Unizin, a consortium working toward advancing digital education, has acquired Courseload software, a program that consists of an eText reader platform and collaborative learning tools.
The Courseload platform enables the delivery of Open Educational Resources, teacher-generated course packages and publisher content to facilitate the teaching and learning in digitally-driven classrooms. The financial terms of the deal haven’t been made public.
“By acquiring Courseload and welcoming a number of its talented employees to Unizin, we instantly provide one of the best in class eText platforms to our Members,” Robin Littleworth, Chief Operating Officer at Unizin said. “We are absolutely thrilled.”
Courseload Engage, an online learning and collaboration tool, helps deliver textbook and other resources in digital form to students. Its most notable features include the ability to bookmark, search, highlight and annotate text as well as to integrate and share notes among learners.
The Austin-based Unizin was founded in 2014 and had a staff team of six people before the Courseload software acquisition. Steve Scott, CTO at Courseload, believes that the acquisition by Unizin will help the latter build upon Courseload’s mission to create rich learning experiences through digital course materials.
“We’re excited about aligning our two similar missions and continuing to provide innovative solutions. For Unizin Members, it will provide a complete path for faculty to create content, deliver it across a range of student-preferred devices and gain insights to improve instruction,” Robin Littleworth, Chief Operating Officer at Unizin said.
By adding Courseload’s employers and technology to Unizin, the latter will accelerate its university-funded efforts to facilitate digital learning and teaching.
Unizin is a consortium that was founded by the University of Michigan, the Ohio State University the University of Florida, Indiana University and several other academic institutions. Its goal is the creation of apps and digital tools that will replace learning management systems provided by other companies and education technology providers.
Indiana University was among the first universities to implement Courseload in a five-year long e-text project. Anastasia Morrone, Associate VP of Learning Technologies at the Indiana University, said:
“The acquisition of Courseload by Unizin is another important step in developing a learning ecosystem that is driven by faculty and learner needs. The inclusion of Courseload data will increase analytics capabilities and facilitate opportunities for faculty collaboration and content sharing across Unizin institutions.”
Unizin’s mission is to enhance learning success through a seamless and user-friendly digital learning environment.
Courseload’s mission is the support of schools, educators and learners during their transition from print to digital course material. Courseload is focused on reducing education’s cost and improving learning outcomes through innovative technology that brings together study tools and analytics.