Guest post from David Coleman, SharePointEduTech.

In September schools colleges and universities everywhere start again for a new academic year, so all through September we will be hosting education focused webinars and I am very lucky to be joined by 2 fellow education focused SharePoint MVP’s Alex Pearce and Alan Richards and also Mike Herrity below you will find the session details and registration links I hope to see you.

Alan Richards, Alex Pearce, Dave Coleman, MVP, SharePoint

Using Office 365 in education

Registration Link http://www.metavistech.com/webinar/using-office-365-education

September 5th 2pm EDT 7pm BST

We have all heard that Office 365 for education is free and with that we can get Lync, SharePoint and Exchange but what are the early adopters doing with it. Find out more about Office 365 for education, what a single school have done a group of academies and a whole Council/District.

Alex Pearce (SharePoint MVP) founded BFC Networks who are a UK based company who specialise in SharePoint for education. As a keen blogger http://www.bfcnetworks.com/ajp he shares useful information about SharePoint and how it can be used in the education industry. Since the announcement of free licensing of Office 365 for education, Alex has changed his focus from SharePoint to include Lync and Exchange completing the Office 365 suite. BFC Networks have also changed their focus from just SharePoint to Office 365 for education and have deployed customised solutions from between 300 and 100,000 user tenancies. Recently Alex released a starter manual for Office 365 for education which will help you in your deployment.

Using SharePoint to Cut Costs

Registration link http://www.metavistech.com/webinar/using-sharepoint-cut-costs-education

September 19th 2pm EDT 7pm BST

School districts everywhere have been affected by the economy and are looking for ways to control costs while maintaining the highest educational standards. In this Webinar, you will learn how to use SharePoint 2010 along with InfoPath and SharePoint Designer to create feature rich online forms to streamline your education processes to control costs. SharePoint expert and Education consultant, Alan Richards, will demonstrate practical skills that will enable you to build workflow based forms that will cut your costs while providing your users with all the data they need. Alan Richards has been working in the education sector for over 17 years and during that time has been at the forefront of using IT. He has led teams that have been among the first to roll out Windows 7, Exchange 2010 and SharePoint 2010, many of these successes have been showcased in Microsoft case studies. With the launch of Office 365, Alan has been carrying out migrations for clients from on Premise system to ensure clients get the full advantage of using the cloud. Alan is also a regular blogger and speaker at various events.

SharePoint v2.0 for Education- the Next Generation of Learning Platforms

Registration Link http://www.metavistech.com/webinar/sharepoint-v20-education-next-generation-learning-platforms

September 26th 2pm EDT 7pm BST

The arrival of SharePoint 2007 saw the widespread adoption of SharePoint as a Learning Platform for educational establishments across the world. As organisations rolled out SharePoint there was initially confusion and frustration for many over what they had bought and how it could be used as a learning aid. Five years later, the latest version of SharePoint (2010) is increasingly adopted across the education sector. People have come to terms with the challenge by understanding that SharePoint is a platform and not a total solution. As educational establishments experiment with a wide variety of customisations and additions we are starting to see the rich educational solutions which make SharePoint a compelling tool to support learning.

Join Mike Herrity, international SharePoint expert in the educational field and author of http://www.sharepointineducation.com/ as he takes us through some of the cutting edge SharePoint solutions created in educational institutions across the globe. This webinar will provide a rich resource of ideas and solutions to enable you to move your SharePoint Learning Platform forward or to decide whether to adopt SharePoint for the first time. Examples will include schools, federations, Local Authorities, Districts, Colleges and Universities from the UK, US and Australia.