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XanEdu Adds Lexile Framework for Reading and Writing to Higher Ed Literacy Suite
XanEdu, a digital content delivery
platform for higher education, has added
EdSphere to its suite of literacy products.
EdSphere is a reading, writing and vocabulary development platform based on
the Lexile Framework. It was created by
MetaMetrics, the company that developed the
Framework for Reading and
Framework for Writing, and the research behind those frameworks was
incorporated into the learning platform.
XanEdu is now a certified distributor of EdSphere and is targeting the
program at university and college students who need remedial work in reading and
writing. According to information on the XanEdu site, "EdSphere is best suited
for developmental or 100-level reading and/or writing classes."
EdSphere provides students with personalized,
self-directed learning activities. The software uses the Lexile scale to measure
students' progress in reading and writing and provides activities targeted to
the students' skill level. EdSphere's reporting suite also lets teachers "access
and monitor their students' reading practice, writing activities and vocabulary
development," according to information from MetaMetrics.
The reading skills development component of EdSphere lets students access
"millions of targeted articles across a wide range of topics," according to
MetaMetrics. The idea is to provide students with reading
material that is interesting and engaging to them and is also at the appropriate
Lexile reading level. Other EdSphere activities include paragraph editing, where
students can identify and correct errors in grammar, capitalization, spelling
and punctuation; timed writing, which provides writing prompts and then
instantly scores essays based on Lexile measures; and concept clues, which use
word association to teach new vocabulary.
Further information about EdSphere can be found on the
Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.