Little Tools for “Big” Data


Big Data has been a hot topic in technology circles for several years now. Thanks to hardware and software advances and improved purchasing and deployment processes, we are able to employ more systems to analyze more data than ever before.

A Balanced Approach to Content Strategy

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Two Approaches to Content

As Unizin becomes immersed in the processes and practices of instructors and instructional designers, we’re learning how to diversify and balance our content strategy. While content is still the core of every course, instructors now use it differently based on the instructional goals that guide their course design. Lecture-based seminars will have different content needs than flipped classes designed to make lower-division courses more effective.

Same Mission, New Nonprofit: Unizin, Ltd.

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Nearly two years ago, an idea to improve higher education through digital technologies took shape as Unizin. During that time, we at Unizin have had the privilege of seeing first-hand how another edtech consortium operates. Internet2 started with 34 universities; today, hundreds of universities rely on the services Internet2 provides. Along the way, Internet2 imparted Unizin with knowledge to bridge the divide between industry, members, and customers.

Student Perspective: How I Use My LMS

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My university transitioned from Blackboard to Canvas as its primary LMS. Faculty leaders went through a long process to determine that the system was the best fit for us. But when you have hundreds of great minds in one space, you get several different approaches to utilizing digital learning resources.

Everyone Wins with the Institutional Model


At the beginning of each semester, my social timeline is filled with articles, blogs, and tweets about the skyrocketing prices of course materials in higher education. In the last month, my Twitter feed included a series of tweets from 2020 presidential candidate, Mr. Kanye West.

[Sidenote: Kanye, while I agree with your sentiment that college textbooks should not cost so much, I’m not sure that trading lower prices for higher faculty salaries will accomplish your goal of making college more affordable…]

As you know,

Unizin’s Teaching and Learning Group (Almost) One Year Later

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Unizin’s Teaching and Learning Faculty Engagement subcommittee prepares to meet.

Last April, a small group of top educators met in Chicago to discuss Unizin’s Teaching and Learning plan. The group was chartered with providing recommendations to the Unizin board for strategic priorities around teaching and learning. At the first meeting the group organized into subcommittees around

An Evolutionary Unizin Approach for Commercial and OER Content

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The member universities of the Unizin Consortium have unique, campus-based priorities for course materials. The pace of interest and passion in any particular topic varies by institution and its local priorities, yet Unizin institutions share common, overarching themes in the options that they would like to have available when opportunities arise for digital course materials at their institution.

Request for Proposals for Providers of Higher Education Digital Content for Unizin

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The purpose of this Request for Proposals is to solicit proposals to enter into a contract with qualified providers of higher education digital content: specifically electronic textbooks and/or online homework or adaptive solutions for the purpose of instruction. The intent of this RFP and the ensuing process is to convey to Providers the information, requirements, and specifications necessary for the preparation of a professional and comprehensive Proposal. This RFP will end at 5:00pm CST on February 8, 2016.

View the full RFP here.

Response to Vendor Questions.