ASU for You partners with virtual learning channel for K-8 students

The online learning platform is offering free and discounted resources for summer learning for students through the ASU for You portal

With students out of classrooms and left to rely on computers, ASU has turned to additional platforms to teach students of all ages. 

ASU for You, the University's digital platform for aggregating education materials, has recently partnered with Miacademy Learning Channel, which provides online educational resources for K-8 students.

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The learning platform operates through a paid subscription service, but through ASU for You using the code "ASUFORYOU," parents and students can access videos at a discounted rate. CEO and Founder of Miacademy Johannes Ziegler said some videos are available now for free through the ASU for You portal.

"It is an opportunity for kids or parents to get a taste and get access for free to the educational content," Ziegler said. 

He said that the increased demand for accessible online education caused Miacademy to "act quickly" for the parents who had to pick up homeschooling once stay-at-home orders took effect.

Kimberly Merritt, managing director for ASU Learning Enterprise, said Miacademy is working to filter options to make content more accessible. She said she was excited for students to continue reaching their educational goals through Miacademy.

"The last thing we want is for people to have an added challenge of trying to figure out how what and where they should be getting that content," Merritt said. 

Sussanah Skyer Gupta, Miacademy web product manager, said Miacademy was founded with the intent of engaging students in creative ways.

She pointed to the "game currency" that students earn once assignments are completed. That same currency allows students to customize their digital learning spaces and "buy templates for furniture or clothing and put them in your own castle," Skyer Gupta said.

Subjects offered through Miacademy range from science to life skills, allowing students opportunities to dive into learning conventional skills alongside classic education styles. 

"One of the benefits is that it brings an entrepreneurial aspect to it so kids for example have design tools that can create artwork," Zeigler said. 

Skyer Gupta said Miacademy is not just a substitute for school, but "a solid, reliable part of a summer learning toolkit."

Skyer Gupta said the learning platform's safe and credible information is continuously expanding. 

"What we have in ASU for You is not static," Skyer Gupta said. "There will be more and more videos."

 Ziegler said the team's founding goal has not changed: to foster a love for learning in young people. 

"I love the idea for other people to experience what we stand for with our teaching videos," Ziegler said.  


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