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7 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2018

Whenever we analyze the landscape of higher education technology, we find a range of trends in various stages of development. There are topics with real staying power, such as learning space design (which has factored into our trends list for several years). Others have evolved over time: Virtual reality made our list in 2016, then expanded to include augmented and mixed reality in 2017, and this year makes up part of a broader concept of immersive learning. And while some topics, like video, have been around for ages, new developments are putting them into a different light.

To help make sense of it all, we asked a panel of four IT leaders from institutions across the country for their thoughts. Here’s what they told us.

Source: Campus Technology

UNH Improves Decision Making with Automation of SIS Data Cleansing

The University of New Hampshire (UNH), a flagship research university receiving more than $100 million in competitive external funding every year, recently implemented eXplorance’s Data Integrity Gateway (DIG) tool to harness the power of big data analytics and enhance data quality. The university had been looking for ways to organize their Student Information System (SIS) data in order to make more informed decisions through accurate course evaluation analytics.

Using eXplorance’s DIG, UNH was able to improve their data quality and therefore get more accurate course evaluation analytics. “When we learned about the DIG module, it was clear it was built to address one of our process challenges,” said PT Vasudevan, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of New Hampshire. “We believed it would aid in reducing the resource demand on the central office by removing them as a middle agent from the data review process.” The decision was made after considering homegrown solutions and opting instead for a proprietary solution with proven results and faster delivery time.

Source: Cision PRWeb


Business Intelligence

University of Massachusetts Lowell Integrates Third Party Data Sets in Partnership With HelioCampus

HelioCampus, a technology-enabled services company, has expanded their partnership with UMass Lowell (UML) after a successful cloud analytics pilot. The objective of the pilot was to better understand student mobility, establish peer benchmarks, and develop models to help predict admissions yield. By blending UML’s internal student data with external data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and National Student Clearinghouse, HelioCampus and UML created a robust data set that powered visualizations and predictive models to answer critical questions for the institution.

“The complexity of the technology, combined with the need to move ahead rapidly, and the success of the pilot, really fueled the university wanting more. We chose to partner with HelioCampus as opposed to building our own solution because what they provided was probably where we would have been in three to five years. We couldn’t wait,” says Michael Cipriano, Associate Vice Chancellor & CIO, UMass Lowell. Lori Dembowitz, Associate CIO at UML adds, “working with HelioCampus gives us the opportunity to focus our efforts on having strategic discussions versus managing infrastructure and applications.”

Source: Cision PRWeb


Document Management

William Jewell College Embraces Paperless Concept with Help of Softdocs

Beginning a paperless campus initiative through the adoption of a collaborative technology, William Jewell College and Softdocs today announced the successful deployment of Etrieve by Softdocs, an enterprise content management, e-forms and workflow platform.

“Some departments were hesitant to adopt Etrieve due to a ‘stay-the-course’ attitude. Once they recognized the success of the new paperless process and real efficiencies saved through the technology, they were clamoring for it,” said Lan Guo, Director of IT, William Jewell College.

Source: Cision PRWeb


Learning Management System

Xavier University of Louisiana Selects D2L

D2L, the global learning technology leader, today announces that Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) has chosen its Brightspace Learning Management System (LMS) to modernize learning for their diverse teaching and learning environment. XULA leadership selected Brightspace over Instructure’s Canvas and Blackboard Learn, because it’s highly secure, easy to use, flexible and smart.

“We are in the midst of a digital transformation and our students expect we can provide them with the most modern tools available,” said Tony Moore, Vice President, Office of Technology Administration, Xavier University of Louisiana. “D2L’s leadership team understands that we require more than just a piece of software, but a partner who will work closely with us to realize our vision.”

Source: University Business

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