Pearson bolsters community college online offerings

OpenClass is a fairly recent addition to Pearson’s educational arsenal.

The company was relatively late to entering the crowded learning management system market, but its platform has quickly differentiated itself from the competition with its free, cloud-based (and Google-backed) approach.

The system is part of a larger push at Pearson over the last few years to become recognized as the learning company Daniels referred to.

The London-based company has spent more than $1-billion in the past six years on education companies. Since 2011, Pearson has acquired companies like Connection Education, EmbanetCompass, and Learning Catalytics, and it has invested in properties like Barnes and Noble’s Nook.

With partnerships like the deal with WVU Parkersburg, Pearson has the potential to be involved in virtually every facet of a student’s online education, from reading materials, to homework assignments, to even how a course is taught.

Pearson’s instructional design and assessment team is working with WVU Parkersburg faculty to enhance and restructure as many as 220 of its courses.

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