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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Students. teachers, and administrators are on the frontline of educational technology innovation.Here is a look at the current state of U.S. K-12 connectivity,student access, and digital learning.Teaching with Technology Infographic Education has evolved from a pen, paper and textbook affair to using iPads, online resources and even mobile apps in the classroom.


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Zovio Receives Recognition from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association

zovio | April 23, 2022

Zovio (Nasdaq: ZVO), an education technology services company, announced today that two of its textbooks have received Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) awards. The TAA is a national organization dedicated to supporting textbook and academic authors. Each year the organization's annual awards attract publisher and author submissions from all over the United States. Published by Zovio, Organization Development: An Action Research Approach by Laura Bierema received the 2022 Textbook Excellence Award, and Introduction to Employment Law by Gwen Seaquist received the 2022 Most Promising New Textbook Award. "These awards recognize our commitment to creating and providing quality educational products and services to our university partners and the students they serve, Congratulations to Zovio teammates Laura L. Bierema and Gwen Seaquist, who authored the award-winning books." -Randy Hendricks, Zovio CEO. The Forbes School of Business and Technology® at the University of Arizona Global Campus has procured both texts to support student learning in undergraduate business programs. "We are thrilled about the recognition of these texts and congratulate both authors and the Zovio team on this esteemed honor," said UAGC Provost and Senior Vice President Dr. Sarah Steinberg. As a provider of education technology services, Zovio partners with higher education institutions and employers to deliver a suite of innovative solutions and learning experiences that support student achievement and help institutions achieve their missions. About Zovio Zovio (Nasdaq: ZVO) is an education technology services company that partners with higher education institutions and employers to deliver innovative, personalized solutions to help learners and leaders achieve their aspirations. The Zovio network, including Fullstack Academy and TutorMe, leverages its core strengths to solve priority market needs through education technology services. Using proprietary advanced data analytics, Zovio identifies the most meaningful ways to enhance the learner experience and deliver strong outcomes for higher education institutions, employers, and learners. Zovio's purpose is to help everyone be in a class of their own.

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Supporting young people on BTEC and A-level results day

WorldSkills UK | August 13, 2020

Congratulations to everyone picking up their BTEC and A-Level results today, especially those who are in training with us for EuroSkills Graz and WorldSkills Shanghai 2021. “We know that crucial to rebuilding the UK economy will be highly skilled, motivated young people. That is why we have increased our online careers advice and skills development resources to help those collecting their results today, and thousands of other young people throughout the UK, make informed choices about their next steps.

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ONLINE EDUCATION

Instructure Announces Launch of New Channel Partner Program

Instructure | January 28, 2022

Instructure, the makers of Canvas, today announced the launch of a channel partner program, which will allow the company to expand rapidly to new international markets and address the complex educational needs of higher education and K-12 institutions worldwide by providing them access to its Instructure Learning Platform. The program is specifically tailored to assist partners in emerging markets and key countries where educational institutions are looking for more robust, flexible solutions to the unique learning challenges facing students today. The Instructure Learning Platform offers learning management, assessment, content, online programs and analytics built into an easy-to implement and use system. For more information, download the Instructure Channel Partner Program guide: The Instructure Channel Partner Program + You. While Instructure's global market share has grown significantly in recent years, the channel partner program is expected to spur rapid growth in APAC, EMEA, and LATAM markets. Instructure's flagship product, Canvas, is a market leader among a crowded LMS landscape and is seeing broad adoption worldwide. Among the greatest challenges educators face today are creating flexible online learning programs, engaging students with technology in the classroom and assessing student learning with timely, actionable data that drives instruction. Benefits to Partners Channel partners now have the opportunity to join forces with one of the fastest-growing edtech platforms in the world. Canvas is currently available in 34 languages and counting. The Instructure Channel Partner Program has a tiered structure with expanded benefits for higher tiers. Instructure has invested in deep, collaborative sales relationships with value-added resellers. "As educational institutions worldwide seek to open access to learning, edtech solutions such as Canvas become even more important in making student success more equitable. Instructure's Channel Partner Program extends opportunities to key partners that can help identify needs and fulfill with the support of a global edtech leader." Jack Jackson, Vice President of Global Channel Sales at Instructure With the new program, potential partners now have additional ways to realize revenue, beyond reselling products, with opportunities such as implementation, training and support services. The program will include a channel partner onboarding process, including a partner management platform, extensive training, ongoing sales enablement and marketing support from Instructure's dedicated channel team. Instructure's program offers clear compensation and incentives to foster a mutually-beneficial relationship with partners. All partners will be assigned a dedicated channel account manager and be eligible for market development funds (MDF), deal registration and back-end rebates. Instructure is excited to partner with world-class distributors across the globe such as QBS. "Our teams are eager to enable Instructure to broaden and deepen their partner base across Europe through our QBS community of valued partners. Instructure is the category leader and initial interest in their partner program is very impressive," said Dave Stevinson, CEO of QBS Technology Group. ABOUT INSTRUCTURE Instructure 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 more than 30 million educators and learners around the world.

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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

Athena Global Education and Carolina University announce transnational partnership to serve the global student community

Athena Global Education | May 16, 2022

Athena Global Education (UniAthena) and Carolina University (CU) are pleased to announce a partnership to offer MBA programs globally. This is a significant transnational provisioning agreement which will offer the UniAthena/CU completion programs throughout the 113 countries currently served by UniAthena. The programs will be delivered online, however students have provision to complete the program at university premises also. "This may be the largest single offering for an American university in a transnational partnership in the Gulf Coast region, We are thrilled to be leading the pack in partnerships that open doors for international students." -Mr Firoz Thairinil, CEO of Athena Global Education, Carolina University is rapidly gaining recognition for innovative partnerships with professional organisations and businesses, and pioneering the delivery of affordable but excellent degree programs. Carolina University is proud to partner with UniAthena to continue its mission in offering quality educational opportunities for a growing global market. "This partnership between Carolina University and UniAthena is a win-win for students from the Middle East and broader MENA region because it offers the same exceptional quality education available to our Winston-Salem, NC students with the added affordability and flexibility. It enables students to gain in-demand capabilities in exciting areas such as public health and data science," - Dr. Sandeep Gopalan, Executive VP for Academic Affairs & International at Carolina University. UniAthena is a global education services platform dedicated to providing high-quality education to students from around the world, from the Middle East to North Africa to the United States. Its academic programs comprise Doctoral and Master Level Degrees and Diplomas from top ranking universities and professional certifications from renowned bodies. It leverages technology to make the learner's experience an easy and enriching one.

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Students. teachers, and administrators are on the frontline of educational technology innovation.Here is a look at the current state of U.S. K-12 connectivity,student access, and digital learning.Teaching with Technology Infographic Education has evolved from a pen, paper and textbook affair to using iPads, online resources and even mobile apps in the classroom.

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