How Tech Companies Can Help Achieve Your Goals

SkillsCommons’ technology partner network provides a “preferred provider” status for technology companies that have experience rebranding, customizing, and revising OER program and instructional materials to align and accelerate the capabilities of higher education, industry, and third-party intermediaries to deliver quality programs with a signature look.

Working with Technology Companies can help:

  • Make content better – more engaging, interactive, aesthetically appealing, easy to navigate, more usable, easy to redistribute and adopt, and any other way that can accelerate student learning.
  • Make content more inter-operable and readily adoptable for use in delivery channels such as a learning management system, virtual classroom, mobile delivery etc.  Makeovers can repackage content for more reliable/effective integration into multiple platforms.
  • Make content more readily accessible (e.g. section 508 compliant) to different audiences.  The makeover needs to reflect Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles. All SkillsCommons Makeover Partners must provide a VPAT (when appropriate).
  • Enable users to use and/or create free and open educational resources with Creative Commons licenses easily.
  • Showcase how the makeover could be more sustainable, benefiting faculty, students, institutions, and industries.

Tech Companies Participating in SkillsCommons Makeovers

Blackboard

Blackboard

Contact
David Jero
Strategic Account Executive
Phone: 925-705-5525
Email: david.jero@Blackboard.com
Web: www.blackboard.com

Organize a wide range of educational content into a course of study that is easy for both students and faculty.

Makeover: A catalog of content different file types into a curriculum for teaching and learning.


Course Networking

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Contact

Ali Jafari, CEO
Email: ali@coursenetworking.com
Phone: 317 – 797-8667
Web: www.thecn.com

Organize OER in an open and free learning management platform modelled after social media and engagement technologies to deliver a course of study that is easy for both students and faculty.

Makeover: Explore the TAACCCT funded Teacher Academy Online Course in the free and open Course Networking platform. Receive a certificate of completion after fulfilling all the requirements.


Focus Eduvation

Focus Eduvation

Contact
Vik Aurora
VP – Strategic Partnerships
Phone: 781-376-6922
Web: www.focuseduvation.com

A custom e-Learning solutions provider of services for industry verticals.

Makeover: Applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Principles


LearningMate – FROST

LearningMate

Contact
Jason Fields
Director, Higher Education Sales
Phone: 614-975-4611
Email: jason.fields@learningmate.com
Web: www.learningmate.com/frost

Design a course using content found in the SkillsCommons repository by enhancing content capabilities, improving the look and layout, and aligning various assets to keyword and metadata to facilitate high-volume authoring.

Makeover: Creating Content Using SkillsCommons


Microburst Learning

Microburst Learning

Contact
Rebecca Bazzle
Creative Director
Phone: 803-719-5073
Email: r.bazzle@microburstlearning.com
Web: www.microburstlearning.org

Partner to create highly interactive approaches for professional and technical development.

Makeover: Create customized, engaging, and interactive online lessons such as the Jumpstart to Successful Instruction Course.


Monarch Media, Inc.

Monarch Media

Contact
406 Mission St., Suite J
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: 831-457-4414
Email: info@monarchmedia.com 
Web: www.monarchmedia.com

Partner for inspired and innovative learning and improvement solutions. Learn more about how you can Enhance Your SkillsCommons OER Content with Monarch Media.

Makeover: Developing an interactive self-paced lesson


Odigia

Odigia

Contact
Cecil Banhan
SVP of Sales and Partnerships
Phone: (813) 260-0754
Email: cecil.banhan@odigia.com
Web: www.odigia.com

Odigia transforms teaching and learning by removing the barriers associated with the one-size-fits-all model of education. Odigia empowers institutions, publishers, and employers to create engaging courses that drive a collaborative learning experience, leading to successful learner engagement and outcomes.


ReadSpeaker

Read Speaker

Contact
Paul B. Kim
Business Development Manager
Phone: (214) 504-5283
Email: paul.kim@readspeaker.com
Web : www.readspeaker.com

Add text-to-speech capabilities to any webpage

Makeover: Word Doc Lesson to an Interactive Lesson


SoftChalk

Soft Chalk

Contact
Phone: 877-638-2425
Email: learnmore@softchalk.com
Web: www.softchalk.com

Easy to use authoring and publishing services for academic teaching and learning materials.

Makeover: Word Doc Lesson to an Interactive Lesson


Vital Source

Vital Source

Create a more accessible, usable, and interoperable ebook.
Makeover: Lengthy Word Document into an eBook

How Utilizing Tech Partnerships
Addresses FOA Requirements:

 Pre-established Partnerships

The customized portal and SkillCommons’ partner network can provide your higher education institutions, industry partners, and professional organizations easy access to the tools and resources to design and implement the required quality assurance processes.

 Proven Experience

The CSU-MERLOT Team has successfully supported a multitude of TAACCCT grantees and can bring their DOL-recognized strengths to your project.