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News Article | February 28, 2017

Gregory Simmons to Head Educational Sales and Strategy for e-Learning Software BOULDER, CO --(Marketwired - February 28, 2017) - amplifire, an adaptive, science-based learning software used by educational leaders like Pearson, CompTIA, the Princeton Review and Barbri since 2001, today announced the hiring of Gregory Simmons as the senior vice president of sales for the company's higher education and test prep division, amplifire Advanced Education. Simmons, with his 20 years' experience in higher education and educational technology, will be responsible for the growth and strategic direction of amplifire Advanced Education, which partners with colleges and universities on curriculum innovation and student analytics resulting in higher retention rates. The company's expansion in advanced education is due, in part, to growth within educational technology (edtech) -- a market that is predicted to grow at a rate of 17 percent per year, reaching $252 billion by 2020[1]. Also, demand from the U.S. Department of Education[2] and some of education's leading associations[3] for edtech developers to: Research shows that students suffer under a variety of cognitive illusions about how best to learn. Amplifire's difference includes triggers in software that switch on learning in the brains of students, and with visual heat maps that provide instructor guidance. "Leaders in advanced education are calling for amplifire's quantitative methodology and advanced analytics, which are proven to help students learn and retain information better. Our software was built by the world's leading cognitive researchers to focus on three core issues affecting institutional success within education -- curriculum innovation, student retention, and value," said Bob Burgin, CEO of amplifire. "The time is ripe to expand our footprint in this market, and with his experience and vision Greg will be instrumental in this expansion." Prior to joining amplifire, Simmons held senior sales roles at various education technology and information providers including serving as Chief Sales Officer for Turning Technologies, where he established a sales force and the profitability strategies for the company's student response systems (SRS) across five market verticals. Simmons also served as the Vice President and National Sales Manager for Cengage Learning, formerly Thomson Learning, from 2004-2013. While at Cengage, Simmons was responsible for growth strategies of the Higher Education, Career, Enterprise and Library Science sales forces within the Academic and Professional Group. He has also held numerous leadership roles in Sales, Training and Development. Simmons holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from San Jose State University and a master's degree in International Management from The American Graduate School of International Management. "I have a passion for education -- specifically helping students experience success and achieve their career goals," said Simmons. "I've seen a lot of solutions come and go, but amplifire's interactive technology walks-the-walk with successful learning outcomes and efficacy through adaptive, science-based instruction. I'm proud to represent amplifire." For more information about amplifire, or to schedule an interview with its' leaders, contact Melanie Howard at Amplifire's mission is to build a smarter, safer, more prosperous world in which people perform at their highest potential. Amplifire, a division of Knowledge Factor, a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) company, makes online learning platforms that maximize human performance at scale by reducing confidently held misinformation leading to risk, loss and harm. Perfected since 2001 by the world's leading experts in brain science and cognition, Amplifire's patented algorithms and analytics have improved the lives of thousands of professionals, students and patients and saved clients millions of dollars. Learn more about Amplifire's Advanced Education for higher ed, Performance for the corporate market, and the HealthcareAlliance for the healthcare industry at [2] The United States Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology (OET) report: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Higher Education

Kahn R.,University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Sievenpiper J.L.,Knowledge Factor | Sievenpiper J.L.,McMaster University
Diabetes Care | Year: 2014

In the preceding point narrative, Drs. Bray and Popkin provide their opinion and review data that suggest to them that we need to reconsider the consumption of dietary sugar based on the growing concern of obesity and type 2 diabetes. In the counterpoint narrative below, we argue that there is no clear or convincing evidence that any dietary or added sugar has a unique or detrimental impact relative to any other source of calories on the development of obesity or diabetes. Sugar is purely a highly palatable source of energy; because it has no other property that appears to contribute to our nutritional well-being, it is not an essential food for most of us. For those who wish to reduce energy consumption, ingesting less sugar is a good place to start. However, doing so does not automatically portend any clinical benefit. © 2014 by the American Diabetes Association.

Sievenpiper J.L.,Knowledge Factor | Sievenpiper J.L.,McMaster University | De Souza R.J.,McMaster University | Cozma A.I.,Knowledge Factor | And 7 more authors.
Current Opinion in Lipidology | Year: 2014

Purpose of Review: Fructose is seen as uniquely contributing to the pandemics of obesity and its cardiometabolic complications. Much of the evidence for this view derives from the unique biochemical, metabolic, and endocrine responses that differentiate fructose from glucose. To understand whether these proposed mechanisms result in clinically meaningful modification of cardiovascular risk in humans, we update a series of systematic reviews and meta-analyses of controlled feeding trials to assess the cardiometabolic effects of fructose in isocaloric replacement for glucose. RECENT FINDINGS: A total of 20 controlled feeding trials (n=344) have investigated the effect of fructose in/on cardiometabolic endpoints. Pooled analyses show that although fructose may increase total cholesterol, uric acid, and postprandial triglycerides in isocaloric replacement for glucose, it does not appear to be any worse than glucose in its effects on other aspects of the lipid profile, insulin, or markers of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. It may also have important advantages over glucose for body weight, glycemic control, and blood pressure. SUMMARY: Depending on the cardiometabolic endpoint in question, fructose has variable effects when replacing glucose. In the absence of clear evidence of net harm, there is no justification to replace fructose with glucose in the diet. © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Ha V.,Knowledge Factor | Ha V.,University of Toronto | Jayalath V.H.,Knowledge Factor | Jayalath V.H.,University of Toronto | And 8 more authors.
Current Hypertension Reports | Year: 2013

Excessive fructose intake from high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and sucrose has been implicated as a driving force behind the increasing prevalence of obesity and its downstream cardiometabolic complications including hypertension, gout, dyslidpidemia, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Most of the evidence to support these relationships draws heavily on ecological studies, animal models, and select human trials of fructose overfeeding. There are a number of biological mechanisms derived from animal models to explain these relationships, including increases in de novo lipogenesis and uric acid-mediated hypertension. Differences between animal and human physiology, along with the supraphysiologic level at which fructose is fed in these models, limit their translation to humans. Although higher level evidence from large prospective cohorts studies has shown significant positive associations comparing the highest with the lowest levels of intake of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), these associations do not hold true at moderate levels of intake or when modeling total sugars and are subject to collinearity effects from related dietary and lifestyle factors. The highest level of evidence from controlled feeding trials has shown a lack of cardiometabolic harm of fructose and SSBs under energy-matched conditions at moderate levels of intake. It is only when fructose-containing sugars or SSBs are consumed at high doses or supplement diets with excess energy that a consistent signal for harm is seen. The available evidence suggests that confounding by excess energy is an important consideration in assessing the role of fructose-containing sugars and SSBs in the epidemics of hypertension and other cardiometabolic diseases. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Knowledge Factor | Date: 2012-09-11

Software as a service (SAAS) services featuring software for providing learning and knowledge assessments, namely, software that interactively delivers learning content in a personalized and dynamic manner based in part on how the learner responds to previous content.

A system for knowledge assessment and encouraging learning comprises transmitting to the a terminal a plurality of multiple choice questions and two-dimensional answers thereto, the answers including a plurality of full-confidence answers consisting of single-choice answers, a plurality of partial-confidence answers consisting of sets of multiple single-choice answers, and an unsure answer. The system further administers a confidence-based assessment (CBA) test that presents to the test subject the plurality of multiple choice questions directed to categorical topics, and the two-dimensional answers thereto, by which the test subject indicates both their substantive answer and the level of confidence category of their answer. The system compiles a knowledge profile from the scored CBA test, and encourages learning so that the user can address knowledge deficiencies as identified through the CBA test.

A services-oriented system for knowledge assessment and learning performs a method of receiving a plurality of two-dimensional answers to a plurality of first multiple-choice questions, determining, after a period of time, which of the answered multiple choice questions remain unfinished and which are completed, separating the unfinished questions from the completed questions, determining which of the unfinished and completed questions to include in a mastery-eligible list of questions, assigning a weight to each of the mastery-eligible questions based on the current learning state of the learner, a target learning score of the learner, and a calculated dopamine level of the learner.

Knowledge Factor | Date: 2011-08-23

A services-oriented system structure for knowledge assessment and learning comprises a display device for displaying to a learner at a client terminal a plurality of multiple-choice questions and two-dimensional answers, an administration server adapted to administer one or more users of the system, a content management system server adapted to provide an interface for the one or more users to create and maintain a library of learning resources, a learning system server comprising a database of learning materials, wherein the plurality of multiple-choice questions and two-dimensional answers are stored in the database for selected delivery to the client terminal, and a registration and data analytics server adapted to create and maintain registration information about the learners.

PubMed | University of Toronto and Knowledge Factor
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Nutrients | Year: 2015

Previous research on the effect of replacing sources of animal protein with plant protein on glycemic control has been inconsistent. We therefore conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to assess the effect of this replacement on glycemic control in individuals with diabetes. We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane databases through 26 August 2015. We included RCTs 3-weeks comparing the effect of replacing animal with plant protein on HbA1c, fasting glucose (FG), and fasting insulin (FI). Two independent reviewers extracted relevant data, assessed study quality and risk of bias. Data were pooled by the generic inverse variance method and expressed as mean differences (MD) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs). Heterogeneity was assessed (Cochran Q-statistic) and quantified (I-statistic). Thirteen RCTs (n = 280) met the eligibility criteria. Diets emphasizing a replacement of animal with plant protein at a median level of ~35% of total protein per day significantly lowered HbA1c (MD = -0.15%; 95%-CI: -0.26, -0.05%), FG (MD = -0.53 mmol/L; 95%-CI: -0.92, -0.13 mmol/L) and FI (MD = -10.09 pmol/L; 95%-CI: -17.31, -2.86 pmol/L) compared with control arms. Overall, the results indicate that replacing sources of animal with plant protein leads to modest improvements in glycemic control in individuals with diabetes. Owing to uncertainties in our analyses there is a need for larger, longer, higher quality registration number: NCT02037321.

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