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.”
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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.
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.