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August, 2014

  • Education

    Are you attending the Education Strategy Briefing at the Australia Partner Conference next week?


    Next week we’re hosting the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference in the Gold Coast Convention Centre. It’s a week full of strategic information on key topics across the Microsoft business.

    On Tuesday 2 September, before the main conference opens later, we are hosting an Education Strategy Briefing specifically for our partners that focus on the education sector.


    Our goal is to fully detail our strategy in our sales, marketing and partnering resources in the Australian Education marketplace, and ensure that we have a clear shared strategy with our partners in the year ahead. We believe that this year’s peak education IT buying season will be quite different from the past, with clearly new buying processes and investment priorities across the school, TAFE and university sectors.

    The agenda for the day will cover:

    • Insights into the key Australian education market trends we are seeing
    • A segment-by-segment, and state-by-state overview of our education sales organisation, and our investments in education sales, partner and marketing resources.
    • Our joined-up strategy in education for key products including the Windows ecosystem, Office 365 and Microsoft Azure, and specific investments we are making that will allow you to differentiate your approach to market for education
    • Presentations from education customers who will share their priorities and strategies, and provide advice for partners looking for growth in education
    • Small-group discussions which will allow you to participate in a deep-dive into specific market segments, to explore partnering opportunities and provide feedback to Microsoft

    Our aim is to ensure that there is an equal balance of hearing from us, from customers, and being able to feedback to us (rather than making the day a one-way PowerPoint-fest). And we will also ensure that we have a clear focus on strategic input for your business, and listening to your feedback about how we can support you more. In addition to senior members of the education team, we will have leaders from across the business participating in the round table discussions to ensure we hear your views.

    Date: 2 Sept 2014
    Time: 9AM – 3PM
    Venue: Gold Coast

    The Education Strategy Briefing at APC is open to any Microsoft partner attending APC. You can register using the link below, and the PreDay Invitation Code APCPD052014

    Make a dateMake a date: Register for the Education Strategy Briefing on 2 Sept 2014

  • Education

    Integrating Microsoft Office 365 Education with Desire2Learn Learning Environment


    One of the futures of Learning Management Systems is as a key bridge, building integration between different systems within an education institution. In the future, it’s unlikely that we’re going to see a single monolithic system that solves every elearning challenge, but instead a set of best-of-class components effectively interconnected.

    imageOne example is the integration between a Learning Management System (LMS) and the communication and productivity services that an institution uses - in this case, between the Brightspace* D2L Learning Environment and Office 365. It means that students and staff can use their core email, collaboration, communication and productivity suite, whilst within their LMS.

    Through their integration solutions, the Desire2Learn Learning Environment and Microsoft Office 365 services (email, calendar, & more) improve how students and teachers interact online. Institutions can choose any of the integration solutions appropriate to their users.

    The starting point is a single sign on, so that your users don’t have to logon to multiple systems, but then you can go further - opening documents through Office Online, enabling email processes from within your LMS etc

    The Desire2Learning team have published a big set of documentation and resources on the Desire2Learn website.

    Find MoreGet more info in the Desire2Learn "Office 365 integration Technical Guide"


    * Brightspace is the new brand name for the Desire2Learn learning products

  • Education

    Higher Education briefing for Microsoft Partners - 19 August 2014


    Microsoft Australia and CAUDIT - Higher Education Partner Briefing – 19th August


    On behalf of the Microsoft Australia Higher Education team and the Council of Australian Directors of IT (CAUDIT), I’d like to invite you to attend a Microsoft Education Partner Briefing specifically for partners focusing on universities, to discuss challenges and opportunities in the university sector (in light of the federal reforms) in alignment with your key solution capabilities.

    This event is for Microsoft Partner Network members and Microsoft Authorised Education Resellers

    Australia’s “CIO of the Year”, William Confalonieri of Deakin University, will open the event and share a deep insight into the changing role of IT within universities.

    Representatives from CAUDIT will be on hand to provide views on the changes in the higher education marketplace within Australia, and the IT priorities for CIOs across the market.

    The Microsoft Australian Higher Education team will provide more information on the Microsoft strategy, and share successful co-selling strategies and advice for partners.

    The briefing will give Microsoft partners an opportunity to understand Microsoft’s strategy within the higher education marketplace, and how our products, services and solutions address the current and emerging needs of Australian universities.

    Our aim is to ensure that partners leave with the latest information on the higher education sector so that they can plan appropriate strategies to support their customer engagements, and to identify new market opportunities as the marketplace and technology directions change.

    Date: Afternoon of 19th August 2014

    Venue: The University of Melbourne

    Make a dateRegister for now the Higher Education Partner Briefing on 19 Aug 2014

  • Education

    Your opportunity to apply to join an exclusive community of innovative educators

    Richard, who runs our Microsoft Innovative Educator programme in Australia, has asked me to let you know about the opportunity for practising teachers to apply to join the Microsoft Innovative Education Expert program.

    We’re looking for top educators, ready to spread the word about the great things they are doing in the classroom from across Australia. The Microsoft Innovative Educator - Expert Program is an exclusive program created to recognise pioneer educators  who are using technology to transform education.

    Microsoft is seeking top innovative educators who are using Microsoft technologies to engage students and their peers in innovative ways to positively impact learning. We’re particularly interested in educators who are actively mentoring others, active in social media and have a passion for and a desire to share their experiences.

    As a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert, you will be asked to advocate and share your experiences with peers and policy makers on effective use of technology in education. The Australian MIE Expert community will also provide access to fellow innovative educators to share valuable experiences, lessons and best practices and work together as a community to promote ideas to innovate in teaching and learning.

    This is a non-paid, ambassador program, however you will receive some fantastic benefits as an MIE Expert.  Benefits include your own Windows 8 tablet, mentoring from experienced innovative educators in the MIE community and, other rewards such as a chance to attend the Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Microsoft HQ, Seattle, in March 2015.

    Applicants will be evaluated based on their learning activity, application form and interview if called.

    What we need you to be

    • An educator interested in developing strategies to benefit and share with other educators
    • Energised, with a friendly and outgoing personality
    • Able to work autonomously and within a team
    • Display confident and articulate presentation and written communication skills
    • Full-time educator in P-12 or in a higher education faculty of education
    • A fan of Windows devices and services – 3+ years’ experience on a Windows device using Microsoft Office and other key Microsoft applications

    What you’ll be doing

    • Advocating Microsoft technologies in the context of the classroom and in schools from August 2014 until December 1st 2015
    • Representing Microsoft and sharing your experiences through social channels (blogs, communities) online engagements (webinars) and presenting at local events
    • Using a Windows 8 device and other Microsoft products and services
    • Mentoring and training other educators in applying the use of Microsoft technologies to learning
    • Providing input in professional development content for educators
    • Collaborating with other MIE - Experts and Microsoft on your experiences
    • Reporting weekly reporting on your activities

    What you’ll get

    • Training at a workshop in Sydney in September 2014
    • A Windows 8 device with Microsoft Office 365
    • Unique MIE Expert presentation and event collateral
    • Monthly incentives for the top MIE Experts
    • Select MIE Experts will receive the opportunity to attend the Microsoft in Education Global Forum in March 2015
    • Access to an exclusive community of educators with monthly webinars from education specialists, Microsoft technology and education specialists and a private online community
    • Mentoring from Microsoft and experienced education specialists

    What’s the next step?

    As part of the application you will be asked to provide details of a particular learning activity that is a good example of your Microsoft in the Classroom story as well as a simple cover letter and program relevant resume.

    We’re inviting educators from the all over Australia to apply for the MIE Expert program today. Visit the Career One application form here to apply.

    For any program queries, please email the program team

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