DALLAS, Sept. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- LoudCloud Systems, provider of LoudCloud University Suite, a Higher Education Learning Management System (LMS), has been awarded the Instructional Improvement System (IIS) bid from Jefferson County School District, Colorado. The process to reach a final decision involved a detailed review of six prominent software contenders over several months, during which contenders had to demonstrate their product offerings and respond to district personnel inquiries from the Division of Instruction, Information Technology and Purchasing.
"LoudCloud's product was chosen because their technology is ahead of any other tool that we have seen," said Matt Cormier, executive director of education technology services. "LoudCloud Systems' IIS helps us achieve what will be a game-changer for education. It was obvious when we reviewed LoudCloud's product and staff that their commitment was to improve student achievement and provide the correct support for teachers and administrators."
In recent years, the Jeffco Public School District has invested significantly in technologies and tools to "capture" teacher-student engagement information. Using LoudCloud's powerful web 2.0 and analytics technologies, Jeffco will integrate and streamline these tools and mine the data to provide relevant information to "support" and "improve" teacher-student engagement. Dan Domagala, Chief Information Officer, Colorado Department of Education, applauds Jeffco for "not only taking bold steps towards Instructional Improvement technology, but for also working with the state and other districts in Colorado to share technical advancements and leverage best practices in education." He believes that "Jeffco's trailblazing in this area encourages others to follow suit, ultimately benefitting teachers and students across the state."
LoudCloud's IIS was architected around LoudAnalytics™, a core LoudCloud Systems' LMS module that measures student engagement, identifies at-risk learners, and tracks student outcomes in Higher Education. LoudCloud Systems' IIS will enable Jeffco to identify profiles and patterns of best practices – instructional strategies, content and teaching styles that match different student learning needs. Jeffco Superintendent Cindy Stevenson shared the district's goal "that students graduate prepared for continued learning and the demands of a 21st century competitive environment." She believes that "technology like this allows our teachers to work smarter and provide real-time instruction to add to a student's knowledge in the classroom."
"This selection is a validation of our pioneering work in collaborative instruction, adaptive learning and predictive analytics," said Manoj Kutty, CEO, LoudCloud Systems. "The Instructional Improvement System (IIS) is a paradigm shift in Education Technology. We look forward to working with Jeffco to adapt our technologies, and providing their stakeholders with the tools, data and support to manage and drive continuous instructional improvement."
About LoudCloud Systems
Founded in 2010, LoudCloud Systems is the innovative leader in the design and development of cloud-based ecosystems, and provider of Higher Education's Next Generation Learning Management System... The LoudCloud University Suite.
LoudCloud Systems is based in Dallas, Texas and has more than 50 years of experience in the education and technology industry. LoudCloud's Board of Directors and Advisory Board consist of pioneers in the education and technology industries and notable leaders from Stanford University, Grand Canyon University and Fortune 100 companies.
About the Jeffco Public School District
Jeffco Public Schools is the largest district in Colorado with 154 schools, 86,000 students and 12,000 employees. Many Jeffco schools are noted as Newsweek top 100 high schools, US News and World Report's Top High Schools and Washington Post's Top High Schools. Jeffco Schools had the 5th highest graduation rate in 2008 out of the 50 largest school districts in the nation. Students score above both the state and national averages on the ACT college entrance exam.
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