This Week in Review – April 9th to April 15th


China’s NetDragon to Acquire Edmodo for $137.5 Million

China’s NetDragon has gobbled up another education technology company. This time, it’s Edmodo, one the largest online social communities of teachers and students in the world.

Edmodo was started in 2008 by a teacher and IT support person as a “Facebook-like” community aimed at connecting educators with students and with one another. Also like Facebook, Edmodo grew rapidly. Currently, the company, now based in San Mateo, Calif., claims more than 90 million registered users (both teachers and students) in 400,000 schools across 192 countries.

Source: EdSurge


Meet the 33-Year-Old Nigerian Entrepreneur Who Built a $3 Million EdTech Company

Nigerian-born Temitope Ogunsemo, 33, is the founder of Krystal Digital, a fast-growing educational technology company that specializes in the creation, development and deployment of customized and service-oriented software applications for educational institutions in Nigeria.

I recently caught up with him in Lagos where he recounted his early beginnings, mused on the journey so far, and talked about Krystal Digital’s plans for the future.

Source: Forbes

Business Intelligence - University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky Uses Analytics to Study Student Success Factors

"About four or five years ago, we saw an opportunity to start trying to understand the university a bit better," says Adam Recktenwald, chief technology innovation officer and executive director of enterprise applications. "Our particular interest is in using decision support to aid student success.

The university installed an SAP HANA data management platform and analytics solution. The main impetus for changing from earlier Oracle and SQL Server solutions was the extremely high speed of HANA's operation.

"Analytics went from complex overnight routines to real time," says Recktenwald. "Once everything is up and configured, you can make decisions about things with the flip of a switch. It really changed our capability to write analytics applications, allowing us to ask many more questions than are possible with conventional platforms.

Source: upside

Digital Badging - University System of Maryland

The University System of Maryland Partners with Portfolium on Digital Badging Initiative

The University System of Maryland (USM) has partnered with Portfolium to support the system's career-readiness digital badging initiative, "Badging Essential Skills for Transitions" (B.E.S.T.). As an early strategic partner of Portfolium's digital badging and learning pathways platform, BadgeLink, USM's William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation has established itself as a leader in cutting-edge educational initiatives aimed at improving student success.

Source: Markets Insider

Library Information System - York St John University

York St John University Selects Talis Aspire for Improved Reading List Solution

York St John University have selected Talis Aspire to manage and deliver its online reading lists service.

York St John University Library aims to improve student experience with improved access to resources. They plan to integrate reading lists with their Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Moodle through the Talis Aspire Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) tool.

The library will also see streamlined workflows, with better capability to manage library acquisitions and improved reporting functionality.

Source: talis

Learning Management System - University of Nebraska-Lincoln 

Blackboard Officially Replaced by Canvas on May 15

Blackboard will no longer be used at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln starting May 15.

The learning management system will be replaced with Canvas, which is already in use with many classes in the University of Nebraska system.

While the change from one website to another may seem daunting to some upperclassman and professors, freshmen and sophomores will most likely be more accustomed to Canvas because it has slowly been phased into use over the past two years.

Source: The Daily Nebraskan


Learning Management System - Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast selects Canvas to Help Meet Ambitious Digital Vision

Canvas by Instructure has announced that it has been selected by Queen's University Belfast to provide its innovative and scalable open online virtual learning environment (VLE).

Olivia Roberts, Head of Student Services and Systems at Queen's University Belfast, said, "It is not an exaggeration to say that Canvas has the potential to fundamentally change how we deliver teaching and learning. We will improve how our students access materials, the kinds of assessments available, the types of lesson materials and multimedia we use and really give our students ownership in the process. And, of course, this is instrumental in helping deliver on our greater strategic goals as an institution."

Source: TMC News