Unizin Institutions Share Tools, Best Practices for Switching LMSs “We’re tired,” Annette Beck, Director of Enterprise Instructional Technology and Evaluation & Exam Service, says with a laugh. She is describing her team’s whirlwind year at the University of Iowa. In just two semesters, they have transitioned all academic courses at Iowa from D2L to Canvas, an impressive feat in the higher education realm. “I think it was the fastest anyone has ever migrated… Read More
When Chris Brooks attended the Unizin Innovation Summit last October, he was hoping to walk away with more knowledge about Unizin. He found more than he expected. Brooks, a Research Assistant Professor in the School of Information and Director of Learning Analytics and Research at the Office of Academic Innovation, was in the midst of adapting an early warning system for faculty at the University of Michigan to leverage Canvas data. The… Read More
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.
Diving into data is not for the faint of heart. Just ask Sam Van Horne. Working for the University of Iowa Office of Assessment and liaison to Unizin, Van Horne is surrounded by data all day–tables and lists, schemas and sets of it. As the University of Iowa nears the halfway point in its Canvas migration, Van Horne and his team have started exploring what kind of data the learning management system… Read More
Two Approaches to Content As Unizin becomes immersed in the processes and practices of instructors and instructional designers, we are finding that our content strategy must take into consideration the contemporary and traditional course development processes. While content is still the core of every course, instructors now use it to build and develop their course in two different ways: the traditional approach and the digital approach.
An essential aspect of Unizin’s mission as a consortium of higher education institutions is to foster collaboration between our Members to encourage the sharing of ideas, models, content, and data.
In 2013, Indiana University began using an eReader called Courseload Engage to provide students with affordable textbooks and improve digital teaching and learning on their campus. Engage is designed to exist within the LMS so that all students have access to their course books and are equipped with what they need right from the start. By providing a common platform, Engage allows students to experience all of their textbooks similarly with… Read More
In July 2014, The Ohio State University Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE) created Book Launch, a program that allows students, faculty, and staff at Ohio State to write and publish interactive digital textbooks. Currently, the Book Launch Digital Bookstore houses over 40 books that are either free or offered at very low cost.
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.