This Week In Review - January 21st to January 27th


Canada's Higher Education Institutions are Moving to the Cloud


With last week's announcement of Oracle setting up its own Canadian cloud service - this, following in the footsteps of Google (2018), AWS (2017), Azure (2016) and IBM (2015), it got me thinking how Canadian colleges and Universities have progressed in terms of moving their systems to the cloud.

In the past, we have heard stories of Canadian institutions not wanting to have their data in the (US) cloud because of security reasons, more specifically the US Patriot Act. This resistance pressured companies to set up in Canada.

CCSF Extends Registration Deadline After Online Enrollment Technology Breakdown

City College has extended its registration deadline to Feb. 4 from Jan. 12 as the college is still struggling with its online system. Chancellor Mark Rocha apologized for the inconvenience stressing that the college’s transition from an old student information system to a new one is to blame.

“We take full responsibility for fixing this problem, and we are on it,” he wrote. But, shortly after midnight, on Jan. 8, the college’s chief technology officer, sent out a message to students saying Banner 9 Student Portal is unavailable and that the IT sector was working to resolve the issue at the earliest.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

CRM - Paciolan - University of New Mexico

The University of New Mexico Selects Paciolan

Paciolan has entered into a partnership with The University of New Mexico, providing the university with a cohesive solution that integrates digital ticketing, fundraising, marketing and CRM solutions for its athletics program, special events and performing arts program in order to achieve a 360-degree view of their fans and donors.

Source: AP

Degree Map - Florida State University

FSU Partners with Civitas Learning to Provide Undergraduate Students with Efficient New Academic Planning Tool

Through a partnership with Civitas Learning, Florida State University undergraduate students will soon have access to Degree Map, an online tool enabling them to more easily track their progress toward their degree and ensure that they select classes that follow their academic maps thus enhancing the university’s efforts to assist student progress toward timely degree completion.

Source: Jacksonville Business Journal

e-Portfolio - Point Park University

Point Park University’s School of Business Partners With Portfolium for ePortfolios and Assessment

Point Park University’s Rowland School of Business has chosen Portfolium’s Student Success platform which will allow faculty to validate students’ real-world skills as well as to capture and track career-ready skills gained from the program's many co-op, internship and career opportunities.

Portfolium’s full-intergration with the university’s LMS, Schoology, will also allow for administrative relief from previous assessment practices.

Source: Portfolium News

Library Information Services - University of Lille

University of Lille Chooses Ex Libris Alma and Primo Solutions

Ex Libris is pleased to announce that the University of Lille has selected the cloud-based Ex Libris Alma library services platform in order to facilitate collaboration and help the library manage its extensive print and electronic resources collection.

The Lille library network plans to take advantage of the openness of the platform and Primo solution for developing and delivering innovative and personal services to its user community.

Source: ProQuest News

Learning Management System - Frederick County Public Schools

FCPS Begins Transition to New Classroom Management System for Teachers

About 900 Frederick County Public Schools teachers began using a new learning management system (LMS) which provides tools for communication, grading, testing and assignments: Schoology.

Schoology is the first district-wide LMS deployed in county classrooms. Although a slow transition, it is estimated that just under a quarter of all teachers are active in the Schoology system. Teachers said they particularly gravitate toward the integration options, and the easy course organization.

Source: The Frederick News Post

Online Program Management - Northern Illinois University

NIU Board Approves $20M Contract to Expand Online Courses

The Board of Trustees at Northern Illinois University recently approved a $20 million partnership with Wiley Education Services to expand online course offerings which is part of the five-year strategic enrollment management plan.

Ever-changing technology is among the factors the strategic plan will take into account and Wiley’s assistance with growing online courses is a part of that as it is responding to a swiftly changing set of student needs.

Source: Daily Chronicle

Justin Menard