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Idaho Creates Statewide Digital Campus with Course Sharing Platform

Idaho's public colleges and universities can now share their online course offerings through the state's Online Idaho initiative, an effort to expand access to higher education via a statewide digital campus. The Idaho State Board of Education partnered with course and program sharing platform Quottly to enable centralized course discovery, registration and equivalency, allowing students to more easily find and enroll in courses across multiple institutions.

"Each of Idaho's eight public postsecondary institutions has a rich array of online courses and programs supported by faculty who are exceptionally skilled in online instruction," explained Jonathan Lashley, associate chief academic officer at the Idaho State Board of Education, in a statement. "After teaching and learning went fully remote due to the pandemic, we realized that our institutions could both consolidate and improve access to learning opportunities for Idahoans by partnering with Quottly to build a comprehensive, easy-to-navigate platform for enrolling in the fully online courses."

The Quottly platform is powering improvements in several areas, according to a news announcement:

  • Course registration. Students can search and register for transferable classes across institutions, all in one place.
  • Transfer and equivalency. The system automates and streamlines the process of course equivalency and articulation search, creation and approval.
  • Programs and certificates. Students can explore programs, requirements and certificates across schools, while institutions can create shared programs, certificates and micro-credentials.
  • Pathways. Personalized dashboards allow students to schedule courses and track their progress toward a credential or degree.

"Quottly's suite of technical solutions prioritize the student experience without upending our existing workflows and administrative processes," noted Lashley. "As higher education institutions navigate times of crisis as well as calm, inter-institutional collaboration is imperative for improving student success outcomes and addressing institutional pain points."

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Rhea Kelly is editor in chief for Campus Technology, THE Journal, and Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected].

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