This Week in Review – Oct. 8th to Oct. 14th

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Other News on SIS

Data on Average Age of Current SIS Implementation in Canada

average length of time Canadian higher ed institutions have had their current SIS

Out of the 172 active Canadian student information systems, we have implementation dates for about 72% of them (or 123 institutions).

As you can see, the average age of SIS in Canada for HigherEd is just under 12 years (11.71).

Homegrown systems (or the ones that have not yet purchased a commercial solution) are by far the oldest at almost 21 years. Then we have the 3 big systems used in Canada (Banner, Colleague and Peoplesoft) that are in the 10-15 year range.

Source: LISTedTECH

Other News ... On the Conference Front

Tableau unveils new products to speed up and simplify data visualization at Las Vegas customer conference

Tableau Software is holding its annual customer conference in Las Vegas this week, and the data visualization company showed off a slate of products and upgrades centered around, speed, simplicity and easy integration with other applications and operating systems.

Source: GeekWire

Catalog Management System

Penn State Bulletins make progress toward new content management system

In May, Penn State launched a new initiative to replace the University Bulletins web-based interface with CourseLeaf Catalog, an academic catalog management system solution that will improve the accuracy, functionality and maintenance capabilities of the degree-program bulletins. The transition to the new bulletin system will align with recent University-wide academic and student information system improvements.

The 2018 migration will retain academic information in the current Bulletins, but will also offer the opportunity for colleges to publish additional non-curriculum-related information on college and program description pages.

Source: Penn State News


Santa Clara University Migrates to Portfolium’s ePortfolios and Assessment Software

Santa Clara University (SCU) has selected Portfolium to provide ePortfolios to more than 9,000 students and assessment software to faculty, campus-wide.

“We hope use of Portfolium will increase usage of ePortfolio assignments across the curriculum. This includes usage of ePortfolios beyond academics, e.g., in Student Life and Career Services, so that each student’s portfolio becomes a true and complete reflection of student accomplishments, skills, and talents over their four year journey at SCU,” said Nancy Cutler, Deputy CIO for Academic Technology.

Source: prweb


University of London to modernise with Unit4 Business World

Unit4 has announced that the University of London is to upgrade its Unit4 Business World Finance solution and implement Human Resources, Payroll and Research. Hosted in the university’s private cloud, the project will support a modernisation strategy and a push to be a “high performing organisation that thrives in a changing environment”.

“Our staff are vital to the success of the university and its students,” said Stuart Brown, Director of ICT at the University of London. “Unit4 Business World will save them time by providing a range of tools to easily interact with important operational information. Its flexibility means we can configure the systems so the University can quickly adapt its strategy.”

Source: EDQuarter


Aliat Universidades Selects D2L's Brightspace to Modernize Its Teaching and Learning Experiences

After having such a successful experience with LeaP, [Aliat] began exploring using Brightspace to curate content from the best universtities around the world. They decided to implement Brightspace across its 27 campuses this year, and the intent is to enable multidisciplinary and multigeographic integration so students across different schools can interact with each other from any level and campus.

"One of our goals is to teach all our students how to use Brightspace as it provides tools that will make them more competitive in the workplace. Brighstpace is enabling us to migrate the academic, student, and teachers community to the digital world and we are striving to reach 100 percent adoption," said Yael Villicaña Garciamoreno, Corporate Director of Academic Development, Aliat Universidades.

Source: Market Watch

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