EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

HVL Launches Cohort Based Coaching and Online Community Platform, AppThink

HVL | June 07, 2022

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HVL, the venture studio founded by experiences B2B and SaaS experts, has announced the launch of its newest cohort based coaching and online community platform, AppThink.

"Our startup ecosystem is growing in vibrancy. On-ramps that equip first-time founders are more necessary now than ever. Naturally, more people in our community are curious about starting software and tech-enabled businesses. AppThink exists to harness that curiosity by guiding aspiring founders through the fundamentals of making the right decisions early. This includes understanding how to validate an idea and bring it to market with confidence.  As an early-stage venture, AppThink is uniquely positioned to "build-in-public" and model the virtuous cycle of ideation, testing, and iteration for our cohort members."

- Kellie Clark, CEO of AppThink

AppThink offers a cohort-oriented learning platform with live online work sessions and a self-paced curriculum. Aspiring founders will be taught the foundation of identifying consumers, testing business assumptions, and exploring options to create an MVP without coding.

"I'm excited to see what's in store for the aspiring founders who engage AppThink. AppThink's curriculum and approach adds value to early-stage founders individually, but it is also poised to contribute immense value to the energy and growth of our tech ecosystem."

- Shegun Otulana, Founder of HVL

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A learning objective is a precise and explicit statement that describes, in measurable terms, what the learner will be able to do after taking a course. They help guide learners along the right track in the course and keep them aligned with the expected outcomes. They also help define the scope of the course, instructional strategy, evaluation methodology, duration of the course, and cost of the course.To know more about the importance of learning objectives in developing e-learning courses, check out our infographic below.


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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

EON Reality Enters Into Partnership With MerSETA to Bring the Knowledge Metaverse to 50,000 Students and 7,500 Interns in South Africa

EON Reality | July 08, 2022

EON Reality, Inc. (“EON Reality”), a global leader in Virtual and Augmented Reality (“XR”) and Knowledge Metaverse industry and education solutions, has announced a new partnership with the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (merSETA) in South Africa for a national rollout, which also includes EON Reality’s latest offering, the EON Metaverse Builder. The merSETA is the latest educational organization with access to EON Reality’s industry-defining XR training solutions. One of 21 Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) in South Africa, the merSETA plays a central role in ensuring the country’s National Skills Development Plan is fulfilled. Though merSETA does not train people directly, it facilitates training by providing access to training materials, paying grants, registering moderators and assessors, identifying scarce skills, accrediting providers, monitoring training quality and implementing projects to close the skills gap. There are six chambers within the merSETA: metal and engineering; automobile manufacturing; motor retail; automotives component manufacturing; tyre manufacturing; and plastics. The six chambers comprise approximately 44,000 companies with a workforce of approximately 600,000. Access to EON-XR solutions will enable trainers and supervisors at merSETA-affiliated companies to increase the speed of employee training, reduce infrastructure costs and decrease the probability of high-consequence events in dangerous industries through simulation-based training. EON Reality’s solutions and the lifelike models and environments therein allow the merSETA partners to offer customisable “hands-on” training to employees without the inherent logistical restrictions of working with materials that could be unsafe to them or the environment. With EON Reality’s solutions, the merSETA-affiliated companies will be able to better serve industries in every country where they operate while protecting their employees. “Like EON Reality, the merSETA believes an environment that promotes open knowledge sharing is critical to the success of an organization and the world. We’re elated to help the companies associated with the merSETA achieve the organization’s aim of reducing inequalities and unemployment in South Africa via access to high-quality and relevant skills development and training opportunities.” Dan Lejerskar, Founder, Chairman and CEO of EON Reality “Our products, such as the EON Metaverse Builder, contain many existing materials that will allow the merSETA institutions to train employees safely, effectively and affordably in hazardous and costly fields like auto-manufacturing — all with the possibility of adding infinitely more opportunities. Their use of our technology will impact multiple industries, thereby growing the knowledge metaverse and potentially improving the South African workforce for years to come.” The merSETA Chief Executive Officer, Wayne Adams, adds that rapid digitalisation and XR processes in the manufacturing sector will have a profound positive effect on the development of Society 5.0. “World institutions and governments have found through empirical studies that simulated/XR training in Industry 4.0 is more effective in preparing learners/apprentices for the new world of work. It is the major enabler on our path of meeting our sustainable development goals targets. As the merSETA, we are proud to partner with EON Reality, Inc, especially given that thousands of South Africans will be prepared for Society 5.0,” says Adams. As a result of the culmination of years of work with global enterprises and world-class academic institutions, EON-XR is the primary product and content delivery vehicle for XR education and industry solutions in the knowledge metaverse. The merSETA partners will train their employees utilizing EON-XR, EON Metaverse Builder and EON Reality’s other offerings while providing feedback on the best uses of the solution for companies in related fields. About EON Reality EON Reality is a leading company in Augmented and Virtual Reality-based experience creation for education and industry as well as the reputed creators of the Knowledge Metaverse. EON Reality’s over 20 years of existence and success are tied to its belief that knowledge is a human right and should be available, accessible, and affordable for every person on the planet. To carry this out, EON Reality developed and launched EON-XR, a SaaS-based platform dedicated to the democratization of XR content creation that brings code-free XR development and publishing to smartphones, tablets, laptops, and any other XR-focused devices.

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CORPORATE EDUCATION AND TRAINING

AIME Launches New Training Program, the AIME Academy, for the Wholesale Mortgage Community

Association of Independent Mortgage Experts | August 05, 2022

The Association of Independent Mortgage Experts (AIME), a non-profit, national trade membership association which supports wholesale mortgage professionals, announced its new training program, the AIME Academy. The AIME Academy’s launch showcases two brand new training programs – the Loan Officer Assistant Training Program and the Processor: Level 100 Training Program – both designed to provide entry-level training for learners without prior mortgage industry knowledge. “The AIME Academy was created to specifically help Broker Owners and small broker shops, who often lack critical training support in-house, Our association is committed to helping our members effectively scale their businesses, and in order for the broker channel to continue to grow, we need to provide the tools and resources that make it easier for their businesses to thrive.” -Katie Sweeney, CEO of AIME Loan Officer Assistant Training Program The Loan Officer Assistant Training Program is tailored to provide the basics of the mortgage industry and its history, while teaching the responsibilities and expectations of the average wholesale LOA. This self-paced program also highlights the basic requirements from the Fannie Mae, FHA, HUD, VA, and USDA selling guides, and is designed to support wholesale brokerages as part of their internal training processes. Processor: Level 100 Training Program The Processor: Level 100 Training Program is the first level of a multi-tier processor training plan, teaching aspiring processors how to analyze initial loan data. Trainees will be able to determine eligibility, including income, property, assets, and credit. This 10-hour competitive syllabus takes learners through five in-depth courses, covering lender regulations, guidelines, IPAC, and various workflows- all specifically designed for the wholesale mortgage channel. Program learners can work at their own pace towards the next level of certification and all graduates earn skill badges and a completion certificate. Both training programs are available immediately in the AIME Academy with additional courses available in the coming months. This program is intended to be a game-changer for anyone who wants to step into the wholesale mortgage industry. The nation’s leading mortgage experts developed the coursework for the training program guaranteeing that learners will excel in the fast-paced world of wholesale mortgage lending, adds Mike Cox, AIME’s Vice President of Education. About Association of Independent Mortgage Experts The Association of Independent Mortgage Experts (AIME) is a non-profit, national trade membership association created exclusively for independent mortgage brokers. With over 65,000 members, AIME is committed to establishing a community of independent mortgage experts by creating an association that empowers them with unparalleled technology, continued education, and networking support necessary to successfully advise consumers nationwide with their residential mortgage needs. AIME operates with a growth-focused strategy, providing tools and resources to propel the wholesale channel beyond a 25% share of the mortgage market in 2022 and beyond.

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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

Boxlight Announces Launch of New Website

Boxlight Corporation | June 27, 2022

Boxlight Corporation (Nasdaq: BOXL), a leading provider of interactive technology, digital signage, classroom audio, and services, announces the launch of their redesigned website to better serve partners, customers, and investors. The redesigned website will offer visitors improved navigation and functionality, a user-friendly experience, and differentiate the Boxlight solutions, including those from Clevertouch Technologies®, Mimio®, and FrontRow™. It will also give better access to resources such as EOS Education Professional Development, the Virtual Classroom, digital guides, free training, and webinars. Visitors to the new site can expect: Smooth user experience that guides them through our solutions for education, enterprise, retail, higher education, and house of worship Comprehensive information about and from our Boxlight brands - Mimio, Clevertouch Technologies, FrontRow, EOS Education Regular success stories from customers about how our solutions have benefited their organizations Updated news and information for Partners and Investors “We are excited to share an updated Boxlight website to reflect the full breadth of our technology solutions and services across all brands. It has been an eighteen-month journey with a team of marketing, product, development, sales, and analytics teams to bring together a vision of all our brands and solutions with our customers, partners, and investors in mind. This will be an ever-changing project to keep up with the demand of our users and our always-evolving product offerings. We welcome feedback to ensure it meets visitors' needs,” - Sunshine Nance, Sr. Vice President Marketing & Communications. Along with the recent announcement of the new MimioPro 4 interactive display from Mimio, the new IMPACT Max and CleverStore 3.0 upgrade from Clevertouch, and Campus Communication systems from FrontRow, the company continues to provide innovative technology and solutions to appeal to a broader market. The strength of solutions available for all markets, including those from brands Clevertouch Technologies and FrontRow, is being recognized and the Company was recently named Overall EdTech Company of the Year by EdTech Breakthrough. To showcase why we are a standout in the market, our Company and brands will be at ISTELive in New Orleans, LA, June 26-29 - Boxlight (booth #1122), Clevertouch (booth #330), and FrontRow (booth #2824). ISTELive attendees will be able to explore the various solutions including, but not limited to, the MimioPro 4 and MimioSTEM product suite, the IMPACT Max from Clevertouch, Campus Communication and Lyrik portable audio system from FrontRow. The new Boxlight website will help the company continue to drive towards its goal of becoming a leading provider of interactive technology solutions and services around the world. To explore the newly redesigned website, please visit Boxlight. About Boxlight Corporation Boxlight Corporation (Nasdaq: BOXL) (“Boxlight”) is a leading provider of interactive technology solutions under its award-winning brands Clevertouch®, FrontRow™ and Mimio®. The company aims to improve engagement and communication in diverse business and education environments. Boxlight develops, sells, and services its integrated solution suite including interactive displays, collaboration software, audio solutions, supporting accessories and professional services.

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Raptor Technologies and Alertus Technologies Partner to Provide Comprehensive Solution for Keeping K-12 Schools Safe

Raptor Technologies and Alertus Technologies | August 10, 2022

Raptor Technologies, the leading provider of school safety software, and Alertus Technologies, a leader in emergency mass notification solutions, today announced they will integrate their best-in-class safety and security offerings to enhance security for K-12 schools and districts. The partnership combines Alertus' notification solutions with Raptor's robust emergency management and reunification tools, setting new, high standards for critical communication and response during emergencies. Alertus' integrated, modular mass notification offerings – including Alertus Desktop™, IP Text-to-Speech Interface for PA systems, and a range of hardwired and pocket-sized activation devices – are designed to help K-12 schools automate widespread, instant alerting in an emergency. Now, any K-12 school utilizing Raptor Technologies can automatically send emergency notifications to all alerting modalities unified by the Alertus Mass Notification System via Raptor® Connect™. Alertus will also offer Raptor Alert customers free Alertus Desktop™ and Alertus Desktop™ for Chrome, powerful desktop and browser-based alerting software that instantly overrides computer displays with customizable notifications. The promotion is made possible through Alertus' Safe in Seconds Initiative, a philanthropic effort to equip schools and nonprofits with mass notification technology they might not otherwise be able to afford. "School districts across the country are recognizing the value of being able to quickly initiate an alert and notify staff and teachers in the event of a school emergency, By integrating with Alertus, we're expanding the ways users can rapidly access Raptor Alert to trigger an alert and increasing the ways a campus can be notified of an emergency." -Chris Noell, chief product officer, Raptor Technologies Raptor Alert is currently used by more than 7,500 schools nationwide to help school districts respond to emergencies. Many states, including Texas, Florida, New Jersey and New York, have earmarked funding or created mandates to make mobile panic alerts available to schools. Additionally, in 2021, Raptor Alert was chosen by 25% of Florida schools to achieve compliance with Alyssa's Law, which mandates panic buttons that directly connect to law enforcement. Every second counts in an emergency and our top priority is ensuring that schools have every possible way to get urgent, life-saving information to their students, teachers and staff – both during and after a critical event, Our integration with Raptor enables schools to alert, respond, and recover more effectively by reducing response times, reinforcing stakeholder responsibilities and mitigating risk to their communities,said Patrick Dennin, director of education, Alertus. Alertus works with hundreds of K-12 schools and districts across North America, equipping them with unified, multilayered mass notification solutions – software, hardware and integrations with legacy alerting systems – to communicate effectively and protect their communities from potential threats, including active shooters, severe weather, health outbreaks, and more. Through its partnership with Raptor, Alertus' customized, layered approach to mass notification helps ensure that no one is missed in the event of an emergency. About Raptor Technologies Founded in 2002, Raptor has partnered with over 50,000 schools globally, including over 5,000 K-12 US school districts, to provide integrated visitor, volunteer, emergency management, and safeguarding software and services that cover the complete spectrum of school and student safety. About Alertus Technologies Alertus Technologies is a pioneer and market leader in emergency mass notification systems for large-area, high occupancy facilities. Since 2002, Alertus has engineered innovative solutions for emergency mass notification that unify and simplify the notification process for immediate, comprehensive coverage. Alertus provides solutions for in-building notification, outdoor notification, and personal notification. Thousands of institutions and enterprise organizations worldwide trust and rely on Alertus to protect millions of people.

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A learning objective is a precise and explicit statement that describes, in measurable terms, what the learner will be able to do after taking a course. They help guide learners along the right track in the course and keep them aligned with the expected outcomes. They also help define the scope of the course, instructional strategy, evaluation methodology, duration of the course, and cost of the course.To know more about the importance of learning objectives in developing e-learning courses, check out our infographic below.

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