CYPHER LEARNING | October 08, 2021
CYPHER LEARNING, a leading provider of learning platforms for schools, universities and organizations around the world, today announced the release of several new features for its suite of learning management systems (LMSs). These additions are designed to make e-learning content even easier to track and consume increasing learner engagement and retention, and optimizing the learning experience.
Relied on by millions of users across more than 20,000 organizations, CYPHER LEARNING is the only company offering platforms in all major e-learning sectors: with NEO LMS for schools and universities, MATRIX LMS for businesses and INDIE LMS for entrepreneurs. The award-winning platforms — recognized for their intuitive interface and user-friendly experience — support more than 40 languages.
Newly released features include:
New graphical dashboards for administrators, teachers and students. The dashboards prominently display the most important information for each user type. For example, teachers can instantly see a news widget so they won't miss important class announcements. The dashboards can be customized with welcome banners to give students important information about the course, such as special announcements and instructions. Graphical widgets also make it easy to visualize site and course activity. Users can easily see relevant statistics related to students, grades, course mastery and more — helping them identify, at a glance, who's on track and who may need assistance.
Dark mode, which allows all users to switch between "light" and "dark" as the main design style. This addition helps users reduce eye strain, enabling them to use a low-light setting and limit the amount of blue light emitted from their devices whenever they engage with the platforms.
Site-wide surveys, enabling administrators to create surveys for a targeted user audience and deploy them to those groups. With this capability, organizations and academic institutions can send surveys that work outside of the scope of a course and gather useful information and feedback from learners and instructors.
In addition, other recently released features for CYPHER LEARNING products include a new learner course dashboard, hotspot question type for assessments and integration with the popular payment service YooMoney.
In order for e-learning content to be effective, it needs to be easy to consume,At CYPHER LEARNING, we're committed to ongoing product innovation — blending cutting-edge capabilities with ease of use, and making our platforms destinations that users want to engage with. As we help companies and educational institutions worldwide improve participation in their online courses, we know that a more appealing interface drives greater engagement.
Graham Glass, CEO of CYPHER LEARNING
About CYPHER LEARNING
CYPHER LEARNING provides award-winning learning platforms to organizations around the world. Blending ease of use, an engaging user experience and cutting-edge technology, CYPHER LEARNING supplies comprehensive solutions for all major e-learning sectors: with NEO LMS for schools and universities, MATRIX LMS for businesses and INDIE LMS for entrepreneurs. Relied on by millions of users at more than 20,000 organizations, CYPHER LEARNING supports 40+ languages and has offices worldwide, with global headquarters in San Francisco.
SAFE, Inc. | October 18, 2021
Today SAFE™ formally announced its new partnerships with 3 major higher education institutions, including Marist College, Boston College, and the University of the Bahamas. Each institution will pilot SAFE products which are built to eliminate passwords, save valuable time, and ensure accurate student activity reports in hybrid and distance learning environments.
The pilots are expected to add additional data proving that SAFE OnTime Meeting Manager can save hours per month for each faculty member by using SAFE's patent-pending combination of cybersecurity and communication tools, which make it easier to call students into class, automate attendance of hybrid classes, and practically eliminate unauthorized access.
The pilots are also expected to add more evidence that people prefer to login without passwords, and smartphone technology provides a more secure convenient access method. Eliminating hacker-friendly passwords is the primary function of the patented SAFE Authenticator. Previous market studies conducted by SAFE indicate that 49% of all user groups studied are willing to try SAFE Authenticator to reduce or eliminate passwords.
The combined student populations of the partner colleges and universities is almost 30,000 students and 2,200 faculty, providing the opportunity for multiple pilots and future growth beginning with a subset of pilot participants.
"We awarded grants for these initial pilots to Marist College, Boston College, and University of the Bahamas because of their excellence in higher education, computer science, and market studies. Students can use SAFE to access classes and on-line systems with the same 5-second authentication process with no passwords. And, faculty will save hours per month with our automatic attendance feature."
David W. Schropfer, CEO of SAFE
Over 53% of all network attacks on Higher Education Institutions involve stolen passwords, according to the 2019 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report by Suzanne Widup. And Bluevoyant.com reports that there are 337,000 such attacks in Colleges and Universities in the United States every week.
"By eliminating passwords for all student access, we eliminate a widely-exploited attract vector," Schropfer added.
SAFE™, a brand of Anchor ID, Inc., is a secure, privacy-centric, alternative to "Sign-In with Facebook" and other social sign-in products. The product replaces passwords with smartphone technology, and enables smartphone biometrics such as FaceID® or Samsung Fingerprint Reader®. The Company received a regular US patent on its technology and systems that enable their SAFE Authenticator product, and has a patent pending on the SAFE OnTime Meeting Manager. Categorically, the product is an Engagement Management System (EMS) which combines military grade authentication technology with customizable user controls and enterprise controls that make online authentication a highly secure, enjoyable customer experience.
Cloudbeds | December 10, 2021
Cloudbeds, the hospitality industry’s fastest-growing technology provider, announced the launch of Cloudbeds Horizon, a new educational partners program designed to empower hospitality’s future leaders with modern technology skills and innovation. Cloudbeds Horizon launches following a successful pilot program with EHL, the world’s most prestigious hospitality management school.
Cloudbeds Horizon partners with hospitality schools and universities worldwide to provide access to its innovative cloud software, knowledge base, and on-demand educational materials to help upskill students in modern cloud software and technology.
For the EHL pilot, Cloudbeds partnered with the university’s hospitality technology class to develop a weeklong curriculum for students to gain experience managing test properties through the Cloudbeds Hospitality Platform. More than 300 students who follow EHL’s Bachelor in International Hospitality Management have participated in the class thus far, providing positive feedback on Cloudbeds’ intuitive design and ease of use.
“Our goal at EHL is to ensure that our students are not just well-prepared for the future, but that they are leading the way and shaping the hospitality industry,” says Julien Simon, Lecturer at EHL. “We view Cloudbeds as a prime example of modern, state-of-the-art technology powering hospitality businesses around the world, and we are excited to partner with them to offer our students a hands-on learning experience on the platform.”
“In the hospitality industry, digitalization and automation are becoming must-haves, not nice-to-haves. Cloudbeds Horizon is designed to ensure that all future generations of hospitality leaders are equipped with the technology skills they need to run successful, modern properties,” says Sebastien Leitner, VP of Partnerships at Cloudbeds.
“At Cloudbeds, two of our core values are Discovery and Kaizen — always learning and always improving. Cloudbeds Horizon is a natural extension of these ideals. It is an investment in the development and training of the next generation of hoteliers and hosts, so that together we can drive the digital transformation of hospitality and collectively move the industry forward.”
Adam Harris, CEO of Cloudbeds
Cloudbeds Horizon is now available to any hospitality education program worldwide, with universities receiving special educational licenses for students to learn directly on the Cloudbeds Hospitality Platform. The platform can be tailored to accommodate the school curriculum, complete with specific exercises and activities designed for the class.
With Cloudbeds Horizon, hospitality students can also enhance their learning experience with free access to Cloudbeds University, an online learning portal with hundreds of on-demand courses, training videos, industry best practice guides, and standard operating procedures for managing a successful hotel business.
Cloudbeds is a SaaS company creating the most forward-thinking technology in the travel industry. We deliver a transformative technology platform upon which any lodging provider, from luxury hotels to campgrounds, can build and run their business. We help businesses reach travelers in every corner of the globe and empower them to spend more time with their guests, and less time worrying about technology. Cloudbeds has brought together the smartest minds from around the world to innovate new technology that challenges the status quo and makes the world a more connected welcoming place.