Articles

Building the “Alexa, write my quiz” Skill

October, 2020 Voice assistants, such as Amazon’s Alexa, make it feel like we’re already living in a future that was once only science fiction. Today, the most effective use of voice assistants is to answer questions that people ask regularly.

Teaching and Learning from a Distance

September, 2020 In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we at Unicon have reached out to our network of instructors, students, parents, and learning institutions to better understand the changing landscape of education.

Three Approaches to Creating a Canvas Template

September, 2020 A comparison of creating a course template in Canvas by Instructure with 1) only the Rich Text Editor, 2) a combination of HTML Editor and Rich Text Editor, and 3) using custom CSS. Each approach has pros and cons.

What Open Education Standard Do I Use When?

September, 2020 Prior to 2020, Educational tool interoperability might have been a nice-to-have; however, with most schools having a large portion of their curriculum online for Fall 2020, it is now critical.

Guide to Content Transformation

August, 2020 This article highlights three approaches you can take to bring your content into an LMS. The Lift and Shift approach, the Common Cartridge approach, and using LTI.

The Parent Trap - June 2020

June, 2020 During the crisis, part of Unicon’s “Take care of each other” philosophy has been extended to caring for employees and members of our extended network in this role. In order to better understand their experiences, we recently surveyed them over a week-long period. The survey generated some interesting results that we will share in the rest of this article.

Supporting your Remote Workforce: Sharing Unicon’s Approach

May, 2020 As we pass from the initial COVID-19 scramble to get our teams up and running safely and securely from their homes, we all find ourselves moving into a new phase. Here are some of the ways we are taking care of each other and encouraging our people to take care of themselves.

Unicon Update - Working During the Covid-19 Pandemic

March 2020 As we talk to our clients about their technical challenges in maintaining academic continuity on campus, we also hear about the stress being put on their people - those working tirelessly to move courses online and to support infrastructure that wasn't implemented to scale to the numbers they are currently experiencing. At this critical time, our people are here to help, whether help is sophisticated instructional design or simply additional hands to move course materials online or upgrade core services to handle load.

Your Newly Remote Workforce

March, 2020 Unicon has had remote employees and employee telecommuting policies in place for years, the onset of the COVID-19 virus and the associated social distancing recommendations have forced many of our clients into the sudden adoption of a remote workforce. We wanted to take this opportunity to share some of the lessons.

Building a Data Lake: Step by Step

October, 2019 During the last few years, I’ve spent most of my time helping customers assemble a variety of data sources into a data lake. Whether or not you like the idea of a data lake or a data warehouse, or a lake house, as one university administrator fondly joked, the following checklist can be useful.