Hobsons announced its acquisition of the PAR (Predictive Analytics Reporting) Framework this month, and the PAR team is already in Arlington for the onboarding process. CT spoke with Ellen Wagner, who is now Chief Research Officer for the PAR Framework and VP for Research at Hobsons; and Stephen M. Smith, President of Advising and Admissions Solutions at Hobsons for their views on the acquisition.
Blackboard excels in "playing well" with the enterprise resource planning and student information systems in a school but its ability to "scale seamlessly" is middling. D2L's Brightspace "integrates with (nearly) everything," but the product roadmap is little influenced by its customers' requests. The Canvas platform from Instructure "meets or exceeds" the core requirements from the "vast majority" of colleges and universities, but its training and support relies heavily on its own community of customers.
Those are just a few of the findings from the 2016 report on learning management systems, published this week by education advisory firm Eduventures for its clients.
As more classes go online, schools need a workable approach for giving students access to high-demand software. Virtual desktops provide the answer.
A company that synchronizes video and audio course presentations has committed to a deeper partnership with Instructure, which produces the Canvas learning management system.
Stanford University's Project for Education research That Scales has partnered with ClassDojo in an effort to bring "growth mindset" to millions of students across the country.
Ballhaus likes what he sees at the company he now leads, especially the breadth of its offerings and its capabilities.
Saint Leo University uses a game-based storyline to invigorate professional learning.
Utica College in New York has built a "super" smart classroom at its Clark City Center location to support its blended Master's of Business Administration program.
Panasonic has introduced a new laser phosphor projector that officials believe will be most suitable for mid-sized classrooms with about 50 students.
PanOpen is tackling the textbook affordability challenge with a new learning platform based exclusively on open educational resources.