Friday, April 22, 2011

CT > Blackboard and McGraw-Hill Go Live With Combined Course System

Campus Technology > Dian Schaffhauser > 04/19/11
Sooner than expected, a course system has been launched from Blackboard and McGraw-Hill Higher Education that blends course management from one company with content from the other. First publicly announced in January 2011, the new offering, which has no particular name, provides users with a single point of access for online courses, materials, and learning tools.
The integrated suite uses McGraw-Hill's content creation and assessment products, Connect and Create, within Blackboard Learn 9.1. Support for Learn 8.0 is planned for later in the year. By offering all course resources in a single environment, the solution is designed to improve faculty and student workflows with single sign-on and automatic synchronization of all grades for McGraw-Hill assignments with the Blackboard Learn gradebook.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Webinar > Spotlight On Innovation: Attacking High Text Costs While Improving Outcomes > Recording Now Available > April 11 2011

Spotlight On Innovation: Attacking High Text Costs While Improving Outcomes

Moderated by Eric Frank, President and Co-Founder of Flat World Knowledge, this esteemed panel (Darlene McCoy Associate Vice Chancellor of USO, Affordability and Efficiency; Dr. Steve Acker, Research Director, EText Ohio Project; Dr. Cable Green Project Director of eLearning and Open Education, WA State Board for Comm. and Tech. Colleges; Dr. Mirta Martin Dean, Reginald F. Lewis School of Business; and Dr. Andrew Feldstein Assistant Professor VSU) discusses three of the most exciting initiatives aimed at driving costs down while enhancing innovation and outcomes.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

ELI Web Seminar > Textbook Affordability: Emerging Solutions in Ohio | April 4 2011

Over the past few years, we've seen a growing interest in electronic educational resources and a move toward digital textbooks as a way to help a financially distressed higher education. During this webinar, we'll discuss why textbook costs have skyrocketed; how textbook costs impact students, faculty, and institutions; and current initiatives by the University System of Ohio to address textbook affordability and learning outcomes. We'll also discuss what defines open educational resources and open textbooks and how they can reduce costs by up to 80 percent while increasing quality and accessibility.


Darlene McCoy / Associate Vice Chancellor > Division of Affordability and Efficiency > University System of Ohio
Steve Acker / Research Director > Ohio Digital Bookshelf Project
Eric Frank / President and Co-Founder > Flat World Knowledge
Shu Schiller / Assistant Professor of Information Systems  > Wright State University

Malcolm Brown, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative director, and Veronica Diaz, ELI associate director, will moderate this webinar.

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Note:  Steve Acker presentation PPT "Digital Textbooks/Learning Materials The Ohio Strategic Summit" includes topics for the Digital Bookstore Summit | April 26 2011 | Columbus, Ohio |