July 1, 2016 – Vallejo, CA

Lrnr has been chosen by Michelson Runway as one of five higher education startups to participate in the inaugural 2016 cohort. lrnr is an adaptive learning platform that uses OpenStax open educational resources (OER) to provide affordable learning solutions to higher education institutions, students, and faculty. Educators can customize the peer-reviewed courses to align with their syllabus and course learning outcomes, then both students and faculty can continually monitor learning progress.

In March, the Michelson 20MM Foundation and Runway Incubator launched the Michelson Runway Accelerator in San Francisco for pre-seed and seed-stage startups with the goal of solving critical issues in higher education, adult education, and career training.  

Approximately 200 companies applied to the inaugural 2016 cohort. As a social impact accelerator, Michelson Runway chose five companies that are using innovative technology to transform higher education both socially and economically; criteria for program participation includes the ability of the organization to improve student accessibility, affordability, and academic outcomes in higher education, especially for underrepresented students. In additional to Lrnr, the other four companies in the 2016 cohort include Motimatic, Pragya Systems, ReUp Education, and WorkAmerica.

Michelson Runway has provided a seed equity investment of at least $25,000, for a total of $225,000 to all five companies. In addition to connecting the edupreneurs with institutions and policymakers, members of the cohort also receive office space at Runway in downtown San Francisco, mentorship opportunities, and financial and legal support. Michelson Runway is also partnering with the learning assessment consultancy company, Designs for Learning, to design evidence-based research studies to measure the impact of course design on higher order thinking, communication, knowledge attainment, and other student learning outcomes.

The Lrnr platform currently hosts six courses available for adoption: Concepts of Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Economics, Sociology, and Psychology. Lrnr is the only completely integrated adaptive learning platform that matches course scope and sequence requirements, combining OpenStax publisher learning content, plus:

  • Lrnr’s 35+ interactivities, individualized assessments, student notes
  • Personalized pathways based on student cognition and retention
  • Instructor material, customizable courseware and assignments, and actionable analytics

More information about Lrnr is available on the company’s website at www.lrnfast.com.

PRESS CONTACT: Aravind Pochiraju – press@pochys.com

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