EdTech

Anthology and Blackboard to Merge

Boca Raton, FLA (USA) / Reston, VA (USA), September 2021 - Anthology, a leading provider of proven higher education solutions that support the entire learner lifecycle, and Blackboard, a leading global edtech software and solutions company, have announced a definitive agreement to combine the two companies. The combination will create the most comprehensive and modern edtech ecosystem available on a global scale. The merger is designed to accelerate transformation at education institutions to enhance the learner experience and drive student and institution success.

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Exam Videos

Lecturio's Physical Exam Course Sets New Gold Standard

Leipzig (GER), September 2021 - Lecturio has released more than 70 physical exam videos taught by Stephen Holt, M.D., Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Education in the Primary Care Program, Yale School of Medicine. Using live models combined with animations and recall questions, Dr Holt makes all aspects of the physical exam easy to learn and remember.

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Lexia Learning Rebrands Rosetta Stone English

Boston, MA (USA), August 2021 – Lexia Learning, a Cambium Learning® Group company, has announced the official rebrand of Rosetta Stone® English to Lexia® English Language Development™ (Lexia English). The name change follows Cambium’s divestiture of Rosetta Stone’s languages division.

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Founded in 1888

McGraw Hill acquired for US$ 4.5 Billion

Los Angeles, CA / New York, NY (USA), August 2021 -- Platinum Equity has announced that it has completed the acquisition of McGraw Hill, a global leader in educational content and digital platforms, for a purchase price of approximately $4.5 billion.

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Learning Disruptions

One in Three Students Undertaking Additional Training

Berkshire (UK), August 2021 - New research from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) reveals one in seven (71%) Gen Zers (aged 16-24 year olds) believe they have missed out on development opportunities due to learning disruptions caused by the pandemic. Furthermore, over a third (36%) say they feel less confident in their ability since the pandemic, and 35% have undertaken additional training amid post pandemic job market concerns.

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Business School Programme

Learn How to be a Good Manager in a Changing World

Helsinki (FI), August 2021 - Aalto University School of Business in Finland has launched a new master’s programme, called "Strategic Management in a Changing World", to develop the increasingly crucial analytical and entrepreneurial thinking skills needed in today’s rapidly developing business environment.

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IMS Global

100 EdTech Institutions Have Signed the Standards-First Pledge

Lake Mary, FL (USA), July 2021 - IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global/IMS), a world-leading non-profit collaborative advancing edtech and learning impact, has announced over 100 signatories of the recently published Standards First pledge to support collaboration and transparency that ensures standards-based interoperability is the first choice in edtech. Standards First ensures all stakeholders are investing together for better user experiences at lower integration costs.

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Exam Courses

Lecturio Stands Out with "Best Instructors"

Leipzig (GER), July 2021 - Intelligent.com, an independent resource for higher education planning and online degree rankings, has announced the best United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) prep courses of 2021. Lecturio leads with "Best Instructors" and forms, together with SmashUSMLE and BoardVitals, the top three group.

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D2L Study

Students Prefer Hybrid Learning

Kitchener (CA), July 2021 - D2L, the developer of the cloud-based learning platform Brightspace, has released a report on the perspectives of students on remote learning amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The study provides insights on the challenges students face with remote learning, scope for improvement, and recommendations for blended learning in the future.

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Investment and Board Addition

Kortext Raises £15m to Accelerate Platform Development Roadmap

Bournemouth (UK), July 2021 - Kortext, a university-focussed, digital teaching and learning platform  that is a leader in the UK market, has announced the finalisation of additional investment funding from dmg ventures. The company also disclosed that Paul Zwillenberg, CEO of DMGT will join the Kortext Board.

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Annual Awards Program

Recognized Innovation in the Global Remote Technology Industry

Okemos, MI (USA), July 2021 - TechSmith Corporation, a leading provider of screen capture and video  editing tools for creating better training, tutorials, lessons, and everyday communication, recently announced its screen recording and editing tool Camtasia has been selected as winner of the "Employee Training Solution of the Year" award in the 2021 RemoteTech Breakthrough Awards conducted by RemoteTech Breakthrough.

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For Blackboard Learners

Badgr Micro-credentials and Stackable Pathways

Reston, VA (USA), June 2021 - Blackboard Inc., a global EdTech software and solutions company, and Concentric Sky, makers of Badgr, have announced a new partnership to provide micro-credential and stackable learning pathway tools to Blackboard's global user base. The partnership makes Badgr Pro's suite of tools, including objective-based automations, leaderboards, and personalized pathway progress visualizations, available within Blackboard's leading learning management system (LMS), Blackboard Learn.

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Global Rollout

StuDocu Raises US$50M to Expand Its Knowledge Sharing

Amsterdam (NL), May 2021 - StuDocu, an Amsterdam-based edtech startup offering an online platform for students to exchange knowledge, has announced its raising of US$50 million in a Series B funding round. The funding round was led by Partech, a Paris-based global venture capital firm.

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EdTech Platform

Baku State University Selects Blackboard

BakuBaku (AZE), May 2021 - Blackboard Inc., a leading global edtech software and solutions company, has announced that it has partnered with Baku State University (BSU), a leading university in Azerbaijan, to help drive student success. The University is leveraging the core solutions in Blackboard's edtech platform, including its cloud-based learning management system (LMS), Blackboard Learn; virtual classroom solution, Blackboard Collaborate; and accessibility solution, Blackboard Ally to create an agile and scalable connected learning environment for more than 24,000 students and around 1,500 faculty members.

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Reimagining Education

Creating Connections in the Hybrid Classroom

Alexa Joyce, Director Education & Skills, EMEARedmond, WA (USA), May 2021 - (by Alexa Joyce, Director Education & Skills, EMEA) Education systems around the world have been going through an extended period of change for a few decades now, with technology playing a more important role with every passing year. Perhaps this has never been truer than this year, with educational institutions of all sizes and levels turning to technology and online tools to rapidly respond to the need to move to remote learning.

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