EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

Surgent Introduces Red Flag Mania Courses, Expanding Its Professional Development Offering for the Accounting and Finance Industries

Surgent | May 04, 2021

Surgent, a part of KnowFully Learning Group, today announced the launch of Red Flag Mania within its course portfolio for Surgent IQ, the company’s online learning center that delivers upskilling and reskilling training for accounting and finance professionals. The launch consists of an innovative e-learning solution that mixes film, theory, and “whodunit” fun, empowering learners to use data to unravel complex problems and gain new skills. Surgent IQ will offer Red Flag Mania as a stand-alone season, with 6-8 hours of content, also as during a subscription model - which can include future seasons throughout the year, also as mini-games.

Red Flag Mania, co-founded by Kelly Richmond Pope, Ph.D., CPA, and experiential marketing expert Roni Jackson, creates richly produced educational courses that incorporate real people and real stories, increasing engagement and resulting in a better level of retention. Studies show that gamification increases motivation and productivity by up to 87% and ultimately knowledge retention, allowing students and professionals to select up information faster. Red Flag Mania courses encourage learners to look for clues that reveal “red flags” which can be overlooked without this type of deep investigation and important thinking.

“Red Flag Mania’s unique approach to gamification and fraud detection is an innovative sort of professional development that far supersedes options currently on the market,” said Elizabeth Kolar, MBA, CPA, CGMA, Executive vice-chairman. “We’re excited to ascertain this partnership enable a broader reach of this data, allowing students and professionals to fine-tune their skills, while also providing a visibility boost to the 2 innovators who have successfully made tough topics like fraud accessible and interesting .”

Red Flag Mania’s innovative curriculum complements KnowFully’s approach to education, which focuses on personalizing the training experience to every individual must drive more efficient and meaningful learning outcomes. This approach is clear across Surgent’s portfolio of solutions, which spans all stages of an accounting or finance professional’s career, from Surgent Exam Review, which offers award-winning test prep courses for the CPA Exam, EA Exam, CMA Exam, et al., to Surgent IQ, which delivers skill-building training for all career stage, and Surgent CPE, a provider of best-in-class continuing professional education (CPE) for CPAs and other tax and financial professionals.

“Our gamified learning experience is meant to encourage students and professionals alike to nurture their skills through storytelling and therefore the immersive experiences that are crucial to the application of the knowledge on a day-to-day basis,” said Kelly Richmond Pope. “Our partnership with Surgent IQ may be a fantastic opportunity to expand our reach to professionals trying to find a fresh approach to learning.

About Surgent

Surgent, a part of NexPhase Capital-backed KnowFully Learning Group, features a 35-year history of leadership in accounting, finance, and tax education. for many of the company's history, Surgent has been referred to as a trusted provider of the Continuing Professional Education that CPAs got to maintain their professional credentials. More recently, Surgent has become one of the fastest-growing Exam Review course providers, offering adaptive learning-based courses that help students pass accounting and finance credentialing exams faster. Surgent IQ, launched in 2020, delivers on-demand skill-building courses that help students and professionals leverage targeted learning to further their careers.

About Red Flag Mania

Red Flag Mania may be a game-based investigative experience that uses true crime stories to show postsecondary learners concepts of active learning, critical thinking, problem-solving and ethical deciding in business and accounting courses. The company’s simulation-based, immersive learning approach incorporates real people and real stories that end in positive learning outcomes.

Spotlight

Many organizations are moving toward online or blended learning offers and for various reasons: to reduce production, maintenance, and delivery costs and to reach wider audiences or simply because learners want it.A recent report by Towards Maturity on people’s learning preferences announced that 70% say that online learning improves job performance and 90% access learning on their mobile devices. Online learning gives audiences more control with its self-paced and readily-accessible content. But audiences also rank collaboration, tutor-led, and social learning highly, which is why blended learning can provide the ultimate solutionIf you’re thinking about making the move from face-to-face but aren’t sure where to start, this paper provides a practical guide to help you piece together modern online and blended training for your learners.

Spotlight

Many organizations are moving toward online or blended learning offers and for various reasons: to reduce production, maintenance, and delivery costs and to reach wider audiences or simply because learners want it.A recent report by Towards Maturity on people’s learning preferences announced that 70% say that online learning improves job performance and 90% access learning on their mobile devices. Online learning gives audiences more control with its self-paced and readily-accessible content. But audiences also rank collaboration, tutor-led, and social learning highly, which is why blended learning can provide the ultimate solutionIf you’re thinking about making the move from face-to-face but aren’t sure where to start, this paper provides a practical guide to help you piece together modern online and blended training for your learners.

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Google for Education Partners with Instructure to Simplify Integration and Extend Digital Classroom Capabilities

Instructure | September 22, 2022

Instructure, the maker of Elevate Data Sync, has entered into an agreement with their partner, Google, that bridges the integration gap for Google Classroom users with a robust and comprehensive solution. With the integration, educational institutions can now keep course data and rosters synchronized between their student information systems (SIS or MIS) and Google Classroom. This means that educators no longer must set up their courses manually or have students use a join code. Teachers can now simply click "accept" when their course is automatically created.Instructure, the maker of Elevate Data Sync, has entered into an agreement with their partner, Google, that bridges the integration gap for Google Classroom users with a robust and comprehensive solution. With the integration, educational institutions can now keep course data and rosters synchronized between their student information systems (SIS or MIS) and Google Classroom. This means that educators no longer must set up their courses manually or have students use a join code. Teachers can now simply click "accept" when their course is automatically created. Elevate Data Sync, Instructure's standards-based interoperability solution that enables secure sharing of student, staff and learning data, will create classes with all the right students ahead of the first day of school and keep them updated if a student changes classes. This automated and adaptable integration can hopefully save teachers, students and the professionals who support them significant amounts of time. Through our partnership with Elevate Data Sync by Instructure, we have added the ability to sync the rosters from your student information system to Classroom, so classes can be automatically created and updated, launching in 15 countries," said Alisa Sommer, head of edtech partnerships at Google. "Education data integration is a complex problem, so we wanted an enterprise-class partner with deep expertise and a cloud-based platform that supports multiple standards and integration methods. "This partnership with Google Classroom is an ideal example of how Instructure's Learning Platform empowers partners and institutions to innovate and integrate faster,We're proud to be able to work with Google to find a solution that makes the job of educators easier while maintaining the highest level of privacy and security for student data." Kevin Turco, vice president of product management at Instructure Schools with Google Workspace for Education Plus that are interested in trying out the integration can sign up for the beta and can find onboarding help on Instructure's Community page. Schools can request more information about Google Workspace for Education Plus if they don't have a subscription already. Once signed up for the beta, admins will be able to integrate class lists and timetables (rosters) directly with most major student information systems or can opt to connect using OneRoster or CSV files. The solution is available and localized in Australia, Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. ABOUT INSTRUCTURE Instructure ( NYSE: INST) is an education technology company dedicated to elevating student success, amplifying the power of teaching, and inspiring everyone to learn together. Today the Instructure Learning Platform supports tens of millions of educators and learners around the world.

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KPA Compliance Training Receives Online Learning Library Top 20 Honor for Fifth Consecutive Year

KPA | July 16, 2022

For the fifth consecutive year, KPA has been recognized as one of Training Industry’s annual Top 20 online learning library companies for its extensive and impactful library of Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) content. This compliance training award demonstrates KPA’s commitment to producing compelling, relevant, high-quality training content. “It’s an honor to be recognized by Top 20 Online Learning for the fifth consecutive year. “It’s a strategic imperative for KPA to ensure we have the best and most comprehensive EHS training catalog in the industry. We create our own content to ensure a high standard of relevance and quality and design a curriculum that most effectively helps businesses train their employees on creating a safer work environment. Receiving the Training Industry award affirms our strategic intent and reinforces to the marketplace that KPA is the top creator of EHS training content.” KPA President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Fanning KPA’s award-winning online learning library includes an expansive collection of over 700 online and mobile compliance training topics that incorporate common real-world scenarios as well as video and interactive technology to engage employees and their learning styles. It provides clients with a core library of workforce and workplace compliance training and allows clients to incorporate courses from the library that are specific to their industry and their business. Training Industry is a trusted, expert resource on the business of learning. Its annual list of top online learning library companies highlights the most innovative providers of training services and technologies. The criteria for recognition on Training Industry 2022 Top 20 list included an analysis of a company’s breadth and quality of courses, features, and capabilities, industry visibility, innovation and impact on the online learning library market, client and user representation, as well as business performance and overall growth. KPA’s high-quality compliance training is an integral and differentiating component of the software and services that KPA provides its customers. In addition to being named a Top 20 Online Learning Library awardee for five consecutive years, Training Industry Inc. previously recognized KPA as a Top 20 Health and Safety Training Company. With a wide variety of EHS training, KPA also provides certifications on specialized topics like A/C 609 Training as well as continuing education credits for organizations like the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). About KPA KPA provides Environment, Health & Safety (EHS), and Workforce Compliance solutions for a wide range of businesses. Offering a unique combination of software, consulting services, and award-winning training, KPA helps organizations minimize risk so they can focus on what’s important—their core business. For over 30 years, KPA has helped 10,000 + clients comply with regulations, reduce costs, and increase productivity.

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X2O Media Achieves Learning Technologies Accreditation for X2O OneRoom from the Learning Performance Institute

STRATACACHE, LPI | July 20, 2022

X2O Media, an international provider of hybrid collaboration technology, today announces it has been awarded the status of Accredited Learning Technologies for its X2O OneRoom solution by the LPI (Learning and Performance Institute), the leading global authority on workplace learning and development. X2O OneRoom technology is an immersive hybrid training platform that provides an engaging learning experience with a human element for in-room and remote learners. To achieve this accreditation, X2O OneRoom technology underwent a rigorous evaluation against a comprehensive set of KPIs developed by industry experts. The assessment included a review of the OneRoom product, the teaching and learning experience and product development roadmap. Commenting on the accreditation, Edmund Monk, CEO of LPI said: "LPI accreditation is not only an independent validation of an organisation's quality, but also a statement of intent: that it will constantly improve, innovate and develop its portfolio to the benefit of its customers. I am proud to hear of X2O Media's outstanding achievement and look forward to working with them throughout the coming years as they seek to strengthen their position in the market. I have no hesitation in recommending X2O Media to prospective customers and partners as their accreditation proves they are an exceptional provider of learning technologies." "At X2O Media we are passionate about developing hybrid and virtual learning spaces that meet the high standards and needs of our customers. We are proud to have our OneRoom solution endorsed by the LPI as it reflects our commitment to providing quality, immersive learning experiences," said Mansour Brek, President of X2O Media. As part of the continued development of X2O OneRoom, X2O Media have also announced the latest release of OneRoom version 2.5 which introduces dynamic seating charts, anonymous polls/quizzes, and the evolution of breakout groups to provide an enhanced learning environment for hybrid learners. About X2O Media X2O Media provides technology to build virtual collaboration solutions and unified visual communication solutions for higher education and corporations across the globe. The award-winning X2O Platform represents a new category of communication tools that improves how enterprises and learning institutions engage with their employees and students. X2O Media's collaboration technology has helped organizations like Nestlé, IMD Business School, HEC Montréal, FutureDJs and City of London Freemen's School set a new standard for hybrid meetings, training and learning. About STRATACACHE STRATACACHE provides scalable customer experiences, empowering retailers to learn deeply about their customers' shopping preferences and behaviors, allowing for personalized shopper interaction. Our solutions deliver consumer activation at the point-of-decision, generating new sales opportunities and enhanced retail profitability. With 3.3 million+ software activations globally, we power the biggest digital networks for the world's largest brands. Across the STRATACACHE family of complementary digital media/ad tech solution companies, we have the technology, expertise, and track record to bring retail innovation that delivers results.

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