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Unicon and Marist College Selected by Jisc to Implement Learning Analytics and Student Intervention Technology

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Open Source Student Success Software to be Deployed

Gilbert, AZ – June 3, 2015— Unicon, Inc., a leading IT consulting, services, and support provider specializing in open source for the education technology market, today announced that it, along with services from Marist College, has been selected by Jisc to develop learning analytics components for Jisc’s open source learning analytics and student intervention IT infrastructure. Jisc is a registered charity that champions the use of digital technologies in UK education and research. Jisc will be implementing Learning Analytics Processor, developed by Marist College; OpenDashboard; and Student Success Plan (SSP). Learning Analytics Processor and OpenDashboard are Apereo Foundation incubation projects, and SSP is a fully sponsored Apereo project.

“Apereo is excited to be a part of Jisc’s student success initiatives,” said Ian Dolphin, Executive Director, Apereo Foundation. ”Learning Analytics Processor, OpenDashboard, and SSP will help Jisc provide quality educational tools, while enhancing student success and learning with leading-edge technologies.”

Jisc plans on developing a flexible, basic learning analytics service that would include the three student success projects, in addition to custom development. The Java-based Learning Analytics Processor is used to provide predictions on student success to feed into student intervention systems that provides a low-cost, open source method to implement learning analytics at institutions. OpenDashboard is a web application that provides a framework for displaying analytics visualizations and data views called “cards.” Cards represent a single discrete visualization or data view but share an API and data model.  OpenDashboard was funded by the Uniformed Services University (USU). SSP is case management software that supports a holistic coaching and counseling model, which can be used for student intervention.

Unicon will also be providing assessment services for the Discovery stage of the Jisc project, which involves an in-depth readiness assessment for institutions to help them assess their readiness to participate in the learning analytics project. 
For more information on Unicon’s services for learning analytics, please visit www.unicon.net/services/learning-analytics. To learn more about Unicon’s student success solutions, visit www.unicon.net/solutions/student-success

About Jisc
Jisc offers digital services and solutions for UK education and research. The charity does this to achieve its vision for the UK to be the most digitally advanced education and research nation in the world. Working together across the higher education, further education and skills sectors, Jisc provides trusted advice and support, reduces sector costs across shared network, digital content, IT services and procurement negotiations, ensuring the sector stays ahead of the game with research and development for the future. Find out more at www.jisc.ac.uk or contact the press team on press@jisc.ac.uk.

About Apereo
The Apereo Foundation was formed by the merger of Jasig and the Sakai Foundation in late December 2012. Sakai and Jasig had pioneered the production and adoption of open source software for higher education for over ten years. Apereo will take that work further, providing a more rational and improved organizational umbrella for a range of projects and software communities serving higher education. The core mission of the Foundation is to "assist and facilitate educational organizations which collaborate to foster, develop, and sustain open technologies and innovation to support learning, teaching, and research.” Learn more at www.apereo.org.

About Marist College
Marist College was founded in 1929 and is located in the heart of the historic Hudson Valley, midway between New York City and Albany, the state capital. The school has been recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report, Time, The Princeton Review. Additionally, Barron's Best Buys in College Education, has noted Marist College for its leadership in the use of technology to enhance the teaching and learning process. Marist reflects the ideals of the founder of the Marist Brothers, St. Marcellin Champagnat: commitment to excellence in education, a pursuit of higher human values, and dedication to the principle of service. Learn more at www.marist.edu.


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