LMS | News
CampusIT Announces U.S. Launch of Cloud-Based Educational Management Service
- By Kerry Sullivan
Educators and students in the United States will now have access to a cloud-based education interaction management product previously available exclusively in Europe. CampusIT, the service provider, announced earlier this week that it is bringing its online student interaction and transaction management system--one of Europe’s largest, according to the company--to U.S. colleges and universities.
Further, CampusIT has been chosen by Oracle Technology Network, a community of technology professionals, to be a best practice case study for deployment of large-scale, cloud-based student management systems at Oracle OpenWorld next week (October 2-6) in San Francisco, Calif.
The product for colleges and universities, called CampusIT Interact, connects students and educators through the cloud, simplifying communication by streamlining all interaction to a single arena: the Web. It is intended to alleviate the need for universities and colleges to support complex back office activities, instead moving them entirely online.
"Today's students are used to the service convenience and quality the likes of Google, Facebook, or Kindle, and expect the same convenience when it comes to their higher education provider," said CampusIT CEO Tony Sheridan in a prepared statement. "We have developed CampusIT Interact with the needs and expectations of these students and their higher education institutions in mind to deliver a simple and easy-to-use student interaction solution."
The system works with schools' technology structures, integrating with preexisting student records or back-office systems. This compatibility feature is designed to decrease the need for extended down time during implementation.
CampusIT Interact also serves to build and maintain relationships among administrators, educators, and students by handling all student transactions online, "from first inquiry through enrollment, graduation, and alumni," according to a press release.
"Putting processes online for students to do themselves is a very serious thing for a university," said Sarah Daly, head of student systems at Southampton Solent University in the South of England, in a prepared statement. "You have to get it just right, otherwise you run the risk of looking incompetent in the eyes of the student--and that is not an option for any quality teaching institution."
Sixty-one institutions comprising more than 400,000 students in Europe currently use CampusIT, making it one of Europe's most widely used student management products. After growing steadily over the past two years, CampusIT projects its revenue to increase from $4.8 million in 2010 to $6.8 million by 2013.
For more information, visit campusit.net.