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QxMD announces new CME option for its HCP content engagement platform
- 18 Mar 2019

QxMD Software Inc., a digital learning technology company that makes it easier for healthcare professionals (HCPs) to discover the latest evidence and decision support tools for use in clinical practice, has announced a new continuing medical education (CME) option for its membership community comprised of more than two million healthcare professionals. In addition to the existing method of earning CME credits via the free Read by QxMD app, QxMD’s growing clinician community can now also acquire CME via the new Learn by QxMD web app.

Learn by QxMD is a solution for professionals and content sponsors who are aligned around the need to stay current with relevant practice-changing information - from disease states and diagnosis to treatment optimisation and more. The Learn app is an especially convenient supplement to traditional CME options, offering clinicians a new convenient option for bite-sized learning on the go.

Accessible across any smartphone or computing device, Learn incorporates short videos, interactive polls and quizzes, and other types of engaging short-format content from healthcare industry sponsors. As a new native digital learning pathway inside QxMD’s content engagement platform for healthcare professionals, LEARN courses are tailor-made in accordance with branding, regulatory compliance, and accreditation requirements.

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QxMD Software’s content engagement platform marks 200M annual views by HCP members
- 06 Dec 2018

QxMD Software Inc., a digital learning technology company, has achieved a new membership milestone by exceeding the 200 million mark for annual aggregate views across its HCP content engagement platform QxMD Pathways.

QxMD Pathways comprises a library of free medical apps that provide millions of members with fast access to full-text research, continuing medical education (CME), and up-to-date tools that drive disease recognition and therapy optimisation. Powered by a sophisticated personalisation engine, the platform aggregates PubMed feeds, journal table of contents (TOCs), more than 400 diagnostic tools, micro-learning CME courses and more.

Daniel Schwartz and Chan Kruse initially launched QxMD with a single mobile app near the original launch date of the Apple iOs AppStore in 2008. The privately-held company currently serves hundreds of libraries and hospitals, scholarly publishers, and more than 50 percent of the world's top-25 pharmaceutical companies.

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Elsevier launches ClinicalKey Medical Education, engages learners and helps turn medical information into knowledge
- 09 Feb 2018

Elsevier, the global information analytics business specialising in science and health, and part of RELX Group, has announced the launch of its new medical learning platform, ClinicalKey Medical Education. The platform - an English language electronic product initially available in the UK, Northern and Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific - combines Elsevier's authoritative medical content across a range of media with interactive study tools and a powerful Smart Search functionality.

Incorporating innovative Study Tools, ClinicalKey Medical Education enables students to create, manage and share digital notes with their peers or share their knowledge with students from across the world. Integration with OneNote and an interactive study card builder keeps students actively engaged and empowered in their learning.

With more than 200 key medical education textbooks, 850 associated videos, and 88,000 images all easily accessed through Smart Search, medical students can find the information they need when they need it.

Available offline via an app and device agnostic, ClinicalKey Medical Education is just one of the many learning tools from Elsevier that support the learning of tomorrow's doctors and healthcare professionals. ClincalKey Medical Education is an English language electronic product available in the UK, Northern and Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. It will be launching in multiple languages across Europe and Latin America later this year.

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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Elsevier sign IT professorship deal to support Berlin's digital agenda
- 04 Apr 2017

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and information analytics company Elsevier have signed an agreement to launch an information management professorship at the university as part of the Einstein Center Digital Future. This builds on Humboldt's existing collaboration with Elsevier in the HEADT Centre and supports Berlin's position as a technology hub and a place for top researchers and academic excellence.

The professorship will be associated with the Humboldt-Elsevier Advanced Data & Text (HEADT) Centre and with the Berlin School of Library and Information Science. The HEADT Centre brings together experts from multiple disciplines within Humboldt-Universität, Elsevier and elsewhere to address issues such as research integrity (including reproducibility) and efficiencies in database structures and text mining. As part of the Einstein Center Digital Future the professorship will be closely connected to all relevant players doing research in the field of digitalization in Berlin.

The information management professorship supported by Elsevier is one of 50 professorships forming the Einstein Center Digital Future that have been coordinated and co-sponsored by the Einstein Foundation as part of the Digital Berlin project. The program provides support for recruiting top international researchers at Berlin universities.

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DirectCourse collaborates with the Association of People Supporting Employment First to provide curricula for new and experienced employment professionals
- 22 Dec 2016

DirectCourse, a collaboration between Elsevier and the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center on Community Living, is working with the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) to offer the DirectCourse College of Employment Services (CES) curricula to APSE members.

CES helps launch new careers and provides training for those who wish to make employment support a career. Many of these individuals go on to pursue the Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) certification. CESP claims to be the only nationally recognized, fully-accredited program that sets a professional standard to distinguish employment support professionals.

CES courses are built around a nationally recognized set of competencies from APSE to ensure that employment professionals can provide the best guidance in helping people with disabilities find and maintain employment.

DirectCourse is an online training curriculum designed to empower support and care professionals in helping others lead meaningful lives within their communities.

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Elsevier and ACCSES collaborate to provide DirectCourse Curricula to disability service providers
- 16 Nov 2016

STM publisher Elsevier will offer Elsevier's DirectCourse eLearning curricula to the more than 1,200 organizations in the ACCSES network that provide exceptional services to people with disabilities across the United States.

ACCSES is an elite network of more than 1,200 disability service providers promoting and enhancing community-based solutions that maximize employment and independent living opportunities for people with disabilities. ACCSES provides a voice for these individuals at the highest levels of government. Its advocacy efforts resonate throughout the halls of Congress, executive agencies, and the White House.

DirectCourse curricula are research driven, built around a nationally recognized set of competencies from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), are evidence-based and peer reviewed to ensure that support professionals can provide the best guidance in helping people with disabilities reach their full potential through self-determination.

DirectCourse, a collaboration between Elsevier and the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center on Community Living and three other recognized research universities, is an online training curriculum designed to empower support and care professionals in helping persons with disabilities lead meaningful lives within their communities. For additional information on DirectCourse program offerings, visit directcourseonline.com.

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Elsevier expands partnership to provide American College of Chest Physicians with eLearning solutions
- 11 Oct 2016

STM publisher Elsevier has expanded its relationship with the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) to create eLearning solutions for CHEST’s interdisciplinary team in the specialties that reflect its membership, including pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine, among others. Currently, Elsevier is the publisher of the journal CHEST, the official publication of the American College of Chest Physicians.

The Elsevier eLearning solutions offer content that is evidence-based and peer-reviewed in an interactive and engaging format. The learning experience will be enhanced with branching case studies, videos, animations, and other interactive elements and will create an immersive learning environment.

The Elsevier and CHEST collaboration will focus on specific disease states such as COPD and pulmonary arterial hypertension, along with related risk factors, treatment, complications, and patient education.

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DirectCourse launches Person-Centered Counseling Training Program pilot for the No Wrong Door System through the Administration for Community Living
- 07 Jun 2016

STM publisher Elsevier in collaboration with the Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC/CL) at the University of Minnesota's Institute for Community Integration, has announced that its new Person-Centered Counseling Training courses are available to purchase. These courses were created after DirectCourse was selected by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to develop and provide content for a newly-developed Person-Centered Counseling (PCC) Training Program pilot designed for systems navigators working in the No Wrong Door (NWD) System.

The PCC Training Program launched January 4, 2016, in 12 pilot states and the District of Columbia. It is available to purchase to any state seeking to provide training to systems navigators of the No Wrong Door System. The NWD Person Centered Counseling Training Program content is authored jointly by the RTC/CL, the University of California, San Francisco, and Support Development Associates (SDA).

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Community Living has selected Elsevier and the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota to develop and provide this new content as part of DirectCourse, an online training curriculum designed for the workforce that supports people with disabilities.

The PCC Training Program comprises six online courses developed by the RTC/CL and the University of California, San Francisco, and one in-person course developed by Support Development Associates (SDA) that will train support coordinators within participating states on the four key functions of a state's No Wrong Door System, including public outreach and coordination with key referral sources; person-centered counseling that helps make sense of a fragmented system and facilitates the best informed choices by those seeking services; streamlined access to public long-term services and support (LTSS); and state governance and administration (data-driven decisions).

The eight Part A States that initially were awarded grants to participate in the No Wrong Door System pilot include: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, Oregon, Vermont, Wisconsin and Washington. Since that time, an additional four states have been included, along with the District of Columbia: Alabama, Colorado, Hawaii and Virginia.

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Elsevier launches the first integrated web-based pathology curriculum, PATHPrimer
- 14 Mar 2016

STM publisher Elsevier has announced the launch of PATHPrimer, the first integrated web-based pathology curriculum. PATHPrimer draws upon the knowledge and expertise of thought leaders in pathology to deliver the most comprehensive anatomic pathology curriculum available. The PATHPrimer official launch will take place at the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) 105th Annual Meeting taking place at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA.

Visitors to the Elsevier booth at USCAP (Booth # 1030) can play a "Test Your Knowledge" game, where participants will receive a $10 Elsevier book credit and a chance for a one-year subscription to PATHPrimer. Also, one of PATHPrimer's lead editors, Dr. Alexandros Polydorides, will make an appearance at the Elsevier booth to answer visitor questions on March 14th and 15th. Dr. Polydorides is Associate Professor of Pathology & Medicine (Gastroenterology), the Icahn School of Medicine, and Mt. Sinai and Attending Pathologist, Division of Gastrointestinal Pathology, The Mt. Sinai Hospital.

PATHPrimer's key features and functions include lessons and topics that cover core disciplines, with more than 1,500 topics and over 1,200 primer questions addressing anatomic pathology; the ability for residents and educators to easily identify learning objectives, assess progress and customize studies; and content sourced from Anatomic Pathology Board Review by Jay H. Lefkowitch, as well as Diagnostic Pathology series to sharpen diagnostic skills, prepare physicians for certification and ensure consistent, high-quality care.

For Pathology residents, PATHPrimer delivers the first-ever digital pathology curriculum covering all content in the American Board of Pathology Certification and Recertification Exams for anatomic pathology. Residents can use the curriculum to gain competence as a physician as they move through each rotation in their program. Once they've completed a specific area of the curriculum, they can check how they are performing compared to other residents. They also can use the comprehensive practice engine to prepare for the board exam.

Program directors and teaching faculty are provided with a consistent curriculum across all academic pathology disciplines, giving faculty more time to share their own personal experiences and expertise with residents. They can also track resident progress through the curriculum and monitor performance, gaining important insights such as which residents may require additional assistance and the areas in which their performance is the strongest.

Interested parties may visit http://www.pathprimer.com for additional information or to start a trial of PATHPrimer.

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Elsevier and NADONA/LTC announce collaboration on eLearning product
- 29 Sep 2015

STM publisher Elsevier has announced a collaboration in the development of Mosby's Care Assistant Curriculum with the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care (NADONA/LTC), the largest organisation dedicated exclusively to providing education, communication, and services to nurse leaders and nurse executives in the long-term and post-acute care continuum. This online course will serve as a resource for training new nursing hires, transitioning personnel to new units, addressing knowledge gaps, and preparing for annual competency testing.

The course, which is scheduled to launch in 2016, will also help facilities, organisations, and agencies comply with related accreditation and regulatory standards and offer their care assistants an opportunity to earn continuing education units (CEUs).

This new collaboration expands Elsevier's relationships with key professional associations, including the Emergency Nurses Association, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, and the Association for Nursing Professional Development.

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Elsevier and the American Society for Pain Management Nursing announce collaboration for developing eLearning Product
- 07 Aug 2015

STM publisher Elsevier and the American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN), an organisation dedicated to the advancement and promotion of optimal nursing care for people affected by pain, have announced a collaboration to develop a pain management lesson. The online lesson will be part of a new eLearning product that focuses on helping nursing professional development specialists successfully transition new nurses to the acute-care, medical-surgical setting.

Development of the course is underway, and it is scheduled to launch in early 2016. The course will be rich in interactive elements to promote critical thinking and the application of knowledge in real world clinical situations. Additionally, nursing professional development specialists will have access to several targeted resources to help implement an effective transition program.

This new collaboration adds to Elsevier's library of exclusive, co-developed products with key nursing associations, including the Association for Nursing Professional Development, Emergency Nurses Association, and American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

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Elsevier’s DirectCourse online curricula provides states and agencies with tools for implementing competency-based training to comply with new CMS requirements
- 04 Mar 2015

STM publisher Elsevier has announced that its DirectCourse is offering a new crosswalk tool to help providers of Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) implement competency-based training for direct service workers as a means to comply with new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations.

CMS amended the regulations, effective March 17, 2015, to enhance the quality of services and provide additional protections for Medicaid beneficiaries receiving services at home or in the community – people with mental illnesses, intellectual or developmental disabilities, and physical disabilities. Those individuals are often supported by agencies that employ a workforce who need competency-based training to help persons with disabilities to remain in home and community settings.

The Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC/CL) at the University of Minnesota created the crosswalk tool to show how DirectCourse's College of Direct Support (CDS) aligns with these new regulations. This easy-to-follow crosswalk demonstrates how CDS, which provides competency-based training for direct support professionals, maps to the new HCBS requirements, helping state agencies to demonstrate compliance. The new requirements call for professionals to support the development and implementation of person-centered service plans; ensure an individual's basic rights, such as rights of privacy, dignity and respect; and informed choices regarding their services and supports.

The new regulations also define a more advanced concept of 'community life' and the role and value of people with disabilities in their communities. The regulations serve to advance the quality of services to all people and raise the bar for community supports, which also is the mission of DirectCourse.

Other curricula within the DirectCourse suite offer training to community mental health practitioners and physical disabilities (College of Recovery and Community Inclusion and College of Personal Assistance and Caregiving, respectively), which also support the new HCBS Regulations.

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Elsevier launches new English language medical exam preparation and simulation tool, ExamPrep
- 02 Mar 2015

STM publisher Elsevier has announced the commercial launch of its new English language medical exam preparation and simulation tool, ExamPrep, across UK, Northern Europe and EMEA-LA.

In collaboration with Learning Objects, Inc., a leader in social software for learning, ExamPrep uses the latest adaptive technology to pre-test learners to formulate individual benchmarks. ExamPrep then presents questions and remediation content from Elsevier's most trusted sources – including Kumar & Clark's Cases in Clinical Medicine, Medical Sciences, and Gray's Anatomy for Students – based on their progress and performance. Students can also create their own learning plan, actively involving and engaging them in their own performance and development, as it moves them through their revision to achieve exam success.

At an institutional level ExamPrep allows faculty to create assignments from an extensive bank of questions or create questions with an author questioning tool. ExamPrep also provides analytics that enables faculty to monitor students' progress, assess exam readiness, identify topics that require further review and potentially adjust their teaching to deliver improved learning outcomes.

Incorporating Learning Objects' Difference Engine, Elsevier built ExamPrep on an adaptive assessment algorithm that takes into account learner mastery and established learning science.

Available offline and device agnostic, ExamPrep is just one of the many learning tools from Elsevier that supports the learning of tomorrow's doctors and healthcare professionals. ExamPrep is an English language eProduct available in the UK, Northern Europe and will roll out in EMEA-LA later this year.

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Nevada to use Elsevier DirectCourse to train employment professionals
- 19 Feb 2015

STM publisher Elsevier has announced that Nevada's Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD) will provide a new online curriculum from Elsevier Direct Course to train about 75 ADSD staffers. These professionals work to improve employment outcomes for Nevada adults and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

In Nevada, and across the nation, people with I/DD face barriers to employment. Many collect Social Security Disability Insurance rather than working, often due to low expectations around what they might achieve professionally.

However, a growing trend nationwide is supporting people with I/DD to find fulfilling and competitive work in their communities. DirectCourse's online curriculum, the College of Employment Services (CES), trains professionals serving the I/DD population – as well as professionals supporting individuals with other challenges - to help job seekers find satisfying work at or above minimum wage.

Funding for ADSD staff to take CES courses came from the Nevada Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities. Nevada's commitment to employment is also furthered by its membership in the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN), which connects state I/DD agencies in approximately 30 states to promote employment.

In Nevada, CES courses will be available to professionals who work within vocational centers, mental health offices, health provider organizations and state agencies.

CES is developed by the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and is delivered in collaboration with the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center on Community Living and Elsevier. Designed for professionals who help individuals with disabilities find employment, the courses provide employment professionals with training based on the APSE competencies. The Commission on Rehabilitation Counsel or Certification (CRCC) approves each course within the College of Employment Services for continuing education credits.

The Direct Course suite of online curricula also includes the College of Direct Support (CDS), the College of Personal Assistance and Caregiving (CPAC), and the College of Recovery and Community Inclusion (CRCI). CES courses cover topics such as supporting people in disclosing a disability, helping individuals transition from cash benefits to paid work, and finding matches between an employer's needs and a job seeker's unique skills. Other states are adopting the CES curriculum for their employment staff, including Mississippi, which is offering CES courses through collaboration with the disability advocacy group The Arc.

All courses within the College of Employment Services curriculum allow Nevada's state wide ADSD staff to learn at their own pace and develop national practitioner competencies through content that is guided and updated by recognized experts in the disabilities employment field. In Nevada, as with other users of CES, administrators assign lessons, track progress and create customized content. This ensures that employment support specialists receive the specific education to build the skills they need throughout their careers.

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Elsevier and the Association for Nursing Professional Development collaborate to develop an online course to help new nurses transition to the clinical setting
- 13 Jan 2015

STM publisher Elsevier and the Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD), an association focused on advancing the specialty practice of nursing professional development, have announced that they are collaborating to develop a cutting-edge eLearning course to help nursing professional development specialists successfully transition new nurses to the acute-care, medical-surgical setting.

Nurses leave an organisation for several reasons, including job dissatisfaction from work overload, stress, shortened orientations, and poor physician-nurse relationships. The new product will arm nurses with the professional and clinical information and skills to promote their confidence, competence, and job satisfaction.

Development is underway, and the course is scheduled to launch in late 2015. The course will be rich in interactive elements to promote critical thinking and the application of knowledge in the real world clinical situations. Additionally, nursing professional development specialists will have access to several targeted resources to help implement an effective transition program.

This new product adds to Elsevier's library of exclusive, co-developed products with key nursing associations, including the Emergency Nurses Association and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

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McGraw-Hill Professional eBook Library now available via YBP Library Services GOBI-3 platform
- 07 Oct 2014

McGraw-Hill Professional (MHP), a division of McGraw-Hill Education, is partnering with YBP Library Services (YBP), the academic division of Baker & Taylor, to make its eBook Library collections available through GOBI3. This will enable librarians to integrate MHP's eBook Library collections into their existing selection processes and/or approval plans.

GOBI3 (Global Online Bibliographic Information) is an intuitive online interface relied upon worldwide by academic, research and special libraries. It provides access to more than 10 million titles, including 700,000 digital titles from leading aggregators and publishers.

The MHP eBook Library is one of the premier eBook collections available today. Focusing on business, education, computing and medical titles, it offers libraries the opportunity to expand their collections at lower cost without having to add physical shelf space. YBP will offer MHP's eBook Library, comprised of over 1700 titles, through GOBI3 via subject specific collections and clusters.

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Pearson’s new digital learning tool, REVEL, to improve learner outcomes in higher education
- 30 Sep 2014

Learning company Pearson has announced the launch of REVEL – an immersive digital learning tool that replaces both the printed textbook and existing online learning tools for General Studies courses. REVEL is designed for the way today's students learn, think and consume content. It aims to keep students engaged in their study materials and, in turn, get the most out of their courses.

Students attending class unprepared to engage in discussions, think critically and demonstrate a grasp of core concepts is one of the biggest challenges facing educators. These activities help foster what are commonly called 21st Century Skills that have become so vital to subsequent courses and ultimately, employers. This lack of preparation is often due to incomplete reading assignments, lack of effective practice and generally coming to class not fully prepared to do college-level work. For their part, students often say that for many of their courses, and particularly some of their elective courses, the study materials are passive, laborious and not reflective of how they interact with content.

REVEL directly addresses these challenges by interweaving text-based reading material, interactive exercises, infographics, social features and video segments to provide an engaging experience that helps students take an active role in their learning. This design will increasingly draw upon principles of learning design and theory for cognitive load-balancing and retention. With REVEL, educators can track the time students spend on each reading assignment and their performance on assessments, thus providing a comprehensive view of students' engagement and understanding prior to class. REVEL also provides a fully mobile experience, which enables students to read and interact with course material on their devices at anytime and anywhere.

The creation of REVEL incorporates feedback from more than 23,000 educators and students. Pearson gained this feedback over several years to ensure REVEL accurately reflects their preferences for teaching and learning. By listening and leveraging the best thinking in instructional design, and by applying advanced learning and assessment technologies, all of REVEL's key aspects — from features and content to performance dashboard reporting — were informed by live interactions with educators and students.

The product will be used by 12,000 students at 50 institutions in fall 2014, and the initial courses will include Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, and Public Speaking.

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Georgia Department of Education selects CTB/McGraw-Hill to develop new online standardized student assessment
- 07 Jul 2014

CTB/McGraw-Hill, one of US's leading educational assessment partners, has announced that the Georgia Department of Education (GDOE) has selected the company to develop a new customised state assessment for all Georgia students. The project will replace the state's current Criterion-Referenced Competency Test and End of Course Tests with the new assessment which will be called Georgia Milestones Assessment System (Georgia Milestones) beginning in the 2015 school year and will work to transition all Georgia tests online by 2019. The announcement comes as part of a growing movement by states across the country to create rigorous, technologically advanced assessments that meet states' academic standards.

Georgia's new student assessment program will comprise online end-of-grade (EOG) summative assessments in grades 3-8 and online end-of-course (EOC) summative assessments in grades 9-12. To ensure a successful testing program, CTB will provide high quality services and products to create a seamless operational testing program consisting of psychometrically sound, secure items and forms that are aligned with the state's academic content standards specified in the College and Career Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) in English Language Arts and Mathematics and the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) in Science and Social Studies. In Year 1, around 30 percent of the students will take the assessment online and in the subsequent years, the Department will transition all students and schools to online administration.

CTB worked with the state of Georgia, since 2006, to develop, administer and score the state's Criterion-Referenced Competency test and since then has become a trusted source of customised assessments that meet the state's academic standards. Working closely with school districts, states and institutions spanning all levels of education from pre-K to adult, CTB provides assessment tools to measure student potential, chart a course toward improved learning and direct students to success for classroom, interim and summative assessments.

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Blackboard and Pearson announce collaboration to better support K-12 schools
- 18 Feb 2014

Blackboard Inc. and Pearson, providers of technology and services to K-12 education, have announced a collaboration that will improve the integration and flow of data between their complementary K-12 solutions, in direct response to requests from educators.

With this partnership, the companies are looking to improve the integrity, security and flow of data between Blackboard's comprehensive product portfolio that offers a range of K-12 solutions for teaching, learning, communication and parent engagement, and PowerSchool®, Pearson's leading K-12 student information system (SIS).

The first Blackboard solution that will benefit from PowerSchool integration is Blackboard Connect™, the leading mass notification provider in the country. Planned enhancements include the ability to send notifications from within PowerSchool and greater flexibility with automated notifications to parents. The companies are also actively working to enhance PowerSchool integration with other Blackboard K-12 solutions over the next year.

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CTB/McGraw-Hill's launch of over 1,600 new digital Acuity Instructional Resources helps teachers better prepare students for college and future careers
- 29 Oct 2013

CTB/McGraw-Hill, one of the nation's leading educational assessment partners, has announced the launch of more than 1,600 new digital Acuity Instructional Resources built exclusively for the comprehensive Acuity Common Core K-12 assessment solution. Developed specifically to address the requirements of the Common Core State Standards, these highly interactive instructional resources enable teachers to provide targeted instructional content to each student based on his or her most critical areas of need.

Reflecting the full depth and rigor of the Common Core standards, Acuity's new instructional resources provide students with real-time feedback on their instructional progress, and educators with reports to inform additional instructional decisions. Assignable directly from Acuity assessment reports, educators can use valid and reliable data to select the most appropriate instructional resources to reinforce, remediate, or enrich skills learned in the classroom. Used either by individual students or as classroom activities, these instructional resources can be delivered on all common browsers as well as on iPad®. The new digital Acuity Instructional Resources make a smart addition to a district's instructional improvement toolbox.

The combination of Acuity's all new Common Core K-12 assessment item banks and instructional resources, created specifically for the Common Core standards, brings a breadth and variety of assessment and instructional tools to education while keeping learning both engaging and personalized for each student.

Acuity Instructional Resources are currently available for Grades K-12 in English Language Arts and Mathematics.

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Elsevier expands DirectCourse for Mental Health Practitioners
- 18 Oct 2013

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of a new curriculum, The College of Recovery and Community Inclusion. In conjunction with the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities, Elsevier has made this new curriculum available via DirectCourse, a suite of online curricula designed to help the workforce who support the social and employment needs of people with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities. This new curriculum now offers five web-based courses.

The College of Recovery and Community Inclusion is an integrated, web-based curriculum designed for community mental health practitioners working at state and county mental health offices, private providers, and non-profit agencies who have day-to-day contact with individuals who have mental health conditions.

Elsevier's DirectCourse online curricula are crafted by established educational institutions, known and respected for their dedication to research and training in community and workforce development. The new curriculum includes: Seeing the Person First: Understanding Mental Health Conditions; Mental Health Treatments, Services, and Supports; Cultural Competence in Mental Health Service Settings; The Effective Use of Documentation; and Universal Precautions and Infection Control.

Courses are all self-directed and administered by Elsevier's industry-leading learning management system, and were created in collaboration with the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center on Community Living. Administrators and supervisors track progress, assign lessons and create customized content with ease in an effort to ensure all workers have access to the high-quality training throughout their career. The content meets national practitioner competencies and is guided by recognised experts in the field.

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Elsevier launches Adaptive Quizzing solution to help nursing students better prepare for course exams and NCLEXExam
- 23 Sep 2013

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of Elsevier Adaptive Quizzing (EAQ), in collaboration with Learning Objects, Inc.'s Difference Engine. EAQ directly addresses the market need for a personalised quizzing tool that enables nursing students of all academic aptitude levels to better focus their study time and effectively prepare for course tests and the NCLEX Exam.

In addition, EAQ offers instructors the tools they need to monitor student progress and improve learning outcomes. It is designed for use both by individual students for self-directed learning as well as in the context of instructor-led courses. EAQ will be available in its first release November 2013.

EAQ is ideal for undergraduate nursing programs seeking to expose their students to targeted practice quizzes that enrich their learning and enable prioritised, focused study time. Concept-based or QSEN-oriented programs and programs using HESI products that seek a bank of complementary practice questions can benefit as well.

EAQ allows instructors to track students' progress across assignments and relative to exam readiness and adjust their teaching accordingly. Using faculty dashboards, teachers can quickly identify class trouble spots, where some students might be struggling, and identify those who may need focused attention. Intuitive individual dashboards also allow students to monitor their personal progress through increasing levels of mastery, helping them focus their time and energy on those areas where they need the most improvement.

EAQ utilises Item Response Theory to guide learners adaptively through a bank of thousands of high-quality practice questions as they progress toward mastery. The adaptive engine does so by presenting learners with a series of personalised quizzes based on prior performance. This ensures that learners are consistently provided with new quizzes and related remediation at their current level of mastery. Within the program, students progress through multiple mastery levels as they develop and refine their critical thinking skills.

The RN-level nursing offering for EAQ is composed of an NCLEX review product as well as multiple versions designed to accompany Elsevier's market-leading textbooks. The NCLEX-RN review version features more than 10,000 questions and is organised by content specialty areas, client needs and concepts.

EAQ is powered by technology provided by Learning Objects, which has broad and deep experience in e-learning, learning assessment, and learning technology development.

To continuously improve, refine, and validate the effectiveness of EAQ, Learning Objects has assembled a Learning Science Advisory Board comprising scholars active in the field of adaptive assessment and e-learning. The Board will collaborate with Elsevier and adopting institutions to conduct rigorous, unbiased evaluations of EAQ and its impact on student learning.

All content in EAQ is based on Elsevier's trusted, market-leading content. Additional features such as confidence level indicators, test-taking strategies, robust rationales, and multimedia remediation engages students with different learning styles and reinforces challenging material.

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edX collaborates with Stanford University to offer learning platform via open source
- 08 Apr 2013

Stanford University and edX recently announced their collaboration to advance the development of edX's open source learning platform and provide free and open online learning tools for institutions around the world. edX is a not-for-profit online learning enterprise founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

As part of this announcement, edX will release the source code for its entire online learning platform on June 1, 2013. In support of that move, Stanford will integrate features of its existing Class2Go platform into the edX platform, use the integration as an internal platform for online coursework for on-campus and distance learners and work collaboratively with edX and other institutions to further develop the edX platform.

EdX and Stanford will collaborate along with others around the globe on the ongoing development and refinement of the edX online learning platform. As of June 1, developers everywhere will be able to freely access the source code of the edX learning platform, including code for its Learning Management System (LMS); Studio, a course authoring tool; xBlock, an application programming interface (API) for integrating third-party learning objects; and machine grading APIs.

EdX will seek to support and nurture the community of developers contributing to the enhancement of the edX platform by providing a rich environment for developer collaboration as well as technical and process guidelines to facilitate developer contributions.

EdX is reportedly pursuing an open source vision to enhance access to higher education for the entire world. One of the chief benefits of massive open online courses (MOOCs) is that they bring together a tremendously diverse student body to learn with and from each other. EdX has chosen to extend that perspective to its learning platform as well, knowing that drawing upon the global community of developers is an effective route to both transform and deliver the world’s best and most accessible online and blended learning experience.

MOOCs and innovative online teaching approaches on college campuses, such as the 'flipped classroom,' use web environments that support interactive video, online discussion, social/cohort interaction, assessment and other functions. Open source online learning platforms will allow universities to develop their own delivery methods, partner with other universities and institutions as they choose, collect data, and control branding of their educational material. Further developing online opportunities through open source technology is a key objective of the partnership between edX and Stanford.

Stanford will continue to provide a range of platforms for its instructors to choose from in hosting its online coursework, including continued partnerships with Coursera and other providers. The university will focus its ongoing platform development efforts on the new platform, combining key features from the Class2Go open source platform with the open source edX code base.

The edX learning platform source code, as well as platform developments from Stanford, edX and other contributors, will be available on June 1, 2013 and can be accessed from the edX Platform Repository located at https://github.com/edX.

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Pearson joins Cambridge Service Alliance at the University of Cambridge
- 11 Mar 2013

Pearson, a US-based provider of educational content and services, has announced that the company is joining the Cambridge Service Alliance at the University of Cambridge, a global cooperation between businesses and universities. Through the Service's center of excellence, Pearson will partner with the University of Cambridge and leading services businesses to develop new models that will help learning institutions empower their educators to improve student success.

Cambridge Service Alliance is a global alliance between business and academia. The Alliance is designed to develop new understanding of 'servitization', a movement which has seen businesses from a wide range of sectors develop innovative services to meet the changing needs of customers based on respective marketplace demands. Specifically, the Alliance examines complex service solutions which integrate technology, processes, organisations, and information in an environment where competition and pressure on public finances ensure the need for ever-increasing effectiveness.

Pearson partners with leading institutions in areas such as college readiness, workforce education, and online learning to schools and universities in North America. Working closely with Rutgers, Arizona State University, and California State Online, Pearson provides online learning technology, services, and support to keep students engaged from enrollment through graduation.

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HealthcareSource acquires NetLearning
- 04 Dec 2012

HealthcareSource, a provider of talent management solutions for the healthcare industry, has announced the acquisition of NetLearning, a provider of learning management software and content for the healthcare industry.

The combination of HealthcareSource and NetLearning results in the first company to provide a complete, end-to-end talent management solution designed specifically for healthcare. Combined with NetLearning, HealthcareSource now has more than 2,000 hospitals as clients, representing about 40 percent of all US hospitals, and has more than 225 employees.

NetLearning was formerly a division of Cengage Learning. Terms of the deal were not announced. NetLearning will become a division of HealthcareSource, maintaining offices in both Knoxville, TN and Clifton Park, NY.

NetLearning solutions include the NetLearning Learning Management System, NetCompetency for competency management, and an authoring tool. The Learning Management System is used by over 1.2 million healthcare workers to deliver, manage, and document more than 37 million educational activities every year. NetLearning course catalogue includes over 4,000 courses, many of them developed by NetLearning.

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Pearson and Choice to deliver longitudinal data system for ASDOE
- 21 Nov 2012

The American Samoa Department of Education (ASDOE) has selected Pearson and Choice Solutions Inc. to design and implement a federally funded P-20 longitudinal data system (LDS). This project is said to represent the first of its kind in the Pacific. The ASDOE currently serves 21,326 students between the ages of 3 and 18 from public and private schools.

To improve education services for these students, the ASDOE invested in a series of separate information systems. Forcing the systems' databases together to enable data-driven decision-making and to meet federally mandated reporting requirements was found to be extremely complex. The Pearson and Choice LDS will connect these systems — and the records within them — to create a single, easily accessible information source that simplifies federal reporting efforts and delivers actionable data into the hands of educational stakeholders.

This new LDS will incorporate a series of information technology products from the partnered organisations: Pearson will deliver PowerSchool SMS, Pearson Inform and ParentCONNECT; while Choice will install edFusion. Choice and Pearson have created P-20 Longitudinal Data Systems for 23 states. This breadth of IT system integration and project management experience is expected to provide American Samoa with unmatched data-linking expertise as it takes this critical step forward in educational improvement.

Choice and Pearson will work with American Samoa to further customise their products to deliver a service that is tailored for the region. When complete, the LDS will enable accurate aggregation, disaggregation, and analysis of American Samoa's critical education information. The state will save time and resources through streamlined federal reporting processes. Meanwhile, educational stakeholders across the territory will reportedly have access to a secure and easy-to-use environment in which they may effectively leverage existing data to improve the decision-making processes and student outcomes.

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CTB/McGraw-Hill unveils performance assessment authoring system
- 14 Nov 2012

CTB/McGraw-Hill, an educational assessment partner, has announced the launch of Acuity Performance Task System, a new performance assessment authoring system and item bank. The product is projected to enable teachers to evaluate project-based learning across multiple subjects using meaningful, research-based assessment methods. This expansive new suite of customisable tools, which is aligned to the Common Core State Standards, is now available within CTB's larger Acuity InFormative Assessment solution.

Project-based learning is seen as an increasingly popular method of instruction that facilitates learning by asking students to apply key knowledge and skills by solving real-world problems and performing exercises that push their critical-thinking abilities. Acuity Performance Task System allows teachers to create their own performance tasks, project-based learning modules with formative assessment capabilities fully integrated, for English Language Arts, math and science activities, which they can assign based on skill level or content area. Teachers have the option of asking students to provide written or multiple-choice responses to a reading passage or provide layered, multidimensional analysis in the form of charts, visual displays or mathematical formulas.

While the Acuity Performance Task authoring system is said to allow for virtually limitless customisation, the programme's pre-loaded bank of 400 research-based performance tasks in English and math provides a solid foundation of immediately usable project-based learning and assessment content. Although the tasks are Common-Core aligned, the customisable nature of the system means that they could easily be aligned to state or local standards as well.

The system is also stated to provide instructors with the ability to align performance tasks to multiple rubrics (student and educator) and use content that they have generated themselves or that has been supplied by CTB.

Acuity Performance Task System's highly intuitive interface is also claimed to allow educators to administer and score performance tasks entirely within an online testing environment. The highly flexible administration model means that tasks can be assigned and completed in any given timeframe.

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McGraw-Hill Education launches Digital Learning Partnership Program
- 06 Nov 2012

McGraw-Hill Education, a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., US, has announced the creation of its Digital Learning Partnership Program, which encourages colleges and universities to transition to digital in ways that promote deeper learning, better pass rates and higher rates of retention. The new programme, which builds upon the experience and results from e-book pilots that the company has developed with Indiana University, the University of Minnesota and other institutions, works by enabling institutions across the country to purchase solutions and services at affordable rates and in customisable ways. The programme is launching at this week's 2012 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Denver and is open to universities now for implementation in fall 2013.

Under the new initiative, instructors at partnering institutions have the option of providing all of their students with McGraw-Hill Education e-books – which contain tools for searching, sharing content, annotating and highlighting – as well as any other McGraw-Hill Education digital solutions they choose to add to the course. These products and services, which seek to improve student performance and instructor effectiveness, include McGraw-Hill Connect (teaching and learning platform), LearnSmart (adaptive study tool), Tegrity Campus(lecture capture) and ALEKS (adaptive math programme).

The Digital Learning Partnership Program is designed so that institutions can collaborate with McGraw-Hill Education to customise all aspects of the programme, including selecting a preferred e-book vendor, determining the pricing model and setting subscription length, which can now extend far beyond the duration of a course. Likewise, the programme is optional at the instructor level to maintain academic freedom, and students who prefer print can order a print-on-demand copy of the e-book.

Because the programme is based on partnership and collaboration with participating institutions, McGraw-Hill Education expects to work closely with colleges to provide e-books and digital solutions with the ability to improve student performance at prices that are competitive with rental and used book prices. Additionally, these digital materials are delivered to students through their institution's LMS and are available from the first day of class or before. The programme also includes adaptive learning tools to identify areas of academic strength, remediate areas of weakness and create individualized learning plans that often help students move up a full letter grade in their classes.

From a technology perspective, the Digital Learning Partnership Program integrates with any learning management system through seamless single sign on and is available on any laptop or virtually any mobile device. Institutions have the ability to choose their desired e-book provider, which can include any of McGraw-Hill Education's e-book partners: CourseSmart, Courseload, and Vital Source.

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Elsevier expands DirectCourse’s web-based learning Curricula
- 04 Oct 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that Elsevier's DirectCourse has expanded, adding a new curriculum, College of Personal Assistance and Caregiving (CPAC). This interactive, web-based curriculum is designed to train and educate personal care assistants, home care providers and family caregivers caring for people with physical disabilities and older adults to live independently in their communities. A pilot program has been launched in several states, including Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Wisconsin and Tennessee.

CPAC was created by the Center for Personal Assistance Services at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), in collaboration with the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center on Community Living and Elsevier. The curriculum, that currently includes more than 20 lessons, empowers organisations to provide their home care providers with a career path, increase their job satisfaction, and reduce turnover in the field.

Core lessons in the curriculum include Personal Care; Understanding Health and Health Care Activities; Disability Rights and Independent Living; Preventive Health and Wellness; and Safety at Home and in the Community.

CPAC courses were created for consumers who are self-directing and are delivered and administered by Elsevier's industry-leading learning management system, Elsevier Performance Manager: Core Development. This makes it easy for administrators and supervisors to track progress, measure effectiveness, assign lessons and even create customised content.

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Elsevier to unveil EduCode Clinical Documentation curriculum at AHIMA event
- 01 Oct 2012

Elsevier's MC Strategies, a provider of e-learning solutions to more than 1,300 healthcare organisations, has announced the continued development of its ICD-10 Roadmap with the introduction of new curricula, including a comprehensive clinical documentation curriculum. It will unveil its new EduCode Clinical Documentation Improvement eLearning curriculum at its exhibit at the 84th AHIMA Convention (Booth #626, Chicago, Oct. 1-3).

It has been observed that providing the right information for coding and reimbursement is critical with the increased specificity of ICD-10, and clinical documentation will be even more challenging. The new MC Strategies curriculum will be supported by additional resources, including Clinical Documentation webinars and a white paper available in October.

Elsevier will continue to take entries in its "Destination: ICD-10" contest at AHIMA. The contest invites participants to complete a series of ICD-10 surveys and provides a chance to win up to $3,000 in travel money or travel-themed giveaways.

Additionally, AHIMA attendees will see new and updated versions of Elsevier's Medical Terminology 2.0, ICD-10 Orientation, ICD-10 Specialty Coding Courses (Phase II), a revised and expanded ICD-10 Readiness Assessment (more questions, increased focus on ICD-10-specific topics and improved functionality), and major re-writes of Anatomy & Physiology and Pathophysiology courses.

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Pearson launches Early Edition eBook service
- 27 Sep 2012

Pearson, a US-based provider of educational content and services, has announced that readers everywhere will now have the opportunity to get early access to important, time-sensitive topics and technologies before the official publication.

Available exclusively through Pearson, Early Edition multi-format eBooks (PDF, ePUB, and MOBI) have been through preliminary stages of editing and technical review, but content and presentation are not yet final. By purchasing an Early Edition, customers automatically will receive an updated, official edition of the multi-format eBook when it is available.

These Early Edition titles share a focus on hot emerging technologies. The first set includes: The Core iOS 6 Developer's Cookbook by Erica Sadun, Learning Objective-C 2.0 by Robert Clair, and Programming in Objective-C, 5th Edition by Stephen Kochan. An Early Edition title typically becomes available 60-90 days prior to a book's publication. More information about the Early Edition iOS 6 titles is available online at informit.com/ios6.

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Elsevier partners with edX offering interactive study via the web
- 26 Sep 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced plans to provide free content through edX, the online learning initiative founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Students who enroll in edX's course 6.002X: Circuits and Electronics will have free access to an online version of the course textbook, Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits, written by Anant Agarwal and Jeffrey Lang and published under Elsevier's Morgan Kaufmann imprint.

The free version of the textbook was also available in the spring offering of MIT's 6.002x, before the creation of edX.

Through edX, the 'X Universities' – which now include UC Berkeley in addition to founding institutions Harvard and MIT – will provide interactive education wherever there is access to the Internet and will enhance teaching and learning through research about how students learn, and how technologies can facilitate effective teaching both on-campus and online. edX plans to add other 'X Universities' from around the world to the edX platform in the coming months.

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USGBC partners with Pearson to launch Online Program for LEED Green Associate credential
- 21 Aug 2012

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced a partnership with Pearson to launch USGBC's online workforce education programme for the LEED Green Associate credential. The programme includes online courses to help learners successfully prepare for the LEED Green Associate exam and learn green building strategies and techniques.

USGBC's LEED green building rating system claims to be the foremost programme for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. Nearly 190,000 professionals have earned LEED professional credentials, demonstrating their knowledge of green building and the LEED programme. The new online education programme will annually target 3,000 first-time LEED learners and more advanced students seeking their LEED credentials.

Pearson is providing nine LEED online courses in healthcare, business, construction and hospitality and tourism. Course content covers knowledge assessment, remediation, self-paced material and practice exams. All online courses will be available in fall 2012.

Pearson is also providing two of USGBC's print titles to prepare students for the Green Building Certification Building Institute's LEED Green Associate Exam: Green Building and LEED Core Concepts, which explains the fundamental tenets of green building, offers strategies for implementation and provides specific case studies; and USGBC LEED Green Associate Study Guide. These titles are available now.

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McGraw-Hill's digital learning platforms now part of JISC Collections' offerings to members
- 08 Aug 2012

Scientific and medical information resources provider McGraw-Hill Professional, US, has announced an agreement with JISC Collections to offer its acclaimed suite of digital learning platforms to its members.

McGraw-Hill Professional is a global provider of education and reference materials, information, and books for the Science, technical, and Medical markets. Its Access-branded digital learning platforms provide subscribed students, doctors, and professionals with instant, up-to-date content from renowned thought-leaders in a variety of fields.

McGraw-Hill Professional's platforms include thousands of images, illustrations, and videos, interactive self-assessment, custom curriculum tools, comprehensive search platforms, and the ability to download content to a mobile device. There are currently 12 platforms with comprehensive collections of content in Medicine, Science, Engineering, Computing, and Business.

The JISC Content Procurement Company, trading as JISC Collections, is a mutual trading company limited by guarantee. Established by the UK Higher and Further Education Funding Bodies, to support the procurement of digital content for education and research in the UK, JISC Collections is a membership organisation. Its members consist of UK further education institutions, higher education institutions and research councils.

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Kno Inc. provides new platform for Elsevier’s Pageburst digital books
- 25 Jul 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that education software company Kno Inc. will provide its latest platform option for one of Elsevier’s lines of digital books. Pageburst, which encompasses Elsevier’s nursing and health professions books in a digital format, will now offer even more flexibility and user-friendly learning features through the addition of the new Kno platform.

Elsevier digital books on Pageburst go beyond typical ebook platforms by offering an abundance of interactive study features that are designed for the way students learn. The Kno platform for Pageburst will mirror the look of a traditional print textbook and will give students and educators direct access to all-new dynamic and interactive learning tools.

Elsevier’s Pageburst digital titles on the Kno platform will enable nursing and health science students access their course material anywhere and at any time throughout their education and professional careers.

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Pearson set to acquire GlobalEnglish Corporation for $90 million
- 28 May 2012

Print and digital education materials provider Pearson has announced the acquisition of GlobalEnglish from its current ownership group for $90 million in cash. The transaction is subject to approval by GlobalEnglish’s shareholders.

Founded in 1997 in California, GlobalEnglish is a provider of cloud-based, on-demand Business English learning, assessment and performance support software. It serves more than 450 corporate customers, including 20 per cent of the Forbes Global 2000 companies, including General Electric, HSBC, Tata Consultancy Services and Unilever. Its product suite is uniquely suited to serve the needs of global professionals with a comprehensive offering – formal Business English learning coursework, informal and social learning capabilities, performance support tools, an enterprise collaboration platform, a mobile app, assessments and a premium one-on-one coaching service.

GlobalEnglish’s Business English content is focused on the application of Business English to real life business situations such as composing emails and participating in conference calls, and its efficacy is highly rated by global companies and their employees. About 75 percent of GlobalEnglish’s more than 200,000 active subscribers are in fast growing economies in Latin America and Asia.

The acquisition supports one of Pearson’s major priorities, which is to play a much bigger role in helping the two billion people around the world estimated to be learning English as a second or foreign language.

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Pearson and Panopto partner to integrate video capture and management software platform into Pearson’s custom learning solutions
- 09 May 2012

Print and digital education materials provider Pearson and Panopto have announced plans to integrate Panopto’s video capture and management software platform into Pearson’s custom learning solutions for the professional market. The announcement was made at the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) annual conference in Denver.

Pearson’s professional training business offers technology, content and services in the areas of digital content management, knowledge capture, customisable online training materials and online tutoring to improve writing and IT skills.

Panopto offers corporations, associations and government agencies an easy, cost-effective way to create, distribute and manage high quality training content in-house, without the need for editing software or prior expertise. The platform can be used to create formal training courses; webcast live events; capture training workshops; record and share knowledge among teams; and manage an online library of training and development videos.

Panopto is a provider of software that allows businesses and government agencies to create, manage and distribute searchable video presentations. Panopto’s software is currently deployed at more than 400 universities, Fortune 500 companies and government agencies around the world.

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Pearson and LearnSomething partnership to expand professional training solutions
- 07 May 2012

Print and digital education materials provider Pearson has announced an expansion of its professional training solutions by partnering with LearnSomething, a provider of customised, digitally-delivered corporate training services.

The collaboration will result in a comprehensive set of solutions to assist corporations, associations, unions and government agencies such as business, IT and healthcare.

Pearson’s professional training business offers technology, content and services in the areas of digital content management, knowledge capture, customisable online training materials and online tutoring to improve writing and IT skills. Pearson will use LearnSomething’s flexible, web-based learning platform to support customers’ learning and training goals efficiently and economically.

Pearson provides innovative print and digital education materials, including personalised learning programmes such as MyLab/Mastering; educational services including custom publishing; and content-independent platforms including the EQUELLA digital repository and Pearson LearningStudio online learning platform.

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MIT and Harvard unveil online learning platform edX
- 03 May 2012

Harvard University and MIT have announced edX, a new partnership in online education. Through edX, the two institutions will collaborate to enhance campus-based teaching and learning and build a global community of online learners.

EdX will build on both universities’ experience in offering online instructional content. The technological platform recently established by MITx will serve as the foundation for the new learning system. It was designed to offer online versions of MIT courses featuring video lesson segments, embedded quizzes, immediate feedback, student-ranked questions and answers, online laboratories and student-paced learning. Certificates of mastery will be available for those who are motivated and able to demonstrate their knowledge of the course material.

MIT and Harvard expect that over time other universities will join them in offering courses on the edX platform. The gathering of many universities’ educational content together on one site will reportedly enable learners worldwide to access the course content of any participating university from a single website, and to use a set of online educational tools shared by all participating universities.

EdX will release its learning platform as open-source software so it can be used by other universities and organizations that wish to host the platform themselves. Because the learning technology will be available as open-source software, other universities and individuals will be able to help edX improve and add features to the technology.

MIT and Harvard will use the jointly operated edX platform to research how students learn and how technologies can facilitate effective teaching both on-campus and online. The platform will enable the study of which teaching methods and tools are most successful. The findings of this research will be used to inform how faculty use technology in their teaching, which will enhance the experience for students on campus and for the millions expected to take advantage of these new online offerings.

The initiative will be overseen by a not-for-profit organisation based in Cambridge, Mass., to be owned and governed equally by the two universities. MIT and Harvard have committed to a combined $60 million ($30 million each) in institutional support, grants and philanthropy to launch the collaboration.

Anant Agarwal, director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, who has led the development of the MITx platform under the leadership of MIT Provost L. Rafael Reif, will serve as the first president of edX.

At Harvard, Provost Alan Garber will direct the Harvardx effort and Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith will play a leading role in working with faculty to develop and deliver courses.

It is anticipated that near-term course offerings from a range of Harvard and MIT schools will be included on the edX platform.

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Solar Energy International selects Pearson to create a new professional textbook series
- 26 Apr 2012

Print and digital education materials provider Pearson has been selected by Solar Energy International (SEI), a provider of technical training in solar, wind, water power and natural building technologies, to create a new professional textbook series available in print and eBook formats.

SEI offers hands-on workshops and online technical training for careers in renewable energy as well as continuing education for those already employed in the industry. Through its SEI Solar Professionals Certificate Program and other solar training, SEI serves between 2,000-3,000 students annually and has served over 20,000 students in its 20 years of service to the renewable energy industry.

Beginning in June, the first book in the new SEI Textbook Series will be available for SEI courses and other training organisations that have adopted SEI’s textbooks in solar electric design and installation and solar business and technical sales. Students have access to print and eBook formats through the textbook bundle and can access their content via their Mac or PC, or via Pearson’s eText for iPad app.

Pearson’s eText for iPad app presents digital content in the same high resolution as on a computer, even when pages are zoomed, and displays perfect fidelity to the print book. Students can easily add their own personalisation (notes, highlights, bookmarks) while working on their iPads.

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ICCOC and Pearson extend contract to power online learning programmes
- 10 Apr 2012

Print and digital education materials provider Pearson has announced that the Iowa Community College Online Consortium (ICCOC) has extended its contract with the company to power the colleges’ online programmes. ICCOC has worked with Pearson to develop and offer courses online for a dozen years, and the two organisations continue to refine their strategy to identify at-risk students early and offer assistance.

The Iowa consortium includes seven community colleges and serves more than 20,000 students each semester. Using the Pearson LearningStudio platform and its suite of reporting tools, ICCOC has increased at-risk student success rates by 11 percent and course completion rates by nearly 10 percent. As a result of increased revenue due to students’ persistence within courses, ICCOC is able to offer online tutoring and faculty professional development to further impact student achievement.

The online learning format has allowed the consortium to expand access to learning opportunities, with more than 1,000 course sections and 10 fully online degree programmes now available. ICCOC uses Pearson’s Smarthinking on-demand tutoring, in addition to the Pearson LearningStudio platform.

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Elsevier / MC Strategies updates e-book on ICD-10 implementation
- 04 Apr 2012

E-learning solutions provider Elsevier/MC Strategies, US, has announced its continued commitment to the ICD-10 transition and the introduction of a major revision to its e-book, A Guide to Education and Training for ICD-10 Implementation. Elsevier also announced its upcoming Spring 2012 schedule of new Revenue Cycle eLearning releases, including the revised ICD-10 Readiness Assessment, Mosby’s Medical Terminology 2.0, and the new EduCode Clinical Documentation Improvement Curriculum.

Elsevier developed its ICD-10 Roadmap to help healthcare organisations gradually and comprehensively prepare for the ICD-10 transition, with the right training at the right time. Despite the current implementation delay, Elsevier maintains that planning and education are still critical and that organisations should still work toward the October 2013 implementation date. With an extensive history in coding education, Elsevier seeks to offer significant insight to help make the ICD-10 transition a manageable one.

Elsevier reportedly understands the importance of training preparation and dual coding and continues to offer its current comprehensive ICD-9 EduCode coding curriculum, as well as ICD-10 education so one can access the education needed.

To assist in the continued development of educational plans for the entire organisation, the updated e-book includes recommended training plans by job role and need. The training pathways identify specific Revenue Cycle eLearning courses, timing and recommended hours, ensuring that organisations allot enough time for adequate training.

As part of the roadmap, Elsevier is introducing both new and revised curricula to further strengthen ICD-10 training.

The ICD-10 Assessment that has been offered since 2010 is being enhanced, offering 150 questions on topics such as pharmacology, documentation, medical terminology and procedures. As with the previous version, the revised assessment will map to ICD-10 courses and provide rationale.

This spring will also see a rewrite of Mosby’s Medical Terminology and the new EduCode Clinical Documentation Improvement curricula. These releases will enable organisations to continue their training in the areas of foundational knowledge and documentation, which are integral to the success of transitioning to ICD-10. Additionally, Elsevier continues to provide its comprehensive EduCode ICD-9 education, allowing for continued staff training prior to the implementation date.

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Online training and education courses from AHIMA to be available via NetLearning LMS
- 28 Mar 2012

NetLearning, a US-based provider of online courses and e-learning software for healthcare workers and hospital administrators, has announced a new agreement with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to provide healthcare information-minded clinicians and staffs with access to 43 new e-learning courses. Authored and developed by AHIMA experts, these courses will be available through the NetLearning learning management system (LMS).

Through this new agreement, NetLearning will offer AHIMA training and continuing education courses that cover topics such as ICD-10, clinical documentation improvement and electronic health records. Among the 43 new courses, NetLearning will distribute 23 courses on ICD-10, a medical coding classification system recently mandated for use in the US, and 11 courses on electronic health records. Both represent major shifts in how healthcare will be managed moving forward in the US. Over the next several years, all hospitals will be required to transition to the ICD-10 classification system, creating a need for training courses such as these from AHIMA and NetLearning.

In addition to the training and continuing education courses, NetLearning will also offer AHIMA exam preparation materials including the Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA) Exam Prep Series, Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) Exam Prep Series and the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Exam Prep Series. It is expected that these web-based courses will help to prepare professionals for their certification exams using self-paced lessons, to thoroughly review and reinforce knowledge of exam content.

The NetLearning LMS is a flexible system to manage the education, licensure, competency assessment and professional development of employees in the healthcare industry. The product was designed and refined by healthcare professionals in the field and, unlike many other systems, offers unique, healthcare-specific capabilities – including robust license and certification management, tools to track license and certification expirations and renewals, and reports designed to produce data required for the Joint Commission surveys, Magnet Recognition Program applications and state Boards of Nursing, among other features.

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McGraw-Hill's AccessPediatrics wins 2011 PROSE Award for Best Online Resource in Biological and Life Sciences
- 20 Feb 2012

Scientific and medical information resources provider McGraw-Hill Professional, US, has announced that AccessPediatrics, the company's innovative online resource for pediatrics residents, students, and educators, has been awarded the best eProduct in Biological and Life Sciences at the 2011 Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (the PROSE Awards).

Established by the Association of American Publishers, the PROSE Awards recognise the very best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content in more than 40 categories.

Developed by an advisory board of renowned pediatricians, AccessPediatrics brings vast experience to the practice of pediatrics via leading medical references, allowing residents and clerks an opportunity to enhance and build upon critical in-hospital training. AccessPediatrics enables medical students, pediatric residents, and practicing pediatricians to quickly connect with information necessary for completing evaluations, diagnoses, and case management decisions, covering the entire span of pediatric practice from neonatology to adolescent medicine.

McGraw-Hill's acclaimed suite of Access branded medical learning products connects students, faculty, and health professionals to the world's leading collection of online medical content, thousands of images and illustrations, instructional videos and animations, and the innovative Custom Curriculum tool. Other Access products in medicine and allied health include: AccessMedicine, AccessSurgery, AccessEmergency Medicine, AccessAnesthesiology, AccessPharmacy and AccessPhysiotherapy.

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Wiley acquires Inscape Holdings Inc.
- 20 Feb 2012

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has acquired Inscape Holdings Inc., a provider of DiSC-based assessments and training products that develop critical interpersonal business skills. Wiley paid $85 million to purchase all of the stock of Inscape, the majority of which are held by investment funds controlled by New York City-based Sentinel Capital Partners.

The acquisition will enable Wiley to capitalise on both companies' content, assets, and relationships, enhance its global reach, and move more aggressively into digital delivery to the growing workplace learning and assessment market.

As Inscape's central product, the DiSC offerings are available in both digital and print versions. More than one million people use DiSC assessments in 30 languages each year. The majority of customers choose DiSC delivered through Inscape's EPIC platform, which is optimised for efficient and customised product/feature creation and includes a proprietary process enabling rapid translations. Inscape's DiSC assessment offers enhanced value with its online assessment-delivery system, its high-quality customer experience, its superior discoverability and market-leading position, and its ability to customise, personalise, and adapt the DiSC model so that customers continue to choose Inscape's version over others.

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NetLearning customers gain access to entire catalogue of eLearning courses from the American Heart Association
- 31 Jan 2012

NetLearning, a US-based provider of online courses and e-learning software for healthcare workers and hospital administrators, has announced an expanded relationship with the American Heart Association (AHA) to distribute additional course offerings. With the addition of these courses, NetLearning customers will now gain access to AHA's entire catalogue of eLearning courses through the NetLearning learning management system (LMS) and the new NetLearning Connect!.

Courses provided by the AHA strive to prepare healthcare providers to effectively respond to life-threatening cardiac events. A variety of options are available, including courses in the areas of advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS), basic life support (BLS), pediatrics and stroke. Among the courses available are the popular HeartCode BLS Part 1 and HeartCode ACLS Part 1, which are web-based, instructional courses that allow students to assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings. Through eSimulation technology, students apply the knowledge learned to patient cases and see the results of their decision in real-time.

The NetLearning LMS claims to be one of the most advanced systems available in the healthcare industry. Built in .NET/Microsoft SQL Server architecture, it was designed and refined by healthcare professionals in the field to ensure maximum efficiency when managing, tracking and reporting on staff development, training and compliance. Additionally, through the new NetLearning Connect!, a link between any SCORM 1.2-conformant LMS and NetLearning's catalogue of healthcare e-learning courseware, any given hospital will have the ability to utilise NetLearning courseware through the LMS of its choice.

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Elsevier expands suite of online curricula to train professionals supporting people with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities
- 01 Dec 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has introduced DirectCourse, an expanded suite of online curricula to train professionals who support people with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities, as well as older adults. DirectCourse is anchored by the College of Direct Support (CDS), an online curriculum for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and managed in collaboration with Elsevier/MC Strategies and the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center on Community Living.

In addition, DirectCourse contains the College of Employment Services (CES), a new online training curriculum developed by the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at University of Massachusetts Boston.

Both the new College of Employment Services and College of Direct Support curricula are powered by the Core Development configuration of Elsevier Performance Manager. Elsevier Performance Manager is a learning management platform that is used by more than 1,500 organisations worldwide. According to the company, it is a powerful tracking and assessment tool that facilitates collaboration and communication throughout an organisation.

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The Essentials of Pediatric Critical Care Orientation course now accessible via NetLearning LMS
- 23 Nov 2011

NetLearning, a US-based provider of online courses and e-learning software for healthcare workers and hospital administrators, has announced an agreement with the Child Health Corporation of America (CHCA). Under the deal, the CHCA will offer its Essentials of Pediatric Critical Care Orientation (EPCCO) course to customers in the paediatric field via NetLearning's learning management system (LMS).

CHCA's EPCCO contains over 30 course topics, bundled by body systems into eight modules, each including case scenarios and practice activities, among other features. Each module focuses on the paediatric-specific knowledge and competencies necessary for clinicians to effectively and confidently care for critically ill children. Combined with application-focused learning activities, the EPCCO programme provides the adaptability desired by educators as well as the flexibility for learners to set their own pace while learning foundational content.

The NetLearning LMS claims to be one of the most advanced systems available in the healthcare industry. Built in .NET/Microsoft SQL Server architecture, it was designed and refined by healthcare professionals in the field to ensure maximum efficiency when managing, tracking and reporting on staff development, training and compliance. Unlike other systems, NetLearning's LMS platform offers integration with HR systems, sending information on grades and course completion dates to automate payroll, scheduling, merit raises and other performance initiatives as determined by the administrator.

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Pearson Partner, CCI to launch programme for workforce training in allied health
- 17 Nov 2011

Education services provider Pearson, US, and Condensed Curriculum International (CCI) have announced the launch of HealthEd Today, a new programme designed to increase access to workforce training in allied health. HealthEd Today technician programmes include careers in pharmacy, phlebotomy, EKG, billing and coding and medical administrative assistant. The programme is offered fully online via the Pearson LearningStudio platform.

CCI is stated to provide innovative allied health education and training programme solutions to more than 15,000 students at colleges, universities and medical centres nationwide. HealthEd Today, the first online programme to be offered by CCI, was created to reach more students in response to the growing demand for certified health professionals by hospitals, long term care facilities and other healthcare organisations.

Pearson currently provides custom textbooks for CCI programmes, and will provide both customised curriculum and textbooks for the HealthEd Today programme.

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CTB/McGraw-Hill forms Publishing Advisory Board to help develop next generation of K–12 assessments
- 02 Nov 2011

Education assessments provider CTB/McGraw-Hill, US, has announced the creation of a Publishing Advisory Board that will guide the company as it works to develop assessments that reflect the goals of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The Board's experience in developing assessments and their insight into the CCSS and other emerging educational requirements is expected to help CTB stay at the forefront of the ever-changing world of K–12 assessment.

CTB's Publishing Advisory Board is comprised of diverse professionals with deep experience and leadership across the education arena. Represented on the board are the perspectives of state assessment directors, classroom teachers, university professors, education researchers, and business leaders. Many members of the Board have specific knowledge of or have been deeply engaged with the development and implementation of the CCSS, and each is committed to helping CTB play a more effective role in serving the needs of today's educators.

While CTB has long sought advice from external experts in regard to general publishing practices and product development, the creation of the Publishing Advisory Board establishes a formal framework for these relationships. The Board will not endorse specific products or solutions, but it will provide general guidance, review specific product development plans and content development work, and help CTB serve the needs of customers, including states, consortia of states, and other education stakeholders.

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West Kentucky Community and Technical College to utilise Elsevier's digital textbook platform for Radiography programme
- 20 Oct 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) has been using and will renew Elsevier's digital textbook suite for students in WKCTC's Radiography Program in 2012. WKCTC is a member of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and a public, two-year, degree-granting institution located in Paducah, KY.

WKCTC's Radiography Program prepares students for a career as a diagnostics radiographer through a 22-month programme consisting of four semesters and one summer intersession. During the programme, students take various courses that utilise Elsevier's Pageburst, a content delivery platform that allows users access to an entire library of Elsevier's digital textbooks. Pageburst gives instructors the opportunity to integrate their lecture notes within the digital textbook, providing students with a comprehensive overview of the topic and additional highlights from the instructor.

Available for all health education programmes, Pageburst provides an entire library of content for instructors and students that they can access anytime, anywhere. Pageburst allows educators to match their content to their curriculum in a way that transforms reading into a more enriching experience while improving outcomes and addressing varying learning styles in the classroom.

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Pearson launches OpenClass to increase access and collaboration in higher education
- 14 Oct 2011

Education services provider Pearson, US, has announced the launch of OpenClass in a major move to increase access and collaboration in higher education. A key component of Pearson's vision to increase access, achievement and affordability, OpenClass offers institutions and instructors the ability to engage and interact with their students using the collaborative technologies that students are embracing - at no cost.

OpenClass is a new kind of self-service learning management system (LMS) delivered from the Cloud. It is easy to use and completely free. There are no hardware, licensing or hosting costs, thus enabling widespread adoption of new learning approaches that encourage interaction within the classroom and around the world.

OpenClass integrates seamlessly with Google Apps for Education and will be available in the Google Apps Marketplace, Google's online storefront for Google Apps products and services. With single sign-on and a unified navigation bar, instructors and students can launch OpenClass from within Google Apps or access their Google applications from OpenClass. Launching OpenClass in the Google Apps Marketplace provides institutions with the easiest path to adoption and an avenue to reach institutions already familiar with the benefits of cloud-based solutions.

Pearson, working closely with its design partners, will rapidly advance the capabilities of OpenClass to leverage the rich data and social foundations of the platform and the ability to release new functionality frequently.

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NetLearning partners with Child Health Corp for pediatric care course
- 10 Oct 2011

NetLearning, a US-based provider of online courses and e-learning software for healthcare workers and hospital administrators, has announced a partnership with Child Health Corporation of America to better serve clients in the pediatrics field.

Under the deal, the Essentials of Pediatric Critical Care Orientation course (EPCCO) will now become available through the NetLearning Learning Management System (LMS). The NetLearning LMS allows healthcare facilities to manage the educational requirements of their staff, track training compliance and personalise each learner's interface.

Essentials of Pediatric Critical Care Orientation is projected as an interactive, versatile and convenient course that seeks to help nurses to move from the classroom to the bedside of a pediatric patient. During this eight-module course, learners will set their own pace as they learn skills that enhance knowledge transfer and job satisfaction.

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Pearson to develop frameworks for OECD's PISA student assessment for 2015
- 10 Oct 2011

Education services provider Pearson, US, has announced that it has been chosen by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to develop the frameworks for the latter's landmark PISA educational assessment in 2015.

The PISA assessment is widely recognised as the benchmark for measuring the improvement of education systems worldwide. Seventy four countries/economies participated in the 2009 test. In 2015, PISA's main focus will be testing the scientific literacy of students worldwide.

The test will feature significant new elements. A new Collaborative Problem Solving assessment will be added, in recognition of the ways young people will have to learn and work throughout their lives. Pearson will develop this new domain for PISA. Pearson will also provide advice to the PISA study on the benefits, opportunities and implications of implementing computer adaptive testing for PISA in future.

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Cengage Learning and Desire2Learn partnership to improve interoperability of digital content and solutions
- 07 Oct 2011

Teaching, learning and research solutions provider Cengage Learning, US, has announced a strategic partnership with Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn) to improve interoperability of Cengage Learning’s digital content and solutions within the Desire2Learn platform. Desire2Learn is a provider of enterprise teaching and learning platforms.

The new partnership will provide direct access to Cengage Learning’s digital content, core curriculum solutions and increased functionality for institutions utilising Desire2Learn’s teaching and learning platform. Users of Cengage Learning’s rich digital learning solutions and content will gain streamlined access through automatic sign-on and gradebook integration, creating a simpler and more intuitive user experience for both instructors and students.

Desire2Learn and its subsidiaries support more than six million learners worldwide. Clients include higher education, K-12, and healthcare as well as associations, government and other leading organisations.

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Cengage Learning, Moodlerooms partnership to deliver interoperability of Moodle and digital content and solutions
- 26 Jul 2011

Teaching, learning and research solutions provider Cengage Learning, US, has announced a strategic partnership with Moodlerooms to allow for integration of Cengage Learning's digital solutions and Moodlerooms products. The resulting interoperability is expected to help improve customer experience. Faculty and institutions will also be able to better leverage rich content to drive engagement, increase retention and raise learning outcomes. Moodlerooms provides educators and learners across the globe with adaptable, reliable and affordable e-learning.

Specifically, the new partnership will allow for seamless access through single-sign on. It will also help enhance the usability and functionality of Moodlerooms' enterprise e-Learning platform, joule, and Moodle's basic LTI integration so that students. Teachers will now be able to take advantage of a truly seamless, bi-directional user experience between Cengage Learning and Moodlerooms solutions. Cengage Learning and Moodlerooms will work jointly to deliver integration that enables assessment scoring information to be passed from Cengage Learning solutions to the Moodle gradebook. The integration will be largely standards-based.

Moodlerooms' joule enterprise platform provides a sustainable, open, flexible and intuitive platform for seamlessly deploying content throughout the various modules and tools that have been integrated into the e-Learning environment. Plans of this partnership will provide direct access to Cengage Learning's digital content and core curriculum solutions, and overall increased functionality for institutions. Users of Cengage Learning's rich digital learning solutions and content will gain seamless access through automatic sign-on and gradebook integration.

Additionally, the partnership will offer a better experience for users of online homework provided via MindTap, CourseMaster products such as Aplia and SAM, as well as CourseMate and course cartridges. The added level of integration is made possible through Cengage Learning's standards-based, interoperable, Web-services architecture (MindLinks) and Moodle. The agreement will also include ongoing interoperability options for Cengage Learning's MindTap programme and future product development.

Cengage Learning and Moodlerooms will co-develop new interfaces to expose services within Moodle and both parties will contribute code to the community.

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Texas State Board of Education selects Pearson's Online Learning Exchange programme
- 25 Jul 2011

Education and education technology services provider Pearson, US, has announced that Texas State Board of Education has decided to make Pearson's Online Learning Exchange (OLE) programme available state-wide. Students in Texas' middle school and high school science classrooms can now expect to see their course materials leap into the digital age.

The state's move to all-digital science instructional materials will immediately impact Texas classrooms. With Texas school districts facing severe budget shortfalls, these new online instructional materials will be affordable and will let school districts fully realise the power of technology in their classrooms and enhance student learning.

Pearson's Online Learning Exchange is among the science programmes approved by the state for use in Texas schools beginning next month.

Developed by Pearson, OLE offers content intended to better prepare students for college and careers. From a television adventure series with episodes teaching students about physical science to podcasts and animations, educators who choose OLE for their classrooms can develop lessons best suited for their students' needs. The programme will provide access to quality content in one easy-to-find place, saving teachers precious time and energy. The wide range of science content, assessments, and activities will include lesson plans, presentation templates, videos, and interactive learning resources, which can be used in conjunction with all science programmes.

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NCRM at Case Western Reserve University partners with Edheads to launch web-based education modules on stem cells
- 06 Jun 2011

The National Center for Regenerative Medicine (NCRM) at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has partnered with Edheads, a provider of online education tools, to launch web-based education modules about stem cells.

The modules, based on real clinical trials, are geared toward high school students and designed to enhance classroom curriculum. They offer an innovative and interactive learning experience to demonstrate the nature of stem cells and their importance in medicine and the development of new therapies.

Edheads, a US-based non-profit organisation, creates unique, educational web experiences that are free to teachers, students and parents, and advance science and math concepts beyond what is introduced in classrooms. Users need only a computer, a recent Internet browser, and a handheld mouse for optimal use.

Students, teachers and other potential users throughout the country can access the stem cell activities, which are available online at www.edheads.org. To experience the activity, users can click on the names of the modules on the left hand side of the screen.

The gaming feature of the site makes for an active learning environment, rather than a passive, 'click through' experience, giving students the opportunity to manipulate portions of the activity in order to proceed and answer questions that help enforce important aspects of the activity. The programme's interactive nature is designed for better information retention, possibly generating greater interest in pursuing a career in the field.

The first activity, 'create a line of stem cells,' was launched in late 2010. It allows students to take a virtual tissue sample from a specific part of the body, such as the bone marrow, and grow it to see which cells are stem cells. At the end of the lesson, students will be asked to publish their findings in the form of a report or journal article to be reviewed by a teacher or parent.

A second stem cell education module, 'stem cell transplant,' launched in February 2011, covers potential clinical applications for stem cells and how different stem cell types may be used.

The recently launched third stem cell lesson, 'stem cell heart repair,' features how researchers are exploring the potential application of stem cells in the development of new therapies that, if successful, may one day be used to regenerate diseased heart muscle. Two different methods are used to get the patient's own stem cells to their heart and help them recover from a heart attack.

In addition to the stem cell programmes, the Edheads site will make available a glossary of terms, a teacher's guide, and interviews with stem cell experts. Each of the three activities demonstrate the innovative research performed at the National Center for Regenerative Medicine by its founding partners, Athersys, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, The Ohio State University, and University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Each of these partners contributed to the content of these activities in support of high school education.

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IBM releases cloud services designed for educational institutions
- 06 Jun 2011

Technology firm IBM, US, has announced new cloud services to deliver advanced software, computer lab resources and services to students and researchers at schools, colleges and universities, without the need for advanced IT expertise at those locations.

The IBM SmartCloud for Education is projected as a set of cloud services and offerings designed to help education systems leverage predictive analytics to get real-time insights on student and institutional performance; enhance researcher effectiveness; and alleviate constrained lab resources for learning. By using the service, K-12 schools and higher education institutions can expect to address significant challenges such as student retention, graduation rates, grant funding, and demands for IT resources for learning and research.

Schools can analyse their own data using new SPSS models and tools running in a cloud to identify at-risk students at an early stage. Additional cloud-based social networking tools help discover and recommend funding opportunities and collaborators to researchers. Students and educators can also reportedly benefit from self-service reservation of and seamless access to virtual computer resources both on campus and on the IBM public cloud.

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Wiley-Blackwell and CECity, Inc announce strategic alliance
- 27 May 2011

Wiley-Blackwell, the STM and Scholarly (STMS) publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced a strategic alliance with CECity, Inc. to provide physicians and other healthcare professionals with new, customised quality and learning solutions. CECity is a provider of cloud-based healthcare information technology platforms that link performance improvement, lifelong learning and quality reporting to drive high-quality clinical outcomes and patient care.

This partnership will employ CECity's market-leading technology capabilities with Wiley's quality content to develop personalized eLearning and performance improvement services for healthcare professionals. These services are essential to physicians seeking to maintain Board Certification and Licensure and will permit users to access clinically meaningful programs integrating CECity's performance improvement technology with relevant Wiley educational and professional content.

The alliance will also provide opportunities for Wiley-Blackwell and CECity to develop novel performance improvement and continuing education content delivery services, in conjunction with Wiley's existing society publishing partners.

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McGraw-Hill launches McGraw-Hill eBook Library
- 13 May 2011

Scientific and medical information resources provider McGraw-Hill Professional, US, has announced the launch of the McGraw-Hill eBook Library. The move is in response to librarians' and patrons' evolving digital information needs. With this initiative, the company seeks to provide unlimited concurrent usage to the digital library so patrons can access high-quality curated content from world-renowned authorities.

The McGraw-Hill eBook Library will provide more than 1,000 titles in collections that are continuously updated with new eBooks. Users can access hundreds of thousands of pages of content from authors who are leaders in the areas of engineering, computing, business, medical, and student study aides.

Equipped with internal customer usage stats, the McGraw-Hill eBook Library allows librarians to monitor real-time usage to gauge actual demand of content and cater to the needs of the patrons/users/researchers. McGraw-Hill offers flexible subscription options which are the optimal model for librarians to get free monthly updates to the McGraw-Hill eBook Library's content and keep it constantly up-to-date.

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McGraw-Hill Professional launches new online resource in Pediatrics
- 12 May 2011

Scientific and medical information resources provider McGraw-Hill Professional, US, has announced the launch of AccessPediatrics, an innovative online resource for pediatrics residents, students, and educators. AccessPediatrics is the ninth vertical platform to the company's Access-branded platforms.

This new educational resource integrates renowned medical texts with customisable curriculum functionality and delivers rich content covering the unique needs of the pediatric patient from neonatal care through adolescence. With reductions in the number of hours that pediatrics residents are allowed to be in hospitals observing cases, AccessPediatrics provides a new way to bring experience to the practice of pediatrics through its robust interactive tools. AccessPediatrics provides searchable, full-text access to 13 leading McGraw-Hill pediatric medicine textbooks, including Rudolph's Pediatrics, 22e and Current Diagnosis and Treatment: Pediatrics, 20e; curricular management tracking and testing tools; more than 40 animations detailing pediatric procedures and exam walkthroughs, from descriptions of anatomy to the details of pathophysiology; Q&A for the Pediatric Board Exam; practical skill-building tools; and thousands of images.

AccessPediatrics features McGraw-Hill's Custom Curriculum, an online tool that educators can use to assign, manage, and track the progress of resident and student assignments. The Custom Curriculum allows pediatric residents to view available topics from their programme director, as well as their own individual progress by activity. It also includes Clerkship Corner, a special section that includes content typically needed for a rotation in pediatrics. It is incorporated into Custom Curriculum and quickly directs the medical student to clerkship-focused readings and activities.

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NetLearning Learning Management System selected as 2011 CODiE Award finalist in the Education Technology category
- 05 May 2011

NetLearning, a US-based provider of online courses and e-learning software for healthcare workers and hospital administrators, has announced that the latest version of the NetLearning Learning Management System (LMS) has been selected as a 2011 CODiE Award finalist in the Education Technology category Best Professional Development Solution.

The NetLearning LMS allows healthcare facilities to manage the educational requirements of their staff, track training compliance and personalise each learner's interface. With an easy-to-use, flexible and powerful platform, the latest version of the NetLearning LMS adds a number of new capabilities to the existing SCORM 1.2 certified LMS platform. Additional features include a fully web-based Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery model, pre-assessment by course and curriculum, and a customisable portal-based end user interface.

The CODiE Awards, established in 1986 by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), aim to showcase the software and information industry's finest products and services, and to honour excellence in corporate achievement.

Of the 425 total CODiE Award nominations awarded this year, only 113 products from 80 companies were selected as finalists. These nominated products underwent an intensive review by judges via live demonstration, trial product access and analysis of product documentation. The judging panel consisted of subject matter experts, analysts, journalists and others with deep experience in the field. A full listing of the 2011 CODiE Award winners can be viewed on the CODiE Awards Website.

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NetLearning expands suite of online courses from the AHA
- 26 Apr 2011

NetLearning, a US-based provider of online courses and e-learning software for healthcare workers and hospital administrators, has announced the expansion of its suite of online courses from the American Heart Association (AHA). The available courses will benefit professionals seeking to update their expertise along with individuals looking to simply fine-tune their emergency preparedness skills.

The courses from AHA are offered online through NetLearning's learning management system. Many online courses from AHA use a blended learning approach. Students learn cognitive skills through Web-based, self-paced modules featuring interactive question/answer and video segments to reinforce learning. Students then practice and test the skills they have learned in person with an American Heart Association Instructor.

NetLearning, part of Cengage Learning, is an e-learning solutions provider developing products specifically for the healthcare industry since 1995. The NetLearning product suite allows for the deployment, management, and reporting of training-related activities.

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NetLearning releases 2011 Compliance Series of courseware
- 10 Mar 2011

NetLearning, a US-based provider of online courses and e-learning software for healthcare workers and hospital administrators, has announced the release of the 2011 Compliance Series of courseware.

The continually growing Compliance Series from NetLearning, part of Cengage Learning, targets hospitals, long-term care, home healthcare and Spanish-language professionals. The series provides consistent education on compliance and regulatory topics and improves employee understanding and retention of core compliance issues, with the ultimate goal of improving patient safety.

For 2011, the Compliance Courseware Series consists of more than 90 online courses covering important topics in the areas of Infection Control, Emergency Preparedness, Safety & Body Mechanics, Code of Conduct, Patient Safety Goals and Fire HIPAA Privacy & Security and Electrical & Utilities, among others. All course offerings have been fully updated to comply with current accreditation requirements including The Joint Commission, HIPAA, OSHA and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Additionally, NetLearning's Compliance Courseware has gained the American Society for Training and Development's e-Learning Courseware Certification and was a finalist for the Best of eLearning Awards. Each course in the series can be customised by the adopting institution, allowing for individual branding and course selection. NetLearning's Compliance courses offer extensive visually appealing and engaging learning tools such as video clips, animations, case studies, interactive quizzing and practice games.

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Cengage Learning unveils customised digital collection for the classroom
- 15 Oct 2010

Teaching, learning and research solutions provider Cengage Learning, US, has introduced CourseReader, a customised, digital collection of content assets for the classroom. The collection is projected to strengthen the company's CengageCourse suite of digital learning products and services. CourseReader leverages Cengage Learning's Gale databases, including its reference content and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.

The product is seen to offer instructors thousands of articles and historical documents, including both primary and secondary sources, specific to their discipline, all in one location. Instructors select a series of materials from these databases for their courses, which are then compiled into an online collection for their students to access, replacing traditional printed readers.

Instructors create their customised CourseReader collection by searching the database by author, title or keyword. While CourseReader databases are created for specific disciplines and course areas, instructors can choose to add selections from different disciplines to take advantage of the vast collection of materials in the larger database. Many selections begin with an introduction and finish with critical thinking or multiple choice questions to help students understand and analyse what they have read. Instructors can also highlight or make notations on the readings online to help guide their students as they read.

CourseReader is claimed to be of great value for students, whether purchased in conjunction with other Cengage Learning course materials or as a stand-alone product. Students log into a website where they can view the assigned material. In addition, to meet the needs of students who prefer to learn in various formats, many readings can be listened to immediately online, downloaded as MP3 files, or printed.

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IEEE launches IEEE eLearning Library
- 13 Oct 2010

Technical professional association IEEE has announced the launch of the IEEE eLearning Library. The IEEE eLearning Library is composed of nearly 200 short, online courses in core and emerging technologies. Each course was developed and peer-reviewed by subject experts and awards continuing education units (CEU) or professional development hours (PDH) upon successful completion.

IEEE eLearning Library courses can be viewed in the IEEE Xplore digital library and accessed via the IEEE Learning Management System (LMS). The IEEE LMS allows users to keep track of their courses and progress, and then print earned continuing education certificates. Users can choose between introductory, intermediate and advanced levels for many subjects, learn on their own schedule, and resume a course where they left off at any time.

Courses range from one to three hours in length and include notes, a glossary of terms and a post-test. Topics range from smart grid and biometrics to telecommunications and green engineering.

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NetLearning unveils version 8.0 of learning management system for healthcare sector
- 11 Aug 2010

NetLearning, a US-based provider of online courses and e-learning software for healthcare workers and hospital administrators, has released version 8.0 of its learning management system (LMS) platform. Built in ASP.net/Microsoft SQL Server architecture, the NetLearning LMS was reportedly designed and refined by healthcare professionals to ensure maximum efficiency when managing, tracking and reporting on staff development, training and compliance.

NetLearning, part of Cengage Learning, partnered with current and prospective clients to gather user feedback during key phases of development through to the pilot programme. As a result, the new version is claimed to include more platform flexibility to customise dashboards, reports and enrollments to better allow for tracking of training activity. NetLearning's LMS platform offers integration with HR systems, sending information on grades and course completion dates to automate payroll, scheduling, merit raises and other performance initiatives as determined by the administrator. In addition, e-commerce capabilities have been built into the new version, allowing healthcare facilities to sell courses to staff, community volunteers or suppliers.

Features of NetLearning LMS version 8.0 include NetManagerPlus, which delegates administrative privileges to the department level; ACT, an accelerated training assessment feature that enables facilities to set up curriculum pre-assessment to test and evaluate the knowledge of users before mandatory training begins; and Minute Mandatories, which lets employees due for recertification to take mandatory courses in just six minutes.

The tool also features Accreditation Assurance, which offers accreditation audit support; myNetLearning, a customisable student interface; and Web 2.0 functionalities.

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XanEdu launches iPad publishing programme for Educators
- 26 Jul 2010

CoursePacks and custom textbooks provider XanEdu Publishing Inc, US, has launched an iPad publishing programme. The move, conducted in concert with several major institutions in North America and Harvard Business School Publishing, is expected to allow students and instructors greater flexibility in accessing course materials.

Instructors will use the XanEdu CoursePack Management System to publish materials that students will then be able to access on an iPad. This capability is in addition to being fully integrated into popular learning management systems on campus. XanEdu's iPad platform also enables students to take and share notes for a more collaborative, engaging learning experience.

The launch of XanEdu's iPad coursepack publishing programme is the beginning of the deliverables phase of the company's recent strategic technology plan. Over the next three months, XanEdu will also launch a new website that includes enhanced publishing features.

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NetLearning revamps website with online catalogue and demos
- 08 Jul 2010

E-learning solutions provider NetLearning, part of Cengage Learning, US, has launched an updated, easy-to-navigate website which provides users with streamlined information on products, courseware and services for their individual facility's needs.

The new site provides detailed information on NetLearning's online courses and products, including a searchable courseware catalogue and a video demonstration of its healthcare compliance course offerings. These courses can be used by clinical and non-clinical employees at healthcare facilities, such as hospitals, nursing homes and home healthcare agencies.

Designed to be a useful resource for current as well as future customers, the redesigned site offers an interactive map to help prospective customers find the local sales representative for their area. Additionally, the site's navigation system has been upgraded to make accessing key resources simpler and faster.

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McGraw-Hill Education unveils new K-12 digital partnerships and products
- 29 Jun 2010

Education materials publisher McGraw-Hill Education, US, has announced a series of new technology-based partnerships and products that are projected to enhance the company's line of digital K-12 education solutions. These were presented at the ongoing International Society for Technology in Education's annual conference in Denver.

The company has selected M&A Technology, a Texas-based company, to manufacture and distribute a device based on the Intel-powered convertible classmate PC reference design. The device - McGraw-Hill Companion Touch - seeks to combine Intel Learning Series' technology, designed specifically for the elementary school classroom, with McGraw-Hill's educational content. This collaboration offers school districts the flexibility to choose from a variety of options including total digital solutions or hybrid models consisting of print and digital components. Through McGraw-Hill's expanded collaboration with Intel and the new partnership with M&A Technology, school districts can expect to offer students instruction that is engaging, individualised and personalised.

The first McGraw-Hill Education programmes optimised for this device are LEAD21, an elementary literacy programme designed to reach a new generation of readers; and CINCH Mathematics, a digital K-6 math curriculum that uses interactive whiteboard teaching and online capabilities. Both programmes were developed in conjunction with McGraw-Hill's Center for Digital Innovation.

CTB/McGraw-Hill has expanded its alliance with Promethean, a provider of interactive learning technology. Through the alliance, Promethean will provide its ActivExpression Learner Response Devices ('clickers') for CTB's Acuity UnWired solution. ActivExpression Learner Response Devices are wireless transmitters that allow students to take assessments using remote "clickers" instead of pencils and paper or computer terminals.

McGraw-Hill has also announced a new collaboration with Learn360, an interactive media-on-demand service for the K-12 education market, which will link McGraw-Hill's educational content to media-rich assets designed to engage students. Students will be able to navigate directly from McGraw-Hill's online content to relevant multimedia resources that have been specially selected by the publisher.

In addition, the company announced the launch of ConnectED, an online resource centre that allows educators to easily access and navigate the digital versions of McGraw-Hill Education programmes their district has purchased. Through ConnectED, educators can find resources aligned with their programmes. This includes interactive online teachers' editions, assessments, ancillaries and activities, as well as tools like lesson planners and the ability to search curriculum standards to locate digital assets aligned to the standards. Additionally, students can use ConnectED to access both instructional and assessment activities.

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McGraw-Hill Education launches new title, 'Managerial Accounting'
- 21 May 2010

Education materials publisher McGraw-Hill Education, US, has released a new title, Managerial Accounting by Stacey Whitecotton, Robert Libby and Fred Phillips. The title is projected to present accounting in the context of real and recognisable companies like Starbucks, Mattel and Tombstone Pizza. By showing students how accounting is tied to business decisions in companies that are a part of their everyday lives, Managerial Accounting seeks to engage them and help them connect what they learn in the course to the real world.

Offered with a range of digital resources, including the McGraw-Hill Connect teaching and learning platform, Managerial Accounting is expected to give teachers the support they need and prepare students for 21st century business careers. Each chapter focuses on a recognisable business and uses the company's decisions and outcomes to convey managerial accounting principles. Providing such a real-world context is seen to give students a familiar framework they can relate to and diminishes the anxiety that many students bring to accounting courses.

Managerial Accounting is offered with Connect Accounting, a research-based, interactive assignment and assessment platform that allows instructors to create and deliver online, auto-graded homework assignments, quizzes and tests. The online platform is based on McGraw-Hill's ongoing research of professors' instructional processes and students' study habits. Students using Managerial Accounting can study on the go by downloading audio and video content directly to their iPod or iPhone and take learning materials with them wherever they go.

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eSpindle to offer lexical data under SaaS model
- 19 May 2010

Online tutoring service provider eSpindle Learning, US, has announced that it will offer its 150,000 word resource, claimed to be one of the largest available online, via the ‘Subscription as a Service’ (SaaS) model. With this initiative, it is expected that offering audio, images, usage examples and related lexical data to a web audience will no longer require expensive, up-front licensing agreements.

The organisation has been licensing data for years, and has appointed a new manager to focus on expanding its SaaS subscriber base. In some cases, data feeds have even been donated, such as audio support for the popular study site www.FreeRice.com.

SaaS allows subscribing domains to link to the full data set and pay only for actual user clicks. Licensing fees are only due when users request audio, images, or related content from eSpindle's servers, and the overall expenditure is much lower than a static license, which is usually issued on an annual basis. The concept is expected to be cost-effective even for high-traffic sites, and especially valuable for smaller and medium-sized domains. No long-term contract is needed, and the data is easily integrated.

The service is a side-product of eSpindle Learning's online vocabulary and spelling coaching programme, www.LearnThatWord.org.

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Open University and partners develop new software to help students and universities manage academic references
- 18 May 2010

The Open University and its partners have developed a free software to help students and universities manage academic references more easily. Funded by JISC, and made in collaboration with RefWorks, MyReferences is part of the Technology Enhanced Learning supporting students to achieve Academic Rigour (TELSTAR) project.

The MyReferences software integrates tools from the widely-used RefWorks reference management software into the Moodle virtual learning environment which is used in academic institutions across the UK to support online learning. The open source software allows any institution to freely download, tailor to their needs and integrate into their own learning environments.

A number of general referencing tools are already available to students. MyReferences takes the usability of these tools a step further by integrating them into online courses so the materials students commonly need to reference are already available in the format they need. Students simply select the sources they need to reference, the referencing style their institution requires and then copy and paste the result into their assignment.

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Carnegie Mellon's ChemCollective website receives science prize for online resources in education
- 30 Apr 2010

Carnegie Mellon University has announced that its ChemCollective website has received the Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE). The award, sponsored by Science magazine, recognises outstanding freely available online materials that enrich science education.

The ChemCollective website (www.chemcollective.org), developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, seeks to provide chemistry instructors with access to virtual lab and scenario-based learning activities. It gives introductory level chemistry students the opportunity to participate in activities that go beyond traditional textbook problems, allowing them to engage with chemistry in a way that more closely resembles the activities of practicing chemists.

Associate Professor of Chemistry David Yaron and his team, made up of software engineers, undergraduate programmers and educational consultants, began developing the resources used in the ChemCollective in 2000, and the site was launched in its current format in 2004. Last year, more than 100,000 experiments were performed on the website and the software was downloaded more than 25,000 times for use on local computers. Many instructors have submitted their own materials to the site to be shared among users. Of the 117 labs currently available on the site, 56 have been contributed by 11 different groups from the user community.

Science magazine announces one recipient of the SPORE award each month throughout the year, publishing an essay on each programme. The essay on the ChemCollective appears in the April 30 issue. Co-authors of the essay include Carnegie Mellon's David Yaron, Michael Karabinos and alumnus Donovan Lange, along with James G. Greeno and Gaea Leinhardt from the University of Pittsburgh.

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McGraw-Hill, Intel collaborate to bring personalised digital learning experience to elementary classrooms
- 27 Apr 2010

Education materials publisher McGraw-Hill Education, US, has announced a collaboration with Intel. The combination of McGraw-Hill's educational content with Intel Learning Series technology specifically designed for the elementary school classroom creates a personalised learning experience for students. For schools, this collaboration offers the flexibility to choose from a variety of options including total digital solutions or hybrid models consisting of print and digital components.

The first McGraw-Hill Education programme optimised specifically for the new Intel-powered convertible classmate PC reference design is LEAD21, an all-new elementary school literacy programme designed to reach a new generation of readers. LEAD21 offers students and teachers full print, digital and professional development resources. Through this collaboration with Intel, LEAD21 offers integrated content and hardware solutions as well. The programme provides every learner with easy access to digital tools, such as an Online Coach, ePractice activities and more, which help students manage and extend their own learning. In the coming months, McGraw-Hill also plans to introduce additional programmes and software created to work specifically with the classmate PC.

The new Intel-powered convertible classmate PC reference design is based on extensive ethnographic research with students and teachers, catering to how students learn and how teaching is evolving in the classroom. The new design combines aesthetics with ruggedness, full PC functionality with enhanced e-reading capabilities and improved performance with energy efficiency. The two companies have conducted pilots over the last year to test how students and teachers engage with technology during classroom instruction and plan to continue ethnographic research to guide their efforts.

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Science education expert Page Keeley joins McGraw-Hill Education editorial team
- 13 Apr 2010

Education materials publisher McGraw-Hill Education’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Learning Solutions Center has announced that Page Keeley, senior program director at the Maine Mathematics and Science Association, will be joining as a contributing author for K-12 science.

An active member of the science education community for over 25 years, Keeley brings a wealth of knowledge in K-12 and higher education. Her experience in developing effective assessment strategies, including formative assessment probes that uncover students' ideas and ways of reasoning about common science topics, can serve as an effective tool to help teachers build a bridge between students' initial ideas and scientific ones.

Keeley, the retiring president of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), is well known for her leadership and dedication to quality science instruction and learning. Since 1996, she has been employed at the Maine Mathematics and Science Association, focusing on programme design, leadership, professional development, and development of publications that link state and national standards to research on learning.

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Cambridge University Press in alliance to develop tools for digital content in education
- 13 Apr 2010

Cambridge University Press (CUP), Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs and Abilene Christian University have announced a joint research project to develop tools to deliver educational content via mobile devices. The three organisations have been analysing what it means to read, write and publish in the learning space in the digital age. The three-year research project extends collaboration that has been underway for almost a full year as all sides worked to understand the impact of new technologies. Just as the advent of printing transformed education, the new generation of digital devices and the access they enable are also projected to be transformative.

The new tools will be based on a core set of software prototypes the three parties are developing. They plan to stimulate insight by presenting users with a diverse range of content – images, text, audio and video – all on the same device, engaging users with serendipitous access to information. These tools will support a level of personalisation and customisation deemed necessary for effective learning.

In developing the programme, the three parties expect to play complementary roles. Bell Labs will conduct technical research and develop the prototypes while CUP will provide content, detail service requirements and validate integration. Abilene Christian University will evaluate user requirements, conduct technical experiments and validate usage patterns and results with a base of on-campus users.

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Pearson releases latest version of student information management tool, Chancery SMS
- 07 Apr 2010

Education and education technology services provider Pearson, US, has announced the release of version 7.3 of Chancery SMS, its student information management tool. The latest release is stated to include various features, including a new Academic Planner tool to help counselors track students’ progress toward graduation. Chancery SMS is claimed to provide student information management for some of the largest school districts in the US.

It has been observed that while the American School Counselor Association (www.schoolcounselor.org) recommends a student to school counselor ratio of 250-to-1, today schools have a national average of 467 students assigned to each counselor. Given all of the possible curricular paths student can take, ensuring they are always making progress toward graduation can become a challenging task, it is noted. With Academic Planner, Chancery SMS is expected to significantly reduce the manual effort required to monitor each student’s status toward meeting graduation requirements.

Academic Planner tracks the courses each student has completed and automatically determines which graduation requirement area each completed course satisfies. Priorities and rules within the Academic Planner are managed by each district, ensuring that complexities such as the number of times a course credit can be awarded are considered. Students can be put on different graduation tracks at any point, and the system will automatically reassign course credits based on the defined rules for that track.

Other new features and enhancements offered in Chancery SMS 7.3 include an enhanced student search results grid that provides users with immediate access to select records, regardless of district size or search complexity. The New Counselor Base Role and Home Page seek to help users define specific counselor roles. Counselors have their own home page, as well as a way to quickly access students specifically assigned to them. Also, users can save a dynamic search list, which is useful for frequently run searches. Chancery SMS is also projected to include full access to the most recent documentation directly from the Chancery SMS interface. Full-text search, extensive hyperlinking, and personal bookmarks are claimed to make it fast and easy for users to find the information they are seeking.

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Pearson’s CourseConnect selected as 2010 SIIA CODiE Awards finalist
- 06 Apr 2010

Education, technology and services provider Pearson, US, has announced that its CourseConnect solution has been selected as a finalist in the 2010 Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards. CourseConnect is a library of customisable online courses with recommended course descriptions, syllabi, lessons containing rich media, graphics and interactivities, discussion questions and assessment banks.

CourseConnect delivers instruction and assessment, innovative instructor tools, and best-selling, class-tested textbooks - all essential components for directly affecting student retention and results. Pearson has 13 education finalists in the CODiE Awards this year. In addition to CourseConnect, Pearson products moving on to the next round of competition are the Mastering Platform, MathXL for School, MyCourse, MyMathLab, MyWritingLab, myWorld Geography, Miller & Levine Biology Digital Path, Pearson LearningStudio, Prentice Hall Literature Online (PHLitOnline) and PowerSchool.

Established in 1986, the CODiE Awards celebrate outstanding achievement across the software, digital information and education technology industries. The comprehensive review process of nominated products included intense scrutiny by subject matter experts, education industry analysts, journalists and specialists in the implementation of education technology.

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Cengage Learning names Cindy Cook as Chief Marketing Officer of Academic and Professional Group
- 01 Apr 2010

Teaching, learning and research solutions provider Cengage Learning, US, has announced the appointment of Cindy Cook as Chief Marketing Officer of the company's Academic and Professional Group. Cindy will join the company on April 5, 2010.

In her new position, Cindy will be responsible for accelerating company growth and digital transformation through aggressive marketing of the company's products, services and solutions. She has a strong background in digital media and more than 20 years of expertise in global consumer products, including significant marketing leadership roles.

Cindy most recently served as Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer at Vivendi Games, creator of some of the industry's largest and most profitable games, where she ran marketing operations and was directly accountable for the mobile and casual games divisions. She also drove strategy and was part of the senior management team that led a successful merger with Activision to create the world's largest videogame publisher, Activision Blizzard.

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Drexel University launches Post-Master's Library & Information Science Specialist Programs
- 29 Mar 2010

Internet-based distance education programmes provider Drexel University Online, US, has increased its continuing education options for librarians through four new post-master’s Library and Information Science Specialist Programs from The iSchool at Drexel. The Competitive Intelligence and Knowledge Management, Archival Studies, Digital Libraries and Youth Services programs build upon Drexel’s master’s in Library and Information Science. Students can learn anytime and anywhere with 24/7 online access to class materials, group discussion, instructor feedback and exams.

The post-master's specialist program in Competitive Intelligence and Knowledge Management focuses on identifying and satisfying information needs to support critical activities in special libraries, corporate libraries, and other organisational settings. The post-master’s specialist program in Archival Studies seeks to meet the needs of students who want to gain the skills necessary to work with archival records and papers in all formats.

The post-master's specialist program in Digital Libraries prepares professionals to work with digital library systems, digital resources, collections and services in a variety of settings, including academic, public and special libraries. Courses focus on designing digital library interfaces, organising and accessing digital collections, and using appropriate and cutting-edge technologies. The Youth Services program focuses on the information needs of children and teens and on the design and provision of information services to meet those needs.

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McGraw-Hill Professional launches online resource for physical therapy students and educators
- 24 Mar 2010

Scientific and medical information resources provider McGraw-Hill Professional, US, has launched AccessPhysiotherapy (http://www.accessphysiotherapy.com), an online resource for physical therapy (PT) students and educators. The product is the latest in McGraw-Hill's suite of Access-branded digital learning platforms for medical students and physicians.

AccessPhysiotherapy provides searchable, full-text access to eleven McGraw-Hill physical therapy and internal medicine titles. These include Orthopaedic Examination, Evaluation, and Intervention; Imaging in Rehabilitation; and Pharmacology for the Physical Therapist. AccessPhysiotherapy also offers curricular management tracking tools and tests, interactive imaging content, more than 80 videos, an exclusive series of neurology lectures, and image banks. Bringing together content from across McGraw-Hill Education, the resource includes Anatomy and Physiology Revealed, a cadaver dissection tool that offers users an unparalleled ability to explore the body and its systems. In the coming months, the site will also feature videos from Clinical Sports Medicine, a DVD developed by McGraw-Hill Australia for the critically-acclaimed textbook by the same name.

AccessPhysiotherapy features the innovative Custom Curriculum, an online tool that educators can use to assign, manage, and track the progress of student assignments. For programme directors, AccessPhysiotherapy represents a significant step forward in curriculum development and design, offering detailed assignment monitoring, student assessment tests and tools, and student progress reports, as well as an ability to share assignment designs with other programmes. The Custom Curriculum allows PT students to view available topics from their programme director, as well as their own individual progress by activity.

Other features include a drug database providing critical information on medication; over 1,200 self-assessment questions; a My AccessPT feature that allows users to save their own libraries of images; and full Bibliography and Reference areas. Like other Access products, new content will be added to the site monthly, with additional titles and videos to follow later in the year.

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McGraw-Hill makes 95% of higher education titles available in digital format
- 22 Mar 2010

Education materials publisher McGraw-Hill Education, US, has announced that it is currently offering digital versions of 95 percent of its current higher education titles. All of the company’s content for elementary school and secondary school is available in digital form. McGraw-Hill's line of digital, interactive programmes for the higher education market includes McGraw-Hill Connect – an assignment and assessment platform that seeks to individualise lesson plans for students while incorporating material found outside conventional textbooks.

The digital versions of McGraw-Hill textbooks are available through CourseSmart, an e-book retailer that allows students to purchase top higher educational content and view it on a laptop computer, iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. CourseSmart offers search capabilities, highlighting, note-taking features and online access. Additionally, McGraw-Hill is continuing to form partnerships with many e-book reader platforms and device makers including Amazon Kindle, enTourage Systems, Follett/CafeScribe, MBS/xPlana, VitalSource Technologies and ScrollMotion.

In the wake of economic challenges, many educational institutions in the US are observed to be turning toward digital solutions to provide flexible learning options. Some states have reportedly gone a step further by setting a deadline for a complete digital transition. For instance, a new California state law requires that all textbooks used in public and private postsecondary institutions be made available digitally by the year 2020. McGraw-Hill is aiming to meet this requirement 10 years ahead of schedule.

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McGraw-Hill’ Access-branded digital learning platforms to be distributed in China
- 19 Mar 2010

Scientific and medical information resources provider McGraw-Hill Professional, US, has announced that its suite of Access-branded digital learning platforms - including AccessMedicine, AccessScience and AccessEngineering - will be offered for the first time to Chinese students, educators, and researchers. The move is the result of a new distribution initiative recently announced by McGraw-Hill Professional in New York.

McGraw-Hill will use the platform of the Chinese Education and Research Network (CERNET) to offer the Access platforms to Chinese universities. These platforms, being sold for the first time ever in China, cover six vertical specialties and sub-specialties in medicine including AccessMedicine, AccessSurgery, AccessEmergency Medicine, AccessAnesthesiology, AccessPharmacy, and AccessPhysiotherapy. Other digital platforms being offered are AccessEngineering and AccessScience.

These digital platforms incorporate the content of some of the leading textbooks in medicine, science, and engineering, including, Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine - the bestselling medical textbook in the world - as well as Schwartz's Principles of Surgery, Perry's Chemical Engineers' Handbook, and the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology. In addition, all of the platforms feature rich multimedia such as video and animations. Four of the 12 platforms include custom curriculum tools enabling professors to design course reading and learning, as well as testing and assessment.

Distribution of McGraw-Hill Professional's Access platforms in China is effective immediately, with sales to university libraries and research facilities led by McGraw-Hill Beijing in partnership with digital products distributor iGroup. The Access platforms are offered as subscriptions with continuous updates and upgrades to the product throughout the year.

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Elsevier launches interactive digital learning platform, Pageburst
- 28 Jan 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of Pageburst, an interactive digital learning platform for Elsevier health science education content. The Pageburst platform is designed specifically for students of nursing and health profession in North America, who require anytime/anywhere access to course material and utilise texts as reference guides throughout their careers.

Pageburst is built upon easy-to-use and recognisable software tools that allow painless implementation and support for health science educators, students and practitioners seeking superior teaching, learning and clinical outcomes. The platform enables users to master course content quickly and easily by working with their entire collection of Elsevier health science titles in text, video and audio formats and by collaborating online with faculty and classmates within the context of the content.

Accessible offline or online through Elsevier’s Evolve portal, Pageburst is Elsevier’s new platform for accessing a much wider array of features and functionality for its digital textbooks. Fully integrated collaboration tools within Pageburst will help students gain and share knowledge through personal learning networks that connect students, instructors, and user groups directly from within the content. Both students and instructors can embed notes and links directly into textbook content. Additional features include interactive quizzes and activities that can be submitted to an instructor’s virtual grade book.

Pageburst is web-based, so it can be accessed anytime, on any device with a supported web browser. Students can also download their content to their desktop or laptop computers to study offline. More than 550 of Elsevier’s most-used book titles are available on the platform, including Potter’s Fundamentals of Nursing, Chabner’s Language of Medicine, and Lewis's Medical Surgical Nursing.

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