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Apollo Group (APOL) Unit Receives Contract From Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative

 March 28, 2013 03:29 PM

(By Balaseshan) Apollo Group Inc. (NASDAQ: APOL) said its unit has received a two-year contract worth $1.4 million from Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) to test how cognitive and non-cognitive factors together affect learning.

Carnegie Learning Inc. said the ADL laboratories, located in Alexandria, Virginia and Orlando, Florida, prototype and test learning technologies and innovations for the U.S. Department of Defense.

The Hyper-Personalized Intelligent Tutors project will explore how factors such as interest-level, mood, and persistence affect learning.

The project will build a collaborative research platform for understanding how cognitive and non-cognitive factors working together impact retention of knowledge and a student's commitment to keep learning.

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Project findings will support the ADL in research focused on individualizing training materials to best suit a learner's needs within military, public/private education, technical or trade schools, and with self-taught learners.

Findings will also inform ongoing development of Carnegie Learning MATHia and Cognitive Tutor K-12 math software as well as undergraduate math courses at University of Phoenix, operated by a sister company of Carnegie Learning and also owned by Apollo Group.

Carnegie Learning is a publisher of research-based mathematics software and textbooks for middle school and high school students aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

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APOL is trading down 0.09% at $17.36 on Thursday. The stock has been trading between $15.98 and $39.79 for the past 52 weeks.

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