This Week in Review – Nov. 26th to Dec. 3rd
Education Sector Data Breaches Skyrocket in 2017
Security has been a top priority for higher education institutions over the last few years. For the third year in a row, EDUCAUSE named information security as the top IT issue of the year, and for good reason.
A new report from Gemalto found that the number of lost, stolen or compromised data records went up 164 percent in the first six months of 2017 compared to the last half of 2016, Campus Technology reports.
In the education sector, these breaches more than doubled in the same period — increasing by 103 percent. During the first half of 2017, there were 118 successful attacks on educational institutions, which accounted for 13 percent of all breaches. Only the financial and healthcare sectors had more breaches.
CU Implements OnBase by Hyland as Enterprise Solution
The University of Colorado recently rolled out OnBase by Hyland – a leading content services platform – in a tailored, phased implementation across four CU campuses, beginning in financial aid and extending to more than 120 additional offices. OnBase lowers departmental costs, speeds access to critical information, supports productivity and efficiency, and minimizes compliance risks.
"We took a customer service approach to our OnBase implementation and conversion, and tailored it to the specific needs of each department to ensure successful adoption by our 3,000 users," said Alan Vidmar, Assistant Director of Enterprise Content Services, University Information Systems at CU. "The Hyland services team provided the right amount of autonomy and capability, consistently supporting our path forward with expertise and knowledge to make the best decisions throughout."
Source: Markets Insider
Learning Management Systems - LMS
North Central Michigan College Chooses D2L’s Brightspace Over Blackboard Learn and Instructure’s Canvas to Redefine the Teaching and Learning Experience for Faculty and Students
D2L, a global learning technology leader, announces that North Central Michigan College (North Central) has chosen its Brightspace Learning Management System (LMS) to advance the teaching and learning experience for faculty and students. North Central selected Brightspace due to its intuitive Daylight interface and rich functionality, which will make it easier for students to navigate and access learning materials across any device, and for instructors to quickly update and manage course content and grades.
“We needed a feature-rich LMS solution that would allow us to transition our full-time and adjunct instructors to a new platform quickly and easily, while at the same time offering robust and accessible multi-modal support to help them grow and feel confident in the new system. Only D2L offered a cost-effective 24/7/365 customer support team to help get us there,” said Melanie Leaver, Associate Dean of Instructional Technology at North Central.
Wyoming Will Adopt a Statewide K-20 LMS
In most of the U.S. state education is segmented into different levels, districts, and even institutions. But the state of Wyoming has recently taken steps to implement a single learning management system (LMS) for all levels of state-run education, or K-20.
“We are definitely looking for cost savings, but it’s much bigger than that,” Ballard said at a recent State Education Technology Directors Association meeting, according to EdScoop. “We really are looking at, ‘How do we streamline and align our K-20 education?”
The state government has awarded the contract to Canvas by Instructure, which has lately been making huge inroads into the LMS market. The Canvas system has several qualities and tools that can serve the Wyoming public school system. For one, they are a cloud-native system, so schools do not need to invest in their own servers. Second, they offer one of the few interactive video streaming platforms, Arc, that can easily integrate into an LMS (although there are several others). Finally, they also provide in depth student progress reporting to both teachers and administrators.
Source: eLearning Inside News
Online Program Management
2U Signs UC Davis Deal for New Online MBA
2U, Inc. today announced a contract to launch MBA@UCDavis, an online Master of Business Administration degree for aspiring business leaders ready to make a positive impact on the world.
This will be a new Domestic Graduate Program (DGP) for 2U and the company's first MBA partnership with a West Coast university. It also will be the first online MBA degree offered in the 10-campus University of California system, opening up the opportunity for more non-traditional students and working professionals to earn a UC Davis MBA.
Starfish by Hobsons Officially Endorsed by California Community College Academic Senate for Guided Pathways Framework
Hobsons today announced that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has officially endorsed the Education Planning Initiative (EPI) suite of tools, which includes Starfish by Hobsons. American Association of Community College (AACC) schools now have the opportunity to include the student success and analytics platform that employs data-driven interventions to help students thrive and succeed in college as part of their Guided Pathways process proposals.
“Many colleges are seeking ways to engage in a redesign of their colleges using Guided Pathways principles,” says Randy Beach, South Representative for the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) Executive Committee. “The ASCCC sees great potential in these tools as a strong starting point for colleges to fulfill their own guided pathways framework. For that reason, Starfish has been endorsed as a useful tool for designing a guided pathways framework and because faculty at pilot colleges using these tools have seen results and promise for their school.”