Technology is changing our lives at an incredibly rapid pace. Yet, a great deal of work remains in providing colleges and universities the collaboration tools they need to drive greater levels of knowledge sharing and innovation. That’s why we have worked closely with a number of leading higher education institutions, including Duke, North Carolina State, Case Western and the University of Chicago, to develop the new WebEx Social for Higher Education offer – being announced today at the annual EDUCAUSE conference. This people-centric, cloud collaboration platform helps unify the education workspace and provides a truly connected learning experience, not only for students, but for the entire ecosystem, including faculty, staff and administrators.
With WebEx Social for Higher Education, users can quickly find subject matter experts, gather feedback from groups, collaborate on documents and locate relevant content and communities to help complete assignments and projects much more efficiently. It engages students the way they want to be engaged – from anywhere and on any device (including iPad and iPhone), making information accessible to a broader audience to expand teaching and learning opportunities.
Many of the additions to the higher education offer make WebEx Social for Higher Education a seamless fit into the education technology mix. It includes WebEx Meetings and WebEx Messenger Integration so users can easily move from social networking to real-time communications. WebEx web conferencing is offered for up to eight attendees via Voice over IP (VoIP). User access and sign-on capabilities have been simplified through mainstream technologies utilized by the majority of universities nationwide, including Active Directory synchronization and Shibboleth authentication. And, users can easily personalize their individual experiences by adding portlets and OpenSocial-compliant gadgets, RSS feeds, suggestions, and more.
All four of the institutions we worked with on the development of the WebEx Social for Higher Education offer are currently piloting the solution, with Duke readying to extend it throughout its community – students, staff, faculty and administration – in the coming weeks.
As the education landscape continues to change and improve, we are excited to be part of the journey. WebEx Social for Higher Education is an important step in the right direction and we look forward to the positive impact it can have on improving the quality and effectiveness of education worldwide. For more information please read the press release.