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Provider perspective on overcoming challenges to sharing an LMS

December, 2017

In what ways could sharing an LMS benefit colleges, and what do you see as the biggest or most surprising challenge institutions would need to overcome to purchase the same LMS? 

“Sharing an LMS across institutions provides many benefits, including consolidation through one system, categorizing content and cross-collaboration. One of the challenges of sharing an LMS is agreeing on a design model that satisfies the lowest common denominator.

Take action: Selecting a vendor for a shared LMS initiative

December, 2017

Gather stakeholders—including faculty, students, IT leaders and others—for honest discussion. 

In California, it was crucial to include student representation in the statewide committee that examined various LMS candidates, says Jory Hadsell, executive director of California Community Colleges’ Online Education Initiative.

That positive approach allowed college constituency groups to focus on the end goal of student learning.  

Stackable, flexible and connected options for college students

December, 2017

There are efforts underway to position colleges and universities to recognize “prior learning” in ways that go beyond today’s standard approaches.

College teachers-in-training prep with virtual students

December, 2017
DIGITAL TRAINING GROUND—Institutions increasingly use mixed-reality platforms with virtual students to give pre-service teachers an opportunity to hone their instructional skills.

The University of Wyoming now uses an augmented reality platform with a simulated class as part of its teacher education program.

Narrowing the justice gap, one byte at a time

November, 2017
Martin Pritikin is the dean of Concord Law School at Kaplan University, the nation’s first fully online law school. He can be reached at martin.pritikin@kaplan.edu.

The high cost of legal education drives up the cost of legal services, and both law schools and law firms are typically concentrated in pricier metropolitan areas. Fortunately, readily available technology can address both problems.

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12/12/2017

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Colleges and universities have become a favorite target of cybercriminals because of the sheer volume of student information they handle—and the fact that payment processing happens all over campus, from the ticketing office to the bursar’s office to the cafeteria. In addition to endangering students and damaging the reputation of the institution, the financial costs of a data breach could include legal representation, fines, and the expense of notifying affected individuals.

 Financially, the student population of any community college is diverse. From new students to lifelong learners to professionals looking for new skills, each comes with different circumstances and expectations. Accommodating everyone is complex. It’s no secret that community colleges nationwide are continually working around budget cuts and staffing shortfalls. For Illinois Central College, rethinking its campus commerce strategy provided a roadmap to overcoming these challenges while still providing outstanding service and a learning environment focused on success for all.

Ricky Fuentes, the director of user services at Clovis Community College in New Mexico, was staring down two challenges: Providing dedicated servers upon request and refining the backup process on those servers.

“If a department says they had software that needs a dedicated server, I would have to find a vendor to help build out a server, which would take weeks,” says Fuentes. “And with the servers that we did have, the backup process seemed kind of archaic, and I wasn’t really comfortable with it.”

Over the past decade, the eLearning team at Seminole State College of Florida saw video organically grow to become a regular part of students’ learning experiences. But as different instructors and departments were starting to adopt the technology, there was a lack of standardization, which quickly began to create a number of new challenges when it came to recording, streaming and sharing video across campus.