Major Milestones

Aaron Neal

Today’s announcement that the Unizin Data Platform (UDP) is now in General availability marks a strategic milestone for Unizin member universities.  We came together to ensure that we could shape our own future for digital education, stay in control of our own data, and push for open standards with interoperability at scale.  These words are often said, but it took the hard work of the committed member universities and the Unizin team to… Read More

An Interview with Jennifer Sparrow, Unizin Teaching & Learning Chair

Jennifer Sparrow

How and why did you decide to take the lead on the Unizin Teaching & Learning committee? Stacy Morrone of Indiana University took the lead in ensuring that this group was formed, and that the conversations were helping to advance the Unizin work on each of our own campuses.  It was clear that the group that came together was passionate about and dedicated to student success and affordability measures.  Stacy had a… Read More

T&L Meeting in Chicago

Teaching & Learning meeting 2018

The bi-annual Unizin Teaching and Learning (T&L) Meeting was held in April at the Big Ten Center in Chicago. Preliminary subcommittee meetings were held on the afternoon of April 4th, and flurry of excitement could be felt as the general session convened the following day. Subcommittee groups met to advance initiatives around affordable content, communications, analytics, Canvas and Instructure. Dinner groups formed that evening, enabling Unizin Consortium members to continue discussions on… Read More

Iowa Insights from 2018 ELI Conference

Hosted in New Orleans, the 2018 EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) conference brought together instructors and staff from across the country to discuss “Achieving Student Success Through New Models of Learning.” The University of Iowa Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology (OTLT) presented on a variety of topics ranging from “The Impact of Learning Environments on Student Success in an Engineering Course,” to “(Re)filling the Talent Pool: Programming, Practice, and Talent Development in… Read More

How Video Content Improves Learner Experiences

Close-up photograph of student viewing Canvas LMS interface on laptop

Written by Unizin’s Fall 2017 video production intern Sarah Nouri. The creation and distribution of video content plays a key role in expanding and improving the way learners can access information. As a senior in college, I have witnessed a shift in the way the overall learning ecosystem operates, mainly with a growing reliance upon diverse types of video content to serve digital learners.

Solving the Learning Data Puzzle: The Unizin Common Data Model

Lecture hall full of students on their laptops

If you’re thinking about how to improve student success – and who isn’t in higher ed? – then data and analytics about teaching and learning are probably on your mind. It can be a daunting subject. There is so much data all around us – about students and courses; the planning, design, and delivery of instruction; and learning behaviors and results – that it may feel overwhelming. How can all of this… Read More

Two Unizin Members Complete Migration to Canvas

two female students studying together with laptop and books in a library

Unizin recognizes Instructure’s Canvas as the top learning management system on the current market because of its incomparable interoperability, innovative content and analytics capabilities, and open standards. Currently, all of Unizin’s Founding Members have Canvas either fully implemented on their campus or are piloting the LMS. This summer, the University of Iowa and The Ohio State University, two Unizin Founding Members, completed their migrations from the D2L learning management system and are… Read More

Data Management: The Fundamentals

close up photograph of a laptop

  Data is becoming the most valuable digital asset, and getting data management right is as critical an issue for universities as other businesses. For Unizin, this is non-negotiable: Data belongs to the universities and needs to be accessible and standardized to enable institutions to use that information as they see fit. A common data model and architecture can accelerate management of this data for all of higher education, while allowing universities… Read More

6 Steps for Creating a Collaborative Culture

University of Iowa Tech Forum

Keynote address by Unizin CEO Amin Qazi at the University of Iowa Tech Forum 2017. New forms of collaboration are in increasing demand for successful paths forward. Internal constraints, both within an organization and within an individual, occur when new collaboration is in conflict with existing regulations, processes, and habits, leading to missed opportunities for innovation.

Reflections upon Graduation: The University as a Home

college graduates hugging at commencement ceremony

Having just graduated last month, it feels strange now to consider The University of Texas at Austin my alma mater. It has felt like my home for so long, much longer than the four years I spent on campus as a student. It has felt like my home partly because it is rooted in the central hub of my beautiful hometown of Austin. It has felt like my home since 2001, when… Read More