dailyhive | November 02, 2020
Vancouver-based Course Studio is prepared to change the internet learning scene in the wake of raising $1 million from industry insiders to extends its group and administrations.
The organization, which was helped to establish by CEO Tonner Jackson in May, works with course makers to construct "web based learning encounters."
Also, similar to the business they are attempting to stir up, Course Studio is developing quick.
“The number one thing this funding will help us with is hiring. We are kind of bursting at the seams right now,” said Jackson. “Course Studio has access to customer problems and we’re building solutions to solve those problems. The million dollars is effectively allowing us to do that.”
The financing will likewise be utilized to acknowledge Course Studio's guarantee to makers of "you encourage it we construct it." Jackson clarifies that they do this with their redid web based learning encounters.
“Online learning experiences need to be very good at three things. The first is education, so content that people want to pay to learn and that they cannot get for free elsewhere. The second thing they need is entertainment and we have some interesting proprietary ways and philosophies of injecting entertainment into online education. A lot of that is gleaned from Masterclass and our experience of growing some of the world’s most trafficked online classes. And then the third piece is community, when you’re on a browser your distractions are maximized. You have Netflix and social media a tab away. We believe that the community aspect is a big way to mitigate that. We have some novel ways of implementing community inside of an online course that we’re really excited about.”
The Course Studio group is situated in Vancouver, Toronto, New York and San Francisco. It is comprised of individuals who have worked with Masterclass, Blue Wire Podcasts, Metalab and Thinkific. Their aggregate experience incorporates planning a portion of the world's most dealt online classes for people like Malcolm Gladwell, Chris Hadfield, Steph Curry, Thomas Keller and constructing and delivering computerized items for Sam Harris (Waking Up), Microsoft, Atlassian, and then some.
“We have such an interesting group of individuals,” added Jackson. “We have folks who literally built and scaled the most trafficked online course experiences on the planet.
“They have perspectives that very few have and there’s a ton of artistry that people may not realize. Frankly, I think there are more parts art than science when it comes to the design of the curriculum itself.”
The organization is hoping to enlist Vancouver-based creators and designers, incorporating programming engineers with React and Node.js experience just as a senior lead fashioner to lead their plan group.
Course Studio will dispatch their first online classes in mid 2021, including a course for a "extremely persuasive person who is a major commonly recognized name." The organization is likewise chipping away at another innovation they are expanding on top of Thinkific, and working with more modest course makers to refine a portion of the manner in which they work in the administrations business.
“Our ambitious goal is to be cash-flow positive and generating a million dollars of revenue this year,” shared Jackson.
“We probably have 30 or 40 subject matter experts and creators reaching out to us a week right now wanting us to build something with them. Our strike zone customer is someone who has a large audience but has a less than foggy idea about what educational content they want to roll out effectively. We have a very robust process for helping them.”
Jackson’s hope for Course Studio is for the company to become a Vancouver success story.
“I want Course Studio to be a big business in Vancouver that’s generating a lot of impact for this community,” said Jackson. “I was steeped in the entrepreneurial ecosystem here. My first business is still operating.
“Like e-commerce was 10 years ago, our view is that’s where we are at in the life cycle of the online education space. We’re really excited about where we’re going.”
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.
positiveplanetus | June 03, 2021
To help under-resourced entrepreneurs develop critical skills for success in today's challenging and competitive economic environment, three leading organizations have come together to expand the depth of content available in a free online learning platform designed to enable business success and, in turn, help spur community-based economic revival.
Positive Planet US, a non-profit organization that promotes inclusive and sustainable economic growth and employment, Genpact, a global professional services firm focused on delivering digital transformation, and EdCast, a leader in online corporate learning and upskilling, have joined forces to lend their respective expertise to support entrepreneurs and help them amplify their impact on the communities that they serve. The partnership adds essential learning resources for startup owners to Genpact's Adapt and Rise e-learning platform, developed and built with EdCast.
Positive Planet has a highly successful track record of helping millions around the world, helping create sustainable development solutions for disadvantaged populations, in particular women and youth. Launched 23 years ago with the mission to make the world more positive economically, socially, and environmentally, it has helped more than 11 million people leave poverty behind. Its work strives for a more equal society, helping underserved communities – independent of their race, gender, background – create their own jobs and prosperity through entrepreneurship.
Positive Planet brings new content to the platform created for the unique needs of entrepreneurs, including curricula in such areas as sales strategy and business development, growth and operations, and marketing, legal, accounting, and finance for small businesses. Adapting business models in a difficult economy makes continuous learning and reskilling vital, and these learning paths offer the specific skills needed to build and grow a startup. The success of these businesses brings benefits to local communities as entrepreneurship can provide new career journeys as well as economic revival.