This Week in Review – Oct. 22nd to Oct. 28th

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Mix and Match, SIS and Financial Systems in HigherEd

Eighty-five percent of higher education institutions choose to deal with one main system provider for their administrative systems (financial and student information systems). By having one provider, the integration is smoother, the price negotiations are easier and the support is usual quick and friendly.

Now, as for the 15% of HigherEd institutions that choose to select a different provider for their core systems, what are the reasons behind such a decision? Is it that a single company could not address all their needs or is it something more sinister?

Source: LISTedTECH

The University of Queensland Transforms Learning Experience with Video

Kaltura and Blackboard announced on 23 October that their joint customer, the University of Queensland, is leveraging video within the Learning Management System (LMS) to transform the learning experience, with an emphasis on student assessment. Since launching the service in 2013, the University’s Kaltura system has generated over 1 million views on top of its other lecture capture services.

“The University puts a great emphasis on using innovative technologies and learning methodologies, that are both engaging and measurable,” said Dr. Simon Collyer, Manager – eLearning Systems and Support; Learning and Research Services, University of Queensland. “Our video assessment program has been extremely successful due to the ease of use of Kaltura’s video tools, integrated directly into the Blackboard LMS that faculty and students are accustomed to working with. It’s a very powerful combination that has enabled us to seamlessly incorporate video and cater to today’s digital generation of students.”

Source: Enterprise Innovation


Business Intelligence

St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas Partners with HelioCampus to Deliver Institution-Wide Analytics

HelioCampus, a technology-enabled services company that combines technology with ongoing data science services, has partnered with St. Edward’s University to provide visibility into their enrollment, retention, financial aid, student success, and faculty data.

After an extensive RFI process, St. Edward’s chose HelioCampus because of their extensibility, expertise in higher education and enterprise quality visualization tool. “Even though our relationship with HelioCampus is new, it has already saved me a significant amount of time. Previously, I would need to go to three or four different, disparate data sources to determine how to blend that data together, data that are on completely different dimensions of time. That’s a big lift and a lot of time. HelioCampus helps expedite our work in answering key organizational questions around enrollment, as well as retention,” said Justin Sloan, Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Planning and Chief Data Officer, St. Edward’s University.

Source: Cision PRWeb


Competency-based Education

Leaders Join Forces to Help Solve North Carolina’s Teacher Shortage

D2L, the leader in learning technology, announces that two flagship universities of the University of North Carolina System, North Carolina State University (NC State) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), have used Brightspace to launch a joint Competency-based Education (CBE) program. The CBE program is the first of its kind in the region, designed to certify thousands of people to teach in schools across North Carolina.

“It is critical that we recruit and retain teachers across the State to provide a quality education and learning experience to thousands of our students,” said Michael J. Maher, Assistant Dean for Professional Education and Accreditation at the NC State College of Education. “To meet this challenge, we needed a partner that could train teachers with a program tailored to modern learners. D2L was the clear choice for that partner.”

Sources: Market Wired | Digital Journal | Markets Insider


Enterprise Content Management

Softdocs Announces Q3 Milestones, Remains First Choice for ECM Among Educational Institutions

Softdocs’ new customers, including Polk State College, represent migrations from other ECM providers as well as existing customers expanding their use of Etrieve Forms, Etrieve Content and Doc e Serve, a print customization and delivery product.

“We selected Softdocs for their forward-facing, cloud-based approach to ECM. Previously, user access to our ECM solution was limited and our financial aid office was still relying on manual workflows,” said Naomi Boyer, vice president and CIO of strategic initiatives and innovation, Polk State College. “Now, to automate processes, increase productivity and facilitate student success, we are concurrently launching Softdocs and Jenzabar Financial Aid.”

Source: Cision PRWeb


Enterprise Resource Planning

Camosun College Moves to Cloud with Ellucian Private Cloud Solution

Ellucian, a provider of software and services built to power higher education, announced today that Camosun College will deploy Colleague by Ellucian in the Cloud. Camosun College is the first Canadian institution to deploy this next generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution via the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Canadian Region.

“The decision to implement Colleague via Ellucian private cloud is directly in line with the first corner post of our strategic plan––fostering amazing student experiences,” said Camosun College President Sherri Bell. “With our new cloud-based Colleague solution we’ll have the technology we need to improve our interactions with students, including new features such as student planning and mobile technologies.”

Source: Business Wire


Learning Management System

Collège Boréal Selects Brightspace, Replacing Blackboard, to Serve the Diverse Learning Needs of Francophone Students Across Ontario

D2L, the global learning leader, announces that Collège Boréal has selected its Brightspace Learning Management System (LMS) to enhance teaching and learning experiences across six campuses and 37 access centers in 25 communities across Ontario, Canada.

“As a francophone college with campuses and access centers across Ontario, a strong LMS has always been critical to maintain the quality and versatility of our teaching and learning environment,” said Lyne Michaud, Vice-President of Academics for Collège Boréal. “We chose the Brightspace platform due to its rich set of features and functionalities, which will present new ways for our students to connect, engage and collaborate in the learning process, and create a better learning experience in French.”

Sources: Market Wired | SYS-CON Media

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