The Unizin Consortium is all about collaboration. Together Unizin Members are working to improve teaching and learning environments with digital technology. Together we are building open and scalable digital learning environments. Together we are changing the future of
higher education by improving access, affordability, and learner success. The Unizin Consortium is driven
by its synergy and commitment to the success of its learners.
Our digital learning environments drive success for diverse segments of society and give institutions new ways to help learners achieve their goals. Our data solutions give Members valuable insights into student progress and ways to integrate other sources of data for customized reports. Our content solutions connect instructors, content producers and course materials to create rich content communities. We are giving our Members access to the digital tools they need to help their learners succeed.
As the overall cost of higher education continues to rise, the efficiency of collaboration translates into greater affordability for our learners. Jointly creating digital tools; working together to negotiate more favorable contracts with learning content providers; utilizing a business model for delivering content that reduces the cost of course materials and promotes low-cost and free alternatives like OER and faculty-generated content; and offering much of the infrastructure and core capabilities at no additional cost to Members.
Every institution is looking to enhance outcomes and continuously improve. Unizin is proud to be a collaborative effort by the Academy, meaning learner success is the end goal in everything we do. Our content models ensure that all students have access to the materials they need to be prepared for class on the first day. Our data solutions help both faculty and students see what individuals need to be more successful in their courses. Everything we do is to better serve our learners.
What is Unizin?
In response to the rapid growth of higher education technologies, a number of leading research institutions formed Unizin. Our member universities collaborate and share resources to adapt to the ever-changing digital learning landscape and incorporate new education technologies into their existing teaching and learning strategies. Unizin is a means for the Academy to shape its own future in ways that best serve students and that positively impact pedagogy.
Unizin is intent on making digital teaching and learning central to the academic experience by providing a network of content, systems, and tools to facilitate this vision. A central aspect of our mission is to improve the accessibility and affordability of digital course materials through the use of publisher proprietary content, open educational resources (OER), and faculty-generated content.
Our member institutions can use our products and services for a range of modern instruction scenarios, including in-person and online courses, massive open online courses (MOOCs), or flipped classrooms. Using digital teaching and learning tools also allows for a better customized and engaging classroom experience for students, opening up improved and more personal lines of communication between instructors and learners.
Together, the Unizin consortium is taking on the major issues facing higher education institutions: affordability, access, and learner success. We believe if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.
Unizin is membership-based and governed by those institutions as a nonprofit 501(c)(3). It is currently composed of 25 institutions and nearly 900,000 students, making it one of the largest educational systems in the country.
- Provide a platform for universities to share open source tools developed in-house
- Share digital teaching and learning materials that may be hard to find otherwise (e.g., a set of videos on classroom management)
- Find solutions to common pedagogical problems (e.g., how to peer review) and to common digital media support issues
- Facilitate cross-institutional partnerships for special courses (e.g., law courses or certain language courses)
- Give better context for the bigger picture (e.g., allowing faculty to ask, “Does this particular learning activity or sequence of learning activities make a difference in student retention?”)
What can Unizin do differently than other LMS platforms?
Unizin is unique for several reasons. First, we are accountable to our university members. As owners, they can set the vision and have ownership of the tools. Our members don’t have to rely on individual vendors or third-parties to respond to their needs, and they retain control of their own content.
Currently, nothing in the market captures students’ full interactions with faculty and other students. Unizin can provide analytics and reports to better adjust content to meet the needs of all learners.
Most importantly, Unizin is all about collaboration. We are not just a consortium but a true community with a shared vision and goals. We are stronger together.
What can Unizin do for faculty?
Unizin is an innovative approach to content discovery. Faculty contribution to Unizin’s content repository enables ownership over their own resources and the ability to see data around the usage of those resources. Unizin protects intellectual property by putting faculty in control of how their content is shared and gives universities holistic control of our learning laboratory.
By promoting standards and encouraging interoperability, Unizin is eliminating communication and technological barriers and fostering an unprecedented level of faculty-to-faculty innovation.
Faculty choice is one of our top priorities. Digital teaching and learning can be overwhelming, but Unizin is responsive to the wants and needs of faculty. Ultimately, Unizin wants to help faculty do what they do, better.
Who can join Unizin?
Unizin membership – as either a founder, a system member, or a subscriber – will be by invitation. Interested parties will be sponsored for membership by founding institutions.
The grapes are a visualization of Unizin’s identity as an organization that unites universities under a common goal. Like a cluster of grapes connected on the same vine, a single mission connects Unizin’s individual institutions: improving learner success.
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