Partnerships & Acquisitions 11/10/2017

November 10, 2017 | Volume 48, Number 22

Online education provider K12 Inc. (Herndon, VA) in October partnered with Southern New Hampshire University to launch a Master’s Graduate Degree in Online Teaching for kindergarten through 12th grade. The customized, competency-based graduate degree program will initially be available to K12 educators and the company’s partner school employees. Over time, SNHU will offer the program directly to teachers around the country. The SNHU partnership will also create professional development programs for K12 and partner school boards’ teaching staff, including a series of stackable training modules and micro credentials developed to update and strengthen teacher skills.

Learning management provider Instructure (Salt Lake City) is partnering with educational software provider EvoText (Burlington, MA) to integrate Instructure’s Canvas learning platform with the Ogment curriculum creation and management system. Ogment customers who use Canvas can access its lesson editor, assignment manager, classroom management, and progress monitoring through Canvas using single sign-on. Rostering syncs in both directions, and assignments made in Ogment are pushed to Canvas, with both teachers and students able to see those assignments on their respective Canvas dashboards.

Carnegie Math Pathways, a program from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (Stanford, CA) to support math remediation in community colleges, is becoming part of the WestEd (San Francisco) education research and development agency. The Carnegie Math Pathways program includes two alternative standards-based math sequences called Statway and Quantway, which allow students to enroll directly into college-level math with built-in remediation of necessary math skills. Carnegie Math Pathways served more than 10,000 students in 2016, and in 2017 more than 70 institutions in 17 states are offering Statway and/or Quantway. The partnership comes to accommodate the growth of Pathways as WestEd’s experience and relationships in the field will enable further growth, while Carnegie will continue to play a role in the daily operations of Math Pathways through the ongoing partnership.

Ohio University is partnering with Top Hat (Toronto, ON, Canada), provider of a cloud-based teaching platform for higher education, to expand student access to open educational resources. Faculty at the Athens, OH, university, which has 36,000 students, will be able to author interactive content, create interactive homework, develop and administer tests, and discover new course content in the Top Hat Marketplace.

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