This Week in Review – August 5th to August 12th
Schoology, NEO, Claroline, Chamilo: The Beginning of the LMS Long Tail
The Big Four Learning Management Systems (Moodle, Blackboard, Instructure, and D2L), often with similar dynamics, end up being primary competitors in global regions. And Sakai, another big LMS, is in decline, but what about the next level down?
Let's consider four LMS solutions that are still quite active but with fewer institutional users than Sakai.
Combining Data from Multiple Digital Learning Tools Produces Better Predictions
The University of Maryland, in collaboration with Blackboard and VitalSource, used student activity data from the university to assess that early activity with digital tools is a"strong predictor" of passing a class, more so than the grade point average a student enters the class with.
The idea for the project was to overcome a common objection made by institutions that data needs to be all-encompassing, otherwise, the school will only get "partial understandings".
Source: Campus Technology
Conferencing - University of North Dakota
University of North Dakota Selects YuJa Enterprise Video Platform for 3-Year Agreement
YuJa is to provide site-wide implementation of a Video Platform as a Service, including video content management, recording and live streaming solutions to the University of North Dakota.
The YuJa Enterprise Video Platform will integrate with the university's existing Blackboard LMS and existing video infrastructure to support the university's educational initiatives centered on video.
Source: Cision PR Newswire
ePortfolio - La Roche College
La Roche College Chooses Portfolium to Assess GenEd Learning Outcomes
Portfolium’s Student Success platform will provide La Roche students with the ability to access a lifelong digital repository of curricular and co-curricular learning artifacts, all of which will exist in a searchable database for potential employers.
La Roche also plans to roll out the campus-wide ePortfolio initiative as part of the institution’s First Year Experience program and follow students through their transition into La Roche and beyond as alumni.
Source: Cision PR Newswire
Plagiarism - New Jersey Community Colleges
New Jersey Community Colleges Tap Online Proctoring Leader
Examity will offer test security solutions with live, record-and-review, and automated proctoring for the 19 member institutions of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges.
"Ensuring quality in online higher ed depends on reliable, secure assessment, and Examity's approach to flexible proctoring made them the best fit for our students and faculty," said Dr. Jack Kelnhofer, Dean of e-Learning at Ocean County College in Toms River.
New Chief Technology Officer to Guide University's IT Strategy
Matt Riley, who served as Chief Information Officer at the University of Montana for five years, is coming to the University of Oregon (UO) as its new Chief Technology Officer as of September 17th.
Riley, who has experience providing vision and strategic direction for information technology, will be developing technology strategies and roadmaps for services to more effectively guide UO’s technology.