Tuesday, Jan 05, 2016

World's Education Thought-Leaders Congregate In Philadephia For The 'Oscars Of Higher Education'

London, 8th December 2015: Today sees the culmination of the 2nd annual Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education conference, taking place in Philadelphia. Last night, the awards ceremony, billed as the Oscars of Higher Education, awarded some of the world’s most innovative new projects designed to improve pedagogy and/or employability, with the overall winner receiving a $50,000 prize.

The Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education conference has brought some of the world’s most influential educational figures, companies, and universities to Philadelphia. Over 300 delegates have congregated in Philadelphia to discuss innovation in higher education, consider ways to improve pedagogy and employability, and reward the best projects that aim to do so.

As the world sees a constantly-shifting educational landscape, the conference is providing a forum for intensive, dynamic discussion into the best ways to use technology for improved educational and economic outcomes.

Among the attendees are William Rankin, Director of Learning at Apple; Jaime Casap, Chief Education Evangelist at Google, Caroline Howard, Senior Editor at Forbes, and Sean Coughlan, Education Correspondent at BBC News. Representatives from Australia’s University of Sydney, the University of Philadelphia, Imperial College Business School, and Harvard’s Continuing Education and University Extension program are all in attendance. They are being joined by key industry leaders and thought leaders alongside those from Apple and Google.

Over 150 projects were submitted this year, aiming to win prizes in fourteen highly-contested categories. The overall prize, worth $25,000 each to the winners, was shared between Osmosis and Kaizena. Ben Sowter, Director of the QS Intelligence Unit and one of this year’s judges, said of Kaizena:

“Kaizena has revolutionized (or productized as they call it) feedback. The Kaizena system blends teacher and peer feedback, personalizes it, rationalizes it, lowers the burden of providing good feedback for the teacher and heightens the precision of received feedback for the student. Not only that, but it enables both groups to track and analyse the nature of the feedback they are giving and receiving – enabling the teacher to modify their lessons if they find themselves giving too many students the same kind of feedback, and students to more quickly identify development areas. And it’s cool.”

Of Osmosis, he says: “Osmosis is an innovative platform which leverages the reality of varied learning styles to help “diffuse” medical knowledge into the minds of its users. Osmosis plugs into your class schedule and automatically recommends supporting materials, videos, flashcards, relevant papers and memory triggers through its online platforms and mobile apps to support and secure your learning. In short, it makes our doctors better, faster. And is already being used by tens of thousands of students. What could be more important than that?”

The event has been hosted at three locations near the University of Pennsylvania, and has been sponsored by the Wharton School – the Business School at the university. Other leading sponsors include the SEI Centre for Advanced Studies in Management, and the Awards Dinner has been sponsored by IELTS. More information about the conference can be found here. Those wishing to put their own institution or company forward for the chance to win $50,000 by creating the best Edtech innovation for 2016 can apply from the spring by going to http://www.reimagine-education.com/ and finding out more.


SMU-X was one of the short-listed projects under one of the 'Nuturing Employability' Category.


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