UW-Madison & Unizin

In late September 2014, after a summer of exploring and openly discussing the prospect of joining Unizin with governance bodies and key stakeholders, UW-Madison officially joined Unizin, a consortium of major universities across the U.S. that are working to assemble a standards-based set of digital tools for teaching and learning.

With these tools, which span the areas of course management, learning analytics and content sharing, Unizin hopes to create a comprehensive digital learning environment that is managed and shared by the consortium. Member institutions will be able to design more effective learning experiences and improve the way content is curated and delivered to students, while capturing academic analytics.

“Our decision to join Unizin at this time opens the opportunity for our faculty, staff and students to help shape the next generation digital teaching and learning environment for Wisconsin and the nation,” says Steven Cramer, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning.

UW-Madison’s participation in Unizin is co-sponsored and lead by the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, in partnership with the Vice Provost for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Bruce Maas.

Canvas Learning Management System

Unizin will provide several services to its members, the first of which is Canvas, a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) developed by Instructure, Inc. Canvas is currently used by more than 1,600 universities, school districts, and institutions around the world, and features intuitive instructional workflows, improved collaboration, and the ability to integrate with many external tools. Learn more about the year-long UW-Madison campus-wide pilot and the current Canvas integration efforts.

Articles and Resources Related to Unizin

  • Unizin 101 – The Ohio State University, Office of Distance Education and eLearning
  • The Next Generation Digital Learning Environment – This article highlights the parallels between Unizin and the Next Generation Digital Learning Environment (NGDLE). As defined in the article, the NGDLE is a dynamic, interconnected, ever-evolving community of learners, instructors, tools and content. The authors suggest that Unizin is an example of how the digital learning environment will evolve. Unizin will provide universities with a variety of standards-based tools and services that can be combined to create unique digital learning ecosystems. Furthermore, Unizin is a way to break free of the constraints of traditional LMSs and service providers and help universities take back control of the digital learning ecosystem.