Friday, December 2, 2011

Sapling Learning, Top 20 Finalist ABJ's Tech Innovation Awards

Sapling Learning is proud to announce that we've been chosen as a top-20 finalist in the Austin Business Journal’s 2011 Tech Innovation awards. The competition involved a five-minute "fast-pitch" presentation before a panel of judges, with Q&A from an audience of peers and competitors. The winners will be announced December 2nd in the Austin Business Journal, which will include a special section devoted to the winning innovations.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Announcing the New Sapling Learning Headquarters

AUSTIN, TEXAS (September 29, 2011)

We are excited to move our corporate headquarters and operations from 4315 Guadalupe Street to 2815 Exposition Boulevard.

This move increases the company’s footprint and provides access to 7,800 square feet of state-of-the-art office, production, and meeting space. Coming off a year marked by solid growth in higher education adoptions and the launch of high school products, our new headquarters reflects the company’s growth and will facilitate the scaling of operations in response to increasing market penetration.

James Caras, Ph.D., CEO, said: "The move to the Exposition offices reflects our strong performance in the higher education and high school spaces. We attribute our success and growth to the determination, expertise, and professionalism of our entire team. We are excited about the office move. The space is designed to promote innovation, collaboration, and growth which will enable us to continue to expand in the future."

Formerly a florist under several ownerships including R.A. Lewis and Tarrytown Florist, 2815 Exposition has been transformed from a series of accretive buildings and additions to a unified, contemporary office space. Austin-based Atlantis Architects worked with building owner Thad Avery to transition the space from funky to fabulous.

Photos (by professional photographer John Conroy) of our beautiful headquarters will soon be posted on our website, along with the Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Sapling Learning Partners with Oxford University Press UK & USA

Sapling Learning Adds Oxford University Press UK and USA as Channel Partner for Higher Education Sciences Software.

Sapling Learning, a leading provider of interactive homework and assessment software for High School and Higher Education sciences, today announced it has entered into a strategic alliance and channel partner agreement with Oxford University Press, Inc. (OUP) in both the United States and United Kingdom. Under their agreement, Sapling Learning will customize online homework as an accompaniment to OUP’s higher education science textbooks. Professors who adopt OUP textbooks will then have the option of suggesting Sapling Learning for their students.

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford and the largest university press in the world. Its Higher Education Division provides authoritative sources of information on virtually every subject, reflecting the highest scholarly standards and representing the most current pedagogical trends.

Sapling Learning’s software provides highly developed content, proven instructional technology, engaging and relevant learning experiences and effective instruction. It’s easy to use and powerful online learning system advances student achievement while providing timely, accurate student and class performance information to the instructor, without the use of a teacher’s assistant.

“The higher education market consistently shows high demand for customized, user-friendly digital products,” said John Challis, Vice President and Publisher, Oxford University Press, USA. “Rather than develop our own system, we are utilizing the expertise of Sapling Learning, a company that shares our passion for furthering science education.”

Sapling Learning employs Master’s and Ph.D.-level educator support and provides rich, discipline-specific interactions that extend beyond simple multiple-choice to enhance student problem-solving skills and comprehension. Students are more likely to retain information when they are actively engaged, making Sapling’s interactive problem-solving practice and coaching an integral part the learning process.

“We’re honored to have the opportunity to work with OUP, a prestigious organization with objectives very complementary to our own,” said James Caras, Ph.D., CEO, Sapling Learning. “This collaboration is meant to provide access to the best information available for attaining knowledge in science as well as proficiency in critical thinking, problem-solving and applying new technologies.”

Sapling Learning is currently adopted by more than 300 professors in 200 universities in North America.

About Oxford University Press, UK

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. With a presence in more than 50 countries around the world, it furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. OUP is one of the largest publishers in the UK, and the largest university press in the world.

About Oxford University Press, USA
The two main offices of OUP USA are located in the heart of New York City and in Cary, North Carolina, which is located in the Research Triangle. OUP USA is a not-for-profit corporation, our mission being to publish works that further Oxford University’s objectives, including its objectives of excellence in research, scholarship, and education. Thus aspiring to the same goals as the University, excellence, authority, and innovation are the cornerstones of our publishing philosophy. Our operations are overseen by a Board of Trustees and all of our publications are vetted by our own Delegates, who are leading scholars appointed from top U.S. institutions. In pursuit of our mission, we maintain an active scholarly publishing program, producing approximately 250 scholarly research monographs each year, as well as trade, textbooks, and professional titles. We have 8,400 books in print and we stock another 7,600 imports from OUP offices around the world. As mentioned above, OUP USA’s books garner numerous awards each year from academic and professional societies.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Sapling Brings Interactive Science Lessons to High School

Sapling Learning is a developer of electronic homework and assessment software focused specifically on the sciences. The company previously provided its digital learning and testing tools only for higher education, where it's in use by more than 300 professors at 200 individual institutions, according to the company.

Included in the initial lineup for high school students are online versions of Sapling Learning High School Biology, Sapling Learning High School Chemistry, Sapling Learning High School Integrated Physics and Chemistry, and Sapling Learning High School Physics.

The four offerings are designed for students in grades 9 through 12. They were developed specifically to address Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards and are aligned with their respective STAAR EOC Blueprints. The online tools offer real-time differentiated coaching, online quizzes, online homework exercises, unit study, and STAAR EOC practice and review.

A company spokesperson said that though the initial offerings are specifically for Texas, the scope of Sapling's move into K-12 will be national.

All four of the initial packages are available now. Further details can be found here.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Sapling Learning Names Alex von Rosenberg Vice President of Sales & Business Development

von Rosenberg, who has 20 years of successful experience providing high impact solutions to higher education customers, will oversee all sales and business development functions at Sapling Learning

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Seasoned publishing and education business executive Alex von Rosenberg recently joined Sapling Learning as vice president of sales & business development.

Over the past two years, Sapling Learning has quickly expanded to become one of the leading providers of interactive homework and assessment software for the Higher Education sciences. von Rosenberg, an award winning entrepreneur and former executive of both Thomson and Pearson,, will drive continued growth for Sapling Learning as he oversees sales and business development functions at Sapling Learning.

"I look forward to this new challenge to help drive growth and develop relationships for Sapling Learning," von Rosenberg said. "Everyone at Sapling is passionate about their ability to provide engaging interactive content that dramatically improves student comprehension and retention, while saving students on the cost of education. To become part of the Sapling team and share this passion is an unbelievable opportunity. I've been privileged to work closely with Sapling management on a variety of projects over the past two years. It's clear that the company is transformational and I'm thrilled to spearhead the company's sales and business development efforts."

von Rosenberg comes to Sapling Learning after most recently serving as the executive director of sales and marketing at Aplia, a division of Cengage Learning. von Rosenberg served as a key member of the executive team at both Aplia and Cengage Learning's Digital Solutions Group. At Cengage Learning, von Rosenberg was also deeply involved in International markets through his leadership of the Global Publishing Task Force. Prior to those roles he was editor in chief at Thomson Learning, where he drove digital transformations that led to market leading growth in the business disciplines.

von Rosenberg has also been involved in a number of entrepreneurial ventures. He was the sole founder of Atomic Dog Publishing, which was recognized for its significant entrepreneurial accomplishments by various sources, including the State of Ohio‘s Trailblazer Award for Innovations in E-Commerce; besting runner-ups Lexis/Nexis and GE Aircraft Engines; Eduventures' 100 Most Influential Education Companies and one of eight notable innovators; and by Ernst & Young as a finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year.

von Rosenberg has led or worked with business development teams that have been at the forefront of the move to digital solutions. In particular, Atomic Dog Publishing, Aplia, and Sapling Learning; all represent companies that were wholly focused on using digital tools to improve student engagement, student performance, and affordable access to quality content.

von Rosenberg began his career at West Publishing in 1991 as a sales representative, and finished his tenure there as the number two representative in the company. In 1997, he was Editor-of-the-Year for South-Western/Thomson.

"Alex will focus his efforts on developing Sapling Learning's unified sales strategy and approach to expand our presence throughout the higher education and K-12 markets," said James Caras, Ph.D., CEO, Sapling Learning. "Alex's experience in the publishing and education markets and his leadership will help us further build relationships and drive sales as we continue to develop innovative solutions for instructors' and students' needs."

von Rosenberg has a B.S. in Economics from Texas A&M and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Sapling Learning Launches Interactive General Chemistry eBook for Higher Education

AUSTIN, TX — Sapling Learning, a leader in interactive homework and assessment software for the Higher Education sciences, is pleased to announce the launch and availability of its new eBook, Olmsted and Williams' Chemistry, 5th edition. In publishing this eBook, Sapling Learning's goals are to provide a fully integrated interactive eBook and homework solution that saves students 50% or more on textbook costs.

Like all the Sapling Learning products, the Chemistry, 5th edition eBook by Olmsted and Williams will provide engaging interactive content that dramatically improves student comprehension and retention. Students will work problems directly within their eBook as they read. For the first time ever instructors can monitor how students are proceeding on assigned reading in real time. Further, faculty and departments can use Sapling's unparalleled content authoring tools to edit and customize the eBook, as well as any in-chapter practice problems, easily tailoring the eBook to meet the specific needs of their students.

When asked about the eBook, James Caras, Ph.D., CEO of Sapling Learning, said, "I visit hundreds of college campuses each year. Overwhelmingly, students are fed up with paying hundreds of dollars for static print textbooks that they primarily use as a reference. They want a high quality, cost effective eBook like Olmsted and Williams' Chemistry 5th edition that is seamlessly integrated with online homework. Ultimately, students value the experience of working problems and getting immediate and specific feedback on their performance which is what Sapling Learning delivers."

The Integrated Olmsted and Williams Chemistry, 5th edition eBook and Online Homework Solution from Sapling Learning is available for $39.99 a semester, or $70.00 for two semesters,. In addition to being a cost effective solution, it has far fewer restrictions than other publishers' eBooks. Where most eBooks are assigned digital rights management (DRM), the Sapling Learning eBook is not. Students can print all or portions of the eBook as they like at no additional charge. Sapling Learning offers print-on-demand services that will deliver a printed copy of Olmsted and Williams Chemistry, 5th edition to the college bookstore or to a student's mailbox. Alternatively, enterprising universities can print and sell the text to their students.

According to a study conducted for the Gates Foundation, textbook costs have a real impact on students' ability to complete coursework. Sixty percent of students who did not graduate report that textbooks and other fees besides tuition affected them; 58 percent of those who graduated cited the same.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Sapling Learning Partners with University Science Books

Sapling Learning Welcomes University Science Books as Channel Partner

Sapling Learning, a leading provider of interactive homework and assessment software for the Higher Education sciences, announced today that it has entered into a channel partnership agreement with textbook publisher University Science Books. The partnership aims to provide college science students with proven instructional technology, engaging and relevant learning experiences and effective instruction through an online homework component that compliments the publishers’ chemistry textbooks.

Under this new partner agreement, Sapling Learning will provide customized instructional, online content developed by its Master’s and Ph.D.-level educators to match University Science Books’ textbooks. Instructors will now have the option of assigning Sapling Learning’s online learning system alongside University Science Books textbooks.

“As a traditional college textbook publisher, combining forces with Sapling Learning was a brilliant move for us and a mutually beneficial one,” said Bruce Armbruster, President, University Science Books. “Sapling can leverage our great content and our reputation for excellence in science publishing. We can take advantage of Sapling’s highly effective, state-of-the-art electronic homework and their exceptional instructor support, both of which are unparalleled in the industry. Our two companies complement each other very well, and we can now work together to maximize our impact.”

Sapling Learning’s critical features include rich, discipline-specific interactions far beyond simple multiple choice to enhance student problem-solving skills and comprehension. It is a powerful online learning system that advances student achievement while providing timely, accurate student and class performance information to the instructor. Sapling Learning can be accessed anytime through a Web browser, and provides students with real-time tutoring when they need help in the form of hints, feedback specific to misconceptions a student has, and detailed solutions.

“Professors are continually seeking ways to provide students access with resources they need for success in their courses,” said, James Caras, Ph.D., CEO, Sapling Learning. “Sapling Learning and University Science Books are both committed to providing high quality learning solutions that are very cost effective. This relationship conforms to Sapling’s strategy of improving the quality of science education through adoption of our software by higher education faculty, while at the same time decreasing the cost of a college education.”

Instructors may obtain further information on University Science Books and request evaluation copies of their textbooks by contacting the publisher through their Web site, Instructors can adopt or request information on Sapling Learning through their Web site, or contacting

Sapling Learning has been adopted by over 300 professors in nearly 200 universities in North America.

About Sapling Learning
Sapling Learning is a leading provider of interactive homework and assessment software for the Higher Education sciences. Since 2004, Sapling Learning has focused on providing students with rich, discipline specific interactions, such as molecule drawing and graphing, to promote engagement and comprehension in challenging problem-solving disciplines of chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering. Sapling Learning provides instructors unprecedented flexibility to create and customize instructional content in an easy-to use, flexible, code-free environment. No other solution in the market provides the level of seamless integration of rich learning elements for both creating and learning scientific material.

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