Hult International Business School Chooses Instructure Canvas

Hult International Business School
Chooses Instructure Canvas

2,500 students across 5 international campuses are migrating to Canvas this summer

Salt Lake City, Utah – August 14, 2012 – Hult International Business School chose Canvas by Instructure to replace Moodle as its new learning platform for its five campuses in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai. The choice came after a thorough pilot involving 21 courses and resulted in a decision to move all courses to Canvas before the fall 2012 semester.

“We wanted academic consistency across cohorts, degree programs and campuses, which fueled our commitment to moving all courses to Canvas at the same time,” said Dr. Mukul Kumar, Chief Academic Officer at Hult. “Hult’s Interactive Teaching approach creates an integrated experience that enables our faculty to complement active in-classroom training with digital resources. The adaptable Canvas platform allows us to incorporate best-in-class digital resources and address multiple learning styles.”

In its 2012 global MBA rankings, the Financial Times ranks Hult International Business School first in International Experience and third in International Business. Students studying at Hult have the option to rotate from their home campus to two additional campuses during the program. Hult empowers students to develop real-world skills, and as such, six weeks of the program are dedicated to a hands-on action project for a major company.

Hult applied its emphasis on experiential learning to the recent Canvas pilot. Using Hult’s Technology Management course, students taking the class became consultants and provided Hult’s administration with a recommendation. The students conducted a thorough analysis of Moodle vs. Canvas, including gathering quantitative survey data and qualitative data. In the end, more than 90 percent of students recommended that Hult adopt Canvas.

Additionally, Hult wanted a learning platform with mobile capabilities that had a 21st century look and feel. Hult’s commitment to providing its students with iPads to help them compete in the increasingly mobile learning environment mirrored Canvas’s mobile functionality.

“We developed specific iPad applications for faculty to grade assignments and for students to engage in their courses,” said Brian Whitmer, co-founder and VP of Product Management at Instructure. “We also created Canvas to be optimized for the mobile web, so it works on all mobile devices natively in the browser.”

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About Instructure:
Instructure is a technology company committed to improving education. We provide instructors and students modern tools and resources to empower the learning experience. Founded by graduate students in collaboration with educational institutions, Instructure provides Canvas – the open, easy-to-use, cloud-native learning platform.

About Hult International Business School
Hult is the world’s most international business school with campuses in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai. The school offers a range of business-focused programs, including MBA, Executive MBA, Master and Undergraduate degrees. Hult’s one-year MBA program is ranked in the top 30 in the world by The Economist and first in International Experience by the Financial Times.


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Vaddio Releases IP Camera Control Upgrade to ClearVIEW HD-USB PTZ Camera Systems

Vaddio, the global leader in robotic PTZ cameras and camera control systems, today released a major software update to its USB Camera line. The free Version 1.1 software update allows ClearVIEW HD-USB PTZ camera users the ability to control the camera from any computer or mobile device that supports a web browser.

“When we launched our EasyUSB camera systems we knew that our customers would demand a more sophisticated control approach than a traditional IR Remote Control,” explains Vaddio CEO, Rob Sheeley. “By connecting to the camera’s Ethernet port, users can now browse to the embedded web server built into the camera and have complete control of the camera by using the preconfigured web page user control panel.”

Internal web pages within the camera allow control of the HD-USB camera via Internet connection through a standard web browser. Users can now adjust pan, tilt, zoom and home controls, as well as pan, tilt and zoom speed controls; switch video sources, and store and recall six camera presets. Administrators have the additional ability to control security passwords, change the IP address, view diagnostics, access firmware upgrades and Help settings. The IP address will be displayed onscreen out of the composite, analog component (YPbPr) and the USB video output.

For more information on the ClearVIEW HD-USB camera upgrade please visit the Vaddio website at

About Vaddio:
Vaddio is the leading manufacturer of specialty PTZ cameras and camera control systems used in the audiovisual, videoconference and broadcast industries. Your customers demand cutting-edge technology that’s simple to use. You want equipment that’s easy to install and reliable to operate. Vaddio serves integrators and operators alike – with broadcast-quality PTZ cameras and control systems that deliver the performance you need with the convenience you demand. More information can be found on the Vaddio website, or at (800) 572.2011.


Turnitin Offers Professional Development Course in Writing Instruction and Evaluation

Turnitin Offers Professional Development Course in Writing Instruction and Evaluation

Free Online Classes for Educators Designed to Encourage Original Writing and Deliver Meaningful Feedback

OAKLAND, Calif. – Aug. 14, 2012 – Turnitin, the leader in originality checking and online grading, today announced that it has opened registration for its free online course, “Turnitin Academy Live.” This 10-session course will lead instructors through a powerful pedagogy for “writing to learn,” exploring practical methods for incorporating the use of Turnitin to encourage original writing and deliver more meaningful feedback, while engaging students in the writing process and streamlining class activities.

The Turnitin Academy Live course begins Tuesday, Aug. 28 and will be available live and on-demand. The course is also eligible for continuing education units (CEUs) in partnership with Saint Mary’s College of California for a fee of $50. Educators can register for the entire course for free, or sign up for each class individually at:

“So far this year, Turnitin has educated over 100,000 instructors on how to employ technology in education to improve student writing,” said Ray Huang, customer programs manager for Turnitin. “This expanded online course shares teaching strategies and empowers educators across the curriculum to take action with lesson plans and classroom activities, while demonstrating how they can maximize their Turnitin solution.”

The course is taught by Renee Bangerter, an English instructor at Saddleback College, and a Turnitin power user. She was an early advocate of using Turnitin as a complete writing solution at Fullerton College where she trained faculty on how to effectively use Turnitin. She has been conducting professional development seminars for Turnitin since 2008.

“I would spend 240 hours grading each semester before Turnitin—that’s six 40-hour work weeks,” said Renee Bangerter. “I know what college instructors are going through, I’m one of them, and I want to let other instructors know that there is a better way.”

About Turnitin
Turnitin is the global leader in evaluating and improving student writing. The company’s cloud-based service for originality checking, online grading and peer review saves instructors time and provides rich feedback to students. One of the most widely distributed educational applications in the world, Turnitin is used by more than 10,000 institutions in 126 countries to manage the submission, tracking and evaluation of student papers online. Turnitin also offers iThenticate, a plagiarism detection service for commercial markets, and WriteCheck, a suite of formative tools for writers. Turnitin is backed by Warburg Pincus and is headquartered in Oakland, Calif., with an international office in Newcastle, U.K. For more information, please visit

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Obama ad tells Romney to ‘get real’ on college aid

The Obama campaign opened a new line of attack on Mitt Romney in its latest swing state TV ad, seizing on the Republican’s approach to financing higher education, ABC News reports. The 30-second spot says Romney wants to cut federal college aid for millions of students and encourage them to go into debt, replaying several times this line from a March speech at Otterbein University: “Take a shot, go for it, take a risk, get the education, borrow money if you have to from your parents, start a business,” Romney said. In response, says the Obama ad’s narrator: “Get real, Mitt.” Obama is portrayed positively for doubling funding for Pell grants and capping repayment rates for some federal student loans in his first term. You can watch the ad HERE. In response to the ad, the Romney campaign pointed to the rapidly rising college costs and levels of student debt over the past three and a half years.

“Under President Obama, the costs of college have skyrocketed – making it more difficult for students to attend college – and his economic policies have made it harder for graduates to get jobs,” said Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg…

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UT affirmative action policy is legal says Justice Department

The Obama administration on Monday threw its support behind the University of Texas’ use of race as a standard in its admissions policies, asking the Supreme Court not to interfere with the consideration of racial preferences in college admissions, the Associated Press reports. The Justice Department, in a court brief co-signed by several other government agencies, told the high court that a diverse college population was in the university’s – and the government’s – best interests. “The armed services and numerous federal agencies have concluded that well-qualified and diverse graduates are crucial to the fulfillment of their missions,” Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli said. The court brief was cosigned by lawyers from the departments of Defense, Education, Commerce, Labor and Health and Human Services…

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America’s greenest colleges: SIERRA Magazine list

Last year, 20,000 students hopped on bicycles and rode to the No. 1 most eco-friendly school, according to SIERRA magazine’s sixth annual ranking of America’s greenest schools, the Huffington Post reports. The ranking is a hat tip to America’s universities and colleges with successful, environmentally-conscious operations, and the list even is based on considerations of students’ academic ventures. In a press release, Bob Sipchen, SIERRA magazine’s editor-in-chief, said, “With their ever growing emphasis on environmental responsibility, these schools are channeling the enthusiasm of their students, who consistently cite climate disruption and other environmental issues as the most serious challenges their generation must confront, while demonstrating leadership for other civic institutions.” A complete 2012 green ranking list and profiles of the top schools’ eco-friendly strategies are available on the magazine’s website…

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Open source textbook publisher projects $1M in savings

Educators at 55 colleges will use OpenStax books this fall.

College students in some of the most heavily attended courses in the country will eclipse $1 million in textbook savings after a Rice University-based publisher had 13,000 open-source books downloaded since June.

OpenStax College, a start-up online textbook publisher launched early this year, announced Aug. 14 that its first two book titles, College Physics and Introduction to Sociology, have sold more than 13,000 free copies – enough to save students $1 million during the upcoming fall semester.

Richard Baraniuk, OpenStax College’s founder and an engineering professor at Rice, said students would save more money this fall than it cost to create the sociology and physics textbooks, as educators at 55 colleges and universities have committed to using the textbooks this fall.

Baraniuk’s goal is to save college students $95 million over the next five years.

Open-textbook activists said skeptics of low-cost and free textbooks shouldn’t scoff at OpenStax’s modest adoption rate.

“Fifty-five adoptions may not seem big in the context of a multi-billion-dollar industry, but looking at these books as disruptive technology it could be all it takes to insert a wedge into the market,” said Nicole Allen, a Student PIRG spokeswoman who tracks national textbook preferences and policies.

Student PIRG textbook cost projections showed that Washington state’s Open Course Library would save $102 per student per course. Allen said the organization has similar hopes for OpenStax.

David Harris, OpenStax College editor-in-chief, said drawing student interest wasn’t difficult because students have, for years, sought myriad ways to avoid spending hundreds on a single book for a single class.

Creating a quality textbook, Harris said, was what spread the word among instructors and professors who want to help their students save money on books without using suspect teaching material.

“A bad book is still a bad book, even if it’s free,” Harris said. “Our books are both free and high quality, thanks to the investment of our philanthropic partners.”

OpenStax officials said they would continue development of their first five textbook titles this year with funding from the 20 Million Minds Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Maxfield Foundation. Harris said upcoming OpenStax offerings would include college algebra, general chemistry, principles of economics, U.S. history, psychology, and anatomy and physiology.

In February, Rice’s OpenStax unveiling coincided with a gathering of open educational resource (OER) advocates at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., where the potential cost savings and educational benefits of openly available material were discussed by higher-education officials, technologists, and copyright experts.


Pearson to launch degree course college

Pearson will next month launch a higher education college that will start directly delivering undergraduate degrees to students in the UK, making it the first FTSE 100 company to enter the higher education market, reports The Financial Times.

The education company, which also owns the Financial Times, has announced the first course will be a BSc in business and enterprise. “Pearson College” will teach students at the company’s headquarters in London and at its Manchester offices.

This marks a change for Pearson. It has been public about its desire to enter the British higher education market since 2010, but it had previously planned to validate degrees, acting as a higher education exam board rather than a college. Explaining the change, Roxanne Stockwell, managing director of Pearson College, said: “As we did more research into it … where we think we can add the most value is in designing and delivering for our own students.”

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Accreditation warning issued to Penn State

An accrediting organization has told Penn State that its status is “in jeopardy” based on recent developments in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, the Associated Press reports.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which accredits universities in the Mid-Atlantic region, cited information in the school’s internal investigation led by former FBI director Louis Freeh and the severe penalties imposed by the NCAA over the school’s handling of molestation allegations against the former assistant football coach, who was convicted in June of 45 child sexual abuse counts.

The commission said in an Aug. 8 notice that Penn State remains accredited while “on warning” but it wants a monitoring report submitted by the end of next month detailing steps taken to ensure full compliance with governmental requirements, that the university’s mission is being carried out, that the commission will be fully informed and that Penn State is complying with standards on leadership and governance as well as integrity.

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Senators go after ‘worthless’ college degrees

Half of students who defaulted on their loans say they shouldn’t have to pay them back.

Three Democratic senators, including the chamber’s foremost critic of for-profit colleges, are sponsoring a bill that would bar federal student aid from being used in college programs that lack state licensing, even if the school has institutional accreditation.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) this month joined Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) in introducing the Protecting Students from Worthless Degrees Act, a law that would effectively eliminate a loophole that has allowed many colleges with programs that don’t have local licensing to reap the benefits of billions in federally-backed student loans.

Many for-profit colleges, with some of the nation’s most expansive online course offerings, attain regional and national accreditation but offer unlicensed courses and programs. Even if a student graduates with degrees from these unlicensed programs, local employers are hesitant to hire them.

Last month, former students from the for-profit Virginia College brought a lawsuit against the school because they claim the college was not upfront about licensing of its nursing program.

“Higher education should be a path to the American Dream, but that dream is shattered if when students graduate, they find that their degrees are worthless,” Merkley said. “A college that claims to prepare a student for a specific job should have the accreditation needed so that those degrees are actually worth something in the job market. It’s common sense to say that taxpayers have no place funding programs that hurt students more than they help.”

The bill would require colleges and universities to offer programs that comply with local established accreditation and licensing requirements, so that when a student leaves school, she won’t be at risk of lacking credentials for a local job.

Merkley said that once students realize their degrees won’t help them land a job after college, they go into deeper student debt and take out more loans to earn a properly-certified degree.

“It simply does not make sense for students to waste their federal financial aid and for veterans to use their hard-earned education benefits to attend a school that offers worthless degrees,” said Harkin, who recently released a report excoriating for-profit schools for a range of operational practices. “Most Americans would be outraged to learn that their tax dollars are going to education programs that do not meet the basic requirements needed for their graduates to enter their chosen profession.”

The bill could be considered by members of the Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, which Harkin chairs.

The proposed legislation has received broad support from veterans groups in recent weeks, since for-profit colleges with questionable licensing have often targeted service members with GI Bill benefits. The Military Officers Association of America, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), and the Student Veterans of America are among the veteran proponents who have backed the bill.