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U of Arizona start-up is offering its e-learning platform for free to help universities during coronavirus crisis


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 25th, 2020

A University of Arizona (UA) start-up is offering its educational software for free to help universities move their classes online as the coronavirus crisis deepens.

Sidecar Learning provides educators with an easy-to-use, engaging e-learning platform — the kind of tool increasingly desired due to COVID-19 concerns. The platform teaches students how to conduct research, navigate esoteric websites and analyze information using live web content.

“We worked hard to develop this platform, and with today’s crisis, we now have the opportunity to use it to impact tens if not hundreds of thousands of students,” says Jason Dewland, associate librarian at UA and co-founder of Sidecar Learning. “We’re happy to be able to make this contribution.”

Dewland and co-founder Yvonne Mery, who is also an associate librarian at the university, launched Sidecar Learning with the help and services of Tech Launch Arizona (TLA), the commercialization arm of UA.

“The Sidecar team took advantage of many of the resources TLA offers to its start-ups, such as the I-Corps program to asset development funding,” says Doug Hockstad, associate vice president of TLA. “They always exhibited a real desire to have an impact on education, and I think this is further evidence of that desire.”

The Sidecar e-learning platform will be available to all U.S. universities for free until May 31st.

Source: UA News

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