Engageli comes out of stealth with $14.5M and a new approach to teaching by video remotely

Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet have become standard tools for teachers who have had to run lessons remotely since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. But they’re not apps necessarily designed for classrooms, and that fact has opened a gap in the market for those looking to build something more fit to the purpose.

Today, a startup called Engageli is coming out of stealth with an app that it believes fills that need. A video conferencing tool designed from the ground up as a digital learning platform, with its own unique take on virtual classrooms, Engageli is aiming first at higher education, and it is launching with $14.5 million in seed funding from Benchmark and others.

If that sounds like a large seed round for a startup that is still only in pilot mode (you can contact the company by email to apply to join the pilot), it might

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Report argues for student focused approach to improving higher education outcomes

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Heideveld shelter takes holistic approach to educate and uplift vulnerable women



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The Heideveld-based organisation first opened its doors in 2006 and has helped hundreds of women and children who have been victims of domestic abuse.

Nuraan Osman, the director at Ihata Shelter, says the organisation facilitates a range of interventions to help uplift women and children in the community.

There is a specific 90-day programme for abused women who live at the shelter, which involves coaching, therapy and skills development.

The shelter also runs a youth development academy for vulnerable teenagers in the community as well as a perpetrators intervention programme for men.

In addition, the shelter has an on-site early childhood development centre (ECD) and aftercare programme to support the cognitive development of young kids.

Osman says the organisation takes a holistic approach to building an improved society free of gender-based violence.

“Gender-based violence does not exist in

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How To Approach Organization Design In Higher Education

Peter Brodie is an Organisation Design Consultant, Sales Coach and Founder of the BYS Group.

Universities in the United Kingdom and around the world are adjusting to the changes in demographics, information technology, society and, of course, the coronavirus pandemic. As I see it, the higher education sector is facing its most challenging times. Academic organizations are struggling to preserve, never mind improve, their efficiency, effectiveness and economic performance.

In my experience as an organization design consultant, I’ve found there are many approaches to improving performance, such as lean scrum teams and process redesign. These techniques can be successful and produce a series of small incremental improvements over a long duration. There are situations that many universities face today, however, that require substantial increases in productivity and sizable cost reductions in the space of weeks. The question is what needs to change to make it possible? In order to

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These Parents Are Suing Los Angeles Unified Over Its Approach To Distance Learning: LAist

Los Angeles Unified closed its campuses in March to slow the spread of COVID-19. Since then, it’s been educating students online through distance learning. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)

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Nine parents of Los Angeles Unified students are filing a class action lawsuit against the state’s largest school district over how it handles distance learning, arguing the district’s online offerings fall short and violate their children’s right to an education.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit include Black and Latino parents, parents of students with special needs, and parents of students learning English.

Surveys of parents and the district’s own data have shown that students in these groups, in particular, have struggled with distance learning.

“It was a really hard time for the spring for [my

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The Future of Education: ThePowerMBA Approach

Education has been undergoing a sea change since the first intrepid entrepreneurs and educators began exploring the possibilities of online learning. 

Covid-19, of course, has accelerated the online education trend exponentially. There isn’t a single student, parent or teacher in 2020 who isn’t aware that education is markedly different now than it was even seven months ago. 

But because of the extreme visibility of this particular change, most of us who are not entrenched in the education space may have missed some that are actually more consequential, and much more long-term. 

  • A shift toward more democratized, accessible higher education. 

  • Cultural and workplace changes in terms of what types of educational experiences are most valued. 

There are plenty other changes occurring, but these are the ones I’ll be focusing on here. 

The shift toward more democratized, accessible higher education 

The traditional MBA program–with the attendant student debt that most students must

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