This Week in Review – April 22nd to April 28th


Hoonuit Acquires Texas-Based Mizuni

Hoonuit announced the acquisition of Texas-based Mizuni, a provider of data integration and data warehouse solutions.

Texas K-12 districts being uniquely challenged with a growing ethnically and socioeconomically diverse student population, this acquisition will lead educators to access, query, analyze, and use data to inspire best practice, predict outcomes, and drive decision-making at all levels of an organization.


Faculty & Course Evaluation - The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) & Al Qasima University

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Transitions Course Evaluations Online with Blue

The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) has joined other members of Polytechnics Canada leveraging Blue for course evaluations. Blue’s flexibility in reporting and ability to accommodate hybrid evaluations is what made this particular company appealing for SAIT who will now be in a position to maximize the efficiency of their course evaluation process.

Source: PressReleasePoint

Al Qasimia University Enhances Surveys and Course Evaluations with Blue

Al Qasimia University has chosen Blue to automate their surveys and course evaluations; a decision based on Blue’s best-in-class integration capabilities and advanced reporting engine.

Source: PressReleasePoint

Financial System - University of California San Diego

University of California San Diego to Streamline Finance with Oracle ERP Cloud

The University of California San Diego is replacing its legacy financial management system with Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud which will enable the University to increase productivity while lowering costs and improving controls.

Oracle ERP Cloud will not only significantly speed up month-end and year-end closing for the finance team, it will provide UC San Diego with tools to embrace finance best practices and more easily access and deploy emerging technologies.

Source: Yahoo! Finance

LMS - Canvas - Rollins College

Rollins ditches Blackboard

A collective decision, which started with student and faculty feedback, led to the purchase of Canvas as the new learning management system for Rollins College.

The ease of use and navigation, the unique features that would improve class experience, and a superior online grading tool were all positive feedback recieved by members who participated in the Canvas pilot.

Starting in August 2019, courses will be on Canvas and students will have until December 2019 to download any Blackboard assignments or grades that they want to save for the future. 

Source: The Sandspur

Online Program Management- University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky Partners with Wiley Education Services

Wiley Education Services and the University of Kentucky are pleased to announce they have entered into a partnership to offer the College of Social Work’s Master of Social Work online, launching in Fall 2019.

The partnership supports the College of Social Work’s goal to provide a superior education, to increase its accessibility to all students as well as to focus on creating opportunities for innovation in teaching and learning while empowering communities through service and outreach.

Source: AP News

Textbooks - Oglethorpe University

Oglethorpe University Partners with Virtual Bookstores to Offer Substantial Textbook Savings for Students

Beginning in Summer 2019, Oglethorpe students will have access to an innovative online bookstore solution, Virtual Bookstores. This new virtual bookstore will help students obtain course materials at a significantly reduced cost while taking advantage of every purchasing option, including new, used, rental, eTextbook, and an expansive network of third-party Marketplace sellers.

Source: Cision PRWeb

Textbooks - Carnegie Mellon

Carnegie Mellon and Lumen Learning Partner on Evaluating Learning Materials

Carnegie Mellon University’s Simon Initiative, a cross-disciplinary effort for improving student outcomes, is teaming up with Lumen Learning to share tools for developing, evaluating and continuously improving evidence-based learning materials. While the Simon Initiative adds analytic tools into its educational effectiveness toolkit, Lumen will build awareness as well as implement and support faculty members' use of next-generation learning tools.

Sources: Campus Technology | The Piper CMU Community News

Justin Menard