The reason for Arizona’s growth in EdTech is not only due to our early entry in this sector. It’s also driven by the need for alternative platforms for learning. All our state’s for-profit, nonprofit and community-driven EdTech organizations are capitalizing on the need to support a broader and more diverse audience by harnessing the reach of the internet and technical innovation.
Under the transformational educational agreement, the independent nonprofit Arizona corporation, The University of Arizona Global Campus will acquire the assets of Ashford University from Zovio. The acquisition will allow Global Campus to fulfill its vision to expand access for nontraditional and underrepresented students to flexible, affordable, high-quality higher education opportunities that will allow students to achieve their academic and career goals.
Mobile technology companies interested in bridging the digital divide in central Phoenix are being sought to design a private intranet connecting the city’s most vulnerable students to their classrooms with high-speed broadband connections. Deadline to submit your request for proposal is November 24.
No doubt many of you have had a front row seat to the importance of technology when it comes to learning. Make that distance learning as our homes have become our classrooms and offices while we adjust to an unprecedented period in our society. Whether your children have Zoomed to connect with their teachers and schoolmates or you have turned to webinars as alternatives to flying somewhere for training in person, we all are getting a taste of the state of education technology.
With a a focus on being a leading education technology services company, Chandler-based Zovio’s vision is to provide a full range supporting two partners: both universities and corporations. Even in the midst of a pandemic, Zovio hired more than 200 employees and is getting close to 500 employees in the area. They fulfill a variety of duties, including learner support, enrollment support and data analytics for marketing.
Online learning has become the new normal, and Arizona EdTech entrepreneurs have responded in kind. They’re showcasing how students, educators and academic institutions are adapting—and even thriving—amid a global pandemic. Arizona’s EdTech companies have pioneered new pathways to learning beyond the traditional classrooms, expanding access to students and families and unlocking technology solutions for educators and institutions.
In early 2020, education technology companies recognized students and schools desperately needed solutions fast. What was a lot more like crisis remote learning rather than comprehensive online learning, Tempe-based Picmonic, Chandler-based StrongMind and Scottsdale-based Adaptive Curriculum rose to the challenges that were facing our educators in Arizona and across the country to support education.
Arizona is fortunate to have an outstanding combination of a pro-technology government, regulations promoting growth and innovation, a low cost of living, a better quality of life and great research universities compared to other traditional tech hubs. These factors make our state a wonderful place to launch a startup, test new technology and grow a business. The influx of innovation is surging, and the nation’s technology industry is paying attention.