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Hands-On Learning Unveils Revolutionary Educational Software. Introducing HOLcloud, the first web-enabled educational platform designed to reduce instructors’ workload while increasing the effectiveness of instruction. HOLcloud offers interactive educational content, full web ADA compliance, and seamless collaboration between a school’s Learning Management System (LMS), students, professors, and course content. HOLcloud is the only interactive digital courseware that is ADA compliant and that fully integrates with your existing LMS. Hands-On Learning today introduced HOLcloud, the first web-enabled educational platform designed to reduce instructors’ workload while increasing the effectiveness of instruction. HOLcloud offers interactive educational content, full web ADA compliance, and seamless collaboration between a school’s Learning Management System (LMS), students, professors, and content using LMS Connect.

“HOL is changing the way online education is conceived, consumed and taught throughout the world,” said Kevin Melendy, CEO. Cisco Debuts Online Learning Platform -- Campus Technology. Educause 2016 Coverage Cisco Debuts Online Learning Platform Cisco has unveiled a new education platform that integrates with its online meetings and video conferencing platform, as well as its team communications service, in an effort to add simplicity and security to online classes Announced at the Educause 2016 conference, the new Digital Education Platform integrates with Cisco’s WebEx and Spark services into existing learning management systems such as Canvas, Moodle, Brightspace and Blackboard.

The platform enables higher ed faculty to schedule online classes more easily and securely from within their LMSs, and manage other tasks like: Attendance records; Downloading, viewing and streaming recordings; and Recruitment and retention. “Cisco is committed to helping colleges and universities improve the student experience by giving learners more ways to connect, engage, learn and succeed,” said Patton. Cisco is exhibiting in booth 1101 at the Educause 2016 conference. About the Author. Microsoft Adds New Features to Office 365 Education -- Campus Technology. Productivity Software Microsoft Adds New Features to Office 365 Education Microsoft has added a couple of new features to its Office 365 Education portfolio of products for students and teachers. In April, the company released Microsoft Classroom, which provides course management operations for teachers. For school IT staff, an updated Windows Imaging and Configuration Designer tool would let them set up shared devices in bulk for classroom scenarios where students share devices.

Finally, an updated release of Windows 10 offered Windows Ink, a technology that enables the user to write on his or her device as if it were paper. Now, Microsoft has introduced two new features in time for the new school year. First, a version of Microsoft Classroom and a new software product called School Data Sync will help IT administrators connect existing school systems to Office 365, enabling a single sign-on for teachers and students while automating Microsoft Classroom set-up. About the Author.

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A Tale of Two Conferences. By Jeff Alderson, Principal Analyst@eduventuresjeff In July, Eduventures was invited to two major industry conferences: D2L FUSION 2016 and Blackboard BbWORLD 2016. Given that both vendors are best-known for their learning management system (LMS) platforms, you might think their conferences would be similar. You would be wrong. Instead, each of these events painted a picture of two companies with missions, goals, product portfolios, and clients that could not be more different. From the CEO keynotes to the product launches and customer town hall meetings, each of these companies made a distinctive case for why it is the market leading educational company to watch. Our interactions with the customers and executive teams from D2L and Blackboard also revealed two companies solving different problems with unique strategies that cater to their strengths and hedge against their weaknesses. Blackboard: Proving They Listened Source: Eduventures Retention Technology Spending Survey, 2016.

Student Engagement and Assessment | LectureTools. How Southern New Hampshire U Develops 650-Plus Online Courses Per Year -- Campus Technology. Online Learning How Southern New Hampshire U Develops 650-Plus Online Courses Per Year Course development at the country's fastest growing nonprofit online educator is a major endeavor. Here's how SNHU manages the process. In the past two years, Southern New Hampshire University has increased its online course offerings by 67 percent and more than tripled its enrollment, making it the fastest growing not-for-profit online educator in the country.

Just how has SNHU managed to create so many new programs and courses and hire enough instructors to deliver them? Early on, administrators realized they needed a formal project management team for course development. Streamlined Course Development Now, Bedrosian characterizes SNHU's course development model as "one-to-many. " In addition to new courses in development, SNHU has about 1,000 existing courses in its catalog, which often need to be refreshed. In Yearly LMS Count Canvas Gains, Blackboard Learn Loses -- Campus Technology. Research In Yearly LMS Count Canvas Gains, Blackboard Learn Loses By Dian Schaffhauser10/14/14 Even though support for the Angel learning management system will not officially end this month (Blackboard rescinded its decision to retire the legacy LMS in 2012), plenty of institutions are apparently seeing the writing on the wall and jumping ship anyway.

According to data compiled by Edutechnica.com, Angel has lost 39 institutional customers in the United States. During that same period Blackboard also lost 31 Blackboard Learn LMS customers. The only clear winner during the year has been Instructure, which gained 66 new institutional users, nearly making up the loss for the other two learning management systems (LMS). Edutechnica is a blog site maintained by George Kroner, a former Blackboard development manager and currently an enterprise solutions architect at the University of Maryland University College. Stanford Business Programs Start Using Canvas LMS -- Campus Technology. LMS | News Stanford Business Programs Start Using Canvas LMS Stanford Graduate School of Business is implementing the LMS Canvas for its management education programs, including its MBA.

The school began using the LMS this fall with students in its two-year MBA program as well as its year-long MS in management for experienced leaders (called MSx) and the business school’s PhD program. Using the LMS, students and teachers send and receive course assignments, collaborate on group and team projects, and monitor class schedules and changes. The Canvas LMS was launched by Instructure about three years ago and is in use in almost 1,000 schools. "We are thrilled to be collaborating with an organization as forward thinking as the Stanford Graduate School of Business," said Jared Stein, vice president of research and education at Instructure in a statement. About the Author. What's an LTI? CT:February 2014, Page 23. How an API Works : Webmag.co | Digital Resources for Net Professionals. Unizin. Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) Standards-LMS. U Arkansas Works To Expand Online Reach.

Distance Learning | News U Arkansas Works To Expand Online Reach By Dian Schaffhauser04/15/14 Not even a month after Wichita State University said it was teaming up with Blackboard to create a new approach for delivering student services, the University of Arkansas announced that it would be working with the education technology company to analyze the marketability of its online degree programs. The goal of the project will be to help the Fayetteville institution identify and promote key programs to address unmet demands for flexible degree options in Arkansas and neighboring states.

Blackboard will conduct market research, create branding and communications materials and develop marketing plans to help the university attract new online students. Blackboard's proposal allows the university to maintain control over its online programs, selecting only the services it wants to purchase. About the Author.