UMass Boston Expands OpenCourseWare Project




Boston, August 11, 2009) – The University of Massachusetts Boston has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Boston Foundation to expand the university’s OpenCourseWare offerings, with the aim of increasing the retention rate of students who enter the university as freshman from Boston Public Schools.

Launched in late 2007, UMass Boston’s OpenCourseWare site ( currently contains material from 24 courses in a variety of disciplines. The grant will fund the publication of the archives of 12 additional courses required by undergraduate students to earn a bachelor’s degree. It will also fund development of workshops to be attended by Boston high school teachers in the summer of 2010 at UMass Boston. Teachers will be trained on how to use OpenCourseWare resources and will be provided with strategies for using and integrating them into their classrooms so that students are better prepared when they enter UMass Boston.

“If students can be introduced to a university course syllabus and course materials in high school, they will be much better prepared and likely more successful when they arrive at UMass Boston,” said Brian White, an associate professor of biology at UMass Boston who has published two of his courses, on the OpenCourseWare website.

OpenCourseWare is free and open digital publications of educational materials organized as courses. The initiative was started by faculty at MIT in 2000. It has grown into a global movement with nearly 200 members worldwide. Some other American universities publishing OpenCourseWare include Tufts University, the University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Utah State University, the University of California’s campuses in Irvine and Berkeley, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. 

“This is a significant expansion of our OpenCourseWare offerings, and we’re thankful for the Boston Foundation support,” said UMass Boston Chancellor Keith Motley. “This grant will help students coming from the Boston Public Schools, as well as those from high schools across the state and country, succeed at UMass Boston.”

The publication of course archives cannot be mandated by the university and done only with the permission of faculty who developed the course. They retain the rights to their intellectual property and share them under a Creative Commons license (


About UMass Boston

With a growing reputation for innovative research addressing complex issues, the University of Massachusetts Boston, metropolitan Boston’s only public university, offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s seven colleges and graduate schools serve more than 14,000 students while engaging local, national, and international constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service activities. To learn more about UMass Boston, visit




OnBase remains a technology priority for higher education

CLEVELAND – Aug. 11, 2009 – Higher education institutions across the country are feeling the economy, and in different ways. Universities are being hit with dried up donor gifts. State and community colleges are affected by lowered government funding. And most are dealing with an overwhelming amount of admissions and financial aid applications. But regardless of the specific problem, the bottom line is the same: institutions need to do more – whether it’s in admissions, financial aid, the bursar’s office or elsewhere – with less. Using technology to better manage documents and processes – ultimately cutting out time-consuming, manual tasks – is certainly one way of helping staff focus on what really matters. But for a technology to be purchased today, it must be time-tested and offer a track record of delivering proven results. Because it meets these criteria and already benefits more than 150 institutions in the U.S. and Canada, the OnBase software suite continues to be the ECM system of choice in higher education.


“With decreased funding and increased admissions and financial aid applications, institutions today are definitely treading through unchartered territory,” said Ian Levine, director of higher education solutions for Hyland Software. “Now more than ever, it’s critical that they have a technology on their side to help them operate more efficiently. This means reviewing and making decisions on admissions applications faster, processing mounting financial aid requests without adding staff and automatically tracking and managing student bills and accounts. And these benefits are transferred to the students, too, through faster decisions on applications and better overall service. OnBase is an appealing choice, not only because it can do all of these things, but because it’s proven to do them successfully.”


Profiled below are a few of the latest OnBase higher education customers:


University of Notre Dame – South Bend, Indiana –

Founded in 1842, the University of Notre Dame provides a distinctive voice in higher education that is at once rigorously intellectual, unapologetically moral in orientation, and firmly embracing of a service ethos. It is the nation’s preeminent Catholic university and rated among the top 25 of all U.S. institutions of higher learning.


Central New Mexico Community College – Albuquerque, New Mexico –

The community college for metropolitan Albuquerque, New Mexico, Central New Mexico (CNM) offers an accredited two-year postsecondary education across its four campuses and distance learning program. Recently, it became the highest enrolled postsecondary institution in the state.


To learn more about Hyland’s higher education solutions, visit


About the Hyland Software solution, OnBase

One of the largest independent software vendors in the world of enterprise content management (ECM), Hyland Software is the developer of OnBase. An award-winning suite of document management and content management solutions, OnBase has a proven record of solving problems resulting from time consuming, costly and error plagued manual tasks. Today, people at more than 8,200 organizations both large and small in 47 countries have the time to do the things that really add value thanks to OnBase. Available on-premises or as software as a service (SaaS), OnBase installs quickly, cost effectively and is designed to grow with organizations.

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Educators Set to Go Back to School with Secure Blogging Environment

OVIEDO, FL – August 11, 2009 – Educators returning to the classroom for the 2009-2010 school year will be equipped with a secure blogging environment from InfoSource Learning. Blogging features are available for teachers, students, and school administrators through their Learning Management System (LMS), allowing school districts to build and develop a stronger community and enhance both student learning and teacher and staff development.   

Administrators will also have the opportunity to quickly communicate information students, teachers, and the community.  Students, teachers, and staff will have the opportunity to create their own blogs to work together, share, and learn from each other.  Schools may also choose to share their blogs with parents, the community, or other classrooms around the world.

“Blogging is a great way to encourage participation, collaboration, and interaction in schools. We recognize and embrace the importance of this and are excited to be bringing this valuable web tool to schools through a secure portal,” said InfoSource Learning’s CEO, Michael Werner.

For more information about InfoSource Learning’s secure blogging feature, visit or call 1-800-393-4636 and ask to speak with the account manager for your state.


About InfoSource Learning: For over 25 years, InfoSource Learning has been a leader of custom personalized training solutions for the education, corporate, and government training segments. With engaging, web-based training, the company’s “How to Master” content-rich portfolio of training products is comprised of elements including; PC and Mac applications, professional development skills, soft skills, compliance, and technology integration. In addition to its focus on providing tools for calculating return on investment (ROI), InfoSource Learning also develops and maintains a unique Content Authoring Tool (CAT) and Learning Management System (LMS). To learn more about custom personalized training solutions from InfoSource Learning, call 800-393-3436 or visit



Download free safety publications on new

August 11, 2009—The Power Tool Institute (PTI) now offers downloadable PDFs of its major publications on its recently revised Web site at Safety Is Specific, available in both English and Spanish, is PTI’s compilation of rules and safe practices for power tools. A Teacher’s Reference Guide to Power Tool Safety is PTI’s 24-page brochure featuring lesson plans, student activities, quizzes, support materials, and references to additional information on each power tool category in Safety Is Specific. All publications are available in hard copy and may be ordered at no charge on the PTI site.

The new site is user friendly, with simple navigation and easy online ordering of publications. Four safety videos are available in both English and Spanish, which can be viewed immediately or ordered on one DVD at no charge.
Other new site features include:
  • Manufacturer members’ profiles with links to their Web sites
  • Glossary of common power tool terms
  • PTI Voluntary Procedures, including the PTI Procedure for Determining Power Tool Horsepower and the PTI Lab Test Procedure for Determining Stated Relative Torque Measurement for Corded and Cordless Drills, Drill/Drivers, and Screwdrivers
  • Power tool advisories
  • Information about rechargeable battery recycling
  • Safety maintenance checklist
About the Power Tool Institute
The Power Tool Institute (PTI) has established itself as the preeminent organization for building global understanding of power tools and for maintaining high standards of safety in the industry. Its members represent market-leading brands in the areas of portable and stationary power tools. Founded in 1968, PTI’s primary objectives are to promote the common business interests of the power tool industry; to represent the industry before government; to educate the public as to the usefulness and importance of power tools; to encourage high standards of safety in the manufacture of power tools; and to prepare and distribute information about safe use of power tools. Contact the Power Tool Institute at 1300 Sumner Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115-2851. Phone: 216-241-7333. Fax: 216-241-0105.

School Improvement Network’s PD 360 Wins Scholastic Best in Tech Award

August 11, 2009 – Salt Lake City, UT – School Improvement Network is proud to announce that their premier on-demand professional learning resource, PD 360, has been named a Scholastic Administrator’s Best in Tech winner in the Professional Resource Category. The Best in Tech winners were recognized at a formal award ceremony at NECC 2009 in Washington DC in June. Award winners were handpicked and carefully evaluated by Scholastic’s expert administrator-level reviewers.

Best in Tech is awarded to products that are innovative technology solutions for schools,” said Michele Robinson, Group Publisher, Scholastic Administrator. “The reviewers chose PD 360 because it can be individualized; they use experts that teachers respect; plus real classroom examples are shown, using real teachers and administrators.”
Over 250,000 educators at over 7000 schools in every state, and nearly all territories, and Canadian provinces use PD 360 to access hundreds of short, easy-to-use video segments that feature the leading experts and present real classroom, best-practice examples. Teachers and administrators are impressed by both the quality and content of PD 360’s library. PD 360 also provides access to a learning community made up of the largest group of educators in the United States sharing their professional learning ideas and expertise online.
 “School Improvement Network is honored to be in this select group of ‘Best in Tech’ award winners. Scholastic Administrator uses specially selected expert reviewers which makes this a very coveted award,” said Chet Linton, CEO, School Improvement Network. “Our latest research once again shows real gains in student achievement by schools that use PD 360 and it is especially gratifying that Scholastic recognizes PD 360’s effectiveness. School Improvement Network is committed to improving the quality of education for all students through the more effective use of technology.”

About PD 360
PD 360 is the leading on-demand professional learning resource for schools and districts. Independent national studies show that use of PD 360 significantly improves student achievement in both math and reading. Over 225,000 educators subscribe to PD 360. 
Teachers, administrators, professional learning communities, coaches, mentors, instructional leaders, and paraprofessionals have available at their fingertips hundreds of indexed and searchable video segments that present real, best-practice classroom examples and feature respected education experts, such as Michael Fullan, Rick DuFour, Doug Reeves, Rick Stiggins, and many others. Educators can instantly find the help they need on nearly every topic, including differentiation, assessment, English language learners, leadership, and more. PD 360 can also be used to create a structured learning experience for an individual teacher, a PLC, or even an entire school. PD 360 bridges the gap between training and classroom implementation with job-embedded follow-up, tracking, and reflection tools.
PD 360 gives educators access to an online community of teaching professionals that allows interaction and collaboration either within a district or across the United States and the world. PD 360 includes nearly 1000 research-based video learning segments and is the most comprehensive web-based library of professional development resources available. See a demonstration at
About School Improvement Network
Founded in 1991 by teachers, the School Improvement Network provides comprehensive, research-based professional development anytime, anywhere. As the home of The Video Journal of Education, PD 360, and the Leadership and Learning Framework, School Improvement Network resources focus on the most relevant topics, feature the top experts, and show educators how to put theory into practice. The School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world and has visited over 3,000 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at

New Texas graduation rules spark debate

High school students in Texas might be able to load up on athletics, band, and physical education classes to meet graduation requirements under a new state law that gives students more freedom to pick electives, reports the Dallas Morning News — and critics of the new plan say the Legislature made a mistake in eliminating health and computer technology as requirements. In passing the legislation in May, lawmakers increased the number of electives that most students can take in high school, but they put fewer restrictions on what classes can be taken to comply with the new course requirements. As a result, according to Texas Education Agency officials, students could take more than a fourth of their classes in PE or PE substitutes–such as football, band and cheerleading–to meet the requirements. The Legislature approved the new graduation requirements as part of a massive school accountability bill. The new rules were intended to give students more course options in preparing for college or post-secondary training programs–but critics say that goal is undermined if students can substitute PE credits for courses in areas such as computer science…

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Virginia teachers get new online help

Virginia teachers have a new online resource to help create lesson plans for their middle and high school students, reports the Associated Press. Gov. Tim Kaine says the state has partnered with Statistical Analysis Software (SAS) and its SAS inSchool division to provide the company’s Curriculum Pathways collection of online resources to Virginia middle schools and high schools at no charge. Kaine says the additional resources will help teachers at a time when school divisions are cutting back. The software gives teachers content that meets state standards in English, history, science, mathematics, social science, and Spanish. It can be used in classrooms, virtual schools, small groups, and by individual students…

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Achieve3000 Announces New Science Unit and Haitian-Creole Translation in Reading Curriculum

Lakewood, NJ – August 10, 2009 –Achieve3000, the leader in differentiated literacy instruction for students in grades 2-12, announced a new collection of science units designed to boost student’s individual understanding of key science concepts. Echoing the recommendations from a recently released report by the Carnegie Corporation of New York-Institute for Advanced Study Commission on Mathematics and Science Education, the new science offering uses non-fiction articles with real-world content to reinforce understanding of key science concepts along with content-area literacy skills.


Delivered via Achieve3000’s proprietary system, which automatically differentiates content for each student at the appropriate reading level, each science unit includes teacher resources that offer visual graphics, Web resources, videos and hands-on science activities that can be used along with the articles to engage students and to increase their knowledge of critical science concepts and frequently used science vocabulary and technical terms. The new content engages students in activities that will improve their critical 21st century skills – research, critical thinking, and digital literacy  – while improving core reading, writing and comprehension skills.


Additional enhancements being launched for the 2009-10 school-year include:

o   Career Connections: a new set of career-focused, feature articles that highlight career opportunities within sixteen of the most popular vocational education career clusters recognized by vocational education experts. The articles and associated activities featured in the Career Connection series will introduce high school students to a wide-range of possible career paths and help build the reading, math and literacy skills as outlined in the WorkKeys Foundational Skills assessment.

o   Haitian-Creole Language Support: similar to the existing Spanish/English support version of KidBiz3000 and TeenBiz3000, the Haitian-Creole Support version will provide both text and audio support Haitian-Creole speaking students as they transition towards English proficiency.


“As a company, we are highly focused on providing materials that promote real-world literacy skills that can translate to success in content area classrooms and the workplace,” said Laura Sammons, Vice President of Marketing for Achieve3000. “Connecting to critical content areas like science and to career opportunities and job skills is a natural extension of what we do.”


Achieve3000 will also enhance its traditional offerings – KidBiz3000 and TeenBiz3000 – with new visual text features (e.g., graphs, charts, timelines, etc.) and functional documents (e.g., schedules, posters, recipes, etc) that are designed to improve students’ ability to interpret and understand visual data. Research shows that exposure to graphs, charts, and other functional documents – combined with the opportunity to use graph-specific vocabulary in a writing prompt – improves students’ reading comprehension and is a critical skill for 21st Century literacy.


Through KidBiz3000 and TeenBiz3000, the company provides research-based reading intervention and literacy acceleration solutions to districts across the country. In the 2008-09 school-year, Achieve3000 served more than a half-million students and 25,000 teachers, in more than 45 states and 525 districts. The differentiated curriculum comes with classroom resources and educational advisors provide professional development to assist teachers in using the differentiated, online curriculum to enhance individualize learning. Achieve3000 assists teachers in creating and using daily feedback loops to monitor, diagnose, intervene and coach student performance in reading, writing, critical thinking and technology.

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About Achieve3000

Achieve3000, founded in New Jersey in 2000, is the leader in online differentiated instruction.  Its solutions deliver online differentiated literacy curricula proven to increase reading comprehension, vocabulary and writing proficiency for students in grades 2 through 12 and also for adult learners.  Through its proprietary software engine, the company uses the Internet to provide tailored assignments to each student in the class based on his or her reading level.  The company’s solutions are delivered in a non-fiction, current event format and are based on decades of scientific research. They include KidBiz3000 (a reading and writing program for grades 2 through 5), TeenBiz3000 (a reading and writing program for grades 6 through 12) and Spark3000 (a reading and writing program for adult learners).  Achieve3000 is located in Lakewood, N.J., for more information, visit or phone 800-838-8771. 




Lone Star College System Turns to Oracle to Support Enrollment Growth

Lone Star College System (LSCS), one of the largest and fastest growing community college systems in the country, has selected a comprehensive suite of Oracle® applications to help meet the changing needs of its students, faculty and staff, as well as support projected enrollment growth of 3,000 new students every year. 

The 18-month implementation will include Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise Financial Management, PeopleSoft Enterprise Supply Chain Management, PeopleSoft Enterprise Human Capital Management, PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions, PeopleSoft Enterprise Performance Management Warehouse and PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions Warehouse, as well as Oracle’s Hyperion Planning.  This integrated solution will provide LSCS with an integrated administrative system that supports agility, innovation and enhanced decision making – sustaining the growth and business transformation that LSCS plans to undertake. 
LSCS will work with Oracle Consulting to implement the applications system-wide for all five colleges – replacing an existing Datatel system.
The Oracle applications will enhance service to more than 52,000 LSCS students per semester and streamline operational processes for more than 5,000 employees.
Lone Star College System consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris and LSC-Tomball.  With more than 52,000 students in credit classes, LSCS is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and third largest community college system in Texas.
“Our continuous and rapid growth in enrollment and renewed focus on student success were our main drivers for change.  We had to either get an entirely new system or re-implement the legacy administrative system.  After a fast yet comprehensive evaluation, we determined that Oracle offered an attractive rapid development solution and proved to be a better long-term strategic fit for our goals compared to the competition,” said Shah Ardalan, vice chancellor and chief information officer, Lone Star College System.  “Lone Star College System is positioning itself to be the premier college system in the country and we strategically selected Oracle to be our partner in this journey”
“Oracle is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of community colleges – helping them move forward to support growth and operate cost-effectively to manage limited budgets.  Like many community colleges, Lone Star College System is facing growing enrollments and realizing the limitations of its legacy systems to scale.  At the same time, it is working to achieve its goal of becoming the best college system in the country,” said Steve Koporec, vice president, applications, Oracle Higher Education.  “We are committed to helping Lone Star achieve its goals and admire the comprehensive evaluation process it has already undertaken.  In the coming months, Oracle will work closely with Lone Star, and we look forward to a successful implementation.”
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