Elsevier Acquires Performance-Based Assessment Provider Authess

edsurge | March 15, 2020

Authess, a Boston-based developer of an assessment platform used by students, educators and employers, has been acquired by Elsevier, the academic and research publishing platform best known for its subscription journals. Terms of the deal were not disclosed in the press release. Founded in 2015, Authess offers a platform for companies and educational institutions to create problem-based assessments that it says can better gauge skills and competencies than multiple-choice tests. Its clients have included Jigsaw Academy, an online education platform for data science, the New England College of Business and Southern New Hampshire University. The company has raised more than $2 million in venture capital, and was a graduate from LearnLaunch, the Boston-based education technology accelerator program.

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SE Ranking launches an online academy, making SEO available to everyone

SE Ranking | December 29, 2021

SE Ranking, a leading search engine optimization technology company, launches SE Ranking Academy—an online learning platform for digital marketers and business owners. SE Ranking Academy has been created with the goal to make SEO accessible. Right now, Academy offers a comprehensive and well-structured SEO Basics course, that helps students learn the fundamentals of search engine optimization and teaches how to leverage SEO to promote businesses online. The course was prepared by SEO experts and designed to be clear to everyone, regardless of their background and experience in digital marketing. It can be of use for: SEO wannabes who have no previous experience in SEO and want to start a career in marketing. Digital marketers who want to learn more about SEO and find out how to use that data for online marketing Business owners, who run a business and want to start getting traffic from Google SEO Basic course provides a detailed explanation of all the nuances involved in optimizing websites for search engines and getting them to rank high in search. 6 hours of video are divided into 40+ easy-to-grasp lessons. Users can go through 9 major topics step by step and familiarize themselves with basic SEO concepts and techniques, that can help them achieve their digital marketing goals. The course is currently available for free to everyone. Upon completion of the course, all graduates get a certificate of completion. "We have put all the knowledge accumulated over the last 8 years into SE Ranking Academy, where we team up with leading experts to provide a detailed step-by-step explanation of all the SEO nuances." Bogdan Babyak, CMO at SE Ranking About SE Ranking SE Ranking is all-in-one SEO software with over 30 tools for every task in search marketing. The platform provides analytical data and monitoring features that help specialists, agencies, marketers and business owners bring their websites to the top of the search engine result pages and stay there. With more than 600,000 users worldwide, SE Ranking has been top-rated by G2 in 2019, 2020, 2021. More information is available on the SE Ranking website.

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Questex’s Fierce Education Partners with The EdUp Experience to Deliver a Dynamic Podcast Experience with Higher Education Leaders and Professionals

Questex’s Fierce Education | May 20, 2022

Questex’s Fierce Education, where higher education leaders, administrators and faculty, and those driving technology adoption decisions in a blended learning world, today announces it is partnering with The EdUp Experience, America’s leading higher education podcast, to deliver a dynamic podcast experience to its audience. The podcast will feature thoughts, ideas and insights from higher education leaders and guests ranging from university presidents and CEOs to venture capitalists to education technology entrepreneurs. Fierce Education will leverage EdUp’s podcast platform and interviews on the most important topics in education while opening up EdUp to Fierce Education’s 100,000 weekly newsletter subscribers. “It is a natural fit for Fierce Education to partner with EdUp, The EdUp Experience is constantly and consistently showcasing the leaders in higher education and covering the most pressing issues facing the industry bringing the same passion of moving the industry forward as Fierce Education.” -Elliot Markowitz, head of content for Fierce Education. The EdUp Experience is hosted by Dr. Joe Sallustio and produced by Elvin Freytes. “It is a complete honor to partner with Fierce Education, Elvin and I have made a point to partner with organizations that will redefine how higher education news, professional development, and solutions are researched, explored, and created.” -Co-Founder Dr. Joe Sallustio, who is also senior vice president-global of Lindenwood University. The first two podcast include: Dr. Jennifer Mathes, CEO of the Online Learning Consortium was interviewed regarding the key differences between remote and online learning, and what is emergency response remote learning. Dr. Drew Van Horn, President of Young Harris College on how student’s really feel about the college experience and the importance or responding to their needs. About Fierce Education Fierce Education is the place where higher education leaders, administrators and faculty, and those driving technology adoption decisions in education can access proven methods and best practices as they rethink pedagogy and business models in the new blended learning world. Through its website (www.fierceeducation.com), virtual events and newsletters, Fierce Education focuses on “Rethinking Higher Education in a Blended Learning World.” Fierce Education’s key tenants are: using technology for teaching better and reaching learners everywhere; addressing business model changes required to move forward; and workforce preparation/Back to School Adult Learners reskilling. About Questex Questex helps people live better and longer. Questex brings people together in the markets that help people live better: travel, hospitality and wellness; the industries that help people live longer: life science and healthcare; and the technologies that enable and fuel these new experiences. We live in the experience economy – connecting our ecosystem through live events, surrounded by data insights and digital communities. We deliver experience and real results.

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Sparx | April 22, 2020

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