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Leveraging Local Libraries— Partnering with Community Colleges

Leveraging Local Libraries— Partnering with Community Colleges | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"CSCC’s and CML’s IT departments have worked together to ensure that the virtual desktop infrastructure works properly. Testing has taken place at other branches over the past couple months. The real test will come when the fall semester begins. ...


Thousands of CSCC students live in the CML service area, so it was natural to combine services, said Ben Zenitsky, marketing and communications specialist for the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

'We’re looking to create the libraries of the 21st century,' Zenitsky said. 


Commentary: Librarians are invaluable in the digital age


A big part of that is to support education and be a resource for students from pre-Kindergarten through college. The dedicated CSCC room at the library also is strategically placed next to the teen area, so teens can see the CSCC students working and 'be inspired to achieve,” added Zenitsky.'"

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The author lists additional examples of this category of collaboration: "A partnership between Columbus State Community College (CSCC) and theColumbus Metro Library (CML) System in Ohio will make access to distance learning easier for many CSCC students. The library’s newest branch, which opened in July, features a dedicated room for CSCC students, and all CML branches offer computer access to the CSCC system."

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University Systems Sharing Content, Data ... and Analytics Capabilities

Four major university systems will share online courses, analytics and learning-management software through a cloud-based digital education platform called Unizin, portions of which launched in July.
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This is intriguing: “Relative to the whole cost of us building out analytics capabilities separately, one campus at a time, or building content capabilities only on an island by ourselves, we think this is cost effective over time for how digital learning is evolving.”

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Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Spanning Silos—Building Connections @ U Missouri, Kansas City April 25

Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Spanning Silos—Building Connections @ U Missouri, Kansas City April 25 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Learn how to turn your goals for increased collaboration into realities by building new interdisciplinary-focused facilities.

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"In this one-day SCUP regional program, representatives from campuses and their designers from throughout the Heartland region will share examples of these kinds of projects. From medical, dental, and allied health education to digital libraries and campus learning commons to regional startup initiatives that focus on developing new entrepreneurs, you will hear and learn about how they turned goals for increased collaboration into realities in these new interdisciplinary-focused facilities. The program will conclude with tours of several new buildings on the UMKC campus, including the Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Miller Nichols Library, and The Student Union."

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How Are Arizona State University Downtown Campus and the Phoenix Biomedical Campus Getting Along as Neighbors?

How Are Arizona State University Downtown Campus and the Phoenix Biomedical Campus Getting Along as Neighbors? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Downtown Phoenix has become a focal point for the education of healthcare professionals with the ongoing development of the Arizona State University Downtown Campus and the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. Each of the Arizona public universities now has a presence in Phoenix’s urban core offering healthcare degree programs and research. Here is an ASU Design Consortium Abstract and Description of the project,


This symposium will examine these innovative approaches to redefine complex problem solving outside of traditional boundaries to reach solutions from diverse academic perspectives. We will explore multiple dimensions of this approach in the context of the multiple healthcare professional programs to learn about the programs, approaches, and environments that support success.

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A one-day symposium from the Society for College and University Planning's Pacific Region | October 13, 2014 | Arizona State University Downtown Campus | Phoenix, AZ | Register now!

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Will Unizin be a game changer for higher ed?

Will Unizin be a game changer for higher ed? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The coalition of universities could shake up online learning, textbook publishing, learning software, and other intellectual property created and used by higher ed institutions.
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According to Unizin’s founders, a key goal of the project is to ensure that universities and their faculty stay in control of content they create, collectively owning the infrastructure that will deliver that content both on and off campuses. Another goal is to use open-standards software to create interoperability and to help scale digital education.


Unizin member schools will have access to services for sharing course content and analyzing how effective the teaching is for that content.

In a blog announcing their ambitions, co-founders Brad Wheeler, CIO and business school professor at Indiana University, and James Hilton, vice provost for digital education initiatives and information professor at the University of Michigan, pointed to lessons learned when universities failed to control their content.


“Research universities largely left the publication of journals to others, and that has not worked out well,” Hilton and Wheeler wrote. “We now pay an escalating, collective billions to rent the right to read our own scholarship each year.”

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Virginia program promotes shorter-term collaboration | Inside Higher Ed

UVA's OpenGrounds must have had an interesting planning process:


"Hoping to encourage more interdepartment work without creating a flurry of new centers, Virginia is launching OpenGrounds. The network provides resources for both short- and long-term academic partnerships while giving Virginia the versatility to focus on the best research. A quick search of Virginia's directory reveals about 90 centers that appear to have some research orientation. Those numbers certainly aren't unique to Virginia, but the hope is that OpenGrounds will foster other kinds of collaborations.


“It remains nimble rather than what often happens where things develop an infrastructure and are there forever whether they’re needed or not,” said William Sherman, the director of OpenGrounds and Virginia’s associate vice president for research.
After 18 months of planning, OpenGrounds will begin in earnest next week when it opens on-campus space for collaborators to meet. Researchers will maintain their office and labs in their home departments, but can use the OpenGrounds office for discussion or planning."

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