What is Unizin?
Unizin is a consortium of like-minded institutions facilitating the transition toward collaborative digital education. We help universities provide teachers and students with more digital learning options. Our dynamic ecosystem provides analytics that can be used to track progress and improve student outcomes.
Unizin's common infrastructure supports the missions of its members. The ecosystem makes it easier for faculty to work together across institutions when they choose to do so. At Unizin, we believe a common digital learning infrastructure does not differentiate the value of each institutions – it enhances what each of us can do innovatively with it. Unizin members, at all levels in the university, weigh in on what digital tools and services are important to them and Unizin negotiates and integrates for the collective. Each institution can pick and choose which features and services they choose to utilize.
University Members are islands of teaching and learning innovation. Unizin is here to make sure those advancements don't happen in a vacuum and can be shared easily over Unizin's digital learning ecosystem.
As a unique Consortium, Unizin is building an ecosystem driven by data. We work with institutional researchers to generate and share insights based on analytics from the teaching and learning environment.
Unizin supports tools and services built on standards. Alongside standards bodies, like IMS Global Learning Consortium, Unizin helps drive adoption at our Member institutions for greater interoperability across campuses.
Universities have a difficult time scaling their innovations. As a part of the Unizin Consortium, digital teaching and learning tools and services can quickly be shared and supported by our standards-based infrastructure.
The Unizin consortium is a university-owned and directed 501(c)3 nonprofit providing standards-based digital learning and teaching infrastructure for its members. There are currently 11 founding members including Indiana University, Colorado State University, the University of Michigan, the University of Florida, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Oregon State University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Iowa, Pennsylvania State University, The Ohio State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Unizin consortium provides a common technological platform delivered over higher education’s community-owned national research and education network operated by Internet2. Unizin is headquartered in Austin, Texas.
Canvas (by Instructure) is a cloud based learning management system that is currently used by more than 700 colleges and universities.
Canvas provides a set of tools focused on improving teaching and learning through a modern interface, and the ability to extend the platform to outside tools and systems. Some of its most notable features as identified by UNL and our Big Ten peers are:
- Speed grader for mobile grading
- Integrated peer evaluation
- Intuitive grading and assignments
- Texting and Facebook notifications
- Mobile-ready design
Content Relay and Repository
The Unizin content relay and repository enables faculty to store, discover and share digital teaching resources, while retaining full control of the intellectual property and permission settings of any resource they share.
Users can use the system to post and search for course materials, scholarly works, and curriculum-based learning objects. To support the development of the content relay and repository, Unizin has purchased the Courseload software package, an e-text reader and collaborative learning tool.
Currently piloting analytics solutions that use realtime data from from Canvas to provide:
- Integrated architecture to canvas and institutional student information system
- Early warning system functionality
- Student success indicators
- Data model accuracy
- Analytics reporting and dashboards
- End to End approach to drive academic success
- Share information between courses, departments, and even institutions