Paper | March 15, 2023
On March 14, 2023, Paper, the education support system (ESS), announced the acquisition of Readlee to address the literacy crisis. It would use Readlee's innovative learning tool, artificial intelligence and speech recognition technology to improve learners' reading skills.
According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress report, about one-third of 4th and 8th graders cannot read the basic achievement level, which is the test's lowest level. The National Center for Education Statistics data shows that about 34% of American high school students graduate with reading proficiency. Unfortunately, this proficiency decreases further to 18% for recent graduates. This data shows that the literary crisis has become a systemic issue, and there is a flaw in the current educational approach.
Master teachers collaborated with Harvard researchers to design Readlee for better learning outcomes, and it would become 'Paper Reading' after complete integration into Paper's ESS. This tool will listen to students' reading, give real-time feedback with individualized support, and measure their success. With AI and speech recognition, it approaches reading through learning science, showing that reading aloud improves vocabulary, memory, and confidence. It aims to support students throughout their academic journey and after graduation.
Co-Founder and CEO of Paper, Philip Cutler said, "This acquisition reflects our commitment to providing the academic support that empowers students throughout every stage of their learning journey. Improving literacy proficiency is an essential component of our mission, and we believe research-backed technology and repeated practice are the keys to addressing the mounting literacy crisis." He added, "We are excited to join our forces and aligned missions to have an even bigger impact on students. Our teams are already working together to change the future of education. Our mission is to help create a world where everyone has the ability to read, learn, and become a success."
(Source – Cision PR Newswire)
Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Paper, an e-learning solutions provider, offers services for personalized learning, tutoring, essay review, academic and student support, homework help, teacher support, remote education, teacher assistants, and virtual tutoring. It develops confidence in every student with its educational support system. It serves over 3 million students from different school districts across the United States and Canada. It provides individualized support to every learner to solve their problems and discover different ways of learning. It helps teachers and administrators review student activity and track their progress with its data-driven insights and metrics. It instantly connects students with tutors for support in their tests and assignments.
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Springboard | March 09, 2023
On March 08, 2023, Springboard, an online learning platform, announced that Walmart selected it in partnership for upskilling and reskilling programs through Live Better U™ (LBU). Through this partnership, it would extend the reach of educational programs in technology and data careers.
Springboard prepares students for in-demand careers through comprehensive educational programs. It would design the programs for upskilling and reskilling programs through Walmart's LBU in partnership . These education benefit programs are free of cost to Walmart and Sam's Club Associates in the U.S. It will offer courses in data analytics, data-driven strategic thinking and software development. Walmart's LBU program has empowered upward career mobility and removed all the obstacles to their access to education. The programs offered through Springboard for business focus on developing employees at Fortune 500 companies.
CEO and Co-Founder of Springboard, Gautam Tambay said, "Walmart is a leader in career-driven development and we are thrilled to partner with them to deliver high quality education to their associates." He added, "Walmart and Springboard are both committed to ensuring that non-traditional students, regardless of their background, can build in-demand skill sets — helping them find new career paths, grow their earnings, and increase their economic security. Springboard graduates have earned over $1 billion in post-graduation salary since 2016, and this partnership will help us accelerate and extend that impact, which is particularly important in the current economic climate."
(Source – Business Wire)
Senior Vice President of Associate Learning and Leadership at Walmart, Lorraine Stomski said, "We're creating a path of opportunity for our associates to grow their careers at Walmart, so they can continue to build better lives for themselves and their families." She added, "We're excited to add Springboard to our list of education partners."
(Source – Business Wire)
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Springboard, an e-learning solutions provider, has been transforming the educational journey of learners since 2013. Every learner has unique learning needs, and it strives to address them. It teams with advisors and experienced mentors for the ideal learning experience. It works with the projects under the guidance of industry experts to provide the education needed for the current scenario. It supports learners at every step of their learning journey. It connects students to mentors and seniors for enhanced learning outcomes. It prepares students for career enhancement and success in their lives.
Thought Industries | January 30, 2023
The enterprise learning platform Thought Industries for partner, customer and professional training recently launched its new online learning Academy powered by the world's only completely customizable headless developer LMS framework, Helium. It was established in 2022 at the company's annual customer and LMS industry event, Cognition22.
For Education to develop a new Academy site, Thought Industries works with Verified Helium Partner. Helium addresses a pain point from the past making it simpler for designers and developers to collaborate with many companies looking forward to customizing and extending the capabilities of their LMS systems. In the past, designers either made mockups and were then met with constraints when developers had been putting them on the screen, or they viewed the system first and then created limited mockups to match. Both approaches are hard, expensive, and take a lot of time.
The Thought Industries Academy has different products and services under one roof for learning professionals willing to get more of the potential of the company’s learning platform and programs. Customers of Thought Industries will find a wide range of self-service resources, including new content, new featured resources and FAQs are put in the front and center to simplify the learning experience.
Philip Cahill, Thought Industries Senior Director of Customer Education, said, "It was crucial for us to be our own first customer in creating the new Ti Learning Academy. Helium gave us all the flexibility we needed to meet the needs of learning professionals worldwide." He added, "With Helium, we were able to build our new Academy without any limits, and as an added bonus, it gave us a great opportunity to show customers what Helium can do."
About Thought Industries
Founded in 2012, Thought Industries is one of the world's leading B2B external training platform providers and customer education. The company powers the learning business for companies ranging from midmarket enterprises to the Fortune 500, helping them change how they build, deploy, and scale profitable global online learning operations. The customers use the company's platform to reach, teach and engage with their learning audiences. Additionally, businesses, organizations, and associations can give their audiences engaging, fully branded learning experiences using enterprise-level delivery and monetization tools.