Full Sail University Announces 4th Annual Hall of Fame Celebration Week

WINTER PARK, FL, January 31, 2013 – Full Sail University is proud to announce the 4th Annual Hall of Fame celebration week featuring the induction ceremony of the 2012 class of the Full Sail University Hall of Fame on February 15, 2013 on Full Sail’s campus in Winter Park, Florida. The induction ceremony is the highlight of a series of campus-wide special events scheduled to take place from February 13-16, 2013.

Full Sail’s 4th Annual Hall of Fame Week is sponsored by Sony Electronics’ Professional Solutions of America, with additional sponsors Adobe, Avid, CDW, ESPN, Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, and WWE.

The university will welcome celebrity and industry friends of Full Sail and among those scheduled to appear at the February 15 induction ceremony and participate in Hall of Fame Week include: GRAMMY® award-winning audio engineer and music producer Bruce Swedien, Academy Award-winning visual effects artist and producer Ed Jones, ESPN’s Senior Vice President, Content and Information Technology Kevin Stolworthy, ESPN’s Vice President of Emerging Technology Anthony Bailey, former NARAS President and music attorney Al Schlesinger, Live Nation’s Senior Vice President of Global Operations Craig Evans, actor and television personality John O’Hurley, founding member of the GRAMMY®- nominated multi-platinum selling group 98 Degrees Jeff Timmons, former NFL Super Bowl winning running back Ricky Watters, GRAMMY®-nominated multi-platinum hip hop group the Nappy Roots, Senior Vice President of Special Events at WWE John Saboor, Meyer Sound’s Live Audio and Education Specialist Buford Jones (who has mixed on tour for Eric Clapton, Prince and Pink Floyd), Google’s Cherie Hannouche, People Magazine writer and New York Times best-selling author Steve Helling, co-hosts of the nationally syndicated morning show The Daily Buzz, Charles Divins, Lisa Spooner, Lance Smith and Jessica Reyes, co-hosts of the nationally syndicated lifestyle show Life Love Shopping, Andrea Jackson and Michelle Yarn, Wilspro Management’s Debbie Wilson and Doug Shaw, and Orlando Predators Defensive End R-Kal Truluck.

The mission of the multi-day celebration is to acknowledge past Hall of Fame inductees, honor and induct the newest members (comprised of six Full Sail graduates), and to provide one-of-a-kind educational experiences showcasing entertainment and media industry leaders. Guest lectures and panel discussions will take place featuring many of the guests listed above, as well as all of the new Hall of Fame inductees and nine previous inductees. Portions of the week will be streamed live to the university’s online students.

In addition, a number of Hall of Fame week music-related events will be held on the university’s campus highlighted by a free public concert at 8pm EST on Thursday, February 14 by singer/songwriter and Vanguard Records artist, Marc Broussard (www.marcbroussard.com). The concert will be held in the university’s on-campus state-of-the-art performance venue, Full Sail Live.

“Hosting our annual Hall of Fame celebration week allows us to take time to reflect upon the vast and tremendous accomplishments of our alumni, while inspiring our university as a whole,” said Full Sail University President, Garry Jones. “It is my great pleasure to thank all of our students, staff, educators, guests, friends, industry leaders, inductees, and sponsors, both past and present, who will be celebrating with us throughout the 4th Annual Hall of Fame Week.”

For more information on this year’s Hall of Fame inductees and a full listing of their credits, please visit: http://www.fullsail.edu/about/press-room/full-release/2012-10-01-full-sail-announces-hall-of-fame-inductees

Additional information regarding events, special guests, and sponsors will be announced, as we get closer to Hall of Fame Week. Please visit our mobile-optimized site http://halloffame.fullsail.edu for more details, and follow @FullSail to join the #FullSailHOF conversation on Twitter.

About Full Sail University:

Full Sail University is an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment and media industry. Founded in 1979, Full Sail has been recognized as one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs by Electronic Gaming Monthly, one of the Best Music Programs by Rolling Stone Magazine, and one of the Best Film Programs by UNleashed Magazine. In 2011, Full Sail received the “21st Century Best Practices in Distance Learning Award” from the United States Distance Learning Association, was named the “School/College of the Year” by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Social Media Colleges by Studentadvisor.com.

Full Sail offers on-campus and online Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree programs in areas related to animation, art, business, education, graphic design, film, marketing, web development, music, recording arts, sports, and video games. Full Sail graduate credits include work on OSCAR®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, ADDY®, MTV Video Music Award, and Spike Video Game Award nominated and winning projects.




Achieving the Dream, SAS use analytics to help more students succeed

Achieving the Dream, SAS use analytics to help more students succeed
Analysis of data on 275,000 students will spot at-risk populations, support interventions and planning

CARY, NC and SILVER SPRING, MD (Jan. 31, 2013) – For the first time, the 2012 cohort of Achieving the Dream Community Colleges is able to apply powerful SAS analytics and visualization software to evaluate student data in more effective ways. Through this new collaboration between Achieving the Dream and SAS, participating colleges identify struggling students (or those likely to struggle) and implement interventions to help them succeed.

All colleges in the National Reform Network 2012 Cohort (representing an estimated 275,000 students from 10 states) have access to SAS. The colleges will analyze three years of longitudinal student data. The results help them to identify students having difficulties, and intervene via evidence-based supports.

To assist with the implementation, dubbed “JumpStart for Institutional Research,” Achieving the Dream has engaged the Center for Applied Research (CFAR) at Central Piedmont Community College (Charlotte, NC) to provide technical assistance and programming support.

“Many Achieving the Dream Community Colleges lack the IT resources to meet the rigorous data standards necessary to track performance,” said Dr. Nicole Melander, Achieving the Dream’s Chief Technology Officer. “Through SAS and CFAR, we are offering a complete solution to support institutional research, reporting, and planning.”

Each college in the Achieving the Dream 2012 cohort has committed to participating in the National Reform Network for three years. During that time, the colleges have access to SAS software, and a Data Coach who advises on ways to better use data to inform decisions.

“Data Coaches have candid conversations about the analyses and how to improve student outcomes,” said Dr. Melander. “Those conversations are critical to building a culture of evidence, where schools honestly assess what is working and what is not.”

SAS’ data integration, reporting and analytics are used by institutional research departments around the world to identify the best candidates for admission, predict which students are at the greatest risk of attrition or determine the optimum number of resources for incoming students.

“SAS is committed to supporting data-informed decisions to improve education,” said Armistead Sapp, Senior Vice President, SAS Education Practice. “By improving institutional research, our partnership with Achieving the Dream Colleges should increase student success.”

At the forthcoming DREAM 2013 conference, SAS will be recognized at a breakfast for their support of engagement through media and technology. SAS will also demonstrate dashboard reporting for executives in the Emerging Ideas Exchange on Wednesday, February 6, 2013.

About Achieving the Dream
Achieving the Dream is a national nonprofit leading the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. The Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, including nearly 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams – working throughout 32 states and the District of Columbia – helps 3.75 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

About SAS
SAS has worked with educational institutions for more than three decades. SAS solutions are licensed and implemented at more than 3,000 educational institutions worldwide. SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through innovative solutions, SAS helps customers at more than 60,000 sites improve performance and deliver value by making better decisions faster. Since 1976 SAS has been giving customers around the world The Power to Know® .


Lecture Capture Adoption Spreads Across Norway as UNINETT Partners with Sonic Foundry

UNINETT connects all Norwegian schools, research institutions, adds Mediasite webcast technology to its national IT infrastructure

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands (ISE booth #2C75) — January 30, 2013 — The use of academic video is rapidly increasing across Norway due to a partnership between Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOFO), the trusted market leader for video management and academic, enterprise and event webcasting, and UNINETT, the network and internet services provider for Norwegian colleges, universities and research institutions.

“There is absolutely a demand for lecture capture in Norway. You can ask any student, and he or she would say ‘I want lecture capture,’ ” said Thorleif Hallen, senior adviser at UNINETT in Trondheim, Norway. “The uptick of academic video in Norway is enormous now that schools have access to Mediasite content right at their fingertips.”

UNINETT is owned by the Ministry of Education and Research and is responsible for the country’s National Research and Education Network (NREN), connecting more than 200 Norwegian educational and research institutions and more than 300,000 students and teachers to top educational technologies. UNINETT aims to remove barriers to technology use within these institutions and empower them to incorporate educational technologies in classrooms.

UNINETT increased its offerings to the educational community by adding Mediasite to the list of cost-effective services available. Introducing the powerful Mediasite EX video management platform into the existing family of NREN-supported network applications allows participating institutions to connect any number of their Mediasite Recorders to UNINETT’s centrally managed Mediasite webcasting and management platform. This provides schools and researchers an economical, yet scalable infrastructure to record, deliver and manage rich video content. Recently UNINETT began offering these services to Swedish universities, as well.

“Everything I’ve been looking for in webcasting tools the last few years is in Mediasite,” Hallen said. “Our members want a technology that allows them to share lectures, support mobile devices and allows for videoconferencing, so selecting Mediasite as a service offering was a natural fit. Mediasite checks off every box and is the best lecture capture system there is. It increases the quality of teaching and communicating. Students get to learn in a more personalized way, and they really appreciate that lecture recordings are available for review on-demand.”

“We applaud UNINETT for working to accomplish a mission that matches our own vision for Mediasite – making educational technology available in every classroom,” said Rob Lipps, executive vice president of Sonic Foundry. “With Mediasite, teachers are able to create, manage and distribute video-based instruction in a secure environment. Plus, students can review it whenever and wherever there is an internet connection.”

To watch UNINETT’s presentation, “A National Infrastructure for Lecture Capture,” from the Mediasite User Group Europe Forum 2012, visit www.sonicfoundry.com/UNINETT.

Trusted by more than 1,100 colleges and universities, the patented Mediasite webcasting and video content management system quickly and cost-effectively automates the capture, management, delivery and search of live and on-demand streaming videos and rich media.

About Sonic Foundry®, Inc.
Sonic Foundry (NASDAQ: SOFO) is the trusted market leader for enterprise webcasting solutions, providing video content management and distribution for education, business and government. Powered by the patented Mediasite webcasting platform and webcast services of Mediasite Events, the company empowers people to advance how they share knowledge online, using video webcasts to bridge time and distance, enhance learning outcomes and improve performance.


EdGate and JES & Co. Announce Partnership

Correlation services by EdGate Correlation Services now available through JES & Co.

January 29, 2013

EdGate Correlations Service and JES & Co. announced today that they are partnering to offer correlation services to JES & Co.’s Achievement Standards Network (ASN) subscribers. Many of JES & Co.’s ASN users need help correlating resources to learning objectives such as the Common Core State Standards and want to make sure that ASN uniform resource identifiers (URIs) are used. EdGate will provide these ASN URIs in their correlations, allowing their customers to use the standards data openly in their education offerings. This partnership will make it easy for publishers to obtain a quality correlation and at the same time know that education stakeholders can make an association between content and assessments without paying for the exposure of learning objective identifiers.

Sandra Schugren, General Manager of EdGate Correlation Services, said, “JES & Co. has done great work in developing technology and partnerships to advance standards-based education. EdGate is very excited to join forces with JES & Co. Our partnership will provide more sophisticated and seamless integration of content and standards alignment into the changing digital classroom.”

“I’ve known Sandra for many years and we have always had mutual respect for each other’s work,” explained Diny Golder, JES & Co.’s executive director. “Using ASN data in Edgate’s correlations helps the ASN’s widespread distribution, Edgate’s customer base and of course the education community that needs to blend open source and proprietary education content.”

Together, JES & Co. and EdGate will provide a new level of service to content providers and educators.

About EdGate

Founded in 1997, EdGate Correlation Services is committed to delivering the highest level of service and data products to educational publishers. EdGate’s Standards Repository tracks standards from around the world and includes all subjects for U.S. states and Common Core standards correlation, as well as Common Core standards adopted by individual states. EdGate’s subject area experts align material from 200 publishers and content providers, including Apex Learning, Films Media Group, Encyclopedia Britannica, National Geographic, Texas Instruments, NBC News, Library of Congress and the Smithsonian. EdGate also manages the powerful Curriculum Matrix® product, which is a teacher-friendly curriculum management tool. For more information, please visit www.edgate.com or http://correlation.edgate.com.

About JES & Co.

JES & Co., a publicly funded 501(c)(3) education research/development organization, is a world leader in the development and deployment of education programs based on open standards. With over 20 years of experience in interoperability and portability of educational resources, organizations around the world come to JES & Co. for leadership and guidance. For more information visit: www.JESandCo.org.

About the Achievement Standards Network

The Achievement Standards Network (ASN) is an open framework for the representation of educational expectations. The ASN provides for: (1) the text of an educational expectation; (2) rich metadata describing that expectation and its context; and (3) a description of relationships between the expectation being described and other related expectations. The ASN provides both a resolution service that returns machine-readable text and associated metadata, and Web Services that ease the network distribution of the achievement standards data. JES & Co. is the home for ASN-US, an open source repository of state and national education standards. Visit the ASN at: asn.jesandco.org.


Adapt Courseware Delivers New Social Learning Tools to Improve Student Engagement

Rochester, NY – January 30, 2013 – Adapt Courseware, the provider of comprehensive adaptive online curriculum resources that individualize each student’s learning experience, has released new social learning tools as part of its courseware offerings. The tools promote increased online collaboration among students and with instructors. The goal of Adapt Courseware’s approach to community-based learning is to deliver a more engaging educational experience where each student can benefit from a high level of support and interaction.

“Many students say that online learning has typically left them feeling somewhat isolated,” said Dr. John Boersma, founder and CEO of Adapt Courseware. “We believe the more connected students are with their peers and instructors, the more likely they are to enjoy the overall experience and successfully complete their course. Decades of research from scholars such as Lev Vygotsky and Gabriel Tarde indicate that by making groups more interactive and social, student learning experiences can become more productive and fun. We are working hard to evolve the online learning process from markedly remote to highly collaborative.”

Through the new social learning tools, students can easily connect with each other and instructors, see what other students are talking about, and obtain help on specific lessons and topics. Instructors can efficiently and effectively communicate with individual students and entire classes, as well as identify specific sections of the course that generate more comments and questions. New social features include an integrated study board, advanced messaging, robust activity log, and prominent notification center. The tools are accessible from each user’s own easy-to-navigate dashboard.

Adapt Courseware’s social learning tools are substantially different from those found in common eLearning platforms, such as an LMS. For example, Adapt Courseware’s study board is fully embedded in the course content, allowing students to post comments or questions that link directly to a particular section. Additionally, because the content presented adapts based on a student’s aptitude, the study board aligns with the student’s progress in the course.

Besides sending messages directly to each other, instructors and study groups, students can use the messaging feature to view optional student profiles and learn more about their peers. Profiles also allow students to seek or offer support. For instance, students can post topics and concepts where they might need extra help. Additionally, students and instructors can post areas of interests and expertise in which they enjoy helping others.

Other features include a new activity log, which enables students to easily track activities within their study groups, as well as a notification function that alerts students to quickly view messages and updates from each other and instructors so they won’t miss any important communication.

“Social interaction in an online learning environment plays an important role in how well students perform – when they are more engaged with content, each other, and their instructors, they tend to want to keep progressing through the course,” said Ken Ramirez, Chief Information Officer of Adapt Courseware. “Our new social learning tools embody a community-based approach to learning, making it easier for students to organize and join study groups, seek help, and get the support they need.”

About Adapt Courseware
Adapt Courseware individualizes the learning experience for each student based on academic abilities and needs. The company offers complete, customizable, adaptive online curriculum resources that combine proven learning science with advanced multimedia techniques to help students achieve mastery learning. With Adapt Courseware, colleges and universities can realize measurable learning outcomes, increased student retention, and higher student satisfaction.

# # #


IBM sends Watson supercomputer to NY college to boost its skills

Watson, the supercomputer famous for beating the world’s best human “Jeopardy!” champions, is going to college, the Associated Press reports. IBM is announcing Wednesday that it will provide a Watson system to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the first time the computer is being sent to a university. Just like the flesh-and-blood students who will work on it, Watson is leaving home to sharpen its skills. Course work will include English and math.

“It’s a big step for us,” said Michael Henesey, IBM’s vice president of business development. “We consider it absolutely strategic technology for IBM in the future. And we want to evolve it, of course, thoughtfully, but also in collaboration with the best and brightest in academia…”

Click here for the full story


Homeless teen in Connecticut finds his way to college

After finishing his last class at Hillhouse High School, Joseph Marini navigated the O bus, university admissions office, online course schedule “Matrix,” and the shelves of the campus bookstore, the New Haven Independent reports. His found his way, just as he found his way from a homeless shelter to the high school honor roll—and to early admission as a full-time college student.  Joseph, who has been homeless throughout high school, is one of 15 New Haven public school seniors embarking this month on a new chapter as full-time students at the University of New Haven (UNH) though a scholarship program. Joseph shared the tale of his remarkable journey the other day as he made final preparations on the eve of his first day of classes…

Click here for the full story


Pro-life student group sues Oklahoma State University over First Amendment rights

In a federal lawsuit filed late last week, a pro-life student organization at Oklahoma State University claims the school violated its First Amendment rights, the Daily Caller reports. The student organization, Cowboys for Life, alleges that school officials prohibited the group’s display of pictures of aborted fetuses in highly-visible areas of campus, reports The Daily O’Collegian, Oklahoma State’s student newspaper. That’s a problem, the suit claims, because the taxpayer-funded university is a state actor. Cowboys for Life members had also planned to distribute literature and discuss their anti-abortion views with passing students…

Click here for the full story


Vivantech to Support Oracle on ‘The Power of Kuali on MySQL’ Webinar…February 1st at 11:00 AM PST

San Diego, CA (January 29, 2013) – Vivantech (www.vivantech.com), a premier Kuali Commercial Affiliate, proudly announces that they have been asked by Oracle to support them with their ‘The Power of Kuali on MySQL’ webinar. “Our extensive Kuali expertise and specifically Kuali with MySQL knowledge made us a perfect partner for this webinar,” said Randy Ozden, President and CEO of Vivantech. “We have supported many higher education institutions where Kuali is already running on MySQL successfully.”

The webinar will cover:

Understanding MySQL in Higher Education
• How and Why was MySQL developed
• Who uses MySQL
• Where does MySQL fit
• MySQL and Higher Education

MySQL and Kuali
• Performance
• Scaling
• High Availability
• Disaster Recovery

What can I expect from MySQL
• Level of resources to support MySQL
• Example architecture for a Kuali environment
• Support and Consultative Support

To register for the webinar, please go to http://bit.ly/WYXgxR.

For more information about Vivantech and all of its services, please visit www.vivantech.com or call Victoria Albright at 619.298.4824, extension 24.

About Vivantech
Vivantech is a premier developer of enterprise grade, open-source administrative software and an active member of the Kuali community, having worked on Kuali implementation projects since 2007. The company is also the first Kuali Commercial Affiliate to implement a Kuali Mobility app, the only company to provide complimentary KFS, and Kuali Coeus (KC) sandboxes. Vivantech offers Kuali in the cloud services, assessment and implementation consulting, quality assurance, training, and project management for Kuali. Known for excellence and innovation, Vivantech’s solutions are used in higher education, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and related sectors. Vivantech is privately held and headquartered in San Diego, CA. www.vivantech.com.

# # #

All trademarks in this release are the property of their respective owners.