Web/Portals


Web Accessibility for All

When it comes to the online experience of your students and staff, simply maintaining Section 508 compliance is not enough. The best accessibility decisions open up options for all your users.

Desire2Learn Opens Mobile Developer Program

An acquisition done by Desire2Learn in November 2010 is extending its reach. The learning management system vendor has announced a new mobile developer program to encourage programmers to expand the functionality of the company's mobile platform, Desire2Learn Campus Life.

Making Education Accessible

Accessibility for all students is a key concern in IT in higher education, one tied to the core mission of education and underscored by recent federal activity reinforcing the need for compliance in all aspects of technology implementations. Yet institutions are scratching their collective heads over how to make digital information accessible to students with visual and auditory impairments while keeping technology at the cutting edge.

At Capella University, a recently upgraded Web portal serves as the center point for the virtual schools student and course management activities.

Managing Students Virtually

Coordinating a geographically dispersed student body that learns primarily online is just one of the key challenges that modern institutions of higher education are facing. With more education taking place online--and in some cases, all of that education happening on the Web--colleges are being forced to rethink their classroom and student management strategies.

Modo Labs Issues Open Source Framework for Mobile App Jumpstart

A company that grew out of friendships formed at MIT has released an open source mobile application framework that can jumpstart an institution's mobile development efforts.



Open Source Group Seeks Support from Higher Ed for Mobile Initiative

Jasig's uMobile project will develop native mobile campus portal apps for smart phones, initially iOS and Android devices. Jasig is calling on colleges and universities to contribute to the effort.

Desire2Learn Campus Life Takes Communications Mobile

Desire2Learn has released Campus Life, a new mobile communications and collaboration tool for education.

Blackboard Mobile Central Comes to webOS

Blackboard has released a version of its Mobile Central app for webOS, the mobile operating system that powers HP's smart phones and tablets.

Texas University Launches iPhone and Android Apps

The University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg has launched campus iPhone and Android smart phone apps after doing a survey among students that concluded that half of them own a smart phone.

American Public U Ramps Up CMS To Tackle Expanding Scope of Web Operations

A two-institution online university system with 77,000 students has broadened its use of a content management system from Systems Alliance.