Embracing a New Normal in Higher Ed: Educause 2015

Personalizing learning continues to be a key focus in higher education and in Educause's Top 10 IT Issues for 2015 we see the unique challenges and opportunities that arise when learning is tailor-made for students. As class options expand from in-person to on-demand and live-stream, the need for user support across a broad range of learning platforms becomes more critical.

Support doesn't end with mobile device management and data security; it means supporting universities in all aspects of their BYOD environments. It means meeting student and faculty where they're at; from delivering IT support for online and in-person classes to harnessing data to more accurately predict student outcomes to providing powerful technology regardless of the learning platform that is used.

And, we're seeing this happen in universities around the world. For instance, Blackboard, one of the largest Moodle providers worldwide, announced today at Educause that it is adopting Microsoft's Office 365 plugins for Moodle and offering it to their Moodlerooms customers worldwide. First launched in January 2015, the Office 365 plugins for Moodle are currently amongst the top 3 downloaded plugins of the year in their category, are open source and available free-of-charge for all to download from the Moodle plugin repository. While they have been adopted by multiple Moodle customers and partners around the world, Blackboard's adoption of the plugins will be the largest adoption of its kind, and is a testimonial to the desire of educators, IT, and schools to take advantage of a Moodle environment integrated with the best of Office 365 services.

More from Educause this week

At Microsoft, we believe there is no right way to learn. We want to provide students, teachers and faculty with the experiences and tools they need to achieve more. Accordingly, we've continued expanding the Microsoft Education offerings – updates this week include:

  • Learning Management System integration and Learning Tools Interoperability support for both OneNote Class Notebooks and Office Mix, including integration with Canvas, Schoology, Blackboard, Desire2Learn, Haiku and Moodle

  • Updates to Office Lens and Office Clipper enabling users to save to One Note, Word and PowerPoint using their work or school accounts

  • Live stream, video capabilities and question randomization through Bing Pulse

Click here to learn more about Educause 2015 and Microsoft's tools to empower students and teachers achieve more.

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