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Education Technology Startup Adds New Dimension to Online Learning

SmartScore measures what 'smart' should mean today and will mean tomorrow.

Who is smart? What is smart? How is it measured? Today at the Education Innovation Summit, OpenStudy is announcing SmartScore, adding a new dimension to student profiles to answer those questions. SmartScore is an individualized, data-based, quantifiable evaluation of “soft skills” that travel with the student from project to project, class to class, or job to job.

“SmartScore overcomes the limitations of traditional transcripts and assessments by evaluating behaviors broadly important to effective interactions in any group environment,” said OpenStudy CEO, Chris Sprague. “SmartScore measures what ‘smart’ should mean today and will mean tomorrow: Adaptability, global citizenship, passion for learning, and enthusiasm for collaborative problem solving.”

Launching with three core attributes, SmartScore measures Teamwork, Problem Solving, and Engagement. Those three behaviors reflect the changing culture, dynamics, and needs of online learning, behaviors measurable through student contributions at the grassroots level---whatever the location or academic level of the student.

“MIT OpenCourseWare's goal is increase the impact of our resources tenfold in our next decade, and building community around our content is a key component of that effort,” said Cecilia d’Oliveria, Executive Director, MIT OCW. “OpenStudy is a great example of how such communities can be built. OpenStudy's SmartScore encourages the teamwork and collaborative problem solving skills that will allow millions of independent learners to teach each other.”

SmartScore is a snapshot of a student’s high-performing skills applied to learning and development that delivered results to the learning community. The data displays as both present moment and over time, allowing for demonstrated growth. To learn more and find your SmartScore, visit

What They Are Saying:

“SNHU is pleased to partner with OpenStudy, a leading innovator and disruptor in higher education. Their SmartScore provides a unique solution to credentialing soft skills that are not well captured in traditional grades. Their approach combines open social learning and peer learning to empower students from all walks of life to learn and demonstrate important skills that employers greatly value.” - Paul LeBlanc, President of Southern New Hampshire University

“Most Americans, especially in today’s rough economy, just need a low-cost way to obtain the skills that will get them a fulfilling job or at least a better-paying one. OpenStudy’s SmartScore allows job-seekers, mostly community college students, to demonstrate work force skills in lieu of, or as an adjunct to, a certificate or diploma.” - Dean Florez, Fmr. Majority Leader California State Senate

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