Institutions transitioned to SaaS deployment of Blackboard Learn accelerates by more than 50%

Blackboard | July 21, 2020

Blackboard Inc. today announced that in the last 18 months, the number of institutions that have transitioned to the SaaS deployment of Blackboard Learn has increased by more than 50%. The move to SaaS has enabled institutions to scale their online learning programs at an unprecedented rate, while also accelerating their digital teaching and learning strategies in response to the global pandemic. "The SaaS deployment of Blackboard Learn has enabled the education community to scale at an incredibly rapid pace as they move towards a more robust, holistic, and data-driven teaching and learning model," said Jim Chalex, Vice President of Product Development at Blackboard. "The foundational role SaaS plays is underscored by the fact that today, nearly 70% of our Learn clients are fully operational on SaaS or have begun planning to move to the cloud." The SaaS deployment of Blackboard Learn enables institutions to access the Blackboard Data platform, an analytics infrastructure that fuels a more holistic, mature EdTech environment. Through Blackboard Data, institutions have access to a range of consolidated learner- and institutional-level insights that can be leveraged to improve the learning ecosystem for individuals, departments, and institutions. The cloud-based solution also allows institutions to activate Blackboard Learn Ultra—Learn's next-generation user experience—which allows instructors and learners to leverage an intuitive digital interface for a seamless experience. In fact, over the past year, the number of clients using Learn Ultra has increased by more than 90%.

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UNESCO | November 25, 2022

On the last day of the World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education held in the capital of Uzbekistan on 14-16 November, representatives of about 150 countries adopted the Tashkent Declaration of UNESCO. This information was provided by the Ministry of Preschool Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan.Earlier, speaking with a welcoming speech to the delegates of the conference, the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev said:"I am confident that today's conference will be held in the spirit of frank discussions and exchange of views, new ideas and initiatives, and that specific proposals and recommendations will be developed. Undoubtedly, the Tashkent Declaration, which will be adopted at the conclusion of the conference, will serve as the basis for our joint efforts in this direction. The Tashkent Declaration is intended to set the international agenda for early childhood education through the year 2030. This document has been prepared through a consultative process during the conference and, once signed, will be translated into the six official languages of the United Nations and shared with the UNESCO Member States. "In Uzbekistan, we have the opportunity to send a powerful message to the world based on UNESCO's commitment to make 2022 the year of mobilization of efforts for education. Here in Tashkent, we must determine the model of society we want to live in a society that takes care of its children, guiding them and giving them all the attention they deserve," UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. In the framework of the strategy for global transformation of early childhood care and education (ECCE) system, the Tashkent Declaration established a set of guiding principles: improving the quality and relevance of curricula and pedagogy; ensuring equal and inclusive educational services for all children, and protecting and guaranteeing the rights to access ECCE in emergency situations. These and a number of other tasks are based on such fundamental factors as the development and support of teachers, broad introduction of innovations and state support for the sphere. The provisions of the UNESCO Tashkent Declaration, which set the main vectors for development of ECCE until 2030 – a milestone for the UN Sustainable Development Goals since the moment of signing become a guide for international organizations and relevant ministries of the countries participating in the world community in implementation of the paragraph 4.2 which reads: "By 2030 to ensure that all young girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-school education systems so that they will be ready for primary education.

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Qstream awarded Best Mobile Learning Technology by Brandon Hall Group

Qstream | December 22, 2022

Qstream, the leading enterprise microlearning and knowledge reinforcement platform that revolutionizes how businesses empower their employees through individualized learning, announced today that it has been awarded an Excellence in Technology Award from Brandon Hall Group, a top Human Capital Management research firm. Qstream has been recognized with a bronze award in the Learning & Development category for Best Advance in Mobile Learning Technology. Qstream's quick, mobile microlearning challenges are delivered to learners in the flow of work, producing 90+% learner engagement. Qstream's mobile app pushes micro training content directly to each learner to reinforce critical information and change on-the-job behavior. Additionally, microlearning integrates with work and learning systems, meeting learners in their digital channels of choice and weaving training into daily routines. This enables continuous learning to ensure employees have the latest information and tools to excel in their roles and drive training and business outcomes. "When it comes to corporate training programs, the learner experience is everything since employee proficiency and performance is critical to the success of every business, Employees want and need to be productive to perform in their jobs and prefer training that is easily accessible, relatable and impactful. Qstream's non-disruptive solution meets the needs of the modern learner, making them more engaged and continuously sharpening their knowledge and skills." Bret Kramer, VP of Sales and Customer Success at Qstream. We selected Qstream for this award because of their commitment to keeping learners engaged and providing people with the skills needed to perform at their job," said David Wentworth, Principal Analyst at Brandon Hall Group. "Their microlearning solution and mobile app prioritize a personalized learner experience, making it easy to access training on-the-go, grow their knowledge and become active contributors of the business." The complete list of Excellence Award Winners can be found here. About Qstream Qstream is the leading enterprise microlearning and knowledge reinforcement solution proven by science and in practice to boost learner performance. Hundreds of organizations rely on Qstream to build high-performance teams by delivering a personalized and agile learning experience that delivers the highest levels of retention, engagement and efficiency along with analytics that provide precision insights and expose a real-time view of performance readiness. About Brandon Hall Group, Inc. Brandon Hall Group is the only professional development company that offers data, research, insights and certification to Learning and Talent executives and organizations. The best minds in Human Capital Management (HCM) choose Brandon Hall Group to help them create future proof employee development plans for the new era. For nearly 30 years, we have empowered, recognized and certified excellence in organizations around the world influencing the development of over 10,000,000 employees and executives. Our HCM Excellence Awards was the first to recognize organizations for learning and talent and is the gold standard, known as the 'Academy Awards of Human Capital Management'. Our cloud-based platform delivers evidence-based insights in the areas of Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Talent Acquisition and Human Resources for corporate organizations and HCM solution providers.

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Carnegie Learning Expands Portfolio, Acquires Assets of MUSE Virtual

Carnegie Learning | November 17, 2022

Carnegie Learning, a leader in artificial intelligence for K-12 education and formative assessment, announced today that it has acquired the MUSE Virtual School curriculum. Carnegie Learning plans to integrate the curriculum into its current award-winning AI-powered software while also using it as a building block for future solutions in augmented reality and the metaverse. MUSE Virtual is an innovative and environmentally focused, K-12 online learning platform founded by Suzy Amis Cameron and James Cameron. MUSE Virtual offers a unique and engaging, passion-based curriculum infusing core academics with non-traditional learning. It delivers solutions across five core education pillars: Passion-Based Learning, Academics, Sustainability, Communication, and Self-Efficacy, and incorporates a state-of-the-art, science-based, alternative learning approach that also nurtures environmental awareness. According to Carnegie Learning CEO Barry Malkin, the acquisition of the MUSE Virtual curriculum is a critical step in delivering high-quality instructional materials in an increasingly virtual world. “In today’s global economy, it is more important than ever for students – regardless of their location – to have seamless access to the best educational products. The MUSE Virtual curriculum offers an innovative approach to learning and will strengthen our ability to continually push the boundaries of education. With expertise in math, literacy, and world languages, the MUSE curriculum brings an added depth to our portfolio, which is unlike any other company in our industry. Carnegie Learning has also appointed Suzy Amis Cameron to its Board of Directors. Ms. Amis Cameron, a noted environmental leader, author, business pioneer and mother of five, will bring her deep commitment to education and the environment to the Carnegie Board, helping the company to develop content and curriculum that connects more closely with students’ passions and interests. “Carnegie Learning shares my sense of urgency and responsibility to improve the world for our children. The company’s programs, practices and principles guide learning in ways that address the whole child. Carnegie Learning is also committed to educating children to solve our planet's most pressing challenges. Together, I’m confident we can transform K-12 education.” Ms. Amis Cameron ,Board of Director,Carnegie Learning World-renowned filmmaker, explorer and technology innovator James Cameron will also partner with Carnegie Learning on the development of NextGen educational products and services that leverage his understanding of the power of story-driven, tech-enabled experiential learning to connect with students in new ways. Technology isn’t just about augmenting education,” Mr. Cameron says. "It’s about reinventing it, creating new opportunities for real-time assessment and intervention, hyper-personalized courseware, creative collaboration and much else. I’m anxious to support Carnegie Learning in harnessing the power of technology to create unique, fun, and immersive experiences that engage kids and accelerate learning. ABOUT CARNEGIE LEARNING, INC. Carnegie Learning is a leading provider of K-12 education technology, curriculum, and professional learning solutions. With the highest-quality offerings for K-12 math, literacy, world languages, professional learning, high-dosage tutoring, and more, Carnegie Learning is changing the way we think about learning and creating powerful results for teachers and students alike. Born from more than 30 years of learning science research at Carnegie Mellon University, the company has become a nationally recognized leader for its ability to harness the power of data to improve student performance. The company’s 700+ employees across the US and Canada—the majority of whom are former teachers—are passionate about partnering with educators in the implementation of effective, student-centered instructional strategies and supporting them in the classroom. For more information, visit carnegielearning.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. ABOUT MUSE VIRTUAL MUSE Virtual is an online learning program inspired by the internationally acclaimed MUSE Global School in Calabasas, Calif. Founded in 2006 by Suzy Amis Cameron, her sister Rebecca Amis and James Cameron, its mission is to inspire and prepare young people to live consciously with themselves, one another and the planet. Created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, MUSE Virtual is a community in which students are empowered to become global champions and future leaders through MUSE's 5 Pillar approach to education.

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Bloomz | December 07, 2022

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