Guest post by Max Holden from Collabco.

ALT-C is an annual conference for learning technologists. This year it will be held at the University of Manchester on 11th – 13th September and Microsoft and Collabco will be exhibiting here for the first time!

Collabco will be supporting the Microsoft exhibition at the ALT Conference, showcasing the work that we have carried out at Blackpool & the Fylde College.  The project involved us supporting Microsoft and adding value to an Office 365 for education solution for the college. 

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Collabco’s Hub Metro solution, which the college have branded MyHub, is a SharePoint 2010 based solution. It pulls together the essential elements of Office 365 for education, such as e-mail, MySites and calendars, together with the systems students need access to on a daily basis such as timetable, Moodle, e-payments and library systems. 

Giving students (and ultimately staff) this “single pane” view of all the systems they need, with seamless access to the collaboration tools in SharePoint and Office 365 for education, delivers a compelling solution.  This addresses many of the college’s requirements of an integrated learning platform and helps to further integrate Moodle into the delivery of learning to students.  The college is able to customise the look and feel of the platform and add further connectors to new systems as they are brought on stream. 

A further phase of the project will allow the college to deliver all of this information easily to the students smartphone devices, allowing them to be kept fully up to date and informed of assignment deadlines, overdue library books, room changes and other useful information.

As well as this showcase on the Microsoft stand, we are delighted to invite ALT-C delegates for some drinks on us next Tuesday at a pub near the event. We will be in the upstairs area in association with Microsoft at The Old Wellington pub (4 Cathedral Gates, Manchester, M3 1SW), on the evening of Tuesday 11th September from 7pm onwards. We would love meet everyone and buy some drinks for the ALT-C attendees, so come and join us for a free beer or two. Bring your ALT-C pass.

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Hope to see you there!