EVENT: The Collaborative Cloud – understanding the changing pace of SharePoint in education


Recently we published a post detailing the work of Microsoft Education partner Morgan & Wolfe around utilising SharePoint in higher education for the more business orientated activities of an academic institution. In a few weeks Morgan and Wolfe will be running an event at our London Victoria offices:

 

The Collaborative Cloud – understanding the changing pace of SharePoint in education

Tuesday 8th December: 9.30am registration
Microsoft UK, Cardinal Place, 80-100 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5JL
To register please email events@morganandwolfe.com – places are limited so please act today!

UPDATE – Morning session now fully booked. Spaces still available for the afternoon session.

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From Morgan & Wolfe:

Ask yourself: are you an Office 365 for education user? Does your institution use the value of the platform beyond email? Does your institution seek to leverage more for less from the Microsoft education Cloud? Would you like to be able to achieve a collaborative, communication and content publication solutions within weeks? If yes, read on.

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University systems for managing information have changed. Not so long ago there was an over-reliance on file shares and folders. Today, customers are faced with an array of choices. The Microsoft Office 365 public Cloud service has matured, and now provides the ability to pre-package educationally-aligned, flexible solutions with no server-side code at a speed that could only have been dreamed about ten or even five years ago. The idea that a customer needs to spend months trying to design a collaborative solution from scratch is no longer the logical approach.

Whether a University wants a fully functional staff portal in days, requires a repeatable teaching aid for a business school or a fully integrated Faculty information centre solution for students, anything is now possible. Education teaches us that anything is possible and in late 2015 it is exciting to read about how far SharePoint in education has come.

There has been a very broad uptake worldwide and in the UK, of higher education customers implementing Office 365 to increase their organisational cohesiveness, educational productivity and potential for cross-faculty collaboration. However, a high number of institutions have so far only managed to focus on moving email to the Cloud and aside from improving customer satisfaction have found the task of transforming the learning and operational efficiency of the institution difficult.

So if you’re using Office 365, challenge yourselves to question whether you could reduce the time and costs needed to process research grant applications, drive closer working relationships between geographically dispersed researchers, use multimedia for enhanced staff and student engagement and provide mobile experiences that are personalised and relevant to each student & staff member? Gaining more for less and exploiting the value of your Cloud investment is paramount, as is delivering fast and efficient services.

This round table will address how SharePoint can be the foundation for offering collaboration and communication services exploited for the Cloud enabling HE organisations to excel in an increasingly competitive global market. We will discuss how technology is being used to:

  • Find and share with colleagues and build cross faculty communities
  • Construct structured research portals and use SharePoint as a real-world business training resource
  • Access rich content on the move and leverage Office 365 multimedia content
  • Integrate with learning solutions like Moodle and Blackboard

Join Morgan & Wolfe and Microsoft on an exploration of the innovative world of educational possibilities in leveraging the new portfolio of Microsoft collaborative tools perfectly aligned for modern organisational needs.

Key audience: Head of Internal Communications/Intranets, Information Management, Faculty IT Managers, Business School Managers, CTO, CIO and CMOs. To register please email events@morganandwolfe.com – places are limited so please act today!

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