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Learning Unlocked from OpenSesame showcases unique perspectives on learning and leading

businesswire | November 10, 2020

Open to anyone and convenient for everyone, Learning Unlocked the first-ever public learning and development conference from elearning innovator OpenSesame connects attendees with authors, athletes and other thought leaders in an entirely digital and uniquely digestible format. Unlike other online conferences that take attendees away from their work for hours at a time with back-to-back sessions, Learning Unlocked brings inspiration to participants in a series of one-hour sessions broadcast live every Tuesday and Thursday over six weeks.

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Gaming the Classroom: The Art and Science of Game Based Learning. Gamification should be about driving learning and behavior change” — Karl Kapp, professor of instructional technology, Bloomsburg University. Individualized instruction [GBL focuses on each student playing and learning for themselves.

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Gaming the Classroom: The Art and Science of Game Based Learning. Gamification should be about driving learning and behavior change” — Karl Kapp, professor of instructional technology, Bloomsburg University. Individualized instruction [GBL focuses on each student playing and learning for themselves.

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UCHealth launches education program to make career advancement in health care more accessible

Guild Education | February 07, 2022

In a historically competitive labor market in which health care workers are facing tremendous challenges and record numbers of patients, UCHealth announced today the launch of the UCHealth Ascend Career Program, a new education and upskilling program. The program is offered in partnership with Guild Education, the nation’s leading education and upskilling platform, and it will provide growth opportunities for current UCHealth employees while attracting new employees interested in pursuing a career in health care. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts health care employment will grow 16% from 2020 to 2030 — much faster than the average for all occupations — adding an estimated 2.6 million new jobs in the next 10 years. In Colorado, the shortage of health care workers is especially serious as population growth needs and retiring workers far outpace the number of nurses and other health care staff members who are graduating from training programs and entering the workforce. “UCHealth is taking an innovative approach to improving health care labor challenges by providing exciting education benefits for both our current staff, as well as those who wants to enter the health care field,” said Elizabeth B. Concordia, president and CEO of UCHealth. “We know the cost of higher education and certification programs can be a barrier to career growth, and the Ascend Program will help extend those opportunities for all.” Within the Ascend Program, UCHealth will fully fund a selection of clinical certifications as well as foundational learning programs such as English language and college prep. UCHealth will also fund select degree programs in social work, behavioral health and other areas. These programs target critical staffing areas, and support for employees’ growth into these roles will help address the shortage of clinical health care workers. The Ascend Program will offer opportunity for career development to those interested in entering the health care field by reducing barriers, such as the financial means to earn a high school diploma, certifications or an advanced degree. A high school diploma or GED will no longer be required for applicants of certain roles because UCHealth will be able to fund this education once employees are hired. Eligible employees will have access to the program starting on day one of employment. “The Ascend Program supports UCHealth’s commitment to improving lives in the communities we serve by equipping our employees with skills needed to provide the very best patient care,” said David Mafe, UCHealth chief diversity officer. “The program supports social mobility, enabling diverse candidates to access sustainable jobs and support their families. Our goal is to make health care careers available to those who would not otherwise have considered them.” UCHealth is partnering with Guild Education to offer the program, which will include education coaches to help employees choose the programs and courses best for them. “The past two years have underscored how vital health care workers are to our society. As a Colorado headquartered company, all of us at Guild are honored to partner with UCHealth to launch this program and provided health care workers the pathways, skills and resources they need to care for our shared community.” Rachel Carlson, chief executive officer and co-founder of Guild Education The total investment from UCHealth in the program over the next several years is estimated to be up to $50 million. About UCHealth UCHealth is an innovative, nonprofit health system that delivers the highest quality medical care with an excellent patient experience. UCHealth includes 25,000 employees, 12 acute-care full-service hospitals and hundreds of physicians across Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska. With University of Colorado Hospital on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus as its academic anchor and the only adult academic medical center in the region, UCHealth is dedicated to providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Offering more than 150 clinic locations, UCHealth pushes the boundaries of medicine, providing advanced treatments and clinical trials and improving health through innovation. About Guild Education Guild Education is on a mission to unlock opportunity for America’s workforce through education and upskilling. A certified B-Corp, founded to bridge the gap between education and employment for working adults in the U.S. in need of upskilling for the future of work, Guild’s industry-leading technology platform allows the nation’s largest employers — including Chipotle, Discover, Target, and The Walt Disney Company — to offer strategic education and upskilling to their employees. Guild connects workers to a learning marketplace of the nation’s best learning partners for working adults with tuition paid by the company. Guild’s payments and technology platform, curated learning marketplace, and advanced education and career services come together to help working adult learners advance in their education and career, debt-free.

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Keysight Delivers Industry-Ready Remote Access Lab Solution for Online Learning

Keysight Technologies | October 04, 2021

Keysight Technologies, Inc. a leading technology company that delivers advanced design and validation solutions to help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, has launched a remote access lab solution designed for online learning via a remote setup of a basic instrument lab. It includes web-based lab management and scheduling administration, as well as instrument control and remote access for measurement and analysis. Hybrid learning in education is now widely accepted, creating a strong need for remote solutions to supplement in-class learning. The availability of online courses and remote learning offers students flexibility requiring educational institutions to transform to keep pace. Keysight's industry-ready remote access lab solution enables university teaching labs to seamlessly transition to online learning. It allows students to remotely access a lab setup and perform lab work through the web browser. Keysight's remote access lab solution includes the following key components: Cloud-basedPathWave Remote Access Lab software, an IMS Global certified LTI learning tool that is Learning Management System (LMS) integration ready, provides students single-point, secure and simultaneous cloud-based remote lab access and instruments control, anytime and anywhere, while enabling educators to manage student lab access, maintain lab benches systematically and monitor multiple remote lab sessions. PathWave Lab Manager software provides simplified, centralized lab configuration and asset management, in addition to enabling mass firmware updates for instruments. U3900DAQ Switching System covers a broad spectrum of switching and routing requirements for teaching labs, offering students full remote access to industry-standard instruments for hands-on test and measurement experience. “Keysight’s remote access lab solution accelerates the shift from traditional in-building learning to hybrid learning, where virtual classes are offered remotely on digital platforms,” said Boon Juan Tan, vice president and general manager of Keysight's General Electronics Measurement business. “Keysight’s new solution enables our customers to take remote teaching-learning to the next level of digital transformation, allowing students to move from traditional teaching and simulations to real-world learning experience remotely.” Keysight's remote access lab solution accelerates an educator's teaching experience and supports a student's learning experience, delivering the following key benefits: Easily and seamlessly migrate engineering labs online with the elements needed to transform traditional classroom teaching and hands-on labs to a remote environment. Hassle free and centralized user access and teaching content management system with LMS integration enables the educators and students to navigate seamlessly to university resources, creating a smooth, consistent, and better teaching-learning experience. Equip students for success by connecting to industry-grade test and measurement instruments, enabling students to experience the software and technology they will use in their careers. Enables educators to interact with students and facilitate group collaboration in real-time to accomplish smart teaching and learning. Streamline and simplify lab management, freeing lab administrators and educators to focus on teaching with centralized control to seamlessly connect to, manage, monitor and troubleshoot the instruments within the lab. University of California, Santa Barbara selects Keysight’s new Industry-ready Remote Access Lab Solution for new photonic lab University of California, Santa Barbara, a leading center for teaching and research, selected Keysight’s new remote access lab solution to migrate their undergraduate photonic laboratory online. The Keysight Industry-ready Remote Access Lab Solution was integral to our launch of the inaugural quarter of our undergraduate photonic laboratory, providing a seamless way to bridge an actual hands-on laboratory with students participating remotely,This solution provided an organized hub through which students can remotely attend and engage in lessons. Controlling the lab computers and instruments, combined with a video call with the lab teaching assistance made this an integrated, active-learning experience. Daniel Blumenthal, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering of University of California, Santa Barbara About Keysight Technologies Keysight delivers advanced design and validation solutions that help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world. Keysight’s dedication to speed and precision extends to software-driven insights and analytics that bring tomorrow’s technology products to market faster across the development lifecycle, in design simulation, prototype validation, automated software testing, manufacturing analysis, and network performance optimization and visibility in enterprise, service provider and cloud environments. Our customers span the worldwide communications and industrial ecosystems, aerospace and defense, automotive, energy, semiconductor and general electronics markets. Keysight generated revenues of $4.2B in fiscal year 2020.

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Don Johnston Incorporated Joins Texthelp Group; Edtech Giants Join Forces to Help Students Across North America and the Globe

Texthelp | January 11, 2022

Texthelp, a global leader in literacy and accessibility technology, today announced that they will acquire the Education Technology Division of Don Johnston Inc., a leading assistive technology and special education curriculum company based outside of Chicago, IL. Don Johnston Inc. is the latest Assistive Technology provider to join the Texthelp Group. Following Five Arrows' investment in December 2020, Texthelp acquired Lingit Group and Wizkids in 2021, expanding the company's reach in the Nordics and the UK. Texthelp's goal is to use its assistive technology to help 1 billion people with reading, writing, and numeracy by 2030. Together with Don Johnston Inc.'s leading SaaS-based products, the Texthelp Group will become the global leader in assistive technology tools for classrooms and workplaces. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. One in ten people have dyslexia, and in the US, 12% of students are in special education, 15% of children at school are learning their 2nd language, and the average reading age is 7th to 8th grade. Using assistive tools has been proven to help students overcome these barriers and harness their unique strengths. Both Texthelp and Don Johnston Inc. have made it their mission to support equality and inclusion of all people, especially individuals with dyslexia and other learning needs. Together, Texthelp and Don Johnston Inc. will continue to offer their full suite of products, and customers will see the benefit of collaborative technology innovation between the companies within the first few weeks. Don Johnston Inc.'s curriculum division will form a new company, named Building Wings™, which includes the products Readtopia® and First Author®. "Texthelp and Don Johnston Inc. share a common vision of a world where every student can feel what it is like to learn and succeed. Don and I founded our organizations for deeply personal reasons. We have an incredibly similar mission to elevate as many students as possible, helping them both understand and be understood. We are so excited to have Don Johnston Inc. join the Texthelp Group, and to have Don as an investor and board member. Our combined teams and expanded portfolio of products will allow us to give millions more students in the US and across the globe the best possible start in life and help them fulfill their full potential. Along with the Don Johnston team, we will continue to innovate and develop our suite of products to create the best assistive technology tools available." Martin McKay, CEO and founder of Texthelp For more than 40 years, Don Johnston Inc. has developed technology tools and curriculum that have helped students and educators build literacy skills. The company's support and accessible technology is designed to accommodate children and adults with special needs and learning disabilities. Since its inception, Don Johnston Inc. has helped over 32,000 schools through technologies, implementation, and personal connections. "Don Johnston Inc. and Texthelp have worked in parallel in the edtech sector for decades. We share so many commonalities," said Don Johnston, CEO of Don Johnston Inc. "Fundamentally, we are both unified by a mission to help as many students as possible learn and succeed. I strongly believe that together we can achieve more, and I am excited to see what the future holds. My new role on the board of the Texthelp Group will allow me to continue to drive forward our shared vision. This is also an opportunity for our curriculum tools to forge their own path as a new organization, Building Wings. I am passionate about the role curriculum has to play in helping students, and I will maintain a leadership position with Building Wings as CEO." Texthelp and Don Johnston Inc. will work together to expand product innovation and help many more people fulfill their potential, beginning in classrooms and extending through to the workplace. The two organizations will combine their teams and products to create the best technology available to students, educators, and employees. Texthelp will add Don Johnston's Snap&Read™, Co:Writer®, Word Bank™, Quizbot® and uPAR™ tools to its suite of products and all employees of Don Johnston's Education Technology Division will become Texthelp employees. About Texthelp Founded in 1996, the Texthelp Group is a global technology company. On a daily basis, it helps people all over the world to understand and to be understood. For the last three decades, it has led the way in creating innovative education and workplace technology. Texthelp believes in a world where difference, disability, or language are no longer barriers. It is focused on helping all people learn, understand, and communicate through the use of digital literacy and accessibility software. With over 50 million users worldwide, the Texthelp suite of products includes Read&Write, EquatIO®, WriQ®, Fluency Tutor®, ReachDeck®, and SpeechStream®. These tools work alongside existing platforms such as Microsoft Office and G-suite. This allows for its products to be quickly integrated into any classroom or workplace with ease. Visit www.texthelp.com for more information. About Don Johnston Inc. Since 1980, Don Johnston Inc. has been a staple of the accessibility community, partnering with literacy experts, AT specialists, SLPs, OTs, and special education directors to develop popular assistive and evaluative tools including Co:Writer®, Snap&Read™, uPAR®, Word Bank™ and Quizbot®. Students across North America with dyslexia, autism, dysgraphia, and other diverse learning challenges rely on Don Johnston Inc. assistive tools every day to accommodate their learning needs in schools and at home. Education isn't the end of the transformation, it's only the beginning. Don Johnston Inc. tools open up possibilities right through the education journey and into the workplace. Visit https://learningtools.donjohnston.com/ for more information. About Five Arrows Five Arrows Principal Investments (FAPI) and Five Arrows Capital Partners (FACP) (together, "Five Arrows") are the European and US corporate private equity arms, respectively, of Rothschild & Co's Merchant Banking business. Five Arrows is focused on investing in middle-market companies with highly defensible market positions; strong management teams; business models with high visibility of organic unit volume growth and strong free cash flow conversion; and multiple operational levers that can be used to unlock latent value. The sector focus at Five Arrows is limited to healthcare, data & software and technology-enabled business services.

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