Marketplace trend update: 5 ed-tech developments

By Laura Devaney, Director of News, @eSN_Laura
August 31st, 2016

Don't miss this recap of the latest product news, reports, and research in the ed-tech world

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Remaining a tech-savvy educator means keeping on top of the myriad changes and trends in education, how technology can support those trends, and how teaching and learning can best benefit from near-constant change.

Below, we’ve gathered some of the latest and most relevant marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education.

In June 2016, “Winning One Program at a Time: A Systemic Approach,” the paper co-written by Verified Studios CEO Adam Schultz and Kay Zimmerman, N.C. State Associate Vice Provost DELTA-Marketing and Partnership Development, won the Distance Learning Administration Conference Best Paper Award. Over the last two years, the digital marketing agency has guided deployment of a scalable, low-cost, high ROI program-level marketing system across 18 N.C. State online and distance education programs. The paper shares the results of the program-level marketing strategy, highlighting ways for other universities to deploy a similar system. Read more.

Ultimaker, a 3D printer manufacturer, announced the Ultimaker Pioneer Program. The scheme introduces 3D printing and design to North American students – both K-12 and higher education. As part of the Pioneer Program, educators (‘Pioneers’) can access 3D printing content on the Ultimaker Education website, which can be shared with students. The site welcomes contributions, and users maintain content ownership through Creative Commons Attribution, Share-Alike and Non-Commercial licensing. Through the Ultimaker Education site, educators throughout North America have access to resources and knowledge that are not commonly available. Read more.

Keypath Education and Baker College are teaming up to better serve on-ground and online students. Baker College Online recently received an exemplary endorsement from the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) – the OLC’s highest honor – recognizing the outstanding quality of its online learning programs. Keypath is now responsible for Baker College’s creative, traditional and digital media, and all inbound marketing efforts such as search engine optimization, social media and content creation. Read more.

Portfolium has partnered with the University System of Georgia to help 318,027 students and millions of alumni at 29 campuses get hired by exposing hidden skills that can’t be gleaned from a resume. This exclusive system-wide agreement gives USG the option to adopt and expand usage of Portfolium’s holistic competency network – a uniquely open platform that powers development and assessment of competencies within the classroom, while also matching learners with employers externally. Read more.

The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture launched the design phase of a new major regional program to empower young Arab women scientists and leaders in agricultural research and development. The design phase will lay the groundwork for the Young Arab Women Scientists Leadership Program, the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa region. The program will help to build and improve skills and capacities of a new generation of young Arab women scientists and leaders, contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goal on gender equality and women’s empowerment. Read more.

About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Devaney is the Director of News for eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura

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