Ambi, a Boston-based company that is reinventing how learning happens in higher education, announced that it has raised $6.5 million in funding. Ambi has developed a Learner Engagement Platform with a user interface that is similar to social networks.
In 2018, the company closed $5 million in Series A funding and $1.5 million in a seed round investment from Steigen LLC, NXT Ventures, Global Investment, and several others.
“People’s behaviors have changed. So it’s time that the learning experience does, too,” said Ambi founder and CEO Saad El Yamani in a statement. “Thanks to our predecessors, we now have the luxury to move from feature-focused platforms to experience and behavior-based platforms.”
The Learner Engagement Platform has tight integration to course materials and Learning Management Systems such as Canvas and Blackboard. Students can also access educational resources from the platform. Here is a video demo of how it works:
“There’s no question that the student learning experience has continued to lag behind in the educational technology field compared to other technology and service verticals,” added Columbia University’s Assistant Provost of Online Education Sandesh Tuladhar. “But ambi takes a fresh, new approach by putting the student learning experience front and center by design, and has focused on three key features, productivity, communication, and network, in a user-friendly manner that makes being productive and forming communities playful and engaging.”
The platform was built with student privacy and safety features and it is fully compliant with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.