This Week in Review – Oct. 29th to Nov. 4th

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Blackboard: A Case Study for Adaptability

Many higher education publications continue to highlight the challenges Blackboard faces in the learning management systems (LMS) market, such as the company’s decrease in market share, issues with its cloud strategy, and efforts to improve its client experience. What much of this coverage overlooks, however, is the question of why a once-innovative company like Blackboard is facing the challenges that it does.

The LMS is here to stay. Some means to organize the administration of teaching and learning, to provide a platform for instructional resources, and monitor results is not a transitory need. Blackboard’s competitors, as more recent market entrants, have used the incumbent as a point of departure, painting it as slow and outmoded. The line between innovation and adaptability has become blurred.

Source: Eduventures


Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

Post University Partners with Campus Management to Provide Modern and Flexible Solutions that Personalize the Student Journey

With a focus on personalizing the student journey, Post University® selected the enterprise suite of solutions from Campus Management to reach and engage constituents. Campus Management and Post University have a shared vision for engaging students throughout their lifecycle to create lifetime learners.

“When we began the search for a modern student information system (SIS), we were determined to choose a partner with higher education experience who strategically develops their solutions for the future,” said Greg Theisen, Post University Chief Information & Technology Officer.  “When we discovered the depth of Campus Management’s partnership with Microsoft, their focus on student success and the level of service they provide to their client community, we decided we needed the full suite of solutions, not just SIS.”

Sources: Markets Insider | Cision PR Newswire | Crossroads Today | NB Herard


Financial Aid

Motlow State Community College goes live with AcademicWorks

Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 1, Motlow State Community College will provide students with a consolidated platform for accessing the majority of the college’s institutional and foundation scholarships through the online scholarship management system called AcademicWorks.

“The AcademicWorks online platform is going to vastly improve the scholarship application and award experience for our students,” said Lane Yoder, Executive Director of the Motlow College Foundation.  “Presently, for many of the scholarships available to students through the Foundation, students have to read the critiera for each of the more than 30 scholarships to try to figure out which ones they are eligible to potentially receive, and then print a hardcopy of the application and complete it by hand. The current process for the student is arduous and confusing.”

Source: Winchester Herald Chronicle


Learning Management Systems (LMS)

D2L Extends Reach Across EMEA With New Customers and Partners

D2L, the global learning-technology leader, announces further growth in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, with significant partnerships and new customers deploying its Brightspace learning platform in the last quarter.

“Our aim is to reach every learner across EMEA, whether they are in school, college, university or within the corporate world,” said Elliot Gowans, VP EMEA, D2L. “We are constantly developing new ways to enhance the learning experience in line with user expectations and stay one step ahead of our competitors. We have enjoyed incredible success over the last few months as a result.”

Source: Markets Insider | Digital Journal  

U of Toronto to Replace Portal with Canvas in 2018

Following a comprehensive consultation, U of T has selected Canvas as its next online learning management system (LMS), replacing Portal. Canvas will undergo quality testing in the coming months and is expected to be completely implemented by September 2018.

Susan McCahan, U of T’s Vice-Provost for Innovations in Undergraduate Education, compares Canvas to the functionality of a smartphone. “It has an underlying base platform of functionality but then you can plug in almost seamlessly other types of functionality,” she said.

Source: The Varsity


Retention Management

University of South Florida Deploys Archivum Insights on AppianStudent Success Solution Unites Low-Code, Case Management, and Predictive Analytics

Appian, a leading Low-Code and Business Process Management platform provider, today announced that the University of South Florida (USF) has deployed its latest application on Appian, The Digital Transformation Platform™. The new application, called Archivum Insights, is a case management solution uniting student support personnel – including academic advisors, career counselors, financial advisors, mental health professionals, residential life coordinators, and college librarians – in one web and mobile application in order to efficiently assist an individual student’s progress to graduation.

Dr. Paul Dosal, vice president for Student Affairs & Student Success at the University of South Florida, says, “We are applying healthcare techniques to student success: diagnose, triage, and provide timely intervention. The next phase will be to apply this same approach across the student body – not just those at-risk – to optimize the USF experience for all 50,000 students. The partnership with Appian has provided USF with a powerful tool that will allow us to scale our outreach.”

Source: Markets Insider

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