Crimson Consultants Limited, one of Microsoft’s lead partners in Post 16 education, in partnership with Swansea University are delighted to announce the successful implementation of the Crimson Student Recruitment solution, based on Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011.
Having gone through a detailed selection process and working within a very ambitious set of time constraints, Swansea University launched the first phase of the new solution in the summer. Crimson’s solution provides the university with a state of the art recruitment solution, focusing on the needs of student engagement and managing the student lifecycle at one of its most critical phases.
Delivery of the Solution
Delivered to all of the Colleges within the university, the solution manages the vital communication between potential students, central admissions and the academic departments. The solution has been delivered on time and on budget, and more importantly has delivered a significant functional benefit both within Admissions and the academic departments.
The next phase of development will focus on social network integration and on-line marketing, and expects to drive significant growth in the recruitment of UK undergraduate and postgraduate students. Commenting on the project, Crimson’s Sales and Marketing Director John Drew, reiterates the need for a partnership approach to projects. “Without doubt, success of projects, comes down to great software, great communication and a willingness by both supplier and customer to work together to achieve a common goal. We are delighted to be working with Swansea; it’s been such a pleasure under very challenging timescales, but the university staff have been fundamental to its success.”
Recruitment Solution Benefits
Head of Admissions at Swansea University, Keran Williams comments, “As a result of a number of factors including improvements in student satisfaction rates and higher league table positions, the University has seen a large growth in enquiries and applications in the last year. The bespoke Crimson CRM solution will allow us to manage communications with prospective students in a far more effective and professional manner. We pride ourselves on good customer relations and we now have the tools to ensure that all prospective students who contact Swansea University have a positive experience from the outset.”
Steve Owen, Head of Corporate Information Systems for the university says “The delivery of this project on time and on budget is a result of the hard work put in by both university and Crimson staff, and is a testament to the determination and close working relationship built by the project team. Working with Crimson Consultants has demonstrated that commitment to the end result is the key to success.”
For more information on courses and programs please contact www.swansea.ac.uk
For more information on Crimson Consultants and their solutions for Post 16 Education and Student Recruitment solutions, please visit www.crimsonconsultants.co.uk
It only seems like yesterday that we ran our Windows 8 in Education launch event with our friends at QPR Football Club and Lenovo. Fast forward almost a year, and here we are today announcing the global availability of Windows 8.1. Time definitely flies!
Windows 8.1 brings a variety of new features and improvements to Windows 8 that we think students and educators will really enjoy. We listened to your feedback and are delivering many of the improvements you asked for.
To highlight some of the key features, we have created an infographic that looks at Windows 8.1 specifically through an education lens.
The full infographic can be viewed/downloaded via our SlideShare account below:
How to upgrade to Windows 8.1
If you are a consumer with a Windows 8 device, you can now download the free update to Windows 8.1 online through the Windows Store*. Please visit Windows.com for everything you need to know including how to get the update for your Windows 8 device. If you are a consumer on a device running Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, or the Windows 8.1 Preview – this page on Windows.com will detect your OS and provide you with all the information you need in order to get Windows 8.1 on your device. I also highly recommend reading our FAQ which answers many of the most common questions about getting Windows 8.1
You may also like to take a look at the Reddit AMA that some of our colleagues from the Windows Team ran.
We will be sharing some additional information about Windows 8.1 on the blog over the coming weeks. In the meantime, let us know if you have any questions in the comments below.
Further to our recent Student Advantage announcement, we now have a new set of resources that can help walk you through the key components of this new benefit for students.
We shared a set of FAQ’s via the blog last week and we now have a new Student Advantage deck describes the offering in more detail.
The full deck van be viewed/downloaded below:
If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to drop us a note in the comments below.
The computing landscape has transformed significantly in recent times with virtualisation, mobility and cloud technologies changing the way we think about IT. The challenge for education institutions is to embrace these new technologies and use them to best prepare their students for life outside education and in the workplace.
Educators are also being challenged to move away from teacher-led instruction to focus more on allowing students to develop their own skills through interactive, self-directed and collaborative learning. Integrating devices such as Windows 8 tablets into the heart of your institution can provide the platform you need to enter this new era of education.
Microsoft is leading the way with developing new education techniques and its Surface devices have the full range of capabilities to begin this transition. What is more, you don’t have to worry about legacy systems as Surface is compatible with your existing Windows and Flash-based teaching software - which allows you to pace your transition without the ‘all or nothing’ approach other tablets may demand. Why Phoenix Software for Education?
Phoenix Software is the UK’s leading provider of software, devices and services to the education sector. We are proud to present, in partnership with Microsoft and the Tablet Academy, this exclusive event showcasing the tools available to enable the new era of education.
• Welcome & Introduction - Keith Martin, Public Sector Manager, Phoenix Software
• The Art of the Possible: Using Windows 8 Tablets in Education - Professor Steve Molyneux, Tablet Academy
• Better Together: Windows 8, Office 365 & Surface - Russell Payne, Phoenix Software
• Panel Q&A
Professor Steve Molyneux – Tablet Academy
Leading industry expert, Professor Steve Molyneux presents his thoughts around transforming the classroom using tablets. The presentation is focused on how embedding the use of mobile devices in teaching and learning with the right pedagogical approach can improve engagement and increase attainment – which can only enhance an institution’s Ofsted rating.
Microsoft Surface Tablet
Tablets are now an established part of computing and, in an education environment, make for an improved learning experience for students to develop on and learn vital skills for their future. The Surface is the only tablet able to integrate fully into your Microsoft curriculum by running Office software natively and allowing multiple user accounts. Surface devices will be available on the day for you to try out.
Microsoft Office 365
Office 365 is growing very quickly in education - the service is security-enhanced, meets legislative and governance concerns, and helps reduce IT administration costs. Other capabilities include SharePoint Online and Lync Online which provide enterprise-class communications and collaboration capabilities.
To Register follow this link.
Originally posted by Lee Stott, Microsoft UK Faculty Connection
DreamSpark subscribers can download Visual Studio FREE of Charge from either their Institutional DreamSpark ELMS store or direct from DreamSpark.com.
Visual Studio 2013 is the best tool for developers and teams to build and deliver modern, connected applications on all of Microsoft’s platforms. From Windows Azure and SQL Server to Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8, Visual Studio 2013 supports the breadth of Microsoft’s developer platforms.
As part of the Cloud OS vision, Visual Studio 2013 enables developers to build modern business applications that take advantage of the cloud and target a variety of devices and end-user experiences, all delivered within today’s rapid and dynamic application lifecycles.
Accessing Visual Studio 2013 via DreamSpark.com
When student download and install Visual Studio 2013 from DreamSpark.com, they will receive a static key to complete the installation. The key simply means the students do not have register or reregister the product every 90 days are per the RTM version..
For administrators and IT technicians the DreamSpark institutional ELMS Store contains a copy of Visual Studio 2013 with a Pre-Keyed serial number this version can be used to install on institution teaching and learning lab machines either manually or via a managed desktop image.
Visual Studio and Cloud services
When the student/institutions have installed Visual Studio 2013 on premise, they will get prompted to go an connect online to use online features of Visual Studio a Windows Live ID or Microsoft Account is required. If a student signs in with their WLID this will save there solutions to the cloud.
What are the new features?
There are great new features and capabilities in Visual Studio 2013 for every developer, including innovative editor enhancements such as Peek and CodeLens, diagnostics tools for UI responsiveness and energy consumption, major updates for ASP.NET web development, expanded ALM capabilities with Git support and agile portfolio management, and much, much more. Check out what’s new with Visual Studio 2013 for details.
Want to know more about Visual Studio 2013
Visual Studio 2013 launch on November 13th at the launch event the Visual Studio team will be highlighting the array of new features and capabilities in the Visual Studio 2013 release.
Visual Studio 2013 supports development of great Windows Store applications for Windows 8.1, which is also available for download today FREE of charge for all DreamSpark Premium subscribers.
Originally posted by Lee Stott on Microsoft UK Faculty Connection
What is Azure Tracker?
Azure Tracker is a tool designed primarily with faculty and educators of students with Azure Educator grants. The tool allows users to manage and monitor student use to help optimize Windows Azure in their classroom.
What can I do on Azure Tracker?
The various sections of Azure Tracker are designed to help support the use of Windows Azure in the classroom.
Accounts provides a consolidated view of all accounts in the course, allowing users to track the status of all accounts under their control.
Sessions are individual sections (i.e., groups and classes) associated with Azure courses under an instructor. Sessions are customizable, so they can be managed in a way to segment students in the manner that best fits the instructors needs.
Usage allows for tracking and reporting across multiple services, resources, and user groups.
Feedback is a way for us to connect with you to help optimize the site from a user perspective. Send an email directly, participate in periodic surveys, and submit a case study are all ways we seek your input in order to optimize your and your students Windows Azure experience.
Getting Access to Azure Tracker Portal
You must login using your Microsoft ID (LiveID) which your Academic Passes have been granted against.
Azure Tracker Portal Site is : http://tracker.windowsazurepass.com.
· Having trouble with Microsoft Azure, contact Azure Support at http://www.windowsazure.com/support and sign in
· Need help migrating to a paid subscription, please contact www.windowsazurepass.com/convert/default.aspx
· Have a question related to your Azure Pass subscription or Azure Tracker, please contact Azure Pass Support directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
· Interested in finding more information about Azure Academic Passes see http://www.windowsazure.com/education
· Windows Azure and Cloud Curriculum resources see http://www.microsoft.com/faculty
The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S is a unique hybrid device that can be used as both a tablet and traditional laptop.
With a vibrant orange colour scheme that really helps make the device stand out, the Yoga 11S offers 4 orientations that provides an ultraportable full Windows 8 experience. With the ability to easily go from a traditional laptop to tent, kiosk and tablet mode, the Yoga 11S is great for group work, writing dissertations or sitting back and watching movies. This device is, in my opinion, a perfect single device for students and educators alike.
More specifically, the high resolution screen is ideally suited for reading eBooks and viewing online lectures, and with 4GB RAM under the hood, the Yoga 11S doesn't lose a step when running multiple applications at once or performing resource intensive tasks such as video editing. That being said, a 1080p screen would be an exciting addition to the next iteration of the device.
The keyboard is both well laid out and responsive and rather cleverly disables itself when the screen is flipped over into tablet mode. It is a little strange at first, though, when you can feel the keys while holding the device in this mode.
The overall finish of the device is very high quality and Lenovo have really focused on the detail. The feel of the device in the hand is solid and well-built and is definitely durable enough for the demands of student life or for educators travelling from class to class or different locations across campus.
Furthermore, as a full Windows 8 machine, the 11S runs both Windows Store and X86 applications, such as Photoshop and Visual Studio 2013, which helps provide a no compromise experience that makes the most of both touch and keyboard and mouse.
This is an elegant device and definitely caught the eye of the marketing intern within our team who said that this would be her ideal device for when she goes back to university for her final year. I had better keep an eye on it ;)
The Aspire S7 is an ultra-thin, ultra-light premium ultrabook from the folks at Acer. This touch based device comes in white, with a super durable gorilla glass lid, and offers an amazing Windows 8.1 experience for those students, IT pro's and school/college/university leaders looking for a premium device that ticks both the style and performance boxes. This device is definitely not style over substance!
With an i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD, this device literally flies through tasks such as researching on the web, video editing, word processing and is well suited for even the most power hungry users.
The touch screen is responsive and is great for taking full advantage of Windows 8.1. Additionally, the high resolution 1080p screen really makes content shine, whether it's a PowerPoint presentation, lines of code within Visual Studio 2013 or movies.
The S7 packs a responsive gesture based track pad that makes swiping across different apps or scrolling through web pages a breeze. The overall responsiveness of the device also translates over to the keyboard and offers a comfortable and accurate typing experience, whether it’s for a 10,000 word dissertation or an SMT report. It may be a little shallow for some people, though.
The battery life on this device is good, but will not get you through an entire day without needing to reach for the charger. I should say, however, that the version of the device that I was testing was not using the new 4th generation i-core Haswell chip from Intel, so you can expect a nice battery boost with the more current version of this device.
From a connectivity perspective, due to the slim line nature of this ultrabook, a range of dongles are required for connecting Ethernet etc, but this is an easy sacrifice for the overall portability of this device and will definitely be keeping users away from the chiropractor for some time.
All in all this is a beautiful and elegant Windows 8 devices that is aimed very much as the premium end of the market. It's clearly not necessarily for primary of secondary age students, but is a highly attractive option for HE students, IT professionals and senior leaders within schools etc who are looking for a device that both performs and really stands out. It is definitely an early entry onto my Christmas list!
Great new video showcasing some of the awesome new features within Windows 8.1 and the wide range of PC’s that they run on.
This video is a great complement to the Windows 8.1 in Education Infographic we shared recently. In case you missed it, the full infographic can be viewed/downloaded below.
Since the recent announcement introducing Student Advantage almost a fortnight ago we’ve been inundated with questions. I’m super excited at the response to the news. As a result, we’d like you to join us for a live Q&A on Student Advantage at midday (GMT) on 31/10 on Twitter.
We’ll be tracking your questions and conversation on all things Student Advantage on the #SAFAQ hashtag. The two accounts to follow are @ukeducloud and @microsofteduk.
We’ll kick off at 12pm, midday, GMT and we’ll be around “live” for an hour. Of course, we’ll answer any questions that come in at any point afterwards as well, just not so quickly!
To make things a bit easier we’ve already published an FAQ that might answer some of your questions, so please check it out!