|By PR Newswire||
|March 4, 2013 11:53 PM EST||
DALLAS, March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- LoudCloud Systems continues to dive deeper into learning analytics with the launch of the latest version of their behavioral learning platform on Friday, March 1.
According to CEO Manoj Kutty, "LoudCloud 3.5 offers significant innovation along our four focus areas – behavioral analytics, task centric design, social collaboration and content personalization. We have built over 50 new features to improve student retention and performance, instructional effectiveness and content delivery. With this release, LoudCloud further differentiates itself from other learning platform providers."
LoudCloud 3.5 offers tight integrations with several third-party content providers and platforms, including YouTube, Khan Academy and Quizlet which allow students, teachers, and course administrators to search for and easily embed relevant supplemental content into baseline course materials without leaving the platform.
On Feb 27, LoudCloud received IMS Global's LTI v1.0 certification. Dr. Rob Abel, Chief Executive Officer of IMS, said, "IMS is very pleased with LoudCloud achieving LTI certification as a tool consumer. By incorporating LTI integration LoudCloud will enable a more seamless experience for their customers across a wide range of integration scenarios."
A consistent player in the online education realm, LoudCloud's latest innovation offers an open catalog feature that allows institutions to consumerize courses and offer them directly to the general public. With this ability to self-publish MOOCs, universities can capitalize on their existing curriculum without going through open courseware providers like Coursera, Udacity and Udemy.
Integrated throughout the teaching and learning platforms is an intricate system of alerts and notifications that Kutty identifies as a key differentiator for LoudCloud. "We probably have the most comprehensive alerts and notifications system that allows teachers and students to set a variety of benchmark outcomes and trigger points," he says.
With configurable notifications, students and teachers can use performance-based criteria to set pre-defined thresholds and receive alerts when performance falls beneath these levels, ensuring just-in-time intervention to remediate at-risk behaviors.
Two further innovations can be seen in the adaptive e-reader, LoudBooksTM. An improved curation engine profiles learners based on their learning styles, matches them with pre-evaluated course materials and recommends additional personalized content tailored to each learner's unique needs and behaviors.
A brand new "I Don't Get This" feature allows students to "raise-a-hand" in real-time. Students can tag content they do not understand and access help immediately by initiating connections with their peers, mentors and teachers. Students and teachers can instantly create collaborative communities around assigned content and shared interests.
LoudCloud will be at the SXSW Education conference Mar 4 through Mar 7 as an inBloom connected partner. Harish Joshy, COO, and Carolyn Wiberg, Evangelist, Emerging Products, will be presenting Tuesday, Mar 5, from 2- 4pm CT.
LoudCloud was founded in 2010 to develop and deliver disruptive technologies and solutions in higher education. Through dynamic technology and innovation, it was soon leading the charge in transformative K-12 software. The company is growing rapidly and partnering with forward-looking institutions and school districts to positively shape teaching and learning in the 21st century. Learn more at www.loudcloudsystems.com.
SOURCE LoudCloud Systems