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May 09, 2013

Wiley and Snapwiz to bring Adaptive Learning Technology to WileyPlus

Hoboken, NJ

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWa, JWb), and Snapwiz, a Fremont CA based company that specializes in adaptive and personalized learning solutions, announce the launch of WileyPLUS with ORION, the initial offering to come out of a new partnership aimed at giving students highly personalized experiences that improve learning outcomes and go further to creating adaptive, collaborative, and interactive learning spaces than anything currently on the market.

The first in a suite of new learning products, WileyPLUS with ORION integrates Snapwiz’s adaptive learning engine with WileyPLUS, a research-based online learning environment, with learning, practice, and assessment capabilities, enabling each learner’s experience to be uniquely adapted to his or her unique strengths and needs.  WileyPLUS is already offered with more than 300 Wiley titles, is used by over 2 million users in more than 20 countries, and has been proven to improve outcomes.

WileyPLUS with ORION expands WileyPLUS’s proven ability to improve learning outcomes, providing students with a personal, adaptive learning experience so they can build their proficiency on topics and use their study time most effectively. Snapwiz’s platform helps students navigate through their studies with a state-of-the-art user interface, highlighting both strengths and the areas where they need to invest more time,” said Joe Heider, Senior Vice President, Global Education. “WileyPLUS with ORION employs data gathered from individual student usage to inform instructors of students’ performance and proficiency, adjust course content, and provide a tailored learning experience.” 

Wiley and Snapwiz are continuing to work together to develop new products and services that will result in superior learning experience for students.  “Using the Snapwiz platform, Wiley can now launch courses with a unique blend of adaptive, collaborative, and interactive learning features that are designed to increase student engagement, retention, and success,” explained Madhu Narasa, CEO of Snapwiz.  Wiley and Snapwiz intend to use the aggregated data to gain insights into student learning behaviors and further enhance the offering.  The companies plan to offer role-based performance and proficiency analytics to encourage “ownership of learning” and predictive recommendations at the author, student, faculty, and institution level.  Also on the road map is the development of collaborative learning tools that encourage peer-to-peer discussion and social participation analytics to encourage participation and preparedness. 

Launching this summer for use in fall 2013, WileyPLUS with ORION will be included at no extra cost to students using WileyPLUS across some of Wiley’s leading titles in disciplines such as Introduction to Business, Introduction to Psychology, Financial Accounting and Anatomy and Physiology.  

Students begin by taking a quick, chapter-level diagnostic to determine their baseline proficiency. Based on the results of their diagnostic and ongoing practice, WileyPLUS with ORION will present students with questions appropriate for their current level of understanding, and will continuously adapt to each student, helping them build their proficiency. WileyPLUS with ORIONdelivers individualized notifications and reports to help guide students in using their time most effectively.  All content is tied to a specific learning objective and each interaction is tracked, measured, and used to help improve productivity, support retention and lead to greater student confidence.  Instructors have access to dashboard reporting on student/class usage and overall class proficiency, including detailed views of productivity and metacognition. The questions used for the adaptive practice are numerous and are not found in the WileyPLUS assignment area.

 

About Snapwiz

Snapwiz is a cloud-based learning platform that delivers the best personalized learning experience to every individual student. It is the only learning platform that combines interactive authoring tools and context-aware social learning with adaptive technology. The platform features extensible widgets to transform passive text content into highly interactive online learning assets, a context-aware learning network that connects students and faculty for an engaging learning experience and machine learning models to dynamically adapt to student preferences and goals by analyzing learning assets, activity history and student interaction data. Snapwiz works in close partnership with publishers to deliver engaging and personalized eBooks and courses. Snapwiz is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area with offices in Bangalore, India. Snapwiz is backed by Primera Capital. The Company's website can be accessed at http://www.snapwiz.com.

 

About Wiley
Wiley is a global provider of content-enabled solutions that improve outcomes in research, education, and professional practice. Our core businesses produce scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, reference works, books, database services, and advertising; professional books, subscription products, certification and training services and online applications; and education content and services including integrated online teaching and learning resources for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners.

Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWa, JWb), has been a valued source of information and understanding for more than 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations. Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 450 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, and Peace. Wiley's global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company's website can be accessed at http://www.wiley.com.

 

About Wiley Global Education

Wiley Global Education provides personalized content, tools, and services that deliver demonstrable results to students and faculty at two- and four-year colleges and universities, for-profit career colleges, and advanced-placement classes globally, as well as secondary schools in Australia.  In addition to its print and digital textbooks programs, the company offers a variety of cost-effective, flexible print and digital solutions, including customizable solutions and WileyPLUS, a research-based, online environment for effective teaching and learning.