Session 12 Jon Perera, GM Strategy, Education
Higher Education studies about students and institutions. Looking at broad trends and their impacts on education delivery. Microsoft is making a commitment from a number of fronts – education software, programs and policy & advocacy.
Interaction with over 300,000 schools across 115+ countries and 900 dedicated full time MS employees working in this area. MS invests $485M USD in Partners in Learning.
Higher Education Approach
- engaging student, empowering educators
- enabling infrastructure agility
- fostering research & community
- divided between servers and services (software and services)
- tiers : applications, developer tools, programming model, application services, relational database, operating system, systems management
- academic toolkit (coming Jan 2010) – commitment to deliver MS Office with Higher Ed capabilities
- interactive classroom (integrated PowerPoint and OneNote) – this is an add-in for PowerPoint and OneNote, cool interactivity between faculty and students
- Semblio for digital content (packager for content) <- very interesting for our faculty includes assessment tools and powerful simulations – requires a client install for the Semblio player, web player by fall 2010 (this is a Silverlight platform)
- mathematics (embedded into Word)
- Futures – SharePoint 2010 : Course Management – course lifecycle, content mgmt, collaboration, business intelligence. There is lots of momentum and interest in leveraging SharePoint as a development platform for learning management
- Microsoft Multipoint Server 2010 and Microsoft Multimouse SDK 1.5 – shared resource computing as off the shelf components
- working on Moodle integration based on standards
Looking Ahead – themes …
- “real time” adaptive learning
- Seamless cloud
- learning communities
If Microsoft can commit to this vision like they do with their Research and Development, we are going to see interesting capabilities coming for higher education.