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Remember yesterday, when I said that ClickView won the Microsoft Australia Education Partner of the Year 2012 in the Microsoft Australia Partner Awards? And I mentioned that the judging was very tight. But there can only be one winner.
Well, it turns out you can have more than one winner! These were the three finalists for Australia Education Partner of the Year:
And although there was only one winner for Education Partner of the Year, it turns out that every single one of our finalists actually won an award:
ClickView won Microsoft Australia Education Partner of the Year 2012
Data#3 won Microsoft Australia Business Productivity Partner of the Year 2012
Janison won Microsoft Australia Azure Platform ISV Partner of the Year 2012
So, it turns out my lifelong belief was wrong, and it can actually be true that "everyone's a winner"!
You can see all of the winners on the Microsoft Australia Partner Awards website
Three new tertiary level courses are now available on Faculty Connection each with instructor guides, PPTs, labs/tutorials, and videos. There are tons of courses on the site, and although they are designed for tertiary students, I'm convinced that they are useful for many others too, including high school students, or for developers in business who are looking to develop new skills.
The courses are modular for easy integration into existing curricula:
Visit the Faculty Connection site
If you are thinking of programming Windows 8 apps, then you might like to know that we've just crossed the last major threshold for publishing apps in the Windows Store from an Australian perspective. In the first round you had to be a company to setup an account to publish an app in the Windows Store (See Windows Store is now open for paid apps, company accounts).
Now we've announced that everybody, including individuals, can set up a developer account to publish your apps on the Windows Store. And even better, many of you can get your developer account free:
Getting started is easy—just go to the Windows Store Dashboard on the Windows Dev Center and sign up. The dev tools are free, the SDK is ready, and we have supporting content to help you build your app and submit it for Store certification.
Read the full details on the 'Windows Store for Developers' blog
I've been doing some work recently on student retention and student attrition in higher education. You might have seen me writing about a Tribal presentation on data sources for inputs on student retention business intelligence systems. That work has also included an analysis across a number of different studies into student retention in higher education, and what is clear is that there are some common factors to student retention, and causes for student attrition, that are used by every project that I've read.
So based on six studies, which also contain a number of meta-studies, amplifying the sample, here's the top five factors affecting student retention.
In each study, there are a mass of other characteristics – between a total of seven and 37 depending on the depth of the analysis, but these first five appear on the list for every study that I have read so far. Which means that with an effective combination of institutional business intelligence and CRM, you could forecast your student retention rates across different courses and faculty before the Academic year has even started, and start to improve it from the same point.
The challenge of student retention in higher education is not significantly different to other industries, but at the moment it seems that we're further behind in applying systems to help manage and improve student attrition rates, and in identifying and clarifying ownership of the challenge in each institution.
One of our cloud partners in education, Generation-e, are running a webinar in October, looking at how you can use our free and paid Office 365 for education cloud services. It's going to be held on Thursday 18th October, at 1PM AEST. The presenter, Stuart Moore, is a seasoned cloud professional and his experience across both education and other public sector organisations, means he'll be able to provide a good overview of what and what isn't possible.
Here's the details:
Let us introduce you to the cloud
Want to know what hundreds of schools in Australia are doing right now?
They’re moving to the cloud. Why? Because they see the value in using technology to help achieve learning outcomes.
To make it easy for schools to provide the best environment possible for students and staff, Microsoft offers a free cloud solution called Microsoft Office 365 for Education. As a baseline, the free subscription offers:
To allow schools to extend the use of the cloud beyond the free offering, for a few dollars per month per user, schools can access:
Join us for a 30 minute webinar as Microsoft cloud specialist Stuart Moore introduces you to Microsoft Office 365 for Education and shows you how Australian schools are using this free technology to:
Find out more, and register, here
On Thursday 11th October, Paradyne are running a free morning workshop on Office 365 for education, at our offices in Melbourne. (For some background, you can read more about Paradyne's implementation of Office 365 for education at Woodleigh School in Victoria here)
I'm pretty sure that there will be lots of useful information on practical steps to using Office 365 for education, as the host, Loryan Strant, literally wrote the book on implementing Office 365 (and if you can't make it to the event, you can always buy his book "Microsoft Office 365: Exchange Online Implementation and Migration" on Amazon).
The event runs from 9-11, at our Freshwater Place offices, and it's free.
If you're not sure exactly what's in the free version of Office 365 for education, then here's a couple of useful links:
Learn more, and register for this free event, here
In September and October, we're running a series of events – Switched On Briefings – on the ways that you can optimise your infrastructure using a hybrid cloud model. It's looking at it from a large-scale, enterprise architecture point of view, so it will be most suitable for infrastructure specialists from universities, TAFEs and those of you running IT for large school groups. If you'd be interested in signing up, all the details are below:
Cloud optimise your Datacentre using a hybrid model For today’s CIOs and technology leaders, the cloud presents an opportunity to rethink the role IT plays in defining a business’ strategy. Because of its power to fundamentally change how businesses operate and compete, the cloud is a game changer. Attend this interactive session to learn how Microsoft’s approach to the cloud works on your terms by: Making the cloud work for your business - with a comprehensive range of Datacentre cloud offerings that span on-premises , hosted and public cloud solutions Using your existing familiar infrastructure, tools, and skills - as you take advantage of the cloud for maximum value, efficiency, and productivity Providing the kinds of social, ubiquitous, connected experiences - that today’s users love and expect without introducing complexity into your IT infrastructure Using case study examples and demonstration scenarios you will gain a better understanding of the steps to consider in order to become the driver for Cloud adoption in your organisation while: Retaining maximum control and flexibility with your own highly scalable private cloud Benefiting from operational excellence while minimizing risk with the public cloud Maintaining the right IT balance for your business with a hybrid environment
For today’s CIOs and technology leaders, the cloud presents an opportunity to rethink the role IT plays in defining a business’ strategy. Because of its power to fundamentally change how businesses operate and compete, the cloud is a game changer.
Attend this interactive session to learn how Microsoft’s approach to the cloud works on your terms by:
Using case study examples and demonstration scenarios you will gain a better understanding of the steps to consider in order to become the driver for Cloud adoption in your organisation while:
Just click on a venue for more details and to book your place. All of the events are run as half-day, morning briefings: