DESIGN-AS-A-SERVICE: Learning-design platform Smart Sparrow introduced a service to help higher-ed institutions create digital courseware. Its Learning Design Studio gives faculty access to Smart Sparrow’s team of designers and engineers, which will work alongside faculty to help them implement their visions.
The Sydney and San Francisco-based company says its studio will empower educators by working alongside them to implement their vision, instead of providing prepackaged course software that they have little control over. “Our Studio was established to help educators design the courses they want for the digital era,” Dror Ben-Naim, founder and CEO of Smart Sparrow said in a press release. “In the past, technology has demanded that academics adhere to its limitations. Now, we’re reversing the trend by putting academics in control.”
Smart Sparrow has previously partnered with colleges and universities on classes like “BioBeyond,” an exploration-based introductory science course for non-science majors. With the new studio offering, Smart Sparrow provides a more direct pathway for faculty to design learning experiences for their students.