June 11, 2014
The University of Florida has joined Unizin, a consortium of prominent public research universities. Vice President & CIO Elias Eldayrie will serve on Unizin’s board of directors.
Unizin is a member-based, not-for-profit association. Its founding members are Colorado State University, Indiana University, the University of Florida, and the University of Michigan. Consortium member institutions will pool their talents and financial resources for a variety of higher education IT needs, like developing preeminent online education programs and negotiating contracts with technology vendors. Another benefit of Unizin membership is the opportunity to share learning analytics with each other. Sharing data with member institutions of similar size and selectivity can help UF improve delivery of online teaching and learning. All Unizin services and information will be powered by a highly secure network developed by Internet2. The opportunity to collaborate on developing learning tools and other projects is key, according to Eldayrie:
“We’re building the 21st century university to reach more people and to teach more effectively – to go wider and deeper. Putting this technology into the hands of our top-flight educators and researchers can improve not only our teaching but also everyone else’s as we help shape the future of digital learning.”
Visit the Unizin website for more information about the consortium.