ACT acquires Mawi Learning

Iowa City-based ACT announced today it has acquired Mawi Learning, an Illinois-based online learning curriculum that empowers K-12 educators & students with proven SEL tools that boost learning and build confidence.

The acquisition of Mawi Learning is part of ACT’s efforts to transform the company into a learning, measurement and navigation company.

“Mawi Learning’s mission and focus on improving social and emotional learning, along with its research-based approach, make it a natural fit for ACT,” said ACT CEO Marten Roorda in a statement. “Mawi Learning’s offerings also are closely aligned with ACT’s guiding principles: to be inclusive, transformational and holistic. We are delighted to be adding its programs to the ACT portfolio.” 

Since its change leadership in 2015, the Iowa City-based company has made 10 deals in which it has invested in, acquired or formed strategic partnerships with educational companies, some of which include:

  • Merged with ProExam to introduce a suite of social and emotional learning assessments and solutions
  • Acquired Knovation and OpenEd to provide the online content resources for personalized learning resources
  • Invested in Smart Sparrow to enter into adaptive learning
  • Acquired The National Research Center for College and University Admissions (NRCCUA) and the American College Application Campaign (ACAC) to help students with comprehensive navigation tools and resources.

The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

ETCPS 2019

ACTNext is hosting an event on October 9-10 at the Graduate Hotel in Iowa City, called the Education Technology & Computational Psychometrics Symposium (ETCPS), which focuses on education research and technological innovation.

In conjunction with ETCPS ’19, ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning and ACTNext have co-organized a pre-conference panel and round table discussion, free and open to the public. Geared toward educators, topics will focus on bridging the gap in the digital divide, both in the classroom and in education policy.

Previous coverage

ACT makes strategic investments as it continues to expand its scope -Oct. 1, 2018