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The Best for Higher Ed:A Recap of EDUCAUSE 2017

Written by Jennifer Sturges | Find me on: LinkedIn

educause.pngLast week I, along with many others from the wePresent team,  had the opportunity to converge and share with the people of higher education at EDUCAUSE 2017.  The week was full of excellent raining, presenters such as Michio Kaku, futurist, physicist and best-selling offer and Temple Grandin, a pioneer for Autistic individuals and who is best known for her work in animal sciences at Colorado State University.

In addition training and presentations, attendees had the opportunity to experience first-hand solutions for their universities and schools in the exhibition hall.  While I spent most of my time sharing collaborative learning experiences offered by wePresent, I did have the chance to peruse the hall for other new and interesting ideas in the space. 

Here’s a recap of the booths and solutions that turned heads at EDUCAUSE 2017:



As a kid I loved Legos. The opportunity to take modular building pieces and create anything you could think of was quite appealing. Kuali brought the fun of Legos to their booth giving visitors the chance to create their own Lego people. 

Kuali creates modular, cloud-based software solutions that are affordable and allow administrators to focus their time and resources on the real business of higher education: teaching, learning, and research.



The popular Learning Management System (LMS) made a big splash with their fortune teller themed booth complete with fortune cookies, Magic 8 Ball giveaways and an on-site psychic to tell you your personal future.

Canvas has made great headway in the LMS space by offering a cloud based system that’s adaptive and adopted quickly by both instructors and students.



Let's be honest with ourselves, IT folks have a tendency to love all things geeky, especially Star Wars (I'm just as guilty as the next person).  Plixer was on site showcasing The Scrutinizer, their incident response system that provides insights into the users and applications that are causing suspicion or congestion.

Using flow technologies such as NetFlow, IPFIX, sFlow, J-Flow and others, Scrutinizer is able to collect, archive and quickly retrieve the traffic details you need surrounding an incident.  In exchange for participating in a short demonstration, attendees received a light saber and were dubbed NetFlow knights.



The sister product to wePresent, weConnect offers a cloud based solution that takes collaboration out of the room and across the entire campus.  Building on features found in wePresent such as 1 to Many Distribution and On Screen Annotation, weConnect offers the ability to fully engage students in overflow spaces or who are a part of remote learning environments. 

It was a beautiful few days in Philadelphia and the opportunity to talk first hand with current users and prospects of wePresent presentation solutions is always enjoyable.  Whether you were able to attend this year or not, I highly recommend that anyone with a need to stay on the cutting  edge of  higher education technology attend EDUCAUSE 2018 in Denver.


Topics: trade shows , education , Higher Education , EDUCAUSE

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