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National Distance Learning Week Celebrates Walden University

prnewswire | November 05, 2020

Walden University is proudly celebrating National Distance Learning Week from November 9-13, 2020 with a series of webinars and a virtual panel through its Talks for Good initiative. The week is hosted by the United States Distance Learning Association to generate greater awareness and appreciation for distance learning and to recognize leaders in the field.  In addition to webinars, Walden will be hosting a Talks for Good virtual panel on "Online Learning in Higher Education" on November 12, 2020 from 7-8:30 p.m. ET. The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly changing the way students are learning around the world, especially at U.S. colleges and universities. Presidents from Marymount University, Kentucky State University and Walden University will discuss the challenges, benefits and future of online learning in higher education.

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Edtech Nonprofit ReadWorks Expands Partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

ReadWorks | December 22, 2021

The edtech nonprofit ReadWorks today announces the renewal of its partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). Through the partnership, with guidance from ReadWorks on classroom and reading accessibility, NFWF uses the deep knowledge and expertise of their staff to create original content to share information on conservation nationwide with millions of students. Stories about drone deliveries helping prairie dog populations, protecting baby sea turtles from light pollution, and inspiring kid scientists have been read by nearly 200,000 students across the country in more than 26,000 schools since the partnership began in 2018. This year, ReadWorks and NFWF will create even more new and relevant conservation content to be featured in the ReadWorks library. To explore the texts made possible by NFWF, create your free account on ReadWorks.org. Having NFWF content on the ReadWorks platform makes it easy for teachers to integrate informative passages into any classroom. Students across multiple grade levels engage with the most up-to-date science on conservation while building background knowledge, growing their vocabularies, strengthening strategic reading, and increasing reading quantity – the four pillars of reading comprehension that are the focus of ReadWorks' mission. ReadWorks partners with world-class organizations such as NFWF to improve reading outcomes for students and spread important knowledge. To learn more about our content partnerships, as well as other partnership opportunities in research and development, visit our partners page. About ReadWorks Through its digital platform, ReadWorks provides K-12 teachers and students with the content, curricular supports, and tools they need to succeed in reading - for free. As a result, over 1 million teachers and 13.1 million students are using ReadWorks today. At ReadWorks, our mission is to ensure that all children become successful, joyful readers by working to bridge the gap between research and practice in reading instruction. Log on to ReadWorks.org to access our free resources. About NFWF Chartered by Congress in 1984, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) protects and restores the nation's fish, wildlife, plants and habitats. Working with federal, corporate and individual partners, NFWF has funded more than 5,000 organizations and generated a total conservation impact of $6.8 billion.

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University of Phoenix Launches New Bachelor’s in Industrial-Organizational Psychology

University of Phoenix | April 18, 2022

University of Phoenix College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has launched the new Bachelor of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (BSIOP) program. University of Phoenix focuses on developing, offering, and regularly updating career relevant degree programs for busy working adults. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over the next decade projected job growth is 11% for training and development specialists, a position for which a BSIOP can educationally prepare students. Other careers related to a BSIOP include compliance manager, human resources specialist, and job training specialist. The BSIOP program prepares students to address workplace issues and support healthy workplace cultures by applying psychological principles to various business functions. It focuses on psychological theories and methods, ethics, and social, cognitive, and motivational processes. Students learn the foundation of psychology and how it is applied to industrial-organizational settings. “Earning a degree in industrial-organizational psychology can help individuals contribute to and influence workplace culture in a broad variety of industries, This program helps students gain skills to evaluate consideration related to ethics and diversity, to integrate industrial and organizational psychological principles in human work performance, and to synthesize appropriate personal and professional communication.” -Christina Neider, Ed.D., dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Each BSIOP course is mapped to three skills and skills outcomes the students will learn. In developing the program, the University worked with labor market researchers to align in-demand skills that ensure students have the opportunity to learn and demonstrate them in coursework. BSIOP courses are aligned to the educational standards of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and are shaped by current perspectives from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. About University of Phoenix University of Phoenix is continually innovating to help working adults enhance their careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant courses, interactive learning, and Career Services for Life® help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives.

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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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BSV Academy launches free Merkle trees course

BSV Academy | March 15, 2022

BSV Academy, the online learning platform run by the Switzerland-based global industry organisation that works to advance business with the BSV blockchain, today announces the official launch of the Bitcoin Primitives: Merkle trees course. Bitcoin Primitives: Merkle Trees is one of three short courses that aim to educate developers and those working in the blockchain industry about the mechanics of the original Bitcoin protocol which, now restored in BSV, can massively scale to support a powerful distributed data network. The other two Primitives courses cover hash functions and digital signatures. While the four-hour short course is aimed at developers, it is a beginner-level course and requires no previous knowledge of the BSV blockchain. The Merkle Trees course comprises six chapters, each of which focuses on specific components of the Merkle tree data structure and its application in the BSV protocol. At the end of the course, students will have an understanding of what Merkle trees are, how they help the BSV blockchain to scale and what elements are involved in a standardised Merkle proof. At the conclusion of the course and upon completion of the final assessment, a course certificate will also be presented to those who have demonstrated proficiency and understanding of the subject matter. BSV Academy is an online education platform which offers academia-quality, university-style courses and learning materials in three distinct streams about BSV: Theory, Development and Infrastructure, in addition to several short courses covering specific concepts and content in more detail. Developed and run by the global industry organisation supporting the BSV blockchain, BSV Academy has been created to make learning about use of the Bitcoin protocol for a powerful distributed data network – as designed by Satoshi Nakamoto – accessible, accurate and understandable. With the launch of the Merkle Trees content, there are now three short courses available on the BSV Academy platform, which accompany full length introductory courses across three main streams: Bitcoin Theory, Bitcoin Development and Bitcoin Infrastructure. 'Education is a key growth driver for the BSV ecosystem, and we are pleased to announce the launch of our Merkle Trees course on the BSV Academy, which will help students understand the fundamental concepts that power the unbounded scaling and transaction throughput of the BSV blockchain. Developing blockchain talent and the skills required to build on BSV is crucial to further its adoption and create new applications that address the needs of enterprise, governments and consumers.' -Jimmy Nguyen, Founding President of the global organisation for the BSV blockchain About Bitcoin Association for BSV Bitcoin Association for BSV is the Switzerland-based global industry organisation that works to advance business on the Bitcoin SV (BSV) blockchain. It brings together essential components of the BSV ecosystem – enterprises, start-up ventures, developers, merchants, exchanges, service providers, blockchain transaction processors (miners), and others – working alongside them, as well as in a representative capacity, to drive further use of the BSV blockchain and uptake of the BSV digital currency. The Association works to build a regulation-friendly ecosystem that fosters lawful conduct while facilitating innovation using all aspects of Bitcoin technology. More than a digital currency and blockchain, Bitcoin is also a network protocol; just like Internet protocol, it is the foundational rule set for an entire data network. The Association supports use of the original Bitcoin protocol to operate the world's single blockchain on BSV.

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