Success Stories

Our Members not only receive benefits from being a part of the Unizin Consortium but inspire our community with their initiatives in education technology. There is an equal exchange between us and our Members, and many of their individual successes are wins for Unizin as a whole. Here, we want to share some of their success stories and celebrate how they have helped their fellow universities and Unizin.

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Flipping a Large Enrollment Classroom with Canvas

By Alex Page | December 5, 2016

When it was first announced that the University of Iowa was planning to pilot Canvas as part of Unizin, Jon Garfinkel, finance professor at the Tippie College of Business, realized this could be just the opportunity he needed to try flipping his new undergrad course. He had started flipping his MBA courses a while ago, when he observed the rise of free and low-cost college-level learning opportunities, like edX and Coursera. He… Read More

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Introducing IU’s Unizin Liaison

By Olivia Arredondo | October 3, 2016

  IU’s Unizin-Dedicated Liaison Streamlines Coordination Between Campus, Unizin Staff As Unizin releases more solutions for content, analytics and the learning environment, more and more people from our Member universities are getting involved in communicating, testing, and piloting our tools and services. This can present a logistical challenge when it comes to coordinating resources and teams across different departments on campus, not to mention across different institutions in the Consortium. It became… Read More

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Migration Collaboration

By Alex Page | September 6, 2016

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

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University of Michigan Furthers On-Campus Analytics with Help from Unizin Partnership

By Alex Page | August 1, 2016

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.

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Diving into Canvas Data at the University of Iowa

By Alex Page | July 5, 2016

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

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Unizin Consortium Members See Faster Migration to New LMS

By Olivia Arredondo | June 7, 2016

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.

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Engage Saves Students $12 million at Indiana University

By Olivia Arredondo | May 26, 2016

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 eText… Read More

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Ohio State Builds Better Books with Book Launch

By Olivia Arredondo | May 26, 2016

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. 

We want to hear your stories! What positive changes have you seen on your campus because of digital tools? How has being a part of Unizin helped you move farther in your edtech journey? How has learner success improved at your school? Share with us!