This Week In Review – September 4th to September 9th


Coursera Makes its First Acquisition, Rhyme Softworks, to Power New Coursera Labs Offering

Having made its name through its popular e-learning programs, Coursera has now made its first-ever acquisition: Rhyme Softworks, Rhyme Softworks is a platform that lets developers build hands-on, virtual e-learning projects. This acquisition has been paired with a new product from Coursera called Coursera Labs.

As this deal and new product have been in the works for some time, institutions like the University of London have already started building online projects with these tools which offer more analytics as well as flexibility and customization capability to course creators.

Sources: TechCrunch | Venture Beat

e-Learning - Trent University

Ally - New Accessibility Tool in Blackboard

Ally, an easy to use, accessibility tool has been deployed at Trent University to improve the accessibility of all content. One accessibility option is the automatic generation of alternative formats of files uploaded by the instructor which will allow students to download the instructor’s documents in the format of their choice without requesting any additional input from the instructor.

Source: Trent University News

Learning Management System - University of Maine System

Announcement from the Educational Technology Advisory Committee

Through a thorough evaluation process, the University of Maine System selected Desire2Learn’s Brightspace platform to replace Blackboard Learn. The Brightspace platform was chosen primarily for its flexible features, for its modern, accessible, mobile-friendly interface, for its stable platform, its flexible tools and apps, as well as for its learning analytics tools instructors which will be used to track engagement with courses.

This new platform should be completely implemented by Fall 2020.

Source: ETAC News (University of Maine System)

Learning Management System - Wayne State College

New Program Replaces Sakai

Wayne State College students will be formally saying hello to Canvas as of the Fall 2020 semester. Having outgrown their Sakai LMS, they are looking forward to working with a new platform that allows for easy maintenance as well as more modern features and tools.

As Canvas became available for training on July 1st, professors and students have already started the transition. They are thrilled with the new system that is already widely used across the country.

Source: The Wayne Stater

Student Information System - Columbus University

Columbus University Selects Ellucian PowerCampus to Support Campus-Wide Technology Modernization Efforts

Columbus University selected Ellucian PowerCampus as their new student information system. As part of the university’s Institutional Improvement Plan to strengthen campus technology infrastructure, PowerCampus will help Columbus to enhance the student experience as well as empower other campus modernization efforts.

“The changes we’re instituting today will help standardize our educational quality, strengthen our academic and administrative management programs, and expand our educational offerings,” says Dr. Diomedes Concepcion, Vice Rector of Research and Postgraduates.

Source: Ellucian News