Anthology | July 27, 2022
Anthology, a leading provider of education solutions that support the entire learner lifecycle, and Yellowdig, a data-driven platform that helps institutions create more engaging student experiences, today announced a partnership to offer a deeper experience for students using Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Learn Ultra. The integration enables Anthology clients to deploy Yellowdig through Blackboard Learn to maximize the joint learning experience. Yellowdig's one-click access streamlines connections between students, making mutual support easier whether students are learning remotely or on campus. Learners are rewarded with participation points when they have meaningful interactions with both their peers and instructors.
"This partnership delivers a more interactive and inclusive experience by gamifying engagement and ultimately creates a deeper connection between students and instructors. "By collaborating with Yellowdig and fellow organizations focused on student success, we're helping institutions take a more student-centric approach to teaching and learning using Anthology's Blackboard Learn solution."
Rob Sparks, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Partnerships at Anthology
Blackboard Learn Ultra delivers a simpler, more powerful teaching and learning experience that goes beyond the traditional learning management system (LMS). Learn Ultra fosters student self-expression, offers a leading test-taking experience, and delivers the ability to surface actionable data insights that help learners, instructors and institutions meet their goals. With a consistent cadence of new features driven by client feedback, Learn Ultra continues to build momentum as the learning environment of choice for higher education institutions globally.
Yellowdig's technology integrates seamlessly with existing LMS and student portals to create organic, student-led learning communities. The mission of these communities is to connect learners and their instructors while moving students from being passive receivers of information to active finders and creators of knowledge. This shift powers deeper learning and enables high-impact instruction while saving valuable faculty time. Yellowdig's ability to engage students and faculty will help Anthology clients improve academic outcomes and increase student success.
"Yellowdig's point system and community-focused design encourage meaningful connections and frequent visits," said Dr. Brian Verdine, Vice President of Academic Product Engagement for Yellowdig. "From these elements, a constantly active community forms that fosters natural, thoughtful, valuable conversations about course content. All too often this level of interaction is missing from courses, especially online classes or any course with more than 15 students."
Yellowdig is a Philadelphia-based EdTech SaaS company that believes in changing the way students engage with their education by offering a modern platform designed to foster meaningful interactions between students— for in-person, blended, and online programs alike. We aim to turn every classroom, bootcamp, student club, or professional organization into an active learning community through our Yellowdig Engage platform. The platform was built on three main principles: Agency, Mastery, and Connectedness. This focus has resulted in a platform that turns learners into co-creators of knowledge and empowers them with robust performance analytics as they cruise through an enjoyable and enriching learning journey. Learn more about how we can help you build thriving communities at yellowdig.co.
Anthology offers the largest EdTech ecosystem on a global scale for education, recently combining with Blackboard to support more than 150 million users in 80 countries. With a mission to provide dynamic, data-informed experiences to the global education community, Anthology helps learners, leaders, and educators achieve their goals through over 60 SaaS products and services designed to advance learning.
The Linux Foundation, | August 26, 2022
The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, has released a new, free, online training course, Fundamentals of Quantum Computing, in partnership with the World Bank. The course provides an understanding on how quantum computing could be used for complex decision making far beyond current computer capabilities, as well as an understanding of the technological, governmental, and industrial implications as the technology further matures.Quantum computing involves using quantum theories to perform complex computations. The technology has been in development for decades and is expected to revolutionize computing as it becomes more widely available. The Linux Foundation has been providing access to online training and education since 2014 and offers a full course catalog across a dozen categories with 100+ course offerings to meet a growing demand around the world. At the same time, the World Bank Group's Open Learning Campus (OLC) serves to accelerate development solutions by transforming global knowledge into actionable learning. Since its inception in 2015, it has provided 5000 learning offerings to over 4 million clients in 190 countries. This helps to meet the World Bank Group's twin goals of ending poverty and building shared prosperity. "Quantum computing has the potential to impact various sectors, including financial services, healthcare, agriculture and logistics, in addition to changing the way we architect cybersecurity. Given its potential impact, it is important to develop foundational knowledge of this new technology as it develops, to understand its implications for our skills, systems and technological governance," said Sheila Jagannathan, head of the Open Learning Campus at the World Bank. "As part of the Bank Group's ongoing efforts to support Government Chief Information Officers, government technology teams, advisors, and policymakers considering and preparing for the practical aspects of digital transformation in emerging economies, we have worked with Linux Foundation to develop this course on Quantum Computing fundamentals. This is part of a broader initiative to learn from our advanced digital partners, including the Republic of Korea, on the current and future impact of emerging technologies." The new course takes approximately three hours to complete, making it accessible to anyone. It will be of particular interest for public sector leaders, Chief Information Officers (CIOs), and technology teams in charge of the planning, design, development and deployment of public service delivery and digital economy infrastructures and platforms. Learners should be generally familiar with how computers function and the current use of on-premise and cloud computing. The course discusses the fundamentals of quantum computing, highlighting potential technological disruptions it brings. It discusses the current capabilities of quantum computing, current use cases, as well as prospective future applications, while emphasizing security advantages and dangers, especially around secure communication and encryption. It also dispels some of the myths surrounding quantum computing, explaining what it is at the moment, as well as why it is an exciting and essential technology to understand and embrace.
"We are on the cusp of another technological revolution as quantum computing technology matures and enables us to solve problems which are too computationally intensive for traditional computers, "Now is the time to start teaching folks around the world about quantum computing in order to ensure that the policy implications are thought through and that the requisite talent pool is nurtured to support this technology as it grows. The World Bank has proven to be a valuable partner in this endeavor, recognizing the need and taking a leadership role in ensuring educational resources are available around quantum computing to everyone."
Clyde Seepersad, SVP, and general manager of training & certification at the Linux Foundation.
About the Linux Foundation
Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation and its projects are supported by more than 2,950 members. The Linux Foundation is the world's leading home for collaboration on open source software, hardware, standards, and data. Linux Foundation projects are critical to the world's infrastructure including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, ONAP, Hyperledger, RISC-V, and more. The Linux Foundation's methodology focuses on leveraging best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users, and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration.
EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY, ONLINE EDUCATION
Transfr | September 23, 2022
Transfr, a skills training platform best known for pioneering the use of virtual reality to simulate on-the-job training, today announced the launch of a new package of simulations that harness the power of virtual and augmented reality to help organizations of all kinds create pathways to careers in electrical construction. The virtual reality simulations are designed to equip learners with the foundational knowledge and skills to prepare them for apprenticeships and jobs in the fast-growing electrical construction industry.The latest collection of simulations was built in collaboration with TRIO Electric, a Houston, Texas-based electrical design, construction and service firm that has been using the simulations as part of their own workforce training programs. The COVID-19 pandemic spurred us to think creatively about how we can train the next generation of electrical construction workers in a scalable and cost-effective way," said Beau Pollock, president and CEO of TRIO Electric. "Finding electrical instructors is difficult and time-consuming, and training requires us to use the same materials that technicians use on the job. The virtual simulations not only offer learners real-world experience and hands-on practice before they go into the field, they also help us to conserve resources in the process. According to the National Electrical Contractors Association, electrical construction represents a $202 billion industry that provides Americans with power, light, and communication technologies, employing more than 650,000 workers. Demand for electricians is expected to grow by 9% through 2030, with an average of 84,700 openings for electricians each year, on average, over the decade. The median annual wage for an electrician is more than $60,000–a well-paying career path that does not require a four-year degree. The simulations are being used by high school and community college students as well as adults looking for careers and apprenticeships in electrical construction. Students cover key topics such as workplace safety, material and tool recognition and usage, wall rough-in, overhead box installation, wire pulling, conduit bending, and other foundational skills required to become a trained, productive and safe electrical worker. Delivered in concert with employers, colleges, and workforce development organizations, these simulations enable learners to feel as though they are embedded in the physical environment and experience of an actual worksite. Transfr's innovative approach guides trainees through hands-on skills sessions with the assistance of a digital coach that adapts to their performance, all in a fully-immersive, 360-degree environment that is distraction-free and safe from many of the risks of traditional electrical construction learning.
"To keep pace with the complex demands of the electrical industry, employers are in search of new and creative ways to develop the skilled workforce that this dynamic industry demands—and meet our country's light, power and connectivity needs,This is about harnessing the potential of virtual and augmented reality to help more aspiring tradespokepeople not only learn about careers in electrical work—but gain the invaluable on-the-job experience they need to launch their careers."
Bharani RajakumarCEO of Transfr
The electrical construction simulations are the latest addition to a series of fully immersive training modules from Transfr, in fields that include some of the country's fastest growing jobs and industries: automotive, aerospace, advanced manufacturing, health care, and construction. To date, more than 10,000 incumbent workers, job-seekers, and students have already accessed the company's virtual reality simulations, which simulate the on-the-job training and experience needed for individuals to prepare for new career opportunities.
About Transfr: Transfr's mission is to train the future of every industry by opening up new opportunities for people across the globe. We create unique pathways to well-paying jobs available now in high-demand fields, enabling learners to find job security and economic prosperity, facilitated by immersive, hands-on training.
EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY news | September 26, 2022
Language learning edutech company CAKE a subsidiary of SNOW, an affiliate of NAVER Corp. (KRX: 035420) announced today the publication of 'BTS RECIPE BOOK' in Korean, English and Japanese, following 'BTS LYRICS INSIDE', which was published last June. With the new book, readers can learn how to cook dishes that BTS members like to eat and learn Korean at the same time. This is part of CAKE's efforts to further diversify educational content based on K-pop artist's intellectual property'BTS RECIPE BOOK' introduces the story of BTS related to 15 dishes with recipes. CAKE previously published this content as a video, but adapted it into a book due to popular demand from fans. It contains Korean expressions about food and cooking as well as explanations about Korean food culture. The book also includes a food taste survey that BTS participated in so that global fans can learn Korean expressions and recipes in a more fun way. 'BTS RECIPE BOOK' provides details about cooking methods and includes vegan and gluten-free recipe options to meet the dietary needs of diverse readers. Also, QR codes are included for readers to easily access videos showing all cooking processes, allowing beginners to easily follow and enjoy the content. BTS LYRICS INSIDE' sold out in Japan and the United States within a day of its launch in June, showing how CAKE's educational content has received a lot of attention from readers around the world," said a CAKE representative. "Based on various artist IPs, CAKE will continue to grow as an edutech company that can lead education content not only in Korean but also in other languages from around the world.CAKE is actively expanding the field of educational content using artist IPs. CAKE has launched videos, such as 'BTS Fashion in Korean' and 'WORKOUT with BTS', and educational books, such as 'BLACKPINK IN YOUR KOREAN' and 'Learn! KOREAN with BTS'. CAKE also provides original lessons and short clips of everyday English expressions performed by native speakers through its app. CAKE plans to introduce various educational content using K-pop artist IPs as a mobile app this year.
SNOW, an affiliate of NAVER Corporation, is creating a new market as an innovative venture builder, aiming for the global stage. CAKE is a language learning mobile app operated by CAKE Corporation, a subsidiary of SNOW. In March 2022, CAKE Corporation acquired HYBE EDU, a subsidiary of HYBE, and announced its entry into the Korean education content market.