ApprenNet Ready to Integrate with LMS


Jason Blanchard, developer, watching as people use ApprenNet.

We are excited to announce that we have integrated ApprenNet using Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI)! LTI integration allows ApprenNet to connect with other systems that support LTI, including, but not limited to, Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle and Desire2Learn. If an educator’s Learning Management System (LMS) supports LTI, then the educator will be able to directly access ApprenNet and its learning exercises through the LMS. This will avoid extra steps such as creating accounts, creating groups and enrolling educators or students. According to our developer Jason Blanchard, next on the checklist is to integrate grade data between LMS and ApprenNet and also combine the sign-in process, so once a student is signed on with LMS they are automatically signed into ApprenNet as well.

ApprenNet on LTI

University of the Sciences Takes ApprenNet to Scotland!


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Rodney Murray, Executive Director of the Office of Academic Technology at the University of the Sciences and Rondalyn Varney Whitney, developed curricula for allied health programs to 1) foster strong reasoning skills, 2) provide practices that create a reflective students, and 3) offer innovative approaches for the treatment of chronic health concerns.  Barriers to this include expanding class sizes, lack of in-class time available to model and stimulate meaningful peer-to-peer critique and limited instructor skills in the use of technology in the classroom.  Murray and Whitney used ApprenNet to help overcome those issues and create a meaningful learning environment.

Click here to see a presentation Murray and Whitney presented at the IAMSE conference in Scotland!   Click here to see Murray’s main talk on this topic.

Exciting stuff!

Advising Startups

Check out the teaser video from our latest MOOC – Advising Startups (Date TBA).  Run by LawMeets using our platform!

Technically Philly – 200+ People Sign Up for first law-focused MOOC


ApprenNet’s legal education platform, LawMeets®, opened registration for the first law-focused “massive open online course” (MOOC) – the Basics on Acquisition Agreements.  Within one week 200+ law students, attorneys, business professionals and more from around the world registered for the course which opens on October 23.  Click here to read more.

PADLA Lends a Helping Hand to ApprenNet

Screen shot 2013-08-08 at 11.25.33 AMAfter giving a five minute presentation on our latest education experiment, the first law-focused “massive open online course” (MOOC), we were fortunate to move from group to group full of thoughtful, problem solving Pennsylvania Distance Learning Association (PADLA) members and learn how we can better our platform.

Last year the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded our company, ApprenNet LLC, the first of a series of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants for our team to develop and test an innovative way to bring online learning to life.  With the funding, we created and piloted Meets.  Meets are three step learning exercises that involve learning by doing, learning from peers and learning from experts.  For example, a LawMeet® asks students to listen to a hypothetical client, research a solution and upload a video response acting out the role of the lawyer.  After grappling with the problem, students review pairs of responses, provide feedback and then vote on a preference.  Experts, i.e. the professor or practicing attorneys, then review and provide feedback to the top peer-rated responses and leave their own video responses.  Meet participants have access to all expert feedback and demonstrations.

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ApprenNet TechGirlz “Customer”

Twelve smart, inquisitive, curious TechGirlz gathered at Tech+Wise Group and taught ApprenNet a thing or two about their website design.  Lauren Schwartz, CEO and Founder of Tech+Wise, hosted and taught the most recent TechGirlz Workshop on User Experience.  After a phenomenal lesson defining design and teaching the importance of user interface and experience, the girls formed three design companies:  Green Paint, CANS Creative and Girls Website and Design (GWAD).  Next, Green Paint, CANS and GWAD were each tasked with learning about their customer – ApprenNet, conducting user tests, collaborating on next steps, organizing their ideas, creating mock-ups and presenting their designs to ApprenNet.

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National Law Journal announces our first law- focused MOOC

The National Law Journal announces the first law-focused “massive open online course” launched by ApprenNet’s legal education platform, LawMeets®.  Click here to read more.

US News & World Report – LawMeets® Gives Traditional Apprenticeships a Face Lift

US News & World Report gives a student perspective to the use of LawMeets® as a means to teach practical legal skills.  Click here to read more.

ApprenNet Partners with TFA to help launch TFA’s Social Innovation Award

TFA-logoWe’re proud to join Arbor Brothers and Dropbox and partner with Teach for America and help them launch the 2013 TFA Social Innovation Award.

About the Partners:

ApprenNet (co-founded by Emily Foote, Atlanta Corps 2002) believes that there is a smarter way to share ideas and learn. ApprenNet’s platform is powering the application process of Teach For America’s 2013 Social Innovation Award – enabling anyone with a game changing idea to let their voice be heard. ApprenNet believes in the power of bold ideas to change our world for the better.

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ABA Journal – LawMeets®: a Virtual Sandbox of Practical Legal Exercises

Screen shot 2013-08-08 at 10.15.31 AMThe ABA Journal reports that “students looking for real-world experience negotiating deals and counseling clients have a virtual sandbox thanks to a Drexel law professor whose innovative start-up [LawMeets®] has won backing from the National Science Foundation.”  Click here to read more.