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Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Value of Thought Partnership

Education Technology Associates (ETA) and their unique student engagement & retention solution, Connected Campus, has received recent national recognition for Innovation and Thought Leadership in Higher Education.

At the exclusive invitation of Washington D.C.-based Education Design Lab, ETA participated in a prototyping and design session on the future of online and competency-based education during the week of June 27 in San Francisco at the Michelson Runway in the headquarters of Twitter. Other participants included long established educational technology providers such as Civitas Learning, Fidelis Education, Coursera and TargetX.

Named by Education Design Lab as a Thought Partner, the collaboration between ETA and the Lab adds to the growing industry recognition of ETA and its product Connected Campus.

“It is great to receive such affirmation and be included alongside recognized industry leaders”, says Kevin Hesler, COO of ETA. “We are a young company but we bring decades of education and software experience to Higher Ed.  Our Connected Campus solution is positioned uniquely, positively impacting the student retention objectives of our partner schools”.

The Prototyping Session, led by the Lab in partnership with Western Governors University, brought together thought leaders to innovate ways to use technology to maintain and improve student engagement where traditional classroom learning has been replaced with competency-based learning.

"Connected Campus was built on the premise that smart, student-facing technology can guide students to stay focused academically while providing meaningful social connections, peer-mentoring opportunities and access to critical resources," says Product Manager Mel Roberts. An immersive virtual campus solution which combines engagement software and integrated advising services, Connected Campus is a cloud-hosted Software-as-a-Service platform that implements quickly and produces exceptional return on investment for each school.

Education Technology Associates was founded in 2015 with the express purpose of transforming impaired student engagement and student retention in Higher Education.  With offices in Carmel, IN and Boca Raton, FL, ETA brings together industry veterans, education thought-leaders, and passionate solution architects, whose past experiences in serving 21st century students have shaped its commitment and approach to product delivery. For more information on ETA or Connected Campus, contact Mark Chyba at

Education Design Lab is a Washington D.C.-based firm that uses design thinking to design, test, and implement new education models. Founded by Kathleen deLaski, the Lab helps universities and other interested parties innovate in ways that prepare students for the professional workforce. Kathleen is also the president of The deLaski Family Foundation, a leading Washington area grant-maker in education and the arts. For more information on Education Design Lab, contact the Lab at

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