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


China's NetDragon acquires U.S. online learning community Edmodo

Chinese online game developer NetDragon Websoft Inc. has acquired 100-percent stake in Edmodo, a leading U.S. online learning community.

The 137.5 million U.S. dollar acquisition shows NetDragon's commitment to building the world's largest online learning community while accelerating innovation and offering more resources for online learners.

Source: XinhuaNet

Customer Relationship Management - University of Canberra

University of Canberra to overhaul student CRM

As the University of Canberra sets about implementing new engagement and retention strategies, the University is also ready to upgrade its digital services with the aim of improving the entire student experience from before they even enrol to after they graduate.

The new platform, Adobe's MarTech, will be hosted on Adobe Experience Manager and will be “tightly integrated with existing core systems such as the Microsoft Dynamics CRM”.

Source: iTnews

Learning Management System - Cornell University

Cornell to Replace Blackboard with Canvas for All Courses by 2019

Starting in the spring of 2019, Cornell University will be replacing Blackboard with Canvas as its main Learning Management System.

Canvas, one of Blackboard’s major competitors, was chosen for its ease of use and because it is the “LMS for most of our peer institutions,” according to Prof. Julia Thom-Levy, physics and vice provost for academic innovation.

The migration to Canvas will not deprive students and faculty of the common features and tools currently supported by Blackboard, such as TurnItIn, iClicker and Panopto, according to the Cornell IT website.

Source: The Cornell Daily Sun

Online Program Management - University of Denver

2U, Inc. Partners with the University of Denver Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science to Deliver a New Online Master's in Data Science Program, DataScience@Denver

A new partnership has been announced between 2U and the University of Denver Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science. The Ritchie School, as it is commonly known, will deliver a new Master of Science in Data Science (DataScience@Denver) which is scheduled to begin in 2019.

"Data drives today's economy, and professionals with strong data science skills will be in high demand by organizations of all types for the foreseeable future. ... The University of Denver is thrilled to partner with 2U, the leader in education technology, to offer an innovative online master's in data science program," said JB Holston, dean of the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Denver.

Source: Cision PR Newswire

Textbooks - University of the Southwest

University of the Southwest Chooses Cengage Unlimited to Save Students up to $1.5 Million on Course Materials

A first-of-its-kind subscription giving students access to digital higher education materials for one price has just been adopted by the University of the Southwest.

This new agreement between the University and Cengage Unlimited provide students with the necessary material for them to be successful in their courses.

Cengage Unlimited offers students access to more than 22,000 products across 70 disciplines and 675 courses—for one price, no matter how many Cengage materials they use.

Source: Cision PR Newswire


Middlebury Names Vijay Menta as Its New Chief Information Officer

Vijay Menta, an IT professional with 20 years of experience at Yale University, has been namedMiddlebury’s new assistant vice president and chief information officer (CIO).

As the head of Information Technology Service for Middlebury College and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Menta now oversees the work of about 55 employees in areas that range from enterprise applications to user services to information security and infrastructure. He started his new job on May 29, 2018.

Source: Middlebury Newsroom