This Week in Review – Jan. 15th to Jan. 21st

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Preliminary Data on K-12 LMS Market

Over the past several months, we have worked with our partners at eLiterate as we have ramped up our efforts to collect data on LMS usage in the K-12 market in the United States. This is a massive effort as the market includes more than 130,000 individual public and private schools, and more than 13,600 school districts, according to recent NCES documentation. We are aware of several private data sources with estimates on the K-12 LMS market, but there are no public sources.

Part of the challenge is that the K-12 market is messier than higher education and that market’s roughly 7,200 institutions…

Source: LISTedTECH

Colleges to Share Oracle ERP System in Effort to Cut Costs

Three Vermont private colleges plan to share a cloud-based Oracle ERP system. It’s taking cooperation and agreement to change their business practices. But if it’s successful, the colleges expect to save millions in costs.

“The schools discovered that they could really work together on one software platform, as long as it allowed them to separate the schools efficiently,” Noelke said (the consortium’s executive director).

The implementation begins this year. The three colleges are now using Ellucian systems: One is using Banner, and two are using Colleague. Two of the colleges ran the ERP systems on-premises and the third outsourced.

Source: TechTarget


ePortfolios

Purdue University Partners with Portfolium On Their Leadership and Professional Development Initiative

Portfolium has partnered with Purdue University to roll out the use of lifelong learning ePortfolios to its 40,000 students and 3,055 faculty members. Purdue chose Portfolium as their platform for students to track, share and reflect on their learning relative to their leadership and professional development for career readiness. Purdue’s Leadership and Professional Development Initiative(LPDI) tracks learning outcomes tied to a variety of curricular and co-curricular activities. Now, the students will be able to reflect on and display what they learned using Portfolium.

Source: Cision PRWeb


Enterprise Resource Planning

University Begins Process of Changing Online Information System

Students and faculty may soon part ways with Banweb as the University looks for a new information planning system.

Chief Information Officer Loretta Early announced at a Faculty Senate meeting Friday that the University will decide the next management system within two years, after the company that makes the current Banner system announced it would stop updating its software. She said moving to a new program will help the University move forward technologically and update its wide-reaching digital platform to serve changing faculty and student needs.

Early said the top two choices for the system are an updated version of Banner and Workday, a system known for its ability to personalize the user experience based on the person’s role at a university. Workday offers systems for student information management as well as human resources management systems, according to the company’s website.

Source: The GW Hatchet


Learning Management System

University Gradually Transitions to Schoology

Blackboard has long been at the center of Point Park. Students rely on the system to view grades, assignments and notes, and it is the only legitimate campus for full-time online students. 

As of late, the university has been looking to replace Blackboard, which has been in use since 2012. After numerous surveys, evaluations and assessments, Schoology has won out as the university’s new learning management system, and Point Park’s Online Division has been working on the transition.

Source: The Globe


Online Program Management

University Looks to Add More Online Programs

The university is planning to add more online degree programs for non-traditional students as part of an effort to bring in more students.

“In terms of the number non-traditional students that are either working adults or someone that didn’t go to college right out of high school tend to be place-bound and so having online degree programs allows us to still provide opportunities to them,” Executive Director of Online Learning Belle Cowden said.

The university will be working with Academic Partnerships (AP), a company focused on helping universities with online degree programs, to help market its online programs across the country. Consultants from AP will be on campus Jan. 24.

Source: The Shield

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