Learning Management System – University of Illinois
UI to Replace Illinois Compass with Canvas as Learning System
The University of Illinois will transition from Compass to Canvas starting in the 2021 Summer term. This important decision was taken after a two-year pilot period where 3,000 students and faculty were able to test the system.
Canvas which includes a 24/7 help desk, a single calendar for all assignments, mobile-friendly usage, and potentially faster access to class content is what “[…] make(s) it easier for the instructor, benefit the students and help students become more successful,” said Drew MacGregor, director of enterprise applications and development for Technology Services.
It is not required for courses using another LMS to migrate to Canvas, but “[…] a lot of departments asked for Canvas, which is very promising … it is possible that more professors and their classes (will) switch over to Canvas,” says Henry Borsuk, a sophomore in Engineering and member of the Canvas Advisory Committee.
Source: The Daily Illini
Library Information Services – University of Tennessee at Martin / Middle Tennessee State University
Two Tennessee Universities Adopt the FOLIO Library Services Platform using EBSCO FOLIO
The University of Tennessee at Martin (UT Martin) and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) will be going live with the FOLIO Library Services Platform (LSP) by summer 2021. They will serve as an example of how Tennessee universities can benefit from the innovativeness and flexibility of EBSCO FOLIO who is hosting and supporting FOLIO.
“Combining our ILS and ERM in combination with a better discovery experience while reducing costs was definitely a draw for us in selecting FOLIO in the short-term. In the long-term, the open source nature of the project and responsiveness to change in library trends will definitely be an asset for customization and future needs,” said MTSU’s Library Dean, Kathleen Schmand says that adopting FOLIO provides the university with the opportunity to contribute and connect with trends in library services.
Source: Library Technology Guide
Online Program Management – Case Western Reserve University
Case Western Reserve University’s School of Engineering to Launch New Online MS in Computer Science with Noodle
Case Western Reserve University is collaborating with Noodle to launch the Online Master of Science in Computer Science in the fall of 2021. This new program shall give working professionals access to world-class faculty and computer science curriculum while exposing them to a range of in-demand topics.
“Professional opportunities in computer and data science pervade all sectors, with applications from health care to polymers to clean energy,” said Venkataramanan Balakrishnan, the Charles H. Phipps Dean of the Case School of Engineering. “The MSCS online program is intentionally designed to provide Case Western Reserve graduates the expertise needed to take advantage of those opportunities and become leaders in this dynamic field.”
Source: Cision PR Newswire
Retention Management – Fort Hays State University
Community-Building Tool Supports Students at Fort Hays State U
In order to boost student communication, engagement, and success, Fort Hays State University selected to partner with InScribe.
Designed by students, for students, InScribe is a digital community platform that integrates with the insitution’s learning management system and provides students with a way to connect to each other in order to build relationships, share ideas and get help and advice, whether they are on or off-campus.
“We empowered them [students] to be the leaders and caretakers of this new virtual space. And we’re thrilled with the results so far. Our students jumped right in and we can see that InScribe is already having a positive impact on student engagement, connection and emotional well-being,” says Andrew Feldstein, assistant provost for teaching innovation and learning technologies at the university.
Source: Campus Technology
Textbooks – National University
Pioneering California University Expands Ambitious Affordability Initiative with Digital Textbooks
National University announced a major expansion of its textbook affordability initiative with Barnes & Noble guaranteeing to lower costs on new and used textbooks, as well as digital materials.
This new initiative will not only provide students with competitive pricing, more seamless access, and additional purchasing choices for course materials but also access to a Guaranteed Buyback Program for hard-copy texts.
“During this period of enormous economic hardship for so many students and their families, we simply owe it to them to use every innovation and process at our disposal to reduce costs. This work is reflective of our commitment to closing gaps in access and affordability,” says Dr. David Andrews, president of National University.