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Knerd Dispatch

// an update from Knewton

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A note from David: Pearson MyLab with Knewton Adaptive Learning

Knewton CEO Jose on "Unlocking Education"

Welcome to three new Knerds

A note from David: Pearson MyLab with Knewton Adaptive Learning

This summer was an exciting one for all of us here at Knewton.


Late last year, we announced a strategic partnership with Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, to create a new wave of adaptive education products.


I’m proud to announce that on August 1, we launched the first Pearson MyLab with Knewton Adaptive Learning title. Since then, we’ve rolled out 68 additional titles, in high-stakes subjects including reading, economics, writing, and math.

This partnership is important for a number of reasons. It increases the reach and usage of our core adaptive technology and data analytics capabilities dramatically, giving more students than ever before access to continuously personalized learning experiences.


The data we receive from students and instructors using the platform will help us continue to improve our recommendation engine for both current and future users. Furthermore, with Knewton adaptive learning, Pearson MyLab — already the world’s most successful digital education product — becomes even more effective.


As of today, over 125,000 students at close to 3,000 schools are using Knewton-powered Pearson MyLab products. In a little over a month, the Knewton Adaptive Learning PlatformTM has sent more than one million sets of recommendations to these students.


Our scale is increasing by the day. In the next three months, the number of students on our platform will grow from 125,000 to 650,000, and we'll provide tens of millions more personalized recommendations. 


In addition to our partnership with Pearson, we continue to make steady progress on our open platform API, which will allow us to provide our adaptive learning technology to even more people. Stay tuned for future developments on both fronts, and if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.


-David Liu, Knewton COO

Knewton CEO Jose on "Unlocking Education"

The World Economic Forum recently appointed Knewton Founder and CEO Jose Ferreira to its Global Agenda Council on Education and Skills. Watch Jose's vision for the future of education in this video on the WEF site. 

Welcome to three new Knerds

Three new people joined the Knewton team in August: software engineers Shawn and Ferdi, and adaptive instruction analyst Vishal. We're still looking for engineers, data scientists, and others to join our team. See all openings or enter cheat mode

Web-based, real-time data monitoring

In our latest tech blog post, a Knewton intern discusses how she developed a web-based interface to display in real-time the data Knewton receives from Pearson students across the country. 


Edtech pick of the month

Another month, another awesome edtech startup. September's selection: 



What they do: 


Grace our inboxes every Wednesday with pithy edtech news and commentary. And now they have a website too! 


Why we like them:


Did we mention pithy? EdSurge is journalism at its best — week after week, their team's passion for edtech shows in their thorough, honest reporting.

On our radar: recent edtech buzz

"The tech-driven classroom is here, but grades are mixed" (Forbes) 


"Media companies, seeing profit slip, push into education" (NY Times) 


"How Coursera, a free online education service, will school us all" (Fast Company)


"The future is now, and has been for years" (The Chronicle of Higher Education) 

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