In recent weeks, we’ve seen a multitude of resources being shared by the higher ed community, colleges and universities, and other educational providers related to moving to remote instruction. Below, we’ve aggregated a handful of the best of those articles, blogs, and presentations. Of course, there’s a lot more to teaching online than the information provided here, but we hope this is a good starting point. We also encourage those of you who have been through similar circumstances to share...
As colleges and universities continue to react and adapt to the impact of COVID-19, we have seen great examples of the learning community coming together to support faculty who must scramble to move their courses online. Soomo Learning, a provider of digital courseware, is unbundling the most popular video resources from our courseware to enable faculty to supplement their courses without needing to adopt new materials to finish out the term.
Along with each of you, we are continuously learning about and adapting to the increasing impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Our thoughts are with the communities and individuals affected by this global pandemic.
Sony/ATV has taken down our educational parody video Bad Romance: Women's Suffrage because we would not allow them to monetize it with an advertisement. As part of their copyright claims process, YouTube recently allowed Sony to place an ad on our video, and in an effort to defend the video and remove the ad, we’ve repeatedly appealed this claim on the basis of fair use provisions for parody works.
The parody video, with over 3 million views and an Emmy win in 2012 for Best Instructional Content, receives fan mail weekly and has inspired thousands of students to learn about how women got the vote. Since its release in 2012, Soomo has made the video available on YouTube for free, without ads, in hopes that teachers across America could engage students with the story of the women's suffrage movement and the passage of the 19th amendment. Help amplify our voice so that Sony/ATV sees the value in preserving this educational resource.
If you think this video should remain in place and ad-free, tweet @SonyATVMusicPub and let them know why you think they should #SaveBadRomance.
Soomo Learning has proposed a panel at SXSWedu to discuss how learning science and design thinking can improve graduation rates. Community support factors heavily into panel selection. And we need your help!
The panel features Bror Saxberg, Chief Learning Officer from Kaplan; Laura Malcolm, VP of Product Management for Civitas Learning; Timothy M. Renick, VP for Enrollment and Student Success and Vice Provost at Georgia State University; and David Lindrum, Founder and Instructional Designer at Soomo Learning. Vote here by September 4th!
Now students can take Soomo with them wherever they go! Our mobile app has been released for both Android and iOS. The Soomo app allows users to read and complete work in their webtexts either online or offline—and will sync answers automatically as soon as Internet access becomes available. Students can get started by clicking the Get the App button on the Tools menu in any webtext, where they’ll find instructions on how to pair a mobile device. To learn more about how it works, visit out Mobile Support FAQ page.
Edtech blogger Kristen Hicks wrote a story about Soomo for edCetera highlighting our work with Troy University.
"Ivan Merrit, Associate Dean, says the school especially likes the added flexibility the webtexts offer. 'You learn from the students what’s important, what’s too difficult, and where to keep the focus. It’s a great way in which our course will continually evolve.'"
Every semester we survey students about their experience using Soomo’s webtexts (incentivized by an iPad drawing). Student and professor feedback helps us prioritize new content and feature developments. Here's a summary of the feedback we received from Fall 2012 students using Central Ideas in American Government.
82% of students reported that the material was easy or moderately easy to read and understand.
48% of students said they liked using a webtext better than a paper text (28% had no preference).
Now, students can purchase a print-on-demand copy of the webtext through the Store menu inside the webtext.
“Bad Romance” Parody Video Claims Emmy for Higher Education Publisher
February 5, 2013 - (Press Release) - Asheville, NC - Soomo Publishing, a leading creator of digital resources for college courses, received the Emmy for Informational or Instructional Program at the 27th Annual MidSouth Emmy Awards. Soomo brought home the award for its music video “Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage.” The educational video parodies Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” while paying homage to Alice Paul and the generations of women who fought to give women the right to vote.