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Barnes & Noble Education Announces Expanded Library of Digital Courseware in Criminal Justice

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& Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE: BNED)
, a leading provider of
educational products and services solutions for higher education and
K-12 institutions, today announced it has expanded its library of BNC
digital courseware to include 10 criminal justice courses.

Access to affordable learning materials remains a significant barrier to
student engagement in higher education. While instructors in many
academic disciplines have begun to adopt lower cost materials to support
student affordability, criminal justice professors have had fewer
high-quality, low-cost options available in their discipline, making
these materials more difficult to adopt.

Priced at $25 per student, BNC OER+, formerly known as LoudCloud
Courseware, blends open educational resources (“OER”) and originally
authored content with a full range of ancillary materials, such as
auto-graded practice problems, summative exams and homework activities.
The courseware is highly customizable, empowering faculty to easily
personalize their course material. Powered with analytics, the platform
also provides integrated insights, enabling both students and their
faculty to monitor performance and improve learning outcomes.

In talking with various faculty members, we recognized an increased
need for more low-cost, customizable content in the criminal justice
discipline, and felt it was important to expand our library of
courseware content to further drive affordability, accessibility and
achievement for these students and faculty,” said Sesha Bolisetty, Head
of Content Operations, BNED. “We look forward to partnering with
additional faculty members in the coming semesters to deliver these
engaging digital courses in the criminal justice field.”

According to a recent BNC OER+ user survey, more than 90 percent of
students found the courseware content to be helpful in understanding the
subject matter better. More than 85 percent of students felt the
courseware platform interface was easy to use.

BNC OER+ has been well-received among faculty members leveraging the
criminal justice material for their courses. Feedback includes:

  • I have utilized the BNC OER+ platform at Penn State Beaver for two
    semesters. My students have found the platform easy to access,
    engaging, and they love the affordability. They particularly enjoy the
    videos directly linked to their readings. As a professor, I am excited
    that I can tailor the material to my lectures and state specific
    laws, issues, and current events while having a strong foundation
    already established in the platform. This provides me the opportunity
    to increase engagement and, ultimately, retention.” – Jodi Ann
    Gill, Criminal Justice Instructor, Penn State Beaver
  • The Juvenile Delinquency course was developed by a team
    of experts who are actively teaching the subject and know firsthand
    the complexity of its themes in both the classroom and online
    settings. The course’s design is student-centered, explaining the
    factors that contribute to juvenile delinquency and the process that
    juveniles face once in the juvenile justice system, in a clear and
    concise way. The course also includes thought-provoking learning
    resources such as videos, discussion questions and assignments to help
    instructors meet the learning objectives of the course. This course is
    a great platform for both instructors and administrators looking to
    update their Criminal Justice courses offered at their institution.” – Glenda
    Torrealba, MCJ, Hillsborough Community College & Ana G. Mendez
  • Being able to rely on a rich set of course materials to use as a
    starting point is tremendously helpful, especially for professors who
    are teaching a new topic for the first time or who teach a topic only
    occasionally. The Homeland Security course is a good example. It
    provides a baseline package that our adjuncts can ‘grab and go fast.’
    It also helps ensure that the course is consistent from semester to
    semester, and that it delivers the essential prerequisite baseline
    knowledge that is important for our more advanced courses. No matter
    who is teaching the course, we know the content will be right. BNED’s
    courses contain rich material that is relevant, visually appealing and
    easy to use.” — Dr. Daniel T. Murphy, Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  • Introduction to Criminal Law provides an excellent foundation for
    anyone interested in examining the topic. The reader is provided with
    the historical building blocks of criminal law and a tour through its
    development in the United States. Most importantly, the text provides
    an understanding of how individual criminal statutes are created,
    interpreted and applied. As a practitioner as well as an academic, I
    believe a student of criminal justice needs to understand how the
    criminal laws are actually applied by law enforcement and our federal
    and state courts. This text offers a balance between the theoretical
    approach and ‘real world’ impact of criminal law.” — Roger Wright,
    Professor Emeritus, University of Cincinnati Criminal Justice

BNC OER+ criminal justice course offerings include:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Homeland Security
  • Victimology
  • Police Function
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Introduction to Criminal Law
  • Criminology
  • Correction Institutions
  • Juvenile Delinquency

All courses are available now for immediate use and class adoptions.

To learn more about BNC OER+ or to request a demo, visit:
or contact


Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE: BNED) is a leading
provider of higher education and K-12 educational products and
solutions. Through its Barnes & Noble College and MBS Textbook Exchange
segments, Barnes & Noble Education operates 1,453 physical and virtual
bookstores across the U.S., serving more than 6 million students and
faculty. Through its Digital Student Solutions segment, the Company
offers direct-to-student products and services that help students study
more effectively and improve academic performance, enabling them to gain
the valuable skills necessary to succeed after college. The Company also
operates one of the largest textbook wholesale distribution channels in
the United States. For more information please visit

BNED companies include: Barnes
& Noble College Booksellers, LLC
Textbook Exchange, LLC
LoudCloud, LLC
, Student
Brands, LLC
, Promoversity,
, and PaperRater,
. General information on Barnes & Noble Education may be obtained
by visiting the Company’s corporate website:


Barnes & Noble Education
Carolyn J.
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications & Public
(908) 991-2967

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South Africa’s Blockchain Market, 2016-2025: Size & Spending Across 11 Sectors, 75+ Application Segments, Type of Blockchain, and Technology (Applications, Services, Hardware) –

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DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “South Africa Blockchain Business Opportunities and Outlook Databook Series (2016-2025) – Blockchain Market Size / Spending Across 11 Sectors, 75+ Application Segments, Type of Blockchain, and Technology (Applications, Services, Hardware)” report has been added to’s offering.

Blockchain spend in South Africa has increased at 90.4% during 2018 to reach US$ 103.2 million. Over the forecast period (2019-2025), spend on blockchain is expected to record a CAGR of 41.5%, increasing from US$ 181.4 million in 2019 to reach US$ 2,056.1 million by 2025.

This business intelligence report aims to analyze market opportunities and risks in blockchain technology and its applications in over 75 areas across 11 industries in South Africa. This is a data centric report, consisting of 185 charts and 150 tables, providing detailed understanding of market dynamics. This report covers country level market size / spending forecast (2016-2025) by blockchain applications, type of blockchain, and technology domain.

Report Scope

South Africa Market Size / Spending by Industry, 2016-2025

  • Banking & Finance
  • Insurance
  • Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals
  • Retail
  • Automotive
  • Defense & Aerospace
  • Construction
  • Public Sector
  • Professional Services
  • Agriculture
  • Energy and Utilities

South Africa Market Size / Spending by Type of Blockchain, 2016-2025 (for each industry)

  • Public
  • Private
  • Hybrid

South Africa Market Size / Spending by Technology Domain, 2016-2025 (for each industry)

  • Application and Platform
  • Service
  • Hardware

South Africa Market Size / Spending by Blockchain Application, 2016-2025

1. Banking & Finance – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • KYC Data and Due Diligence
  • Trade Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Initial Coin Offerings
  • Fraud Detection
  • Cross Border Payments
  • Risk Management and Compliance
  • Loan Management

2. Insurance – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Product Development and Distribution
  • Policy Administration and Operations
  • Claims Processing
  • Pricing / Underwriting
  • Risk Capital and Investment Management
  • Regulatory and Compliance
  • Payment and Collections

3. Healthcare & Pharmaceutical – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Drug Traceability
  • Clinical Trials
  • Drug Development
  • Data Management – Monitoring and IOT Devices
  • Health Records & Data Security
  • Claims Billing and Payment
  • Supply Chain Management

4. Retail – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Product Tracing and Counterfeit Goods
  • Billing and Payment
  • Claims and Settlements
  • Virtual Warranty Management
  • Contract Management
  • Supply Chain Management

5. Automotive & Transport – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Automotive Spare Parts and Warranty
  • Identity Management
  • Ride Sharing
  • V2X Communication
  • Auto Financing
  • Billing and Payment
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Automotive Asset Transfer

6. Defense & Aerospace – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Contract Management
  • Manufacturing Process and Part Identification
  • Document Management and Secure Communication
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Secure Platform and Application Development
  • Asset Transfer
  • Cybersecurity

7. Construction – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Asset Transfer
  • Contract Management
  • IOT
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Payment and Settlement

8. Public Sector – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Identity and Access Management
  • Voting Systems
  • Regulatory Compliance and Audit
  • Asset Management and Registration
  • Health Records
  • Processing Tax Payments
  • Government Payments and Citizen Services
  • Other

9. Professional Services – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Identity and Access Management
  • Regulatory Compliance and Audit
  • Payment and Settlement
  • Contract Management
  • Secure Platform and Application Development
  • Document Management and Secure Communication
  • Other

10. Agriculture – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Produce Tracking and Authentication
  • Payment and Settlement
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Contract Management
  • Other

11. Energy and Utilities – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Smart Metering and Billing
  • Contract Management
  • Energy Credits / Certificates
  • Trading and Smart Grids
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Supply Chain Management

Reason to Buy

  • How big is the opportunity for blockchain technology based products and services in South Africa?
  • How much are leading players in South Africa investing in blockchain based initiatives?
  • Which application areas across industries and should be targeted to maximize ROI?

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Sontiq Earns Repeat Recognition From Parent Tested Parent Approved

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Sontiq’s IdentityForce Platform for ID Theft Protection Garners Award from International Organization Based on Top Marks from Parent Community

NOTTINGHAM, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#PTPASontiq, an enterprise high-tech security and identity protection company, today announced that its IdentityForce brand has been recognized for the 6th consecutive year with the Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) Seal of Approval from PTPA Media, Inc., a volunteer community of more than 130,000 parents across North America who actively test and provide feedback on a variety of products. IdentityForce has once again earned five out of five stars for providing a robust identity theft protection solution to help families protect themselves and their children from identity crimes and fraud.

“Ask any mom how she makes her purchasing decisions, and she’ll tell you she trusts other moms more than brand marketing,” says Sharon Vinderine, founder and CEO of PTPA Media. “Authenticity is the only currency that matters, and that comes from the assurance that other moms have experienced a product personally and found that it met or exceeded their expectations. PTPA’s Seal of Approval conveys this all at a single glance.”

IdentityForce was the first-to-market with identity theft protection for children. As a key component of its platform, in the event of suspicious activity, a child’s alerts and messages are sent directly to parents via their own IdentityForce identity protection dashboard, so parents can view all alerts in one place. As an employee benefit, IdentityForce’s ChildWatch service is provided for free.

The PTPA community completed a thorough evaluation based on functionality, quality, value, and appeal. Here are some of the critical, award-winning features of IdentityForce’s #1-ConsumerRated Identity Theft Protection:

  • ChildWatch | Ongoing identity monitoring, fraud monitoring, and restoration services tailored for children’s identities, which are highly susceptible to identity theft. Analysts have reported that over a million children are victims annually, with the majority of these cases impacting those age seven or younger.
  • Social Media Identity Monitoring | Monitors social media accounts for inappropriate activity, spam, malware, impersonations, and signs of account hacking.
  • Fully-managed Restoration | Award-winning, 24/7 U.S.-based Certified Resolution Experts provide white-glove, full managed recovery services to restore an identity to pre-theft event status with 100% success.

“As a mom and advocate for protecting our most vulnerable, I can’t express enough how diligent we all need to be about sharing our children’s personal information,” said Donna Parent, Chief Marketing Officer at Sontiq. “Our children are prime targets for identity theft with their information being sold on the Dark Web for hundreds of dollars. I’m proud to work at a company that takes protecting children’s identities so seriously and we’re all humbled by the continuous support from the PTPA community.”

About PTPA Media, Inc.

PTPA Media certifies innovative products that families can trust. By connecting manufacturers with consumers, PTPA Media helps companies serve their markets better, and helps families identify products that have been tested and recommended by their peers. For more information visit

About Sontiq

Sontiq, headquartered in Nottingham, Maryland, is a high-tech security and identity protection company arming businesses and consumers with award-winning products built to protect what matters most. Sontiq’s brands, EZShield and IdentityForce, provide a full range of identity monitoring, restoration, and response products and services that empower customers to be less vulnerable to the financial and emotional consequences of identity theft and cybercrimes. Sontiq is a portfolio company of the Wicks Group. Learn more at or engage with us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or YouTube.

About Wicks

The Wicks Group is a private investment firm based in New York City that invests in lower middle market information businesses that create and deliver niche content and services to the business, consumer and education markets. Since its founding in 1989, Wicks has invested over $1 billion of capital in more than 30 platform companies and approximately 100 add-on acquisitions. The firm has applied a consistent investment strategy since its founding, partnering with high-quality, experienced management teams to build businesses organically and through acquisitions. Learn more at

©2019 Sontiq, Inc. All other trademarks or trade names are properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.


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Australia SVOD and Pay TV Forecasts to 2024: Subscribers, Revenues, Developments, Major Players –

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DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Australia SVOD and Pay TV Forecasts” report has been added to’s offering.

Published in September 2019, this 21-page PDF report covers the converging pay TV and SVOD TV episode and movie sectors.

The report covers the following:

  • SVOD Insights: Commentary on the main players and developments
  • Detailed Forecasts: SVOD Forecasts for every year from 2017 to 2024
  • Chart: SVOD subscribers by operator for 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2024
  • Chart: SVOD revenues by operator for 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2024
  • Forecasts for Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Apple TV+, Stan, Foxtel Now
  • Pay TV Insights: Commentary on the main players and developments
  • Forecasts: Pay TV Forecasts for every year from 2017 to 2024
  • Chart: Breakdown of TV households by platform (digital cable, analogue cable, IPTV, pay satellite TV, free-to-air satellite TV, analogue terrestrial, free-to-air DTT and pay DTT) for 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2024
  • Chart: Pay TV revenues by platform (digital cable, analogue cable, IPTV, pay satellite TV and pay DTT) for 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2024
  • Chart: Pay TV subscribers by operator (digital cable, analogue cable, IPTV, pay satellite TV and pay DTT) for 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2024
  • Chart: Pay TV revenues by operator (digital cable, analogue cable, IPTV, pay satellite TV and pay DTT) for 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2024
  • Forecasts for Foxtel

Companies Mentioned

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Apple TV+
  • Disney+
  • Foxtel Now
  • Netflix
  • Stan

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