Deakin University completes online learning migration to cloud with Brightspace Platform

Deakin University has successfully transitioned its 60,000-plus student body to online learning, and migrated its Brightspace learning management system (LMS) to the cloud.

The project saw 48TB of data, representing a 60,000-student cohort, shifted once restrictions prevented face-to-face experiences.

After Covid-19 shut four off its physical campuses, Deakin rapidly shifted all students and staff to its digital campus, Cloud Campus.

The campus’ online learning environment, CloudDeakin, is built on the Brightspace LMS at its core, allowing students to actively learn anywhere, anytime and on any device while unable to attend face-to-face classes.

Deakin director Digital Learning, Associate Professor Chie Adachi, said CloudDeakin offers a signature digital learning experience “which has helped contribute to the institution’s decade-long leading position in Victoria for overall student satisfaction as confirmed by the Graduate Outcomes Survey”.

“Prior to COVID-19, about 25% of our learners were already in our Cloud Campus

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Baylor moves finance to the cloud

By Margaret Lindquist | September 2020

For Jon Allen, Baylor’s interim CIO and chief information security officer, the decision to move Baylor University’s finance and human resources applications to the cloud was about much more than just a technology upgrade. “You can’t expect your students to be ready for an unknown future if you aren’t also moving forward,” Allen says.

Brett Dalton, Chief Business Officer, Baylor University

Brett Dalton, Chief Business Officer, Baylor University

Controlling costs, providing students with great research opportunities, and attracting top faculty members are three things that Brett Dalton, Baylor’s chief business officer, cites as top priorities for Baylor—and the move to modernize their back-office processes and systems creates a foundation for achieving those goals.

“Every dollar that we spend on back-office operations—those are dollars that we’re not spending in the classroom. Those are dollars that we’re not spending in the lab,” says Dalton. That simple equation has been the driving force

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Alameda County Public Health Department Moves to the Cloud to Connect to Callers During COVID-19

The Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) in California manages a broad array of programs and services designed to protect the health and safety of 1.5 million residents across 13 Bay Area cities. Because those services include disease prevention and control, health education, and medical and health care services, the COVID-19 outbreak prompted a spike in phone calls to the organization. The department’s call agents, which typically receive about 300 calls a week, received nearly 1,800 calls per week in March. ACPHD was quickly overwhelmed, causing the average time to handle a call to grow to five minutes and 42 seconds, and the average queue time increasing from nearly nothing to 38 minutes.

“We received an unmanageable number of calls from the public regarding COVID-19 and evolving shelter-in-place orders,” says Stephen De La Vega, information systems manager at ACPHD. “We couldn’t conduct business as usual in that situation.”

Several years

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How COVID-19 Forced Higher Education to Teach in the Cloud

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Shaun L McKay Discusses the Pivot to e-Learning and how Higher Education has Adapted in Response to COVID-19

MANORVILLE, NY / ACCESSWIRE / September 29, 2020 / While universities have progressed into e-learning over the past two decades, many, including Santa Clara University, had not offered an online course until the COVID-19 pandemic caused an emergency need to host classes. While universities only began offering these courses in March 2020, Dr. Shaun L. McKay examines the lessons learned so far by higher education on e-learning in this article.

Educator Shaun L. McKay Explains the Lessons Learned

1. What higher education offered on the fly since March does not constitute real e-learning, counsels career educator Shaun L. McKay. An e-learning program and each of its courses require months of planning and preparation.

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Microsoft Downed 18 Azure Cloud applications Used By low-Budget Chinese Gadolinium Hacking Group

You probably didn’t hear it here first but the incredibly impressive thing about modern hacking groups is how darned cheap they are – in every sense of that word.

Why pay for cloud services when you can borrow free ones from large providers? Or, for that matter, make your own malware when you can re-purpose well-engineered tools made by other, more talented people?

It’s the low-budget MO that seems to get the people behind the allegedly Chinese Gadolinium hacking group out of bed in the morning, at least according to a new Microsoft report on the group’s recent activities.

In its detecting empires in the cloud report, the company details how in mid-April the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) spotted and suspended 18 Azure Active Directory applications that were being used by the threat

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