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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Unizin Enables Cross-Platform Content

Unizin is a consortium of colleges and universities that’s making news. The group, which endeavors to provide a standards-based infrastructure for digital education, will work with Blackboard and Instructure to connect digital learning platforms.

Students and faculty from Unizin institutions work with content from multiple platforms, according to a report in University Business. Content storing, sharing, and discovery services offered by both Blackboard and Instructure platforms will be connected through the Unizin Content Relay.

“Students and faculty need access to open tools that allow them to work collaboratively, across institutions, to create the best learning programs,” said Mark Strassman, senior vice president of product management for Blackboard.

Using the Content Relay will facilitate instructors in finding content from both platforms. It will also be easier for faculty to revise and mix the content which can be used across a variety of formats, including residential, flipped classroom, online courses, badged experiences, and massive open online courses (MOOCs).

Unizin has also added Oregon State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Minnesota to its list of member institutions. Colorado State University, Indiana University, the University of Florida, and the University of Michigan are the founding partners of Unizin.

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