University of Phoenix | December 21, 2021
The University of Phoenix College of Doctoral Studies offers practitioner doctorate degree programs in healthcare, education, and business, and supports a philosophy of lifelong career learning guided by its internally developed Scholar-Practitioner-LeaderSM learning model. The College has seen an approximately 10% increase in retention rates since January 2020. In the same time period, student sentiment scores with dissertation experience were 81% positive, mixed or neutral.
“The College of Doctoral Studies uses the SPL model to guide our curriculum and student experience. We serve working adults who are already practitioners in their fields, and the SPL model empowers our students by helping them think critically about how they can contribute in their workplace and to their career path.”
Hinrich Eylers, Ph.D., P.E., vice provost and dean of College of Doctoral Studies
While a more traditional Ph.D. degree program focuses on development of new primary knowledge, the College’s practitioner doctorate focuses on the practical application of that knowledge in one’s career and community of practice. The Scholar-Practitioner-LeaderSM framework combines classical cognitive conceptions of doctoral scholarship – including high rigor of inquiry, academic study, and practical application – with the affective domains of learning.
This learning model supports working adult students in the opportunity to develop a deeper awareness of who they are, how their learning is changing them, and to apply existing knowledge toward solving real-world problems in their field and community.
“The doctoral program at the University of Phoenix caught my attention due to the rigor of the curriculum and the Scholar, Leader, Practitioner Model which guides the learning journey, as well as the highly engaging online learning solution allowing me to work and learn anywhere at any time,” shares Susanne Thompson, Ed.D., who completed her doctor of education with the University. “Doctoral level research is a challenging endeavor. The College [of Doctoral Studies] scaffolds this process to ensure alignment with the best practices in scientific research while also making the process clear to ensure students can master scientific research and apply these practices to their work environment.”
Formerly known as School of Advanced Studies, the College of Doctoral Studies first developed the Scholar-Practitioner-LeaderSM model as part of its mission to develop a graduate mindset focused on career and community of practice. A successful graduate of College of Doctoral Studies programs and the Scholar-Practitioner-LeaderSM learning model is a scholar, a curious, reflective thinker; a practitioner in their field, capable of responding quickly to emerging opportunities and diagnosing and addressing immediate and local problems; and a leader, driving innovation and creating new products and processes, ultimately advancing their community of practice.
“Success is all about consistent practice and grit, and that practice is something our SPL [learning model] embraces with dedication,” shares Gina Rhodes, DHA, MBA. Rhodes completed her Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) at University of Phoenix College of Doctoral Studies. “It has taken grit and tenacity to survive the challenges of doctoral studies while working in the healthcare industry and developing the personal and academic potential of five children. Now as an empty nester, I have been able to make a positive impact in my community by helping to restructure a free-health care clinic. I am also a lifelong learner currently completing a doctoral level course on Strategic Formula and Strategic Thinking in Business.”
Additionally, the three College research centers extend the development available in the classroom by establishing an active, research-oriented forum for students and faculty, and provide an avenue for faculty and students to work collaboratively on practical, real world research. The three research centers are Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research, Center for Leadership Studies and Educational Research, and Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research.
About the College of Doctoral Studies
University of Phoenix’s College of Doctoral Studies focuses on today’s challenging business and organizational needs, from addressing critical social issues to developing solutions to accelerate community building and industry growth. The College’s research program puts students in the center of an effective ecosystem of experts, resources and tools to help prepare them to be a leader in their organization, industry and community. Through this program, students and researchers work with organizations to conduct research that can be applied in the workplace in real time.
About University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix is continually innovating to help working adults enhance their careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant courses, interactive learning, and Career Services for Life® help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives.
GOFA INTERNATIONAL | February 04, 2022
The World Health Organization recommends 60 minutes of exercise daily, yet 76% of American kids are falling short of that goal. To help families, schools and out-of-school time programs address this issue in today's tech-driven world, the health and fitness company GOFA INTERNATIONAL has launched Luca & Friends, a new ground-breaking app that uses AI (artificial intelligence) technology to get kids moving through fun, immersive educational games.
Luca & Friends is the first app in the U.S. to combine learning and fitness via cutting-edge AI motion technology. Designed for kids ages 4-8, the app provides an interactive learning experience in which players play games by moving to select the right answers. Using basic movements and following simple directions, players might stretch or jump in order to "touch" or "catch" the right answers, helping them build strength, endurance, coordination and flexibility while practicing English and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills.
"In an age where kids are spending more and more time in front of their screens, we have created a way to make that time more educational and active. This app includes principles of English such as nouns and grammar, as well as STEM content such as knowledge of insects, vegetables and fruits and skip counting, and provides kids with fun, exciting and engaging games designed to help instill healthy habits. Through the use of AI technology, these games encourage movement and learning, giving kids the perfect platform on which to improve their knowledge and increase their daily exercise."
Wayne Chung, CEO and Co-Founder of GOFA INTERNATIONAL, creators of Luca & Friends
The Luca & Friends story centers on a "galaxy far, far away" where Prince Luca and his alien friends Pumkey, Digby, and Mighty Coca, embark on a mission to save Earth from hate, fighting and hurt. The characters then appear in the app to connect kids to the exciting worlds of learning and movement.
Key features of Luca & Friends will include:
Social interaction - All games are socially interactive with a leader board and other social elements.
Educational Content - Luca & Friends offers over 100 lessons and activities covering English and STEM topics. All content has been created by accredited teachers and trainers and is linked to curriculum standards.
Rewards - Luca & Friends offers loyalty and reward programs to motivate kids to stay active.
Parent Dashboard (Coming Late Feb 2022) - The Parent Zone progress dashboard shows parents the play history for their child and allows them to track their child's growth status.
Playback Mode - The app collects a short video of the player so they can see themselves move during gameplay.
A "quiet mode" (Coming Late Feb 2022) - Players can revert back to touch-screen play in situations where there isn't the opportunity to move around.
Multiple display options - While the app is recommended for iPad and tablet use, players can also connect their device to a large-format smart TV through AirPlay or Chromecast and play in front of the larger screen.
About Luca & Friends
Luca & Friends' mission is to connect primary school-aged children to education, fitness and healthier habits through the use of AI technology. Its vision is to transform lifestyles every day through its mantra "Move, Learn. Play." Powered by the AI technology of its parent company GOFA INTERNATIONAL, Luca & Friends is the first mobile device app in the U.S to combine learning and fitness via cutting-edge AI motion technology. It provides an immersive and interactive learning experience that gets kids moving while also strengthening their English and STEM skills.
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Cornerstone | November 17, 2021
Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc., a leader in adaptive HR solutions, today announced new content offerings expressly designed for today’s modern, skills-forward workforce. These updates include a groundbreaking new learning series, “A Seat at the Table,” the hiring of Emmy-award winning producer, Dave Grant, and new partnerships with Skill Pill and Sponge Compliance to support business performance skill-building. Today’s announcements come on the heels of the launch of Cornerstone Xplor, the market’s first solution to bring every element of people growth into a single experiential destination. When combined with the company's vast content offerings, Cornerstone Xplor helps organizations meet their people where they are with a highly personalized and fully connected growth experience, at scale.
Through its own content production studio, Cornerstone Studios, the company is delivering innovative content designed in non-traditional formats. Considered one of its most ambitious series to-date, “A Seat at the Table,” is a new original learning series that showcases honest and authentic dialogues to develop the understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) as a skill in the workplace. By featuring multiple perspectives from non-actors in unscripted, open conversations around sensitive, yet critical, topics within the workplace, the series helps to facilitate more inclusive and authentic work environments. To supplement the series, Cornerstone Studios developed thoughtful guides to encourage leaders to take action and actively promote team dialogue. Cornerstone will premiere the first episode, "Talking about Depression," today at Cornerstone Convergence 2021, and the full series will drop in Cornerstone Content Anytime, the company's content subscription offering, in December.
To elevate Cornerstone Studios’ production of high-quality, binge-worthy content, Cornerstone has hired a new head of production, unscripted television executive Dave Grant. A three-time Emmy-award winning producer, Grant will play a key role in meeting learners where they are with innovative and engaging consumer-grade content. Since joining Cornerstone, Grant has been instrumental in the production of the “A Seat at the Table” series and will be responsible for helping the organization evolve workplace learning content.
“Reengaging modern, tech savvy employees will require new content that is fresh, educational, inclusive and entertaining,” said Dave Grant, Head of Production, Cornerstone. “By expanding Cornerstone’s learning experience to meet the expectations of today’s modern workforce, we are acknowledging the high expectations for quality content required by consumers and pivoting our strategy to meet that demand.”
In addition to investing in original content creation, Cornerstone is also focused on augmenting its curated content offerings through partnerships. Now available within Cornerstone Content Anytime subscriptions, new business performance and integrity content from Skill Pill and Sponge Compliance will provide organizations with access to a vast, multilanguage content library. By the end of the year, fully localized courses in French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Arabic and Turkish and subtitled courses in Chinese, Korean and Japanese will all be available. Cornerstone is also offering flexible catalogs from Skill Pill, allowing organizations to choose specific courses and provide them with the flexibility to customize their catalog to their exact needs.
“We are set on breaking down barriers and pushing the envelope in how we deliver authentic, relevant and brief learning content to employees around the world. Continued innovation in this area, combined with our organization’s unique ability to connect learning back to skills, reinforces our fierce dedication to providing customers with resources for creating a more engaged, inclusive, future-ready workforce.”
Summer Salomonsen, Vice President, Content Product, Cornerstone
Cornerstone’s continued focus on its content business stems from an increased demand in online learning correlated with changing work environments and a focus on developing new and different skillsets. Due to ongoing shifts caused in part by the pandemic, Cornerstone has seen a 4x increase in registrations of self-directed learning content in February 2021 compared to pre-pandemic levels in February 2020. In 2021, 36 million minutes of learning content have been consumed through Cornerstone Content Anytime. Of those 36 million minutes, 50% of that time was spent on self-directed learning, implying a newfound interest in personal skill building from both organizations and people.
Cornerstone powers the future-ready workforce with adaptive HR solutions designed to unite technology, data and content and inspire a work environment of growth, agility and success for all. With an AI-powered, skills-forward, experiential system designed for the contemporary workforce, we help organizations modernize their learning and development experience, deliver the most relevant content from anywhere, accelerate talent and career mobility and establish skills as the universal language of growth and success across their business. Cornerstone serves over 6,000 customers and 75M users and is available in 180 countries and 50 languages.