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Noodle Launches Lifelong Learning Platform

Online education company Noodle has introduced a new platform to help universities engage their students in lifelong learning programs. Case Western Reserve University, Columbia Business School and the University of Michigan have already signed on to use the platform, which enables institutions to offer online courses, certificates and other non-degree learning opportunities in a university-branded environment supported by Noodle's suite of tools and services.

The platform provides a Noodle-powered microsite where institutions can share their own content along with content from other universities. Students can tap into AI-powered recommendations as well as resources such as teaching assistants and counselors. In addition, students can collaborate on finding courses as well as consuming course content, via tools like chat/video messenger and group news reels.

The cost to universities is 15 to 35 percent of tuition revenues, which Noodle says is a fraction of the typical 50 to 65 percent charged by other platforms.

"Against the backdrop of soaring demand for online and lifelong learning, the University of Michigan is serving the people of Michigan and the world by inspiring change in higher education and reinforcing an engaged and informed society. The world needs leaders who are problem-solvers and problem-solvers need social learning communities and perpetual learning opportunities," commented James DeVaney, associate vice provost for Academic Innovation and founding executive director at the University of Michigan's Center for Academic Innovation, in a statement. "We are excited to join Noodle to launch their new platform and build upon our shared commitment to increasing access to high-quality, social, lifelong, and global learning opportunities, and positioning higher education institutions for long-term sustainability and impact."

The platform is scheduled to launch in early 2022. For more information, visit the Noodle site.

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Rhea Kelly is editor in chief for Campus Technology, THE Journal, and Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected].

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