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  • Blog Post: Building a MOOC in the cloud, using Microsoft Azure

    It would be fair to call MOOCs a phenomenon ( Phenomenon: Something notable: something that is out of the ordinary and excites people's interest and curiosity ). They have created an enormous amount of interest and curiosity – and jumped up to the top of the agenda for ‘EdTech futurists’ and any reports...
  • Blog Post: Using Lync for emergency contact management in universities

    Last week I wrote about Marquette University, and their Lync 2013 implementation project . One of the aspects l didn't explicitly mention is their use of Lync for emergency contact management - the university's emergency response team are using Lync 2013 to enable collaboration in real time. The university...
  • Blog Post: Combining Moodle with OneNote and SkyDrive to raise standards

    There's a case study from the UK that I'd recommend reading. It's the story of a college that has enhanced their learning management system – Moodle – with integration Microsoft's OneNote to improve assessment and feedback processes for students and teachers. And their experience is that the system ...
  • Blog Post: Case studies that show how the Windows Azure cloud is used in higher education research

    Researchers in universities and elsewhere are using the cloud (and HPC clusters) in their research in order to reduce the cost, or increase the speed of reaching research conclusions. I was asked yesterday for a few examples of how the cloud is improving research, so having created the list, I thought...
  • Blog Post: How a university saved $1.5m with virtualisation and management tools

    When I left the UK to move to Australia, we'd already had a few years of significant pressure on public sector budgets, and education had taken the hit alongside other sectors. At the time, there was a lot of talk about 'back office functions' as opposed to 'frontline services', and in many cases that...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 for education case study–Woodleigh School in Victoria

    Last week, when we announced the broad availability of Office 365 for education in Australia, I was overseas, so I didn't manage to post as much information up as I'd hoped. So I'm catching up now – today it's a first Office 365 for education case study in an Australian school. The case study, from our...
  • Blog Post: The NSW Science ESSA test - the background monitoring service

    Yesterday I wrote “ Why put assessment in the Cloud? ” about the project last year for students in New South Wales in Australia to complete the statutory Science examinations online - replacing a paper-based system that had been used for years. As well as the time-saving and paper-saving, one of the...
  • Blog Post: Why put assessment in the Cloud?

    One of the often-quoted benefits of using Cloud computing is that you can provide for big bursts of activity by using the flexibility of massive datacentres being built around the world for this. And that if you want to use this service, you simply pay for the bit you use. It means that you can activate...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Education Case Studies from Australia

    One question that I’m asked frequently about new projects is: “ Who else is doing this? ” In some cases, what people (partners/customers) are looking for is confirmation that they’re going to be at the innovative edge - and that what they are doing hasn’t been done before. And other times, they are looking...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Cloud in Education - The Australian quotes Curtin University

    The Australian carried an interesting story last week, that I have only just come across. It talks about the growth in the use of the Microsoft Cloud, and specifically the use of the Windows Azure Cloud computing system in Australia - quoting growth in customers ‘from a handful a year ago to several...
  • Blog Post: Can you move to the Cloud without training users? Pittsford Central School District think you can

    Today’s case study is Pittsford Central School District in New York State, who upgraded their email system from an onsite Exchange system to the Cloud-based Live@edu email system, saving $40,000 a year. The savings come from reducing the need for hardware and software licences, and the associated maintenance...
  • Blog Post: It’s not just education - Coca-Cola moves to the cloud with Microsoft

    Recently, I’ve highlighted quite a few case studies of education customers moving to the Microsoft Cloud. And generally, I hit ‘delete’ when I get sent case studies of commercial customers ( after all, they aren’t like typical education customers, are they? ). But I liked the first three paragraphs of...
  • Blog Post: More Live@edu adopters in schools and universities

    For those of you who missed it, here's the dozen word summary of Live@edu : Free student email, hosted by Microsoft's Exchange 2010 cloud, with a 10GB mailbox The case studies for the Live@edu email service keep coming - this time, it's the Delaware Department of Education and United Arab Emirates University...
  • Blog Post: Integrating a Learning Management System with student email

    itslearning is a Norwegian learning management system (LMS) provider, and their solution is used by millions of students and teachers across schools, colleges and universities around the world. The LMS market has seen rapid development and innovation over the last few years, as technology has changed...
  • Blog Post: Moving to the Cloud saves four schools $20,000 in the first year

    There's no shortage of interesting case studies of schools, colleges and universities moving to the Cloud, to save money and improve the service to students and staff. The one I've just read, of Mendon-Upton Regional School District in Massachusetts (yep, I had to get the spelling checker going!) , is...
  • Blog Post: Algonquin College moves 34,000 students to the Cloud in one weekend

    When you've got 34,000 students on your mail servers, then it's inevitable that you're going to have to make tough decisions on the services you provide to them. Alqonquin College , in Canada, had to limit their student mailboxes to 60Mb of storage, and also limited where and when students could get...
  • Blog Post: University of Bologna moves to Live@edu

    The University of Bologna, is the world's oldest university, operating continuously since 1088. One of Europe's largest universities with 85,000 students, it's also become synonymous with leading change in the Higher Education sector since the creation of the Bologna Process , which is overseeing the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Plans for hybrid deployment of Office 365 messaging

    Another good case study from our internal IT team has just been published, as they discuss their journey to the Cloud. One of the things they are managing is the hybrid model of some applications/users moving into the Cloud, whilst others stay on premise. In this case study, they talk about the planning...
  • Blog Post: Using Open Source Moodle with Microsoft cloud services - case study

    Whilst businesses have customer-relationship management systems, and online shops, the education equivalent is a Learning Management System (LMS) - something that will help a school, TAFE or university to deliver learning resources to their students, wherever they are. There's a diverse bunch of learning...
  • Blog Post: Curtin University moves more services to the Cloud with Windows Azure

    First they moved the students' email Every year, in the UK alone, 9,000 USB sticks are lost in the laundry * . How many of them contained a student's thesis? If you were a student at Curtin University from 2009, imagine how pleased you'd be if your email inbox capacity jumped up from 40MB to 10GB, and...
  • Blog Post: Copenhagen Business School moves to the Cloud

    Copenhagen Business School recently switched their student email to the Cloud, using Live@edu . The case study video below goes into detail about their selection and approval process (they involved students alongside the IT team in the selection process) and one of the quotes in the video reminded me...
  • Blog Post: Cloud migration strategies in Education

    I've just updated the list of webcasts on Cloud migration strategies - which focus on the migration of internal Microsoft business applications to the Cloud with Windows Azure , by adding the interview with two key architects - Scott Richardson and Tom Woods. They talk extensively about the cost-saving...
  • Blog Post: Universities moving to Cloud services - more case studies

    Hot on the heels of the recent Australian case studies of universities moving to Cloud services with Microsoft , there are some new international case studies available. I'll summarise them here, but for a better insight into what's going on, download the full case studies below. Brno University The...
  • Blog Post: Curtin University and the Microsoft Cloud

    After I mentioned the Curtin University Live@edu case study yesterday, somebody from Curtin sent me a link to the Microsoft video we'd produced on their wider use of our Cloud services. They're using Live@edu for student email, and they're also using Windows Azure to develop inhouse applications. In...
  • Blog Post: DFEEST uses Live@edu

    I was browsing through the list of case studies on the Microsoft website today, and saw that we'd published a case study at the end of January on the adoption of Live@edu for colleges in South Australia . I'm new to Australia, so the story reads a little bit like Alphabetti Spaghetti because of the acronyms...
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