Lumen Learning Acquires Faculty Guild’s Higher Education Assets

Lumen will incorporate elements of Faculty Guild offerings within Lumen Circles, a new faculty professional development platform and services offering.

Online PR News – 16-June-2020 – PORTLAND, Ore. – Lumen Learning announced it has acquired the intellectual property and higher education assets of Faculty Guild, a coaching service created in 2017 by education technology entrepreneur David Yaskin and a talented team of postsecondary educators.

Lumen will incorporate technology and other elements from Faculty Guild into Lumen Circles, a new professional development offering for postsecondary faculty. Lumen Circles brings together a unique virtual platform and a facilitated, peer-based fellowship program to help faculty members improve teaching effectiveness and bolster student success.

Faculty will hone their skills in critical areas such as online teaching; use of digital courseware; active learning strategies; and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Throughout a facilitated multi-week experience, participants connect via the Lumen Circles professional development platform to learn, reflect on what’s working in their teaching, share ideas, provide feedback, and build supportive relationships over time.

“Student success depends on many factors, a key one being effective teaching,” said Kim Thanos, CEO of Lumen Learning. “Investing in deep professional development, like Lumen Circles, contributes to excellence in teaching and long-term institutional success, including better student outcomes, increased student and faculty retention, higher completion rates, and more successful graduates in the workforce and society. Because teaching affects the experience of every student, it is critical to support faculty as they work to become highly effective teachers."

The emphasis on peer sharing and reflective practice is unique and makes Lumen Circles suitable for any faculty member, regardless of discipline, learning tools, or career stage. Cohorts for those using Lumen’s Waymaker and OHM courseware will also be available.

Per the agreement, Lumen will welcome Faculty Guild’s existing higher education customers and assume support and service delivery. Other terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.

Professional development is a logical expansion for Lumen Learning given the inseparable connection between student success and effective teaching. Since its inception in 2012, Lumen Learning has been committed to providing effective and affordable resources for educators and students through promoting the wide-scale adoption of open educational resources (OER) and digital courseware.

Faculty Guild founder David Yaskin plans to introduce professional development into other vertical markets outside higher education. His next venture, Coach Happy, will serve the K-12 and corporate education markets.