Todd Zipper, President and CEO of The Learning House, Inc. which has recently acquired Acatar, believes the time is ripe for a learning platform with this kind of carefully-designed power and adaptability.
“Most of the LMS systems currently used are not designed with the user experience in mind,” said Zipper. “They also aren’t compatible with devices like smartphones and tablets, creating a challenge for faculty and students to deliver and learn in an innovative way.”
Because Acatar is a learning environment, rather than an administrative system, it facilitates collaboration and participation among faculty and students in an interactive interface, across all types of devices. The data collected in the Acatar learning environment provides universities with continuous information about how faculty and students are using the platform—ultimately helping to identify areas for improvement.
Acatar has a strong client base, working with premier higher education institutions. It helped develop a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in thermodynamics for a professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering. Acatar was involved in course design, script writing, storyboard creation and video production. The 7-week-long MOOC had a completion rate of 20 percent – twice the national average. In addition, Acatar is assisting the faculty member as he takes the MOOC content and adapts it for a “flipped” version of Thermodynamics that will be offered on CMU’s campus.
Providing a virtual learning environment for higher education institutions to extend their reach while maintaining rigor and collaboration