edX | February 08, 2023
On February 7, 2023, Southern Methodist University (SMU) and edX, a major global online learning platform from 2U, Inc., announced a new partnership to boost SMU's current offerings in data science on edX.org. SMU plans to introduce two new Professional Certificate programs focusing on data science in the spring of 2023. In addition, SMU has renewed its contract with 2U for its online Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS) program through 2027.
Since commencing its partnership with 2U in 2014, SMU has provided many online learning options that have played a significant role in the institution's ongoing strategic plan. The university also introduced a credit waiver last year that allows learners with a bachelor's degree to apply for credit towards the MSDS program after completing its data science boot camp available on edX. The addition of Professional Certificate programs gives students opportunities to acquire valuable skills.
Data scientists are in high demand in the United States. As per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, data scientist employment is expected to increase by 36 percent from 2021 to 2031, resulting in approximately 13,500 job openings annually. More than 500 students have graduated from the MSDS program to date, and over 1,400 students have cleared its data science boot camp.
Andrew Hermalyn, President of Partnerships at edX, shared, "edX and SMU are mission-aligned in recognizing the need for innovative and affordable educational programs that serve the evolving needs of learners and employers." He added, "As the need for data scientists continues to grow, programs like those offered by SMU will play a key role in developing, upskilling, and reskilling talent."
(Source – PR Newswire)
Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, edX is a global online learning platform designed to help all learners realize their full potential. The company has united over 40 million learners, many of the world's top-ranked universities, and industry leaders on a global online learning platform that assists learners at every stage. It provides thousands of open and free courses, professional certifications, boot camps, credit-bearing micro-credentials, and undergraduate and graduate degrees across several disciplines. The organization is ceaselessly working towards a world where every learner can access education, regardless of cost or location.
BibliU | February 10, 2023
On February 9, 2023, BibliU, an EdTech innovator democratizing content accessibility, received a contract from Lee College in Baytown, Texas, to provide the company's Universal Learning solution to the college. Lee College is BibliU's largest Universal Learning client, with approximately 8,000 students enrolled.
Utilizing Lee College's Learning Management System (LMS), BibliU's Universal Learning solution provides students with access to content on the first day of class and covers approximately 90% of the booklist. In addition, the solution eliminates many inconveniences associated with acquiring textbooks, including long lines at the bookstore and inaccessibility to course materials once classes begin.
BibliU had to demonstrate that it could provide Lee College learners with electronic textbooks and courseware on the first day of classes while saving students money to earn the contract. In the fall and spring, Lee College offers approximately 800 courses, while around 300 are available in the summer. Nearly 70% of classes require a textbook, and an estimated 18% of those classes also need courseware.
Dave Sherwood, Co-Founder and CEO of BibliU, shared, "Prompted by high costs and the possibility of burdensome debt, many young people are questioning the value of attending college." He added, "I believe that college provides opportunities that should be available to everyone. A digital-first, ed tech solution is a path forward for colleges, offering affordable and available content on the first day of class."
(Source – Business Wire)
New York-based BibliU is a learning enablement platform that is democratizing content accessibility. It facilitates higher education institutions to optimize their textbook and courseware workflows to enhance affordability, student outcomes, and social mobility. The future of higher education will involve securing affordable access to course materials for every student. To accomplish this, the company has partnered with tens of thousands of publishers and developed a Learning Enablement platform dedicated to making education more efficient, equitable, and effective.
7 Mindsets | January 06, 2023
On January 05, 2023, 7 Mindsets, the industry leader in PreK-12 mindsets-based learning and well-being solutions, announced the development of an app that will provide free access to the research-based principles for growing human potential from
"The 7 Mindsets to Live Your Ultimate Life: Introduction." The organization is devoted to its mission of fostering more achievement, joy, and well-being, as well as enhancing the school atmosphere and culture.
The app, the first of its kind from 7 Mindsets, will provide a complete introduction to the 7 Mindsets for individuals seeking to enhance and improve their personal well-being. In addition, it will serve as an invaluable resource for the 7 Mindsets community, including educators, administrators, support staff, students, and their families.
The app allows educators to inform their lesson plans by examining the Mindsets. It also enables families to understand Mindsets and their children's schoolwork better. Additionally, the app reinforces Mindsets learning for students in the classroom.
Functionalities of the app include access to the popular daily quotes from 7 Mindsets. Users can also compile a list of their favorite quotes and share them via email, texting, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The app can be accessed for free on any smartphone or tablet by downloading through Google Play or the Apple Store.
About 7 Mindsets
7 Mindsets, founded in 2009 by Scott Shickler and Jeff Waller, is a holistic SEL solution based on Mindsets that is based in Roswell, Georgia. The 7 Mindsets program includes a PreK-12 digital curriculum, thousands of videos, and additional resources. It also includes professional learning, adult SEL, and powerful evaluation tools to empower educators to strengthen their own social-emotional competencies and well-being so they can successfully and confidently implement the SEL solution in classrooms and schools. Implemented with over 5,000,000 children and instructors in urban, suburban, and rural districts across all 50 states, 7 Mindsets has improved student engagement, behavior, and academic success.