This Week in Review – March 26th to April 1st


How Apple Lost Its Place in The Classroom

The company had been in classrooms for years, as far back as the Apple IIe, which Apple donated to schools by the thousands in the early 1980s. Apple wanted to bring its devices into every school in America, to usher in an era of computer literacy and education. And perhaps, to introduce Apple-branded devices to kids early enough to make them lifelong customers.

Today’s classrooms are powered by Chromebooks and, to a lesser extent, Windows laptops. These are sturdy, versatile, and inexpensive machines that have revolutionized how schools incorporate technology into their classrooms. Steve Jobs wanted to put a computer in the hands of every student. But Chromebooks—not Macbooks—have made that vision a reality.

Source: Wired


Instructure Launches “Partner Booster Program” to Support Edtech Startups

On March 30, Instructure, the Utah-based company best known for its learning management system Canvas and workplace software program Bridge, announced that it is starting its own incubator program for edtech startups. The program, which arrives on the heels of the company’s tenth anniversary, promises to offer edtech startups access to some of its services and expertise, but the announcement may also suggest that the company is looking for strategic ways to grow.

Source: eLearning Inside News

Accessibility - University of California, Berkeley

UC-Berkeley Engages Blackboard Ally to Improve Accessibility

The University of California, Berkeley, has contracted with Blackboard to connect students to online courses through the Blackboard Ally inclusive learning platform, which aims to improve accessibility for all students. Students will begin using Ally this fall.

Source: Inside Higher Ed

Entreprise Resource Planning - Lorain County Community College

Lorain County Community College Increases Enrollment and Student Success with Oracle Cloud

Oracle today announced that Lorain County Community College  (LCCC) will be using Oracle Cloud Applications to fuel enrollment, efficiency and foster student success.

"The success of our students is paramount," said Jonathan Volpe, vice president for Administrative Services & Treasurer, Lorain County Community College. "To best serve their needs, we had to enhance both our back-end and front-end systems to deliver more efficiency amongst our staff and a better experience for our students. When we reviewed systems, the ROI of Oracle Cloud was clear. With the intelligence and agility of these offerings, we are able to put a renewed energy and focus on recruiting the next generation of learners."

Source: Cision PR Newswire

Student Information System, Finance & HR - Lubbock Christian University

Lubbock Christian University Selects Campus Management's Full Enterprise Suite to Transform Student Experience and Streamline Business Processes

Campus Management announced today that Lubbock Christian University (LCU) selected the CampusNexus® enterprise suite of solutions to support its goal of creating successful outcomes for students. By using the CampusNexus Student and CampusNexus Finance, HR & Payroll solutions, LCU is enabling enhanced levels of engagement, starting with the recruitment process and continuing through the student lifecycle to its network of more than 9,000 alumni.

"I am confident that our partnership with Campus Management will complement our mission to transform our students' lives by giving them new success tools like enhanced degree planning and a more robust student portal that provides easier class registration and course tracking," said Dr. Karl Mahan, Vice President of Technology Advancement at LCU. "Additionally, CampusNexus solutions will enable us to better connect with our constituents throughout the student lifecycle and help them fulfill their academic and career goals."

Source: Cision PR Newswire