BOULDER, CO — May 16, 2023 – Harmonize, a suite of discussion and collaboration tools transforming the way online and blended learning is delivered, announced a partnership today with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. This partnership provides Oklahoma’s 25 public institutions with the ability to partner with Harmonize as their preferred online discussion and collaboration solution for students.
The Harmonize partnership provides a unique, pre-negotiated agreement that will allow Oklahoma public institutions to easily implement tools that promote better online learning — creating more engaging and collaborative learning environments that support student retention and success. Institutions using Harmonize are able to create active learning environments online that include course and small-group discussions, student-to-student interactions and student-to-instructor interactions — while maintaining academic integrity, privacy and data security.
With a focus on increasing student engagement and promoting inclusive learning, institutions like Brown University, Fayetteville State University, University of Michigan, and Southern Arkansas University Tech among others, have leveraged Harmonize to increase the quantity and quality of online interactions among students and with instructors. For example, SAU Tech has doubled participation rates in online discussions and improved student collaboration by 80 percent. In addition, tools streamline the grading process for instructors, saving them time and providing the kind of Engagement Insights that identify at-risk students.
“Harmonize is all about honoring the asynchronous learning needs of many of today’s online learners. Our goal is to provide tools that allow students to experience the same quality of education that on-campus students experience,” said Harmonize CEO Marcus Popetz. “Partnering with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education provides easy access to the tools that do this and demonstrates that Oklahoma is committed to creating inclusive and engaging learning environments for all students.”
“As we continue working to strengthen online education, we’re pleased to add the partnership with Harmonize to our portfolio of managed contracts. This agreement offers an excellent solution for online learner engagement to Oklahoma’s higher education institutions,” said Chancellor Allison D. Garrett, chief executive officer for the Oklahoma state system of higher education.
Oklahoma public institutions interested in learning more about the Harmonize partnership can contact OneNet, the State Regents’ digital communications initiative, or schedule a demo with Harmonize directly.
About the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education are the constitutional coordinating board for the 25 public colleges and universities of the Oklahoma state system of higher education. The State Regents prescribe academic standards of higher education; determine functions and courses of study at state colleges and universities; grant degrees; request appropriations on behalf of state system institutions; set tuition and fees within the limits established by the Oklahoma Legislature; approve institutional allocations; upon review, provide final approval of institutional budgets following governing board approval and submission; and manage numerous scholarships and special programs. The nine citizens who comprise the board are appointed to nine-year terms by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate. Visit www.okhighered.org to learn more.
42 Lines has more than a decade of experience developing innovative education technology solutions for higher education. Created based on educator and student feedback, Harmonize is a suite of discussion and collaboration tools that seamlessly integrate with learning management systems to create engaging synchronous and asynchronous online learning activities. Harmonize increases student engagement, while saving instructors time and eliminating manual tasks.