K-12 Special Education Solutions Provider n2y Announces Significant Investment From Providence Equity Partners

businesswire | November 18, 2019

n2y LLC (the “Company”), a leading provider of software, curriculum and tools to the K-12 special education market, announced today a majority investment from Providence Equity Partners (“Providence”), a premier private equity firm that specializes in the media, communications, education and information industries. n2y will continue to be led by Chief Executive Officer Chrissy Wostmann and its current management team. The Riverside Company (“Riverside”), which invested in n2y in 2016, and members of n2y’s management team will retain ownership stakes in the business. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Since its founding in 1997, n2y has changed how K-12 special education is taught by providing special education teachers and families with award-winning personalized solutions.

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Video-based learning has long been used as an educational tool to assist in classroom teaching, with earliest usage noted during the Second World War (Yousef et al., 2014). A number of recent advances, most notably the rapid growth in access to high speed internet through homes, schools and personal devices such as tablets or smartphones, have had a significant impact in changing the learning environment and accelerating video use in higher education. Researchers note an “explosion” in online courses and a rapidly changing comprehension of how video can be used effectively to enhance learning (Schneps et al. 2010).This paper collects much of the best and most recent research addressing these questions in the context of higher education, and makes some research contributions that are presented here for the first time.

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Video-based learning has long been used as an educational tool to assist in classroom teaching, with earliest usage noted during the Second World War (Yousef et al., 2014). A number of recent advances, most notably the rapid growth in access to high speed internet through homes, schools and personal devices such as tablets or smartphones, have had a significant impact in changing the learning environment and accelerating video use in higher education. Researchers note an “explosion” in online courses and a rapidly changing comprehension of how video can be used effectively to enhance learning (Schneps et al. 2010).This paper collects much of the best and most recent research addressing these questions in the context of higher education, and makes some research contributions that are presented here for the first time.

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