Services for Online Education
Higher education institutions and corporate training entities continue to expand online course offerings as vehicles for learners to obtain credentials, degrees, and complete certificate programs. Learners participating in these online programs are demanding greater flexibility in how they earn and achieve their academic goals. EdTech companies are providing leading-edge products, applications, and content to help institutions and corporate entities deliver the variety of options desired by online learners. Underlying technologies need to enable program providers to improve student success by overcoming limitations of current technology, enhancing the student and faculty experience, and allowing for experimentation with novelty solutions.
Challenges faced by higher education, including the acceleration of new content and optimization of online learning environments, can be addressed by collaborating with a leading provider of services for education technology. Unicon’s capabilities allow for online education leaders to aggregate services for course / program development, training, technology selection, support, and quality assurance to supplement online courses with leadership’s most desired technology.
Unicon offers services on a fee-for-service basis for institutions and EdTech companies that seek a strategic partner in expanding and improving the online education experience. The company’s service offerings positively influence learner outcomes and job readiness, incorporating rich content learning pathways via instructional design and content development.
Learning Design and Course Collaboration
Unicon collaborates with program providers to develop online course design and overall curriculum for more innovative and richer educational experiences. The company provides services that support several different training and curriculum development areas, for example, certificate programs, high stakes assessments, in-person training, etc., including both instructor-led and online learning. Unicon also has extensive experience developing supplemental resources and content, for example, animations, simulations, job aids, technical labs, and instructor guides. The company’s expertise ranges from highly specialized areas such as networking and nursing, to broader areas including content development for marketing training for small-to-medium businesses and agencies.
Unicon has participated in defining concepts and building content modulars; microlearning, and has also assisted clients in shaping learning technology choices using a standards-based approach. The company’s team of Architects and Business Analysts works with program providers on learning tool design while Unicon’s Instructional Designers and client-provided Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are responsible for course development.
Unicon has a long history of designing and constructing adaptive, secure assessment delivery engines to administer assessments that provide measures of program and course effectiveness. In addition to the systems delivering and creating the assessments, Unicon also supports authoring assessment items.
This includes virtually all assessment item types defined in the IMS QTI® standard. In addition to assessment item types, such as multiple choice items and true/false, Unicon has experience creating simulations and performance based items for knowledge measurement in HTML5, using responsive design principles that adhere to accessibility standards. Assessments can be delivered in both high stakes environments and in online training / certificate programs.
Technology Services for Online Learning
For more than two decades, Unicon has been helping customers solve their education technology challenges with services for open source, custom, and proprietary software including Student Success Plan, major learning management systems, and learning analytics applications. The company’s team successfully executes short to long-term projects for many of the major enterprise systems in higher education, including integration of the software applications mentioned above.
Unicon’s systems integration team delivers insight into the most appropriate integration methods for the major enterprise systems. The company’s team has extensive experience in designing, building, and operating integration programs within universities and organizations. Unicon addresses shortcomings in existing integrations, including learning event exchange and related analytics processing.
Unicon’s services produce projects that keep online programs moving forward while staying in alignment with budget and timelines for each learning experience. Support services include:
- Instructional Design
- Content Development
- Data Analytics
- Hosting & Managed Services
- Identity & Access Management
- Technology Implementation
- Software Development
- User Experience
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Online education leaders now have the ability to select services that can help them achieve effective program delivery goals. Unicon’s depth of experience in designing, building, integrating, operating, and supporting learning, assessment and institutional systems ensures the right services and technologies are available to fit any engagement.
Contact a Unicon Solutions Consultant to start a conversation on how Unicon can help address online education challenges.