Pearson acquires online learning company

<p>Pearson has acquired the Oslo-based online learning company Fronter in a bid to strengthen and expand its education business worldwide. Fronter, which was founded by Roger Larsen and Bjarne Hadland in 1998, provides a learning management system that offers more than 80 different<br />tools for secure online education &quot;to learn whenever and wherever [students] choose&quot;.</p><p>The platform allows students to review personal study plans, submit assignments and communicate with their teachers, as well as study on their own or in a group. A key feature in the design is its usability.</p><p>John Fallon, chief executive of Pearson&rsquo;s international education company, said: &quot;We know there is great demand for this kind of flexible, digital and educationally-effective service and we believe that Pearson&rsquo;s scale, international reach and broad educational capabilities can help Fronter achieve its global ambitions. Together we will play an ever more effective role in harnessing technology to personalise learning and enhance student performance.&quot;</p><p>Fronter, which reported gross assets of &pound;6.6m at the end of June this year, has offices in 10 countries and serves 4m individuals through 3,000 different educational customers. The UK, Norway and Sweden are among its strongest markets.</p>