Cognero Learning & Assessment Suite

Innovative Tools For Connected Learning

Cognero is the innovative and trusted learning and assessment suite

relied upon by leading education providers, teachers, publishers,

secondary, and post-secondary institutions.

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Cognero is the learning and assessment suite trusted by leading institutions and learning providers.  We fit perfectly into instructor-led classrooms, blended models, and fully online courses.  We provide the unique workflow capabilities to build and measure interactive learning throughout the learning path—from diagnostic experiences, to formative-based assignments, and summative assessments. Innovative tools for connected learning!

We believe that learner interaction with great content and great teachers is key to improving measurable learning outcomes, and we are grateful to serve millions of learners as well as thousands of teachers, administrators, editors and learning designers in k12, higher education, and professional markets.

Christian Masterson, Arizona Stafford,
and the entire Cognero team!

 

 


 

 


 

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We are proud to partner with many of the world’s leading learning companies and institutions to serve millions of learners globally.

  • TimeForKids
  • TimeForKids
  • Cengage Learning
  • Kendall Hunt Publishing Company
  • McGraw Hill Education
  • Nelson Education
  • University of Phoenix
  • Sadlier
  • Loyola Press
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Improving Outcomes

Improving Teaching and Learning Outcomes with Innovative Tools for Informed Instruction and Connected Learning

In the past, teachers, authors, and learning designers were often forced to utilize multiple learning and assessment solutions to design a complete and successful learning path for students.  Often this meant multiple destinations and passwords for learners along with inconsistent and sometimes hard-to-manage student performance data for teachers. The Cognero learning and assessment suite is designed to improve teaching and learning outcomes by providing the end-to-end workflow to manage and review measurable interactive learning.


A seamless unified workflow:

Author, Import, and Edit Items

Cognero includes built-in authoring, editing and tagging tools, as well as comprehensive item import capabilities, making it easy to quickly create libraries of interactive items, tag items multiple way, and manage all aspects of secure item distribution.

Align Interactions Across the Learning Path

Cognero makes it easy to utilize interactive items across the learning path—from use in diagnostic experiences to formative practice and proof-of-learning assessments.

Review Learning Path Analytics and Act on Insights

Cognero auto-grades online assessments, consolidates data, and provides insights through a complete analytics package. 

Leverage Flexible Sharing Models

Cognero supports a range of deployment models from distributed test creation where instructors create and distribute their own assessment to centralized models where common master tests are created and then shared with instructors for delivery.


 

 
Providing student interactions throughout the learning experience has been challenging in the past but not anymore.

Unified Learning Path

Cognero is the trusted solution that unifies the workflow and helps easily align measurable interactions across the entire learning path.

Unique for Each Learner

Cognero’s built-in scrambling and algorithmic capabilities allow for identical content to be to be unique to each learner. The same problem is presented but with different values or with answers in a different order.

Unified Scoring

Employing Cognero across the learning path aggregates student performance data consistently and efficiently.  

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Blending our unique collection of question types across the learning path supports connected learning designed to improve engagement, effort, and outcomes.

Find the Gaps.
Create Diagnostic Experiences.

Courses are filled with learners of different skill levels and preparedness.  Diagnostic experiences are typically used early in a course or unit to help identify critical gaps, allowing instruction and practice to be tailored for every learner.

Target Learning.
Create Formative Experiences.

Formative experiences are often the heart of learning path designs, providing diverse practice and preparation routines for learners—from self-check exercise, graded assignments, quizzes, and test prep.  Without diversity in those experiences, many learners find it difficult to remain truly engaged.

Measure Success.
Create Summative Experiences

Build connected learning, measuring learning success with assessments that are entirely aligned with learning experiences and practice you have provided learners throughout the unit or course.

 


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Features for Connected Learning

Develop and Unify Content | Build on the Value You’ve Already Created and Create New Items with a Unified Cognero Workflow

Author utilizing our seamless, streamlined workflow.

Unlock Engagement

Author and manage your learning path interactions as well as build tests using the only online generator that supports 15 traditional question types and a limitless array of interactions through Cognero’s support of HTML5. All questions can be tagged with a full complement of metadata including learning objectives, difficulty level, and Common Core State Standards.

Create: Anywhere, Anytime

Cognero is a web-based platform that runs in a browser, and no installations are required to use Cognero. In addition, we support multiple user roles, allowing authors to create and edit while reviewer roles are limited to read-only status.

Multiply Your Productivity & Content

Values within questions are generated through the included algorithmic engine, equation editor, and dynamic graphing tool. Algorithmically-enabled content allows each student taking an assignment to have their own unique version of the test.

Leverage Interactive Items Throughout the Learning Path | Easily Manage Your Own Centralized Content Library | Use Your Content in New Ways

Consolidate valuable content with a fully-functional, tagged, and secure content library.  Your teams can now find, select, and reuse content in diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments.

Diversify Your Learning Path

Diverse learning experiences help to keep learners engaged and challenged.  Cognero makes it easy to build, blend and deliver interactions across the learning path while aggregating learner performance data in one set of intuitive reports.  Using Cognero in this way also helps align formative experiences with summative assessments, building truly connected learning.

Efficiently Tag, Manage, and Reuse Your Content

Cognero has a unique set of tools to facilitate the creation of robust assessment products comprised of question sets and tests. You can distribute to users with the push of a button. All content created in Cognero has built-in digital rights management so your content is protected against unauthorized use. And because Cognero is web-based, users always have the most current content.

Align Learning Path Interactions with Secure Online Testing

Cognero has an integrated, secure online testing center for your students. Your students can receive immediate feedback on each question and/or receive a detailed end-of-assignment report to help them know exactly how they are doing.

Align Performance Data | The Power of Real-time Insights, Feedback, and Reporting

Data is critical to all learning models–not just to measure performance from the past but also to inform future innovation.

Unlock Insights and Positive Action

Cognero allows you to analyze how learners are performing in real time to allow for positive intervention. You can also quickly analyze your questions and perform a gap analysis of student testing.

Securely Share Performance Information

Institutions or districts can distribute content to instructors to generate unified institutional results. Student data is compiled at the institutional/district level to provide detailed information on student performance at multiple levels.

Keep Track of Every Learner

Manage students, classes, and assignments with the ease of simple drag and drop. You can build or import rosters, have students self-register for a class, and move students easily from class to class.

Make It Seamless | The Power of Web Services to Integrate Solutions

Custom integration ensures Cognero excels within your technology eco-system.

We're Built to Integrate

Through available web services, Cognero can be fully integrated with the platforms you already have. Accessed through a single sign-on, Cognero becomes a key component of adaptive learning, where you can feed content to and receive results from other platforms such as e-books, as well as provide the traditional questions sets and tests to instructors.

We're Designed to Support Your Growth

Cognero implementations currently handle the demands from thousands of users to over 4 million, with each instance handling over 30 million questions.

We're Standards Compliant and Flexible

Cognero imports QTI 1.2 and exports QTI 1.2 and 2.1 to allow content to work with other systems, including most LMS systems. We also provide a native Blackboard export.  Equations are handled in a MathML-compliant equation editor to further promote cross compatibility. Our XML is also documented and available so that you can use content from Cognero with your own custom applications without the limitations of QTI.


 

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Interaction & Assessment Types

Cognero offers an unmatched collection of question types,
supporting learning across diverse course models and disciplines.

Click on any of the item types below to learn more.

  • A statement that students must correctly identify as true or false
  • Automatically graded in online tests
  • Can contain answer-specific feedback

A statement that students must correctly identify as true or false. If the statement is false, students must also enter a replacement word or phrase that makes the statement true.

For example…
Q:
Cincinnati is the capital of Ohio.
A:
false, Columbus

  • Automatically graded in online tests
  • Can contain answer-specific feedback

  • A question that students must correctly answer by choosing yes or no
  • Automatically graded in online tests
  • Can contain answer-specific feedback
  • Can contain from 2 to 26 answer choices
  • Can lock some or all answer choices from scrambling
    (e.g., useful if choice D is “none of the above”)
  • Common in PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments
  • Can contain answer-specific feedback
  • A question for which students must identify the one correct answer from a list of choices provided
  • Automatically graded in online tests
  • A question for which students must identify the one or more correct answers from a list of choices provided
  • Can contain from 2 to 26 answer choices
  • All correct answer choices must be identified by students to earn credit (no partial credit)
  • Can lock some or all answer choices from scrambling
  • Common in PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments
  • Can contain answer-specific feedback
  • Automatically graded in online tests
  • A question for which students must enter the correct numeric answer
  • Answers may be set up as regular numbers or fractions.
  • Students may be required to choose from a list of units (e.g., feet, inches, etc.) as part of answer.
  • Student answer entry can be limited to numeric characters only, a certain number of decimal places, and a certain number of significant figures.
  • Automatic scoring is customizable. If scoring is set to “arithmetic equivalency” students must provide an answer that is mathematically equivalent to the correct answer. For example, if the answer is “.5”, students could answer “0.5”, “.5”, “1/2”, “2/4”, etc. If scoring is set to “exact” students must enter the answer exactly as it is set in the content.
  • Common in PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments
  • Can set to be automatically graded in online tests or to be graded manually
  • A statement for which students must enter the correct text answer to fill in a blank
  • Since completion questions are graded automatically in online tests, the answer is typically one or two words.
  • When creating a question, more than one correct answer may be entered in the answer field. For example, answer may be set to “World War Two”, “World War II”, “World War 2” and any would be accepted as correct.
  • Common in PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments
  • Automatically graded in online tests
  • A question or statement containing one or more blanks into which students must enter the correct text answer(s)
  • Since multi-blank questions are graded automatically in online tests, the answers are typically one or two words
  • Answer blanks within a question may be set up to be scored in any order. For example, the answer for a question about the six types of simple machines may be set to allow for “lever”, “pulley”, “inclined plane”, “wheel and axle”, “wedge”, and “screw” in any order
  • Alternatively, answer blanks within a question may be set up to be scored in a specific order. For example, the answer for a question about the steps of the writing process may be set to require “prewriting”, “writing”, “revising”, “editing” and “publishing” in that specific order
  • Questions may be set up to allow for partial credit.
  • Common in PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments
  • A set of questions for which students must choose the corresponding answer choices from a list
  • A matching group can contain from 2 to 26 questions and answer choices.
  • Automatically graded in online tests
  • A question for which students must enter the correct text answer
  • Since objective short answer questions are designed to be graded automatically on electronic tests, the answer is typically just a few words or a short phrase.
  • When creating a question, more than one correct answer may be entered in the answer field. For example, the answer could be set to “World War Two”, “World War II”, “World War 2” and any would be accepted as correct.
  • Automatically graded in online tests
  • A question for which students must enter the correct text answer
  • Answers are typically short (a phrase or sentence).
  • Manually graded by instructor in online tests
  • A question that can be displayed on a test as a multiple choice question, an objective short answer question, or a subjective short answer question
  • Can easily be toggled between the three modes, allowing instructors to increase or decrease the difficulty level of a test with a single click of the mouse
  • Automatically or manually graded depending on mode
  • Can contain answer specific feedback
  • A question for which students must identify the correct order for a series of items
  • Can contain from 2 to 26 items
  • Automatically graded in online tests
  • A statement with which students rate their opinion or agreement
  • Can contain from 2 to 11 choices
  • Has built-in options (Strongly disagree, disagree, neutral, etc.) and can also be customized
  • Do not have a correct answer
  • Typically used for online surveys, not tests
  • A question for which students must enter a text answer
  • The answer to an essay question is typically one or more paragraphs that must be manually graded by the instructor.
  • Can be set up with a scoring rubric that enables instructors to quickly and consistently grade student essays
  • Common in PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments
  • Question content is based on HTML5 code, allowing for interactivity (drag and drop, graphing, etc.)
  • Questions currently are coded outside of Cognero and imported into the system
  • Compatible with mobile devices
  • Common in PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments
  • Automatically graded in online tests
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Learning is experience.
Everything else is just information.

-Albert Einstein-

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Working Together

We work with great teams, big and small. What they all have in common is a determination to use the very best learning and assessment tools available. The framework below is designed to help quickly illustrate a variety of ways to work together.


Startups and Specialists

“We’re here to win, and we’re focused on results.  We are looking for a proven partner and a hosted, cost-effective service that we can quickly deploy to directly compete with the leading providers in our space.”


  • Specialty Providers
  • Innovation Teams
  • Targeted Providers
  • Boutique Learning Services

  • Fully-enabled Cognero Learning and Assessment Suite
  • All Cognero Upgrades as They are Released
  • Training
  • Hosting by the Cognero Team

 

 

Startups and Specialists
Full Cognero Suite
100%
All Cognero Upgrades
100%
Application Support
100%
Team Training
100%

Hosting
100%
Integration
1%
Custom Engineering
1%

Power Users

“We need a reliable, cost-effective, and powerful service that we can host and integrate into our ecosystem to help us be more efficient and quicker to market while providing best-in-class learning and assessment.”


  • Educational Publishers
  • Institutions and School Systems
  • Corporations, Associations
  • Publisher Services Companies

  • Fully-enabled Cognero Learning and Assessment Suite
  • All Cognero Upgrades as They are Released
  • Configuration Support
  • Importation of Existing Items
  • Training
  • Partner Hosted

 

Power Users
Full Cognero Suite
100%
All Cognero Upgrades
100%
Application Support
100%
Team Training
100%

Hosting
1%
Integration
100%
Custom Engineering
1%
Power Users Plus

“We need a proven, secure, cost-effective, and powerful service that we can host and integrate into our ecosystem, providing a seamless workflow for our teams to help us innovate quickly and monetize our content.”


  • Education Publishers
  • National Training Providers
  • Large Businesses
  • Associations

  • Fully-enabled Cognero Learning and Assessment Suite
  • All Cognero Upgrades as They are Released
  • Advanced Configurations
  • Importation of Existing Items
  • Training
  • Partner Hosted

 

Power Users Plus
Full Cognero Suite
100%
All Cognero Upgrades
100%
Application Support
100%
Team Training
100%

Hosting
1%
Integration
100%
Custom Engineering
100%
Strategic Implementers

“We are leaders in our space, and we are determined to stay ahead of our growing list of competitors.  We need a powerful set of services that can configure to align with our specific goals and highly-configured to our brand experience.”


  • Leading Providers
  • Global Businesses
  • International Associations
  • Government

  • Fully-enabled Cognero Learning and Assessment Suite
  • All Cognero Upgrades as They are Released
  • Advanced Configuration Support
  • Importation of Existing Items
  • Training & Professional Development
  • Partner Hosted
Strategic Implementers
Full Cognero Suite
100%
All Cognero Upgrades
100%
Application Support
100%
Team Training
100%

Hosting
1%
Integration
100%
Advanced Custom Engineering
100%

 

 

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Cognero Statistics


Trusted | Reliable | Proven.

 

55

million active items

2

thousand textbook programs supported

100

thousand assessments delivered daily


 

350

thousand registered instructors

8

million registered student users

 


 

Learning is a journey.  Let’s travel together.

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Experience Matters

Founded in 2004, Madeira Station LLC, the creator of Cognero, has a long history of producing exceptional educational software. With a staff of experienced project managers, designers, and engineers who have a deep understanding of the different pedagogies required in today's classrooms, Madeira Station has developed in excess of 50 major applications for a variety of clients in the educational marketplace.

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An Unmatched Portfolio

Madeira Station has successfully designed and delivered in excess of 50 major software products, ranging from classroom multimedia to assessment and reporting systems.

Decades of Experience

The Madeira Station team has many decades of educational, software development, and editorial experience.

Your Partner in Software

Madeira Station is your behind-the-scenes partner in educational software development. It is our job to make your product line look great!

Consistent, Scaled Performance

Today, we are proud to support over 350,000 instructors and more than eight million learners, house over 55 million items with consistent multi-format performance, and deliver more than 100,000 assessments daily.

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In The News

Innovative Tools for Informed Instruction and Connected Learning.

TIME Launches TIME For Kids Classroom App, Features Rich, Original Multimedia Content to Build Literacy, Citizenship

Powered by Cognero, digital teaching tool connects students to the world through nonfiction texts, Common Core-aligned assessments, and interactive support. The Time For Kids Classroom App offers teachers a robust tool that pairs interactive, engaging content with assessments in a platform that meets the needs of the changing classroom.

New York | October 20, 2014

To meet the ever-changing needs of the 21st century classroom, TIME For Kids is releasing the TIME for Kids Classroom App, a dynamic teaching tool that brings exclusive current events content to life through interactive images, videos, animations, polls, maps and more. The TIME For Kids Classroom App enables teachers to integrate multimedia and real-world connections into their K-6 classrooms, address students’ individual abilities with leveled content, meet Common Core State Standards and put current events into context for young learners.

“In today’s digital world, educators are integrating technology into classroom instruction and the Time For Kids Classroom App offers teachers a robust tool that pairs interactive, engaging content with assessments in a platform that meets the needs of the changing classroom,” said Nellie Cutler, managing editor for TIME For Kids. “Our mission is to open the world to students so that they become lifelong readers and discerning, informed citizens, and our Classroom App offers students engaging content that accommodates their learning needs.”

The TIME For Kids Classroom App supports the realities of the modern classroom with immersive content for multiple levels of learners. With audio of text and vocabulary definitions to support learners, as well as a version of select articles for the grade level below, teachers are able to teach the same highly engaging content to the whole class while simultaneously addressing the individual needs of their students.

A team of veteran journalists and educators developed the content using a whole-child approach, which takes grade and reading levels into consideration. Sensitive content is also vetted by teacher advisors who have a deep understanding of their students’ emotional and educational needs and offer a critical classroom perspective. The topics covered directly impact students’ lives and facilitate discussion among teachers, parents, and students. This whole-child approach extends to the assessments in the Classroom App. Each question in the interactive quizzes is aligned to grade-appropriate Common Core English Language Arts Standards. Teachers can monitor student performance against each standard and pinpoint areas where students need extra assistance through assessment and reporting powered by the Cognero assessment platform.

To learn more about the app and to register, visit timeforkids.com/tfkapp. The Classroom App is currently available for iPad, and TIME For Kids plans to extend to additional platforms.

About TIME For Kids
With nearly 20 years of classroom experience, TIME For Kids is a trusted leader in education resources for teachers, students and parents. TIME For Kids delivers authentic content that covers a wide range of real-world topics through nonfiction text and multimedia tools that align with the Common Core State Standards. A powerful teaching tool, TIME For Kids builds reading and writing skills and is easily integrated across many curricula, including social studies, science and math, creating lifelong readers and informed citizens. TIME For Kids is a division of Time Inc. For more information, visit http://www.timeforkids.com.

About Cognero
Cognero is the innovative and trusted learning and assessment suite relied upon by leading education providers, publishers, secondary and post-secondary institutions to unify and streamline learning design and assessment workflow—from item creation and curation to assessment administration, deployment, grading, data collection, reporting and analytics while fully supporting print, online and mobile delivery. Cognero partners are using the power of the system to create and deliver new value throughout the learning experience—especially in the areas of formative models, feedback, remediation and the actionable insights drawn from real-time data analytics. For more information, visit http://cognero.com.

TIME For Kids is a registered trademark of TIME Inc.

 

Powerful New Reporting Capabilities Combine Intuitive Performance Dashboards and Reports with Drill-down Functionality to Provide Actionable Insights.

Cognero Learning and Assessment Suite Expands Reporting Tools to Support Improved Insights and Positive Action

Cincinnati, Ohio | January 13, 2015

Madeira Station, a leading developer of innovative educational applications, is pleased to announce a major update of the popular Cognero Assessment Suite. The Cognero Assessment Suite is the preferred enterprise-level academic assessment platform leveraged by leading education solutions providers and publishers as well as curriculum teams and instructors at institutions in secondary, post-secondary and professional education. Cognero

“Our latest release of Cognero focused on providing quicker access to actionable insights,” noted Madeira Station President, Christian Masterson. “We have always captured and reported against extensive assessment data sets, but we entirely redeveloped our reporting paradigm in collaboration with our users to ensure access to critical information, reporting dashboards and time-sensitive insights in one place.”

Cognero streamlines the collaborative assessment workflow with seamless integration across a suite of tools—from item creation to assessment creation, delivery, measurement and reporting. Cognero partners created over 30 million unique assessment items and administered over 2.5 million online assessments in the 2013-14 academic year.

About Cognero
Cognero (www.cognero.com) is the innovative and trusted learning and assessment suite relied upon by leading education providers, publishers, secondary, and post-secondary institutions. Cognero’s innovative web-based learning and assessment service unifies and streamlines learning design and assessment workflow—from item creation and curation to assessment administration, deployment, grading, data collection, reporting, and analytics while fully supporting print, online, and mobile delivery. Cognero supports K12, higher education and professional education segments, partnering and integrating with the ecosystem of content providers, open educational resource developers, learning management platforms, publishing services providers, and academic institutions. The Cognero Learning and Assessment Suite is a product of Madeira Station, a provider of innovative teaching and learning solutions.

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