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5 questions you need to ask before building an assessment tool

How to be confident that you’re making the right decisions for your learning product.

by Seán Kenehan Associate Editor
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High product standards begin with strong design principles

Creating strong core design principles plays an essential part in maintaining high product and user experience standards.

by Andy Warboys Design Lead
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Engineering
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“Accessibility shouldn’t be a separate consideration”

Learnosity's Adam Bextream talks process, priorities, and his hopes for the future of accessibility and inclusive design.

by Micheál Heffernan Senior Editor
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Strategy
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Not Invented Here Syndrome explained

Not Invented Here Syndrome is an unwillingness to engage ideas that aren't your own. Here's how that stunts innovation in every industry – including edtech.

by Seán Kenehan Associate Editor
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People & Culture
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Core company values are lived rather than chosen

As a business grows, scaling the company culture can be a tricky thing to get right. But having strong core values makes it far easier.

by Kirsteen Eydmann Director of Business Operations
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Learning & Development
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Standing still or stepping forward: A tale of two companies

Low-risk strategies can put companies at a competitive disadvantage, says Learnosity’s VP of business development Ben Dawe.

by Ben Dawe VP of Business Development
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Learning & Development
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Student engagement: Can education find its focus in a world of distractions?

With digital distractions aplenty, it's becoming increasingly difficult to keep students engaged with learning, but technology can be used to serve education too.

by Micheál Heffernan Senior Editor
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Learning & Development
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The workplace skills that will survive the AI revolution

The AI revolution isn’t the end of the line for employees: it’s a chance for them to evolve and develop workplace skills that will endure.

by Micheál Heffernan Senior Editor
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Learning & Development
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An introvert in a digital world: How technology is empowering the quieter half

Many learners, creatives, entrepreneurs, and thinkers are introverts by nature, and the digital age is finally giving them a chance to shine.

by Adelina Sarkisyan Research Analyst
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People & Culture
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Donating today to help the innovators of tomorrow

"Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance."

by Micheál Heffernan Senior Editor
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Learning & Development
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Want to foster greater diversity in the workplace? Start with how you assess candidates

The drive toward greater workforce diversity is part of the battle for talent and another reason why employee assessment needs to evolve. In the Internet’s…

by Micheál Heffernan Senior Editor
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Updates & Product Tips
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Why GDPR is an opportunity to move forward

How does a company whose product is used by clients with millions of users go about ensuring GDPR compliance?

by Micheál Heffernan Senior Editor
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Learning & Development
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Professor Mahnaz Moallem on the role of assessment (part two)

The second installment of our two-part interview with Mahnaz Moallem, Professor of Instructional Technology at UNCW.

by Adelina Sarkisyan Research Analyst
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Learning & Development
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Professor Mahnaz Moallem on rethinking assessment

Part one of our two-part interview with Mahnaz Moallem, Professor of Instructional Technology at UNCW.

by Adelina Sarkisyan Research Analyst
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Learning & Development
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How technology can help overcome test anxiety

Test anxiety has a negative impact on genuine learning, but technology can help conquer it. Sometimes it takes a challenge to bring out the best in…

by Micheál Heffernan Senior Editor
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Learning & Development
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Invisible women: Female absences and misconceptions in STEM (infographic)

In the male-dominated STEM disciplines, the influence of women has largely gone unacknowledged. But the facts suggest that lack of female participation may be influenced…

by Niamh Casey
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Learning & Development
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Storytelling in STEM – can changing the narrative (finally) give girls a voice?

The absence of story in STEM is often cited as a reason for a lack of female participation, but it's time we look more closely at the…

by Adelina Sarkisyan Research Analyst
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Learning & Development
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Accessibility in edtech: Your questions answered by industry leaders

Your accessibility questions answered by industry experts. As education technologists, it's our responsibility to provide students with the services they need to fulfill their potential. On…

by Niamh Casey
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Learning & Development
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Change anxiety: Is your brain holding you back?

Facing something new presents us with a choice between taking shelter and taking charge. Recently, Slate magazine ran a piece in which a married couple…

by Micheál Heffernan Senior Editor
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Strategy
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Want long-term product success? Be careful what you build

Technology hasn’t just enabled greater communication and access to information for all, it’s also created amazing opportunities for product developers – if they’re willing to…

by Gavin Cooney
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Design
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How designing for accessibility can improve product usability

Accessibility and usability ultimately share the same goal – to make products or services easy to use for everyone. The Internet can be a powerful…

by Micheál Heffernan Senior Editor
Principles
Learning & Development
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The ‘digital divide’ is evolving – will we ever catch up?

With a technological revolution upon us, how do we navigate the digital divide without falling over the edge? Just over 500 years ago, the invention…

by Adelina Sarkisyan Research Analyst
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Engineering
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The pros, cons, and future of education testing software

Innovations in technology have changed the face of modern living. Can educational testing software do the same for learning? Education testing software is changing the…

by Niamh Casey
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Learning & Development
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What is a content authoring tool?

What are the capabilities of today's content authoring tools? As online education and e-learning continue to grow and advance, you may have noticed that you're…

by Niamh Casey
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Partnerships
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Collaboration is edtech’s evolutionary advantage

We launched the Learnosity Partner Network less than a year ago. It’s since grown into a dynamic community that includes content experts as well as tech…

by Micheál Heffernan Senior Editor
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Learning & Development
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Want more women in STEM? Bring STEM into the experience of girlhood

To understand the lack of female participation in STEM disciplines we need to examine why girls feel shut out. “I was taught the way of…

by Adelina Sarkisyan Research Analyst
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Strategy
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To build a better learning product, focus on simplicity first

The best elearning products don’t try to offer more functions and features than everyone else. They embrace simplicity and focus on providing better solutions to…

by Gavin Cooney
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Learning & Development
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Today’s most powerful educational testing tools

Today's students are encouraged to actively engage with the material, exercising their higher-order thinking skills and problem-solving capabilities. The history of educational testing tools Today,…

by Niamh Casey
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Learning & Development
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6 ways online testing software can enhance education

To illustrate technology’s potential in education, here’s a list of 6 ways that online testing software can help modernize school assessments.

by Micheál Heffernan Senior Editor
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Learning & Development
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Could data decide the fate Of higher education?

The collection of data is a sensitive issue for many, but the potential benefits for learners are considerable – as seen in the corporate sector.…

by Micheál Heffernan Senior Editor
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Learning & Development
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Common Core Item types: All you need to know

Hearing about the Common Core Item Types but not sure what they are all about? We've put together your guide to understanding where the Common…

by Niamh Casey
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Updates & Product Tips
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Assessment software: The differentiating factors

When deciding which assessment software to use, what separates one from the next? Your organization is building a unique, engaging learning platform. While learning content…

by Niamh Casey
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Learning & Development
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Under the microscope: The Next Generation Science Standards

The what, the how, and the why of the Next Generation Science Standards. There is a growing sense of anxiety among educators that learners are…

by Micheál Heffernan Senior Editor
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Updates & Product Tips
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What’s new in assessment authoring software?

Analyzing your organization's assessment authoring software. As online learning platforms advance and improve, numerous new features are available to content experts, publishers, and teachers. From…

by Niamh Casey
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Design
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Accessibility in education helps create better opportunities for learners

If learning materials are not accessible to learners, then learners' abilities won't be accessible to educators. Education should be challenging for all learners. If it…

by Micheál Heffernan Senior Editor
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Design
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Web accessibility concepts 101 for the visually impaired: screen readers

Our goal is to make websites more accessible to those who have difficulty using the web, particularly those with visual impairments. Imagine the scene: You're…

by Niamh Casey
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Learning & Development
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5 Considerations when choosing an assessment platform

Weighing up your options when selecting an assessment platforms comes down to 5 key things... Choosing an online assessment platform can be a difficult decision.…

by Niamh Casey
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Learning & Development
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The gathering storm: Student data security in the Digital Age

How can student data security be guaranteed when faced with a threat that can neither be detected nor predicted? In the not-too-distant past, banks represented…

by Micheál Heffernan Senior Editor
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Learning & Development
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Survive or thrive? Investment, insight, and the future of higher education

The future of higher education will not depend on how much investment there is, but on where it goes. It's a worrying time for institutes…

by Micheál Heffernan Senior Editor
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Strategy
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Why tech integration should be part of your product development strategy

Knowing when to leverage others' technologies lets you focus on building a better core offering for your customers. The English poet John Donne once wrote…

by Micheál Heffernan Senior Editor
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Learning & Development
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Seeking a new direction – the future of the multiple choice question

Where does the multiple choice question go from here? Multiple choice tests have been a staple of learner evaluation for a century. Even as technology…

by Micheál Heffernan Senior Editor
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Learning & Development
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Why has digital assessment failed to move beyond the MCQ test?

Assessment in the Digital Age has not advanced much beyond assessment in the Industrial Age – but why? The phonograph changed music forever. Recitals and…

by Micheál Heffernan Senior Editor
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Engineering
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Programmers at work: What kind of lazy are you?

Good programmers always aim to reduce their workload. But it’s got nothing to do with laziness. Larry Wall once said that there are three virtues…

by Niamh Casey
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Learning & Development
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How cowboys made me rethink literate practices in the Digital Age

Cognitive development in young learners is about quality communication as well as quality content. I’ve been involved in my son Phoenix’s literacy development since he…

by Ben Dawe VP of Business Development
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Learning & Development
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Where we are: The state of STEM in the US [Infographic]

Is STEM education in the US failing us? PISA math scores in the US are on a downward trend, with 2015 seeing an 11-point drop…

by Niamh Casey
Principles
Learning & Development
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Are competencies more important than credentials in the modern Workplace?

As college enrollments decline, have skills become more valuable to employers than credentials? “From almost any individual’s perspective,” wrote David Leonhardt for the New York Times in…

by Micheál Heffernan Senior Editor
Principles
Updates & Product Tips
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Birthday musings: Why company growth isn’t just about the numbers

“Youth ends when egotism does; maturity begins when one lives for others.” – Hermann Hesse, Gertrude On our tenth birthday we realized that age is…

by Micheál Heffernan Senior Editor
Principles
Engineering
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Everything you need to know about the API economy

The API economy is changing the world. But will it change edtech? True innovation transcends barriers such as time, place or culture. From prehistoric plows…

by Micheál Heffernan Senior Editor
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Learning & Development
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In corporate learning, standing still is the same as falling behind

Employees today are no longer learning so they can work; they are working so they can learn. It is difficult to weigh up the considerable…

by Micheál Heffernan Senior Editor
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Learning & Development
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Why edtech should be about enriching learners, not investors

As the edtech market continues to grow apace, when does choice simply become confusion? Most journalism on the topic of edtech tends to fall neatly…

by Micheál Heffernan Senior Editor
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Learning & Development
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Exploring wonders is part of the magic of science

Science and magic may have more in common than you think. It might seem odd to us today, but there once was a time when…

by Micheál Heffernan Senior Editor
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Learning & Development
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Why assessment matters: A look at the thinking behind testing

Just why exactly does assessment matter so much to your grey matter? When it comes to the brain, there’s a general tendency to mythologize its…

by Micheál Heffernan Senior Editor
Principles
Learning & Development
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4 emerging trends in corporate eLearning

The last few years in education technology have shown one thing: eLearning is growing faster than ever, with the biggest investments going directly to higher…

by Niamh Casey
Principles
Strategy
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Build vs Buy – how core is the feature?

This is the second post in our Build vs Buy series where we discuss the Learnosity team's approach to the age old build vs buy…

by Rachel Murray
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Strategy
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How cost factors into the Build vs Buy debate

The classic build vs buy dilemma; whether to build your application from scratch in-house or whether to license the technology from a specialist vendor has…

by Rachel Murray