The eCampus News 2014-15 Readers’ Choice Awards


In Case of Crisis by Irving Burton Associates

Colleges and universities have condensed their emergency notification and response protocol into a single, easy-to-use mobile app called In Case of Crisis, designed to serve as a sort of one-stop shop for students’ emergency needs (and instructions). Chris Britton, general manager for In Case of Crisis, said many colleges spend uncountable hours creating protocols for how students should respond to incidents like campus shootings or incoming tornadoes, but it’s all for naught when students don’t have immediate access to the vital information. “The In Case of Crisis mobile app allows us to provide students and faculty with dynamic emergency plans and procedures and incident reporting capabilities during emergencies including crime or weather evacuations,” said Koren Kanadanian, director of emergency management for Providence College. “It also helps us communicate information quickly and provides an anonymous environment for students to ask questions or seek help. Our partnership with In Case of Crisis has been effortless. We have been pleased with student/faculty response and plan to broaden information within the app over time.


Interactive Campus Map by NuCloud

NuCloud’s Interactive Campus Map enables colleges and universities to tell their story without prospects having to make a physical visit to your campus. As virtual campus tours become more commonplace and critical in the recruitment of prospective students, tools like this can make a marked difference in the number of students a school can recruit. Adding your map to your campus website is as simple as copying and pasting an embed script code on your web page. Friendly user interface allows campus technologists to easily flag stops on your map. In these stops an IT official can add videos, pictures, descriptions, and/or audio to each stop. A college can easily reorder stops and update assets.


Merit by readMedia

Merit is easy-to-use software that replaces more traditional – and often ineffective – campus marketing with authentic word of mouth results. Merit’s secure web software transforms the achievements of dozens, hundreds or thousands of people into personalized, verified and shareable stories in just minutes. And, a branded badge that you design carries a compelling, visual seal of approval that connects students’ stories with your organization. “As the lone PR/marketing person for a boarding school with students from all over the world, it used to take me days to send out home town news releases,” said Celeste Brooks, director of public relations at Randolph-Macon Academy in Virginia. “Some simply never went out, even after a part-time assistant joined my office. Merit has saved us hours of time and made it possible for us to send a lot more news out to the media. The families love the copies they receive automatically–which, by the way, was another step saved for us.”


MyWritingLab by Pearson

The diagnostic test in MyWritingLab comprehensively assesses students’ skills in grammar. MyWritingLab then creates an individualized learning path for students based on their diagnostic results, which identifies the areas where they most need help. All student work in MyWritingLab is captured in the online gradebook. Students can monitor their own progress through reports detailing scores on all of the exercises in the course – a very popular feature of the innovative educational technology. “I, particularly, appreciate Pearson’s recently revised MyWritingLab which brings together Pearson’s years of ground-breaking exploration of this change in education,” said Susan Grover, a professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho. “I base my assessment of MWL on my 35 years of teaching experience online and in the classroom, my understanding of philosophical foundations derived from my doctoral studies, and my work in industry.