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Content Communities Part II: The Unizin Solution

a birds-eye view of a team of content creators working on course development

Like we mentioned in the previous blog, universities are and will continue to be places where instructional content is created. Lately, we’ve seen a change in how instructional content and courses are created as pressure rises for teaching practices to adapt to the needs of next-generation learners. Faculty are still the primary creators of lecture materials, course materials and textbooks, but increasingly instructional designers, media developers, graphic artists, software developers and others are appointed to support faculty in the creation of this content and courses. At Unizin, we call teams that support course development, content communities.

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Content Communities Part I: Challenges to Workflows

professionals meeting around a table - Content Workflows

Content initiatives at Unizin Member universities have made headlines this year. Indiana University announced this September that its eText initiative has saved students at least $15 million since the program began in 2012. The University of Wisconsin-Madison published a policy that prioritizes the production of Open Educational Resources (OER) as an important part of the Educational Innovation (EI) Initiative and its Unizin membership.

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Little Tools for “Big” Data

up close photograph of a computer motherboard - Big Data blog post

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. Read More

A Balanced Approach to Content Strategy

open red door leading into a school hallway, Content Strategy blog post

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. Read More

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. Read More

Student Perspective: How I Use My LMS

woman typing on her laptop on her bed - My LMS blog post

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. Read More

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.

[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…] 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 Read More