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CogBooks adaptive learning technology winning finalist in Next Generation Courseware Challenge.

2 Oct

CogBooks is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a winning finalist in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Courseware Challenge competition. This exciting competition is intended to support the best learning technology companies, learning media providers and education institutions in developing next generation courseware for US college students. The challenge set by the foundation is to deliver enhanced and innovative courseware to over 1 million students. To help achieve this goal, CogBooks has joined forces with NBC Learn, Arizona State University, Cambridge Assessment and fifteen major colleges and universities that between them represent over 1 million students.

This Courseware project forms part of a collaboration between CogBooks, ASU and NBC Learn entitled Project 100. The aim of Project 100 is to bring the highest quality courseware to US college students at affordable and accessible prices. We would like every student in the US to have access to the best learning resources and tools.

The high quality courseware will be underpinned by CogBooks’ industry-leading adaptive learning technology. The CogBooks platform applies a combination of research-led learning theory, advanced machine learning techniques and data analytics to provide a next generation learning tool for both students and teachers.

The whole learning experience will be designed in collaboration with ASU, drawing on their extensive experience in on-line learning, flipped classroom models and innovative teaching methods. NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC Universal News Group, will provide access to its vast collection of original videos and archival news stories. The NBC Learn videos will be combined with interactive learning activities, gaming and innovative assessment methods developed in collaboration with Cambridge Assessment to engage students in higher education.

“Students learn best when education is personalized to their needs and goals,” said Daniel Greenstein, director of Postsecondary Success at the foundation. “There is a growing body of evidence that courseware, when integrated effectively by faculty in instruction, can personalize learning at unprecedented scale potentially enabling all students — not just those who are able to attend the most elite, expensive colleges — to get the best and most effective education at a reasonable price.”

“Since 2008, the foundation has invested more than $60 million to accelerate the development of great courseware and worked with faculty to advance our understanding about how to use it well in support of undergraduate education,” Greenstein notes. “This latest round of investments represents our belief that a new generation of courseware is beginning to emerge with capabilities that will have tremendous benefits for students and faculty and enable colleges and universities to more effectively advance their educational missions.

“CogBooks’ goal is to help make the highest quality education accessible to as many people as possible.” says CogBooks CEO, Jim Thompson. “We believe that our science and research based approach to learning technology, combined with high quality instruction and teaching, is the best way to achieve this. The award from the foundation will accelerate our work, helping more and more students to access the next generation of on-line learning.” 

Notes to editors:
For more information, or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Lars Hyland,
larshyland@cogbooks.com
+447710999669

About Cogbooks
The CogBooks adaptive learning platform intelligently personalises learning for each student in real time in order to improve learning outcomes and retention. CogBooks is used widely by publishers and in post-secondary education and corporate training. We are engaged in a range of high profile on-line education projects in work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ufi Charitable Trust, OCR Exam Board and others. Our mature cloud-based technology can be used as a massive scale stand-alone on-line learning solution or integrated with our customers’ existing systems such as MOOCs or Learning Management Systems.

We are committed to advancing education through the application of research-led methods. CogBooks learning technology is based on a systematic, data-driven, approach that makes us an ideal partner for forward thinking educators and publishers.

To learn more about CogBooks learning technologies, please visit www.cogbooks.com or email info@cogbooks.com.

About NBC Learn
NBC Learn is the educational arm of NBC Universal News Group, dedicated to providing resources for students, teachers, and lifelong learners. The online resources NBC Learn has created for the education community leverage nearly 80 years of historic news coverage, documentary materials, and current news broadcasts. NBC Learn K-12 and NBC Learn Higher Education gives students and teachers access to thousands of video clips from the NBC News archives, including great historic moments–from the Great Depression to the Space Race to the latest current events. NBC Learn also offers primary source materials, lesson plans and classroom planning resources, and additional text and image resources from our content partners.

How to get 10 million learners by 2020?

15 Sep

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In this stunning talk Jeff Haywood outlines the University of Edinburgh’s current and future plans to reach 10 million learners by 2020, through:
-Adaptive learning
-MOOCs
-OOCs
-OER
-Online Masters
-Blend of online/campus

He explains that they have reached 800,000 learners already through MOOCs. “Love or hate them MOOCs have forced open a debate at policy level on digital education” and as he explains, they “touch learners much more than you might think”. The main point is that they are convinced that “courses can be run at surprisingly large scale” and that MOOCs have “accelerated a range of technological innovations”. But MOOCs are part of a wider strategy where, to meet and grow demand, they have to take online seriously, “Without technology this is undoable”. Watch the whole talk here or read a summary and analysis by CogBooks Director Donald Clark here.

New partnership between UK exam board OCR and adaptive learning platform Cogbooks to personalise first school Computing MOOC

29 Jul

Exam board OCR and adaptive learning experts Cogbooks confirmed today they are working together to add personalised adaptive learning to the pioneering Cambridge GCSE Computing MOOC. The partnership brings free of charge to UK secondary schools an exciting learning technology that is making headlines in US Higher Education.

Since its launch in 2013, over 100,000 users across the world have accessed the Cambridge GCSE Computing MOOC, developed by OCR in collaboration with Cambridge University Press and Raspberry Pi, and based on OCR’s GCSE Computing curriculum.

From September 2014, the addition of CogBooks adaptive technology will allow every student to progress through the MOOC in a way which suits their individual needs. CogBooks has pioneered the use of adaptive learning since 2003, and it was most highly rated in a recent report on adaptive learning commissioned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

CogBooks adaptive technology constantly analyses a student’s activities and then uses algorithms to recommend the most helpful next step for them. The ‘personalised’ Computing MOOC supports teachers by providing them with in depth analysis of each student’s progress and helps learners move at their own pace.

Liam Sammon, OCR’s Director of Education and Commercial Services, said: “This partnership will keep students and teachers at the heart of technology. We firmly believe that technology must be harnessed in the interests of education, and that by making the technology free, the reach is potentially massive. CogBooks is a high quality, innovative company that shares our vision and we are delighted to work with them.”

Jim Thompson, Chief Executive of Cogbooks and a Former Research Fellow in Physics at Cambridge University said: “OCR combines its long history in education with an incredibly forward-looking vision for supporting teachers and students in the 21st Century. CogBooks is excited to be part of that vision and we share OCR’s commitment to making the latest advances in learning technology available to a mass audience. CogBooks was founded with the aim of bringing scientific methods to on-line learning. We do this by creating learning experiences and technology based on sound research and providing teachers with the data to inform how they support their students.”

OCR was recently recognised in a DfE report (‘MOOCs: opportunities for their use in compulsory-age education’) as one of the few providers currently offering a MOOC for secondary age learners.

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For all press enquiries, please contact Rosie Applin: rosie.applin@ocr.org.uk / 01223 376491 or Sophie White: Sophie.white@ocr.org.uk / 01223 552767.

  1. In September 2014, a full curriculum of GCSE Computer Science content will be available in the enhanced MOOC using the CogBooks intelligent personalisation technology. Students can work through course materials at their own pace and receive automated support when they need extra help. At the same time, teachers will benefit from dashboards and in-depth reports to track the exact progress and capabilities of each student and target the most appropriate support for their class. The system is also suitable for working with ‘flipped classroom’ approaches to teaching and provides social learning support through integrated online forums and other features.

About OCR
OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA) is a leading UK awarding body, providing a wide range of qualifications to meet the needs of learners of all ages and abilities. OCR qualifications include AS/A Levels, GCSEs, Cambridge Nationals, Cambridge Technicals, Entry Level qualifications, and vocational qualifications in areas such as IT, business, languages, teaching/training, administration and secretarial skills.

Each year more than three million students gain OCR qualifications, which are offered by 13,000 centres including schools, sixth form colleges, FE colleges, training providers, voluntary organisations, local authorities, and businesses ranging from SMEs to multi-national organisations.

OCR is part of the Cambridge Assessment Group. www.ocr.org.uk.

Cambridge GCSE Computing Online (The Computing MOOC): http://www.cambridgegcsecomputing.org/

About Cogbooks
The CogBooks adaptive learning platform intelligently personalises learning for each student in real time in order to improve learning outcomes and retention. CogBooks is used widely by publishers and in post-secondary education and corporate training. We are engaged in a range of high profile on-line education projects in work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ufi Charitable Trust, OCR Exam Board and others. Our mature cloud-based technology can be used as a massive scale stand-alone on-line learning solution or integrated with our customers’ existing systems such as MOOCs or Learning Management Systems.

We are committed to advancing education through the application of research-led methods. CogBooks learning technology is based on a systematic, data-driven, approach that makes us an ideal partner for forward thinking educators and publishers.

To learn more about CogBooks learning technologies, please visit www.cogbooks.com or email info@cogbooks.com.

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