through issues and provide additional questions and/or solutions." Performance Matters enables VUSD schools to build and deliver formative and comprehensive assessments. The results can be viewed alongside performance on third-party assessment, attendance, behavior, and even SEL survey data to ensure that instruction is specifically designed to address learning loss and accelerate learning gains. The PowerSchool SIS was a mainstay for VUSD, but it was not until the pandemic that Schoology Learning became the district’s main Learning Management System (LMS). In choosing an LMS, VUSD was looking for the ability to store and deliver training content, track participation, assign trainings, report activity and results, mobile access, strong support, and ease of use. Most importantly, the district wanted a platform to help keep students engaged and motivated. Since implementing Unified Insights, Visalia has been able to unify all district data, make data-informed decisions, and gain access to dashboards with reporting and analytics. “Visalia Unified School District has been a longtime PowerSchool customer that has more recently seen the value in combining our solutions for maximum impact. Leveraging multiple PowerSchool solutions with world class interoperability allows districts like VUSD to work smarter and truly reap the benefits of technology integrated to improve educational outcomes.” Maulik Datanwala, Chief Operating Officer, PowerSchool Visalia Unified School District is nestled close to the Sierra mountains in the heart of California's San Joaquin Valley. Established in 1885, VUSD serves 32,000 students, and employs 3,000 staff who provide educational services across 214 square miles. This includes 26 elementary schools, a newcomer language center, five middle schools, four high schools, adult education programs, and charters. About PowerSchool PowerSchool is the leading provider of cloud-based software for K-12 education in North America. Its mission is to power the education ecosystem with unified technology that helps educators and students realize their full potential, in their way. PowerSchool connects students, teachers, administrators, and parents, with the shared goal of improving student outcomes. From the office to the classroom to the home, it helps schools and districts efficiently manage state reporting and related compliance, special education, finance, human resources, talent, registration, attendance, funding, learning, instruction, grading, assessments and analytics in one unified platform. PowerSchool supports over 45 million students globally and more than 13,000 customers, including over 90 of the top 100 districts by student enrollment in the United States, and sells solutions in over 90 countries.

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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

Instructure to Acquire Kimono to Expand Integration and Interoperability with the Instructure Cloud-based Learning Platform

Instructure Holdings, Inc. | November 09, 2021

Instructure Holdings, Inc. (Instructure) today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Kimono, a leader in cloud-based data integration and interoperability for education. A long-time partner, and preferred integration solution of Canvas LMS, Kimono will be rebranded as Elevate Data Sync as it joins the Instructure Learning Platform. Elevate Data Sync is a solution built specifically for education that enables secure syncing of student, staff, and learning data across applications within a school environment. "The acquisition underscores Instructure's vision of building education's most integrated platform and demonstrates our deep commitment to openness. We want to give schools the freedom of choice to connect with their preferred applications. By incorporating Kimono's adaptable, cloud-based integration and interoperability solution as Elevate Data Sync, we strengthen our ability to more seamlessly connect users with the applications they love." Steve Daly, CEO of Instructure Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, the team at Kimono has over 20 years of experience developing integration solutions for K-12 and higher education. The company serves six state education agencies, over 2300 districts, 27,000 schools and universities, and more than 16 million students globally. The move extends Instructure's learning data integration and rostering capabilities for student information systems (SIS). With bi-directional sharing, Elevate Data Sync ensures data, grades, and rosters stay synchronized between edtech applications and student information systems (SIS). Schools ensure the accuracy, security, and accessibility with complete control of their integrations—sharing only the data elements they choose and only with the applications they authorize. Because Elevate Data Sync is standards-agnostic, it supports industry-standard data models and protocols—such as OneRoster, LIS, SIF, APIs, and CSV—and also offers the flexibility to meet needs of schools and applications. "We developed an adaptable, cloud-based platform that is the most comprehensive education interoperability solution available," said Steve Curtis, CEO of Kimono. "Adding that technology to the Instructure Learning Platform will accelerate Instructure's plans to provide broad support and deeper integration points to the platform for thousands of edtech providers globally. As a result, schools and higher education institutions will be further empowered to craft the digital learning environment that meets the unique needs of their students." The Instructure Learning Platform is an open, reliable, and extensible learning ecosystem enabling a digital learning environment for educators, students, and institutions. The platform is made up of several key pillars—such as learning management, assessment, and analytics —that work together to enrich, support, and connect every aspect of teaching and learning. Elevate Data Sync will be a vital part of the platform, driving interoperability and ease of use. ABOUT INSTRUCTURE Instructure is an education technology company dedicated to elevating student success, amplifying the power of teaching, and inspiring everyone to learn together. Today the Instructure Learning Platform supports more than 30 million educators and learners around the world.

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ONLINE EDUCATION

BYJU'S Acquires Austrian Company GeoGebra; Aims To Make Math Learning Even More Visual And Interactive

BYJU’S | December 09, 2021

BYJU’S, a homegrown Indian Edtech Company with 115 million students on its learning platform, has announced the acquisition of Austria-headquartered GeoGebra. The Austrian company has a dynamic, interactive and collaborative mathematics learning tool. This acquisition complements BYJU’S overall product strategy and integrates GeoGebra’s capabilities to enable the creation of new product offerings and learning formats to its existing mathematics portfolio. It furthers BYJU’S aim to make math more engaging, leading to better learning outcomes. This synergy of two like-minded companies will bring comprehensive, personalised and immersive learning experiences to all students. GeoGebra will continue to operate as an independent unit within the BYJU’S group under the leadership of its Founder and Developer, Markus Hohenwarter. "The GeoGebra team has built a powerful and stimulating platform that complements BYJU’S mission of providing impactful learning for students. Designed to improve mathematical understanding, it offers significant features that provide interactive resources that adapt to every child’s style and pace of learning. At BYJU’S, with the help of innovative teaching and technology, we have been making Math fun, visual, and engaging. And with GeoGebra on board, we will continue to further enhance, reimagine and transform the way Math is taught and learned." Anita Kishore, Chief Strategy Officer, BYJU’S "Together with our combined strengths, we will have a wider reach and the best resources to build innovative and exciting next-generation learning formats”, she added. GeoGebra, with a rapidly expanding community of over 100 million learners across 195+ countries, brings together geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use format. Mathematical thinking is grounded in visual processing and GeoGebra’s interactive, multilingual, and stimulating learning environment makes math contextual, fun and visual. The platform has dynamic and connected geometry and algebra learning tools that aid in formulating and proving geometric conjectures. With an easy-to-use interface, the software can be either downloaded as an app or can be used online. The curriculum is available in multiple languages for students around the world. “GeoGebra was born out of a passion to help students learn math in a visually appealing and engaging manner. Our shared passion for learning and teaching resonates with BYJU’S, making them a perfect partner for our onward journey. I am confident that this partnership will help millions of students learn mathematics in an interactive way, in turn making them overcome their fear of math and learn to master it,” said Markus Hohenwarter, Founder and Developer of GeoGebra. On a mission to deliver rapid, sustainable growth at scale, Markus together with Michael Borcherds and Stephen Jull co-founded their company in 2013 to ensure GeoGebra would have solid footings from which to deliver its vision over the long term. GeoGebra includes both an enterprise and philanthropic non-profit organisation. Their commercial services support more than 300 established education service companies and startups, while the non-profit supports students, teachers, researchers, and government agencies across many countries. BYJU’S welcomes the social mission of GeoGebra and acknowledges its importance for mathematics education world-wide, ensuring GeoGebra’s current apps and web services will continue to be available free of charge, putting the power of mathematics into the hands of students and teachers everywhere. Launched in 2015, BYJU’S is the leader in offering personalized learning programs for school students in India. With over 115 million students cumulatively learning from the app, 7 million annual paid subscriptions, and an annual renewal rate of 86%, the app creates personalized learning programs for individual students based on their proficiency levels and capabilities which help them learn at their own pace and style. About BYJU’S BYJU’S is the world’s leading edtech company and the creator of India’s most loved school learning app which offers highly adaptive, engaging and effective learning programs for students in LKG, UKG, classes 1 -12 (K-12) and competitive exams like JEE, NEET and IAS. BYJU'S launched its flagship product, BYJU’S - The Learning App, for classes 4-12 in 2015. Today, the app has over 115 million registered students and 7 million annual paid subscriptions. With an average time of 71 minutes being spent by a student on the app every day from 1700+ cities, the app is creating a whole new way of learning through visual lessons. The Disney BYJU'S Early Learn App was launched in June 2019, a special offering from BYJU'S for students in classes 1-3 featuring Disney’s timeliness characters. In early 2019, BYJU'S acquired Osmo, a Palo Alto based maker of educational games to transform the whole offline to online learning experience. BYJU'S also acquired WhiteHat Jr in 2020, a Mumbai-based programming start-up focused on empowering children with coding skills. In 2021, BYJU’S acquired the market leader and one of the most trusted test-prep service providers in India - Aakash Educational Services Limited (ASEL), Epic and Great Learning. Taking the vision of creating active learners around the world and expanding globally, BYJU’S also launched BYJU’S Future School recently. Powered by 12,000 qualified women teachers, this is available in the USA, UK, Australia, Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico and will progressively expand to more geographies in the near future. Furthermore, BYJU’S Learning App featuring Disney was launched in the USA in July 2021, to help children ages 4–8 explore, practice, and understand math, language and reading concepts through interactive learning journeys combined with Disney’s world-class storytelling. BYJU’S has been backed by strong and prominent investors like Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, Naspers, CPPIB, General Atlantic, Tencent, Sequoia Capital, Sofina, Verlinvest, IFC, Aarin Capital, TimesInternet, Lightspeed ventures, Tiger Global, Owl Ventures & Qatar Investment Authority. Delivering a world-class learning experience, programs from BYJU’S are making learning contextual and visual. The apps have been designed to adapt to the unique learning style of every student, as per the pace, size and style of learning. BYJU'S is paving the way for new-age, geography-agnostic learning tools that sit at the cross section of mobile, interactive content and personalised learning methodologies. BYJU’S is also the official sponsor of the Indian Cricket Team.

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