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.
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 apparent at Indiana University that while Unizin was a small part of many people’s roles on campus , it was not a priority in many of their daily objectives. They needed someone to collaborate across IU’s campuses and provide leadership and coordination between the groups at IU and Unizin. Michele Kelmer, an IT Strategy Business Analyst for IU at the time, says she remembers when Unizin was first announced in 2014 and was immediately interested in the role. Read More
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 in the history of the world,” she said jokingly about the quick and successful migration. 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 goal was to build predictive at-risk models for students that would notify faculty early in the term of student progress compared to expected outcomes. This would trigger prompts and help faculty decide whether to intervene. Read More
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 can provide. He hopes he can use the data to create a more complete picture of individual students and what they’re doing inside the course. But if that sounds simple, think again. 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. Read More
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. Read More
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 regardless of the publisher. Read More