SmartClassroom :: Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Case Study

GoWMU: Portal Power at Western Michigan

Imagine that everyone who enters your college or university is guided through a single main gate onto campus. You need only one road in, one welcome sign, one gate--and, if you choose, you can easily monitor who comes and goes. That’s the beauty of Web portals, or main entry pages to an entire Web site. They’re a great solution for college and university websites because they offer a single entry point for all students, and can reduce excess passwords, searching for features, and site management efforts overall.
At Western Michigan University, the GoWMU portal allows students and other users to enter the site through a portal and navigate about in a custom online environment. There, they can register for courses, apply for and check on financial aid, change their addresses, read and send e-mail, access courses within the WebCT e-learning system, and access a host of other administrative functions, as well as tools for collaboration and communication. The portal is built on Sungard’s Luminis platform and Banner student administrative system....

News & Product Updates

D2L Debuts Desire2Learn Essentials

Software developer Desire2Learn is lowering the ante for campus-wide CMS/LMS adoption. The company today debuted a new version of its course and learning management system designed for small-size universities and colleges (those with fewer than 5,000 users), as well as e-learning programs....

Canon Intros 3 LCD Projectors

2/22/2007—Canon has introduced three new models in its LV series of LCD multimedia projectors. The new models are targeted toward the presentation market and range in price from $999 to $1,499...

RPI Prof Develops Culture-Based Web Teaching Tools

An associate professor of science and technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has created a suite of culturally-attuned Web-based applets to help students from different cultures more easily absorb computing and math teaching....

Tech Notes

What's Your EQ?

Are you building an 'emotionally intelligent' IT organization, or are you missing your opportunity to lead well? From a leading IT career development guru, here’s how to boost your emotional intelligence quotient--and that of your staffers, too....(Campus Technology)

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