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 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.

Unizin Consortium Members See Faster Migration to New LMS

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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.

Engage Saves Students $12 million at Indiana University

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  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

Ohio State Builds Better Books with Book Launch

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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. 

Same Mission, New Nonprofit: Unizin, Ltd.

Unizin, Ltd. - view of the city of Austin from Unizin headquarters

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

photograph of stacks of coins - lower textbooks prices, save money

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. We have to lower the price of textbooks… — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 16, 2016 I’d rather teachers got paid more and books cost less … #2020… Read More

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

members of the Unizin teaching and learning group

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