Carnegie Learning | November 02, 2021
Carnegie Learning, a leader in artificial intelligence for education and formative assessment, announced today enhancements to its math product and expansions into new areas, namely a Spanish for Spanish speakers solution and tutoring services. Based on ongoing feedback from customers, these updates uniquely address the specific needs of teachers and students alike.
The consumable textbook component of Carnegie Learning’s core blended math solution for middle and high school, now called MATHbook, includes new and enhanced features that support the teaching and learning experience. With a more appealing visual design, new navigational elements, and enhanced facilitation support at point-of-use, Carnegie Learning’s award-winning content is now more accessible to teachers and students at all levels.
This redesign clarified the powerful connection between MATHbook and MATHia, the adaptive, intelligent math software, so that teachers and students can make better connections in their math learning and get the most out of their experience with the blended solution. Additionally, the assessment suite has been strengthened with readiness content that is strategically incorporated to give students access to prerequisite knowledge precisely when they need it.
“This redesign reflects our dedication to continually improving our products and services to best meet the needs of educators and students. We continue to be driven by our firm beliefs that all students are capable learners, they must engage in the learning process, their knowledge emerges over time, and that education is a human endeavor.”
Chief Mathematics Officer,Sandy Bartle Finocchi
En voz alta: Español para hispanohablantes is a 3-level Spanish for Spanish speakers program made specifically for native and heritage speakers of Spanish, who have unique learning strengths and needs that often go unaddressed by available resources. This brand new blended solution of print and digital textbooks and workbooks is the only program that inspires Spanish speakers to discover and embrace their bicultural and bilingual identities while addressing their varied language proficiency through true, integrated differentiation.
Chief Languages Officer Paula Hidalgo states, “We designed this program to help students find their voice again: not the voice of who they are when they are at home or who they are when they are at school, but rather the voice of their new identity that encompasses both cultures.”
Carnegie Learning has launched full-scale math tutoring services to make sure every student can achieve their full learning potential after more than a year and a half of disrupted learning.
These services pair students with highly qualified tutors who bring years of teaching experience, pedagogical training, and instructional best practices to live, virtual sessions. Tutors meet the unique needs of every student, and, with the support of MATHia, the award-winning adaptive software, identify and close skill gaps, accelerate learning, and build the specific skills each student needs to succeed in mathematics.
Courtney Lewis, Senior Director of Tutoring Services, states, “We’re having extraordinary success with our tutors helping students get caught up in their learning, which supports the many studies that have shown the effectiveness of tutoring to address unfinished learning. Adding this one-on-one support will help even more students who need it most.“
Barry Malkin, CEO, says, “As we continue to improve and expand our content, technology, and services, we’re committed to delivering the best solutions in math, language learning, and literacy that we can. We’re thrilled to be able to empower teachers and students with the support and research-backed resources that they deserve.”
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Carnegie Learning is shaping the future of education. Born from more than 30 years of learning science research at Carnegie Mellon University, the company has become a recognized leader in the ed tech space, using artificial intelligence, formative assessment, and adaptive learning to deliver groundbreaking solutions to education’s toughest challenges. With the highest quality offerings for K-12 math, ELA, literacy, world languages, professional learning and more, Carnegie Learning is changing the way we think about education and creating powerful results for teachers and students alike.
Crystal Delta | May 31, 2021
Crystal Delta recently released Loree for Blackboard to assist educators in improving the learning experience through more straightforward course design and editing. Loree (the course design tool) is now compatible with Blackboard. It is the only tool of its sort available for Blackboard learning management systems (LMS) and is widely used by Canvas and Brightspace customers worldwide."Our mission at Crystal Delta is to improve learning. The introduction of Loree for Blackboard improves the learner experience by enabling educators to create engaging content. We are delighted to support Blackboard's customers and learners." Crystal Delta CEO Balaji Baradhazhvar
Loree is designed to benefit the K-12, Higher Education, Vocational Education, and Corporate Education sectors. "We highly recommend Loree if you're seeking a design solution that will grow with you over time," said Loree's client Gretta O. Rogne, Director of Digital Learning, New Caney ISD.
Loree has several features that make course design and editing using Blackboard LMS easier, such as:
• Web-like Experiences: the creation of engaging and responsive course pages with text, imagery, videos, and interactives (image sliders, flip cards, accordions, tabs, and more) inside of Blackboard
• Accessibility Checker: Utilize Blackboard to ensure that your courses meet the particular needs of your learners.
• Design and Share: Design, build, save, and share templates across your organization.
• Integrations: Use Loree's seamless integration with H5P to easily embed interactive content in your Blackboard courses.
"The involvement of a learner with course materials directly influences their success and satisfaction. Taking this into account, we aim to provide educators, learning designers, and anyone else who wants to create engaging, interactive, and transformative learning experiences with the tools they need to do so." Loree Product Owner Edina Cejvan
Loree is now available for Blackboard Learn and will be available soon for Blackboard Ultra. Blackboard users may also expect a growing set of interactive modules, out-of-the-box templates based on learning best practices, analytics, and much more.
"Our mission at Crystal Delta is to improve learning. The introduction of Loree for Blackboard improves the learner experience by enabling educators to create engaging content. We are delighted to support Blackboard's customers and learners." Crystal Delta CEO Balaji Baradhazhvar
Applitools | August 13, 2021
Applitools, provider of a next generation test automation platform powered by Visual AI and Ultrafast Test Cloud, today announced the growing adoption of Applitools Visual AI for various eLearning platforms including EVERFI, Age of Learning, Imagine Learning and more. Applitools also uses Visual AI technology for its own online education platform, Test Automation University, which helps more than 80,000 software engineers gain knowledge and training for test automation skill sets.
The demand for e-learning has increased exponentially during COVID as has the need to deliver new features and capabilities to students in hybrid educational environments. Applitools Visual AI helps software engineering and product teams validate an eLearning platform's user experience (UX) and uncover bugs in the user interface (UI) faster than ever before. It uses machine learning from more than one billion images analyzed in addition to AI enhancing data from over 130 different web browser and version combinations, various device viewports, and direct user feedback on UI defects, dynamic content, and more.
"Applitools has changed the way we approach QA, making us a faster, more consistent development team, as well as giving us more confidence in the quality of our product with every push to production," said Alex Dinari, Senior Front-End Engineer at Age of Learning.
Over the past year, the closure of many businesses and educational institutions has resulted in exponential growth of the virtual learning industry making a seamless UX vital to student and program success. As more and more businesses and institutions invest in virtual education and training, the eLearning market is predicted to surpass $1 trillion by 2027 according to Global Market Insights*. With such growth, the eLearning market is highly competitive and optimal user experience is imperative.
One example is EVERFI, a provider of online learning products. EVERFI uses Applitools visual AI to compare rendered pages quickly and efficiently at scale with ease. When designing its new common product platform, dev teams at EVERFI saw that a single development change could ripple across a range of courses with unintended consequences, affecting tens of thousands of web pages.
"Applitools lets us test almost 5,000 unique platform pages with confidence," said Greg Sypolt, Vice President of Quality Assurance at EVERFI. "We count on Applitools to help capture the hundreds of thousands of combinations that will exist across all the courses once all the courses get migrated."
EVERFI also faced problems with UX and opaqueness of the platform, making it impossible to know what users were seeing because of the variety of ways and places screens can be dynamically generated.
"How can we improve the user experience, if we don't actually know exactly what our users are seeing?" asks Marianne Epstein, Director of UX design at EVERFI. "The number of permutations is overwhelming and was impossible for the UX team to navigate. Applitools provides instant access and validation to the massive inventory of screens and the peace of mind knowing that every regression is immediately spotted across all screen variations ensuring the user experience is exactly as it was intended to be. I feel like it is a transformative tool for our UX team and how we partner with development to drive user experience."
The growth of the eLearning market has expanded exponentially in the last five years and does not show signs of slowing down. Applitools is no stranger to this explosive growth and the challenges associated with delivering virtual learning experiences. Test Automation University and its new Automation Cookbook and Test Kitchen are examples of how Visual AI is ensuring dynamic learning and training experiences that will make an impact for a lifetime.
Applitools delivers a Next Generation Test Automation Platform through Visual AI and Ultrafast Grid. We enable engineering teams to release high quality web and mobile apps at incredible speed and at a reduced cost. Applitools Visual AI modernizes important test automation use cases -- Functional Testing, Visual Testing, Web and Mobile UI/UX Testing, Cross Browser Testing, Responsive Web Design Testing, Cross Device Testing, PDF Testing, Accessibility Testing and Compliance Testing -- to transform the way organizations deliver innovation at the speed of CI/CD at a significantly lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Hundreds of companies from verticals such as Tech, Banking, Insurance, Retail, Pharma, and Publishing -- including 50 of the Fortune 100 -- use Applitools to deliver the best possible digital experiences to millions of customers on any device and browser, and across every screen size and operating system.