Manatee School Board Agrees to $525,000 in Lawsuit Related to Troubled Software Project
In 2016, the School Board of Manatee County entered into an agreement to purchase a new enterprise resource planning system that was supposed to streamline every corner of their business operations. The cost of this system was to be less than $10 million.
When the system launched, in 2018, with countless errors, a consultant was hired who estimated that the true project cost was more than $27 million. After lots of finger-pointing between the district and Ciber Global LLC, the main company hired to work alongside district staff, neither side will have to admit wrongdoing. The board approved a resolution that includes a section on “non-disparagement,” bringing their public dispute to an end.
The issues with the system have since been resolved and district employees are growing more comfortable with the new software.
Source: Bradenton Herald
Open LMS Expands Global Moodle Offering with Acquisition of eThink Education
Learning Technologies Group plc (LTG) recently announced the acquisition of eThink Education which will bolster LTG’s credentials in the high-growth Moodle market. As part of the acquisition, eThink will be integrated into Open LMS thus helping LTG to consolidate and innovate the Moodle offering for educational institutions.
“With the integration of eThink, which is a strong business delivering high levels of growth and profitability alongside peerless customer service, we can further support those who need a fully-functional, open-source solution to manage courses and deliver engaging content experiences at any time and anywhere,” says Phillip Miller, Managing Director for Open LMS.
Instructure to Acquire Certica Solutions to Make Learning Personal for Every Student
Instructure announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Certica Solutions. This acquisition will provide Instructure users with a comprehensive and open set of tools needed to drive student outcomes. Apart from the K12 assessment and analytics provided by Certica Solutions, Instruction will add Certica’s Videri, a powerful K12 analytics solution that integrates district data from multiple sources into one place.
“Welcoming Certica into the Instructure family will support educators by combining our assessment platform with smarter, standards-based assessments, assessment item banks, and powerful analytics empowering educators to make learning personal for each student,” says Steve Daly, CEO of Instructure.
Source: Cision PR Newswire
Conferencing – Vermont State Colleges
Vermont State Colleges Selects YuJa Enterprise Video Platform for System-Wide Lecture Capture Capabilities and Video Management Solutions
YuJa Inc. will provide faculty and students of four Vermont State Colleges with an enterprise video platform that will enhance the traditional classroom environment with effective video content management, capability for lecture capture and personal video capture as well as with a service to manage the storage and distribution of videos.
Source: Business Wire
Learning Management System – St. Dominic College of Asia
St. Dominic College of Asia selects Blackboard Learn to Improve Online Learning
St. Dominic College of Asia has selected Blackboard’s leading cloud learning management system (LMS), Blackboard Learn, as its first-ever LMS.
The college, focused on investing for its students with a mature digital learning environment in order to remain competitive, determined that Blackboard Learn was the best solution for them.
St. Dominic was drawn to the dynamic features of Blackboard Learn including its ease of use, compatibility with outcomes-based education, and integration capabilities.
Source: Blackboard News Room
Online Program Management – University Of Essex
upGrad Partners With UK’s University Of Essex
upGrad is becoming a recognized enrollment partner to the University of Essex, thus strengthening transnational education in India. New programs in areas of Digital Marketing, MBA, Business Analytics, Business with Finance, Business Management, Computer Science, and Law are scheduled to commence in January 2021.
“We operate in times when the country is in dire need of a skilled workforce […]. Therefore, our efforts to join hands with the globally-recognized University of Essex will further propel a stronger and wider online learning ecosystem for individuals in India and across various geographies, thus helping them future-proof their careers,” says Arjun Mohan, CEO – India, upGrad.
Source: BW Disrupt