First Product in Oracle's Academic Enterprise Solutions Suite Integrates Back-office and Learning Management Systems for Higher Education Institutions REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., Aug. 18 /EMWNews/ -- -- Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise Student Administration Integration Pack (SAIP), the first product in the company's Academic Enterprise Solutions suite, is now available. The application is designed to help higher education institutions more efficiently integrate and manage their various administrative and educational systems. -- SAIP provides out-of-the-box integration between PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions and major vendor-supplied and open source learning management systems, helping higher education institutions streamline business processes, as well as decrease implementation and maintenance costs for a greater return on investment (ROI). PeopleSoft Enterprise Student Administration Integration Pack Details -- Higher education institutions have traditionally implemented learning management systems -- which allow instructors to manage their courses and exchange information with students -- independently, providing minimal integration with their student administrative systems. This approach requires institutions to develop complex, customized integrations between systems to improve visibility into curriculum and enrollment data. Customized integration cannot deliver the highly-accessible, user-friendly online experience today's Web-savvy students expect. -- SAIP delivers a flexible, scalable, Web services-based interface for sharing academic data between the PeopleSoft Enterprise student information system and standards-based learning management systems -- delivering unprecedented access to information. For example, when an administrator creates a course in the student system, the interface passes information to the learning management system, which automatically creates a corresponding course site or virtual learning space. As students enroll in the course through PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions, their enrollment information flows directly into the learning management system and they receive all appropriate access privileges. -- This approach eliminates the need for re-entering data or re-synchronizing the two systems with every update -- particularly helpful for final grade reporting, a previously disconnected process that required administrators to re-key grades into the student information system. -- To build on existing knowledge, contribute to a community of users and developers and ensure future maintainability and extensibility, Oracle has employed open standards in SAIP and is participating in discussions to extend, modify or create standards and specifications where none exist. The product leverages the IMS Learning Information Services (LIS) standard specification: http://www.imsglobal.org/es/index.html, which defines standard information models and protocols for people, courses, enrollments and outcomes. -- Oracle has also partnered with Blackboard Inc.: http://www.blackboard.com, Desire2Learn Inc.: http://www.desire2learn.com, Sakai: http://www.sakaiproject.org and Moodle: http://www.sakaiproject.org to make integration with these learning management systems less costly, more flexible and extensible to future technologies, enhancements and upgrades. This provides customers with flexibility in vendor choice. -- Oracle and its partners plan to continue developing the Academic Enterprise Solutions platform, eventually integrating and extending the broad range of systems that support the education experience including student systems, learning management, collaboration and communication, analytics, identity management, library systems, parking and housing systems and more. Supporting Quotes -- "Oracle saw a need among its customers to bridge the gap between the back office and the classroom, and the PeopleSoft Enterprise Student Administration Integration Pack is the first step in delivering this integration. Through a standards-based, Web services approach, SAIP eases the implementation burden and provides a foundation for a robust enterprise-wide integration framework, putting institutions on a path to evolve to the next-generation of higher education technology," said Curtiss Barnes, vice president, Education & Research Product Strategy, Oracle. -- "In an institution as large and diverse as the California State University System: http://www.calstate.edu, we depend on our technology partners to look for ways to improve the integration of our administrative and academic solutions. This new integration pack for Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise student system promises to make a huge difference in the way our faculty, students and administrators access information and manage teaching and learning on our 23 campuses," said David J. Ernst, chief information officer and assistant vice chancellor, California State University System. -- "The University of Michigan: http://www.umich.edu, like most higher education institutions, has a mix of strategic software solutions. The open, standards-based integration solution between the administrative computing and learning management systems is a critical missing link. This type of offering is a huge boon as it can reduce our maintenance costs, provide flexibility and gain efficiencies," said Laura Patterson, associate vice president, University of Michigan Administrative Information Services (MAIS). -- "Oracle has been a strong partner with the Sakai open source community, especially in the development and adoption of open standards for education. Standards-based products like SAIP benefit the entire community, allowing institutions to confidently deploy open source courseware management systems like Sakai and more easily integrate them with student information systems," said Michael Korcuska, executive director, Sakai Project. (Oracle joined Sakai as a commercial affiliate in 2006.) -- "Collaboration between Oracle and Unicon: http://www.unicon.net integrate Sakai to the Oracle platform will help improve the effectiveness of the educational experience, as well as further streamline administrative processes. We are excited to help Oracle bring the benefits of community-developed collaboration and learning software to its clients through a supported, low-risk, predictable cost model. Our collective vision for a next-generation academic management environment will harness the strength of Oracle's application and technology development with Unicon's expertise in open source systems and services," said John Blakley, chief executive officer, Unicon, Inc. (Oracle has partnered with Unicon -- a provider of open-source frameworks, applications and professional services for the online campus -- since 2006.) Supporting Resources http://www.oracle.com/industries/education/highered.html http://www.oracle.com/applications/peoplesoft/campus_solutions/ent/module/stud ent-administration-integration-pack.html http://www.oracle.com/industries/education/pdfs/oracle-education-student- integration-pack-ds.pdf
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