This Week in Review – September 10th to September 16th


Current Trends in the Higher Ed SIS Market 2010 – 2018

Key points:

  • New Student Information System (SIS) implementations have been plummeting since 2011;

  • Small to medium-sized institutions with less than 10,000 students are more likely than larger institutions to install a new product in this market;

  • Demands for outcomes-based systems are growing;

  • Overall, a strong pattern of “holding off until new software hits the scene/has settled down” remains firmly entrenched.


Source: LISTedTECH


RMIT Pilots Digital Assistant, Launches AI, ARand VR Short Courses

RMIT is piloting a 'digital assistant' for students, which will "provide dynamic and personalised guidance to students to help and support them in navigating University life", the university said.

The interface with the assistant, known as AIDA (Artificial Intelligence Digital Assistant), has been created with Amazon Web Service's Sumerian tool.

The assistant is the latest in a bevy of university chatbots that are on trial or have launched over the last year.

Source: CIO from IDG

Learning Management System - Oklahoma State University

OSU Moving from Brightspace to Canvas

Oklahoma State University has used D2L as its LMS since 2005. In summer 2015, the University adopted a major update called Brightspace which is what the University currently uses.

“A couple of years ago, I thought it would be a good time to look around and see what else was going on in learning management systems,” said Christine Ormsbee, the associate provost/director for the OSU Institute for Teaching and Learning Excellence.

In Spring 2015, it was decided that the current LMS was not doing what people had hoped it would, so an official review committee formed. The committee voted to move to Canvas, which is intended to be used on campus in the Spring of 2019.

Source: Daily O'Collegian

Online Program Management - Concordia University-Portland

Orbis Fuels New Concordia U. Portland Pre-Nursing Degree Program

Orbis Education expanded its service agreement with Concordia University-Portland to develop and launch the University's new Associate of Arts in Pre-Nursing program; a program which is entirely online.

Concordia University-Portland's nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education – recognized by the U.S.

Source: Cision PR Newswire

Student Information System - Iowa State University

New Student Registration System To Be Implemented Over Next Three-to-Five Years

Iowa State's decades-old registration system will soon be replaced.

Online services such as the degree audit and class registration programs are available to students through AccessPlus, but much of this software can’t communicate with other related resources, making it less streamlined for users and also causing strife for academic advisors who would prefer all of the data to be available in one location.

The new software is being developed by Workday. Mark Simpson, Iowa State's registrar, says they’re planning to roll out pieces of the larger system in a modular fashion as they surpass the individual systems currently in place.

Source: Iowa State Daily

Textbooks - Baker University

Pearson and Baker University Partner to Provide Students Course Materials, Tutoring & Career Services for One Flat Rate

"Baker 360°", the new partnership between Pearson and Baker University's School of Professional & Graduate Studies, embeds a holistic support services approach to help each student persist in their college journey.

This new partnership, which will provide students with all the Pearson content, as well as its Smarthinking tutoring and Career Services Program, will begin benefiting students in the fall 2018 semester.

Source: Cision PR Newswire

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