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Designing the perfect lesson

A professor and former student at the University of Michigan have developed a new interactive platform that combines conventional learning materials with digital assessments and tools. The cloud-based platform, called Mynerva, allows instructors to customize lessons based on a system of “codices,” presenting material to students as they’re ready for it. Each codex can be built using various types of questions — such as multiple choice quizzes or auto-graded exercises — that students must answer before advancing to the next section. “I hope that Mynerva gives computational instructors the tools to be able to realize the kind of book they always wish they had, but didn’t know how to write,” said Raj Nadakuditi, a UM professor who co-created the tool. Read more on how it works.

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Low-code is big right now

As more businesses seek to automate their processes, the University of Texas at Dallas is launching a new course based on a “low-code” platform developed by the software company Appian, the company announced Wednesday. Using the company’s software, which allows users to manage tasks through a graphical interface and without a full understanding of a business process’ underlying code, students can learn skills like process orchestration, robotic process automation and intelligent document processing. The course is to be led by assistant professor Gaurav Shekhar in the university’s business school, and students who complete the course receive a certification from Appian, an early step toward a possible career in technology or business. Colin Wood has the details.

Career readiness startup gets funded

In a growing edtech sector, the career-readiness startup Upkey announced this week it’s closed $2.6 million in seed funding. The Chicago-based startup offers free career-readiness tools to high school and university students with what the company calls “individualized, self-paced support.” It helps students develop skills such as resume building, pitch development and interview preparation. The platform, which includes Purdue University and University of Central Florida among its 62 customers, also offers virtual classes and 8-week “master class” internships at universities and companies. The startup also advertises a career map function that can be customized based on the user’s goals. Colin has more.

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