June Round-up of Learning Industry News

July 16, 2013 Sarah Danzl

Edgenuity recently completed 13 Online and Blended Learning Summits involving over 700 school and district leaders.

“Edgenuity's Summits helped school leaders push their thinking about how to transform their classrooms based on a more personalized and mastery-based model,” said Heather Staker, Senior Research Fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute, author, and guest speaker at many of the Summits. “Participants at the Summits shared ideas, asked questions, and walked away with a clearer vision of how they can help lead the education technology transformation.” Based on the in-depth discussions with educators who attended the Summits, Edgenuity has compiled an Online and Blended Learning Workbook to serve as a comprehensive planning guide for schools and districts that are interested in implementing online and blended learning programs.
Dell released an infographic, Path to Personalize Learning, demonstrating its five-step process to help all schools create a pathway to personalize learning. The process was developed as a framework in partnership with students, teachers and administrators around the world, along with conversations and development at and following Dell’s Innovation in Education Think Tanks.

Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) announced that it partnered with Agilix Labs, Inc. to provide its quality educational content within a single, personalized learning platform for K-12 students, educators, parents and administrators. The partnership will provide schools with access to a broad range of HMH curriculum via Agilix’s BrainHoney® learning management system. In addition, the new solution will integrate seamlessly with HMH’s core assessment and curriculum platforms, providing educators with a true one-stop-shop for 21st century learning, powered by real-time student performance analytics and personalization tools.

According to The Economist, there are legions of start-ups, backed by an American venture-capital crowd that has proclaimed edtech to be the new thing. According to GSV Advisors, a consultancy, investment in edtech soared to $1.1 billion in 2012. The Education Innovation Summit held in Scottsdale in April was crawling with would-be investors; presentations from new companies were packed. Investment in the education sector in 2011 was almost as high in nominal terms as the dot.com peak, and was higher in terms of volume.

VitalSmarts, an innovator in corporate training and leadership development, released Crucial AccountabilityTM Training -- the update to the Company's popular Crucial Confrontations Training. The two-day classroom course teaches a step-by-step process for holding others accountable to violated expectations in order to improve performance. According to VitalSmarts, Crucial Accountability addresses one of the most vital competencies organizations need to remain successful. VitalSmarts research shows that when people see accountability as "someone else's job" they waste time, resources and morale -- specifically, employees waste $1,500 and an eight-hour workday for every accountability discussion they avoid. These costs skyrocket when you consider that 95 percent of a company's workforce struggles to hold their colleagues accountable.

Global Productivity Solutions consulting firm, and MoreSteam.com, the leading global provider of online Lean Six Sigma training, have partnered to become the single-source global provider of Six Sigma training for a top-three computer manufacturer. This deal marks a significant first step in the new partnership between Global Productivity Solutions and MoreSteam. The complementary strengths of the two companies -- MoreSteam's proven e-learning capability and technologies and Global Productivity Solutions' track record of delivering Operational Excellence® -- played a critical role in their joint selection. As implementation begins, Global Productivity Solutions will provide the onsite training and support in conjunction with MoreSteam's e-Learning, classroom simulations, and project tracking capabilities.

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