This Week in Review – Sept. 17th to Sept. 23th

General News

4 EdTech Inventions to Add to Harford’s 'Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy’

Invention #4 - The Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS):

Whatever our critiques of Blackboard and the ubiquitous LMS that the company enabled, it remains a platform that enabled the rapid growth of online and blended learning.

Source: Inside Higher Ed

Cloud Platform

Flinders University in big cloud push 

Flinders University is aiming to have 80 to 90 per cent of its key applications running in the cloud, up from around 25 to 30 per cent today, as part of an ambitious digital strategy.

Currently the South Australian university relies on Microsoft’s Office 365 and Dynamics CRM, and Appian’s BPM software as a service (SaaS) offering. (Flinders’ learning management system is also hosted off-site and delivered under a managed service agreement.)

The university plans to leverage Boomi’s MDM Cloud — which launched in Australia in July —  in order to maintain data across SaaS applications.

“We historically have come from a view that we’d rather buy than build, but at the same time recognised there are specific circumstances where bespoke software might give us a strategic advantage or competitive advantage,” McCarthy said.



Bringing the Intelligent Business Cloud to the Classroom through Microsoft Dynamics 365

The University of Worcester in Worcester, United Kingdom is equipping their students with competitive technology skills by using Microsoft Dynamics 365 in their curriculum. They have access to this integrated, cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) application for educational purposes as a benefit of their membership in the Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance program.

Wilkinson reflects, "In the business world, the one constant is that change is inevitable. Yet, by providing future graduates with a hands-on learning experience utilizing technology at the cutting edge of business, they can enter the workplace as qualified business and IT professionals."

Source: Dynamics Community


Pearson Partners with the University of North Texas to Increase Career Success for Students

Beginning with the fall 2017 semester, UNT students can access UNT’s Career Connect Pathway, which features a collection of digital learning materials associated with Pearson’s Career Success Program. Students will be able to develop an online profile using the Foliotek portfolio platform, GRIT Gauge™, and other instructional assets and tools as part of a milestones-based career pathway.

“Through our partnership with UNT and Foliotek, students have increased access to instruction, information, and strategies for choosing and pursuing their desired career path. Leveraging high-quality digital learning content and technology, the program equips students with the necessary skills and knowledge for their chosen career and it presents potential employers with the most impressive and effective professional profiles,” said Leah Jewell, Managing Director of Career Development and Employability at Pearson.

Source: prweb


IT Services discusses WorkCyte, Workday and Okta with StuGov

The IT Services Office presented to the Student Government senate during its Wednesday meeting, focusing largely on WorkCyte, Workday and Workday Student.

The key issues with the current enterprise technology, Quinn (program Director) said, are that while it has served and continues to serve Iowa State well, it does not support mobile enablement and real time.

Workday, however, will support mobile enablement, as well as reduce the paper load and provide 24/7 availability. Through Workday, operations such as accounting, billing, budgeting, admissions, transcripts, etc. will be all available in one system. However, Workday and Workday Student are still a ways off, with Kurtenbach (CIO) estimating that it will be about two and a half years before it is fully implemented.

Source: Iowa State Daily


Jacksonville University Partners with Credentials Solutions

Jacksonville University is partnering with Credentials Solutions to streamline its entire transcript process, from ordering to delivery.

Students and alumni are now able to order their official transcripts online, using Credentials' easy-to-use and mobile-friendly ordering service TranscriptsPlus®. Accompanying these automated solutions is Credentials' customer service for both the university and its end users. If there are any problems with transcript orders, Customer Service Representatives are available Monday – Friday.

Source: prleap

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