Qualcomm Incorporated today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has taken a further step towards the vision of demonstrating how technology innovations can help address some of the challenges the education sector faces, by completing the acquisition of EmpoweredU, a pioneer in the development of an intuitive, mobile-centric cloud-based learning environment that is both device and operating system agnostic. The integration of EmpoweredU, with other education initiatives within Qualcomm, will allow Qualcomm Technologies to accelerate mobile innovation and 24/7 learning into education providing institutions, students and parents access to best-in-class education tools.
“From the Company’s long involvement in the education space, including nearly 40 education projects funded by the Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™ initiative since 2007, we’ve learned that providing students with 24/7 access to their peers, teachers and learning materials can dramatically improve learning outcomes,” said Steve Sprigg, senior vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “However, the digital divide continues to widen as there has not yet been a viable solution to address the gaps for those students without 24/7 access. Qualcomm has a long-standing focus and passion on the role of technology in education, and we are committed to driving the ecosystem forward with mobile-centric solutions like the EmpoweredU learning environment.”
Through EmpoweredU, K-20 students can be engaged and connected whenever, wherever. The environment is designed so students can access and learn anywhere with wireless connectivity, anytime, across multiple operating systems via a consistent user interface across web and mobile devices. Synchronized content and offline access to course materials combine with real-time mobile learner analytics so that instructors can access up-to-the-minute information to understand student and class performance, and can adjust the curriculum accordingly.
“The EmpoweredU environment was built on the idea that students can benefit from a more intuitive, mobile friendly student interface, learner analytics, simplified content creation and hosting,” said Steve Poizner, CEO, EmpoweredU. “We are excited to bring the EmpoweredU environment to augment the Qualcomm education strategy and goal of enabling the mobile education ecosystem and bridging the digital divide.”
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