Remote Learning Begs the Question: Must Lectures Be So Long?

edsurge | May 26, 2020

With some schools already announcing they will not reopen normally in the fall, and many others considering their options, educators are hoping to take advantage of the summer to improve on this spring’s sink-or-swim plunge into distance learning. Much of this reflection is likely to take place within the often siloed communities of practice in K-12 and higher education. One source for insights on how to proceed is the cross-pollination that takes place when educators working in separate spheres learn from one another. Insights that derive from dialog between K-12, higher education, and online-learning providers could well shape instructional practices for the better as students return to school, whether in a classroom or over Zoom.

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Blended learning is using a combination of training modes (such as classroom and online) to provide a comprehensive learning experience. A right blend of learning methodologies offers flexible and impactful training.Are you thinking of initiating blended learning in your organization? If yes, before you start, go through this infographic. This infographic covers what blended learning is, why it is important, and how it benefits your training strategy.


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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

ThriveDX is Now Tackling the Human Factor in Cybersecurity From Classroom to Boardroom with the Launching of Their Best in Class Enterprise Solutions

ThriveDX | November 04, 2022

ThriveDX, the leading global cybersecurity education solutions provider, announced today it is prioritizing a new category in cybersecurity, "Human Factor Security", to close the global cybersecurity skills and talent gap while increasing diversity and inclusion across the industry. Cybersecurity Ventures reported that there are nearly 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions worldwide, and it's estimated that 95% of cyber attacks are caused by human error, leading to projections that cybercrime costs will be $10.5 trillion by 2025. Leading the charge to enhance cybersecurity skills in the workforce and give people of all backgrounds the opportunity to fill these highly lucrative and in-demand cyber positions, is ThriveDX. ThriveDX was formed out of the grouping of several top-tier cyber skills companies, including Cybint Cybersecurity Solutions, Lucy Security Awareness Training, and Kontra Application Security, all acquired by HackerU and rebranded to be the company we know today. Together as one powerhouse, their mission is to address the cybersecurity talent shortage and skills gap from the classroom to the boardroom, collaborating with universities to train students for careers in cybersecurity, train enterprise employees beyond cybersecurity awareness and to proactively address underrepresented communities to excel in cybersecurity positions. Through combining enterprise cyber solutions companies Lucy, Kontra, and Cybint to fuel enterprise training, ThriveDX has created a CISO's 360° solution - a one stop shop for all human factor security skills and talent. ThriveDX's enterprise suite offers relevant cyber training for every position in the organization, including application security for developers and engineers,, beyond awareness training for non-technical roles, specialized C-suite training, as well as cyber talent matching, which was announced earlier this year. "The fight against cyber-attacks, specifically those caused by human error or lack of awareness, continues to grow not only in frequency but complexity. By increasing our efforts around human factor security, ThriveDX is upskilling the existing workforce and reskilling the future workforce to make secure practices the default, The amazing thing about human error is that it's preventable and avoidable with the right tools, training, and understanding." Roy Zur, CEO, ThriveDX's Enterprise Division. Not only are we actively closing the skills gap with our recent addition in enterprise training, ThriveDX is opening opportunities to transform diverse groups of learners to join the tech workforce through our cyber bootcamp training and employer matching," said Dan Vigdor, Co-Founder, Co-CEO and Executive Chairman of ThriveDX. "We're excited to offer a true classroom-to-boardroom journey in cybersecurity education. ThriveDX's cybersecurity enterprise solutions boast more than 5 million end users and 500 enterprise customers in 60 countries across the globe. As for their collaboration with universities, ThriveDX has helped nearly 50,000 bootcamp graduates to fill open cybersecurity jobs. Within this short-time frame since January of 2022, ThriveDX has unified all enterprise products with the existing performance 20+ year HackerU, and as one global company, has made remarkable strides to develop relationships with thought leaders across the industry, large enterprise, major universities and of course, leading investors as NightDragon, to form the Global Cyber Talent Hub, as announced at the White House earlier this year. To get more acquainted with the classroom to boardroom approach, ThriveDX is hosting the TDX Tech Summit which will include industry leaders focused on the biggest challenges facing cybersecurity and tech, including: diversity, skills, and talent. Today is the final day of the virtual summit, you can register for free here: https://thrivedx.vfairs.com/ About ThriveDX ThriveDX is the global leader in cybersecurity education, and an expert in providing cybersecurity training to upskill and reskill lifelong learners. Our teams are made up of military trained cyber experts, industry veterans and seasoned educators united to close the worldwide skills and talent gap in cybersecurity. Operating in two main divisions – education and enterprise – ThriveDX's award-winning solutions exist to bridge the skills gap and impact the talent shortage in the cybersecurity and overall tech industry. ThriveDX partners with top-tier academic institutions, enterprises, and government branches globally to offer advanced, professional development programs in cybersecurity and digital technology. The Enterprise branch (formulated by companies formerly known as Cybint Solutions, Kontra Application Security, Lucy Security, ThriveDX Labs, and HackerU Pro), is a suite of products and services that cater to non-technical employees, developers, IT professionals and anyone in between.

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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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UNC-Chapel Hill and 2U Partner for New Online Master's Degree in Applied Data Science

2U | November 01, 2022

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and 2U , the parent company of leading global online learning platform edX, have partnered to create a new online master's degree in applied data science available through Carolina's new School of Data Science and Society. This is Carolina's fifth degree program developed with 2U, the university's exclusive online program partner. "Our mission is to create the best possible higher education opportunities for Carolina students and learners around the world, and this new offering in the fast-growing and cross-industry field of data science will enable us to meet both student and industry demand in a powerful and highly accessible way," said Stanley C. Ahalt, dean of UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Data Science and Society. Creating high-quality, dynamic learning programs that deliver great outcomes for students takes skill and deep expertise, and we're confident that our continued partnership with 2U will help us build a truly world-class experience for the next generation of data scientists. The new degree program features an industry-aligned curriculum that gives graduates the in-demand skills needed to succeed in one of the fastest growing professions in the U.S. "Data scientist" was listed at number three among the 50 best occupations in the U.S., according to Glassdoor's list of the best jobs for 2022, with over 10,000 job openings in 2022 so far and a median base salary of $120,000. As more tech companies move into North Carolina, the state has also seen an influx of data science career opportunities – according to Burning Glass Labor Statistics, more than 98,000 data science-related jobs have been posted in the region in the past six months alone. "UNC-Chapel Hill's new online Master in Applied Data Science underscores our shared commitment to co-creating high-quality online programs that equip learners in North Carolina and beyond with the skills and education needed to build meaningful careers in an in-demand field,Throughout our 12-year partnership we've shown that, when done well, online learning can yield transformational academic and career outcomes, and that work continues with this new offering." Andrew Hermalyn, 2U's President of Partnerships. Carolina's partnership with 2U includes a variety of online graduate degree and boot camp programs available through the Kenan-Flagler Business School; Gillings School of Global Public Health; School of Government; and Digital and Lifelong Learning. With the launch of the new degree program, Carolina continues its commitment to digital, flexible and lifelong learning for students. Pending approval, the new online degree program is expected to accept applications for admission in March 2023, with courses beginning September 2023. About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation's first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor's, 112 master's, 66 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 15 schools, including the College of Arts & Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina's most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina's more than 356,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories and 161 countries. More than 188,667 live in North Carolina. About 2U, Inc. For more than a decade, 2U, Inc. has been the digital transformation partner of choice to great non-profit colleges and universities delivering high-quality online education at scale. As the parent company of edX, a leading global online learning platform, 2U provides over 45 million learners with access to world-class education in partnership with more than 230 colleges, universities, and corporations. Our people and technology are powering more than 4,000 digital education offerings — from free courses to full degrees — and helping unlock human potential.

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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

Instructure Acquires LearnPlatform, Adding Evidence-Based EdTech Application Insight to the Instructure Learning Platform

Instructure | December 19, 2022

Instructure Holdings, Inc. today announced it has completed the acquisition of LearnPlatform, the leading provider of technology that enables educators and their institutions to research, select and evaluate digital learning solutions. This unique platform equips stakeholders across the educational landscape with real-time, meaningful insight into the effectiveness of their tools of choice. This acquisition accelerates the impact of the Instructure Learning Platform for schools, universities, and shared partner providers by adding evidence-based insight into inventory, compliance, procurement, and usage. The acquisition demonstrates and strengthens Instructure's commitment to building an open, transparent and integrated teaching and learning platform for the education industry. The combination of LearnPlatform's capabilities with Instructure's Learning Platform delivers a new, partner-friendly offering that helps educators, schools and universities ensure that every learning technology choice they make is delivering on their intended outcome. "The acquisition of LearnPlatform underscores Instructure's commitment to building an open global education platform.K-12 and Higher Ed institutions need an efficient, research-based, insight-rich solution that drives the selection and ongoing management of the sprawling learning technology landscape. We believe that adding these solutions gives our customers and partners even more ways to measure the impact of their investments and drive student outcomes for each and every student." Steve Daly, CEO of Instructure. Based in North Carolina, the LearnPlatform team has approximately 70 employees. Since 2015, the company has equipped educators, leaders, policymakers and edtech partners with the tools to modernize their learning environments. We're thrilled to join Instructure, a company dedicated to amplifying the power of teaching," said Karl Rectanus, CEO of LearnPlatform. "As institutions and districts seek to understand and improve the effectiveness of their digital learning environments, the combination of LearnPlatform and Instructure will accelerate access to the trustworthy, independent evidence they need to inform decisions, providing customers and partners unprecedented insight into the learning journey of students.With this acquisition, Instructure is building upon its commitment to a robust partner ecosystem. Instructure currently has more than 600 partners. By adding LearnPlatform, Instructure enhances capabilities for current and future partners who serve the educational community. With over 10,000 EduApp provider listings in the LearnPlatform ecosystem, Instructure can now offer even more value to its partners. 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 tens of millions of educators and learners around the world.

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Blended learning is using a combination of training modes (such as classroom and online) to provide a comprehensive learning experience. A right blend of learning methodologies offers flexible and impactful training.Are you thinking of initiating blended learning in your organization? If yes, before you start, go through this infographic. This infographic covers what blended learning is, why it is important, and how it benefits your training strategy.

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