Modern Campus Partners with ARUCC’s MyCreds™ to Enhance System Interoperability with Destiny One

 The Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada (ARUCC) and Modern Campus, the higher education industry’s leading modern learner engagement platform, today announced a partnership that will enhance interoperability between Modern Campus Destiny One—the most-used student information system for continuing and workforce education—and the ARUCC MyCreds™ | MesCertif™National Network.

MyCreds™, powered by Digitary, is a Canadian shared service and platform that provides students and graduates access to a secure, online, password-protected learner credential wallet, with official documents issued by their institution. Modern Campus plans to build an API connector with MyCreds™, to launch in November 2022, enabling institutions on the MyCreds™ platform full interoperability for badges with their Modern Campus Destiny One local environments.

Today’s learners need flexible access to their academic credentials and documents, so that they can share evidence of their knowledge, skills, and abilities whenever—and with whomever—they want, on demand. The collaboration between MyCreds™ and Modern Campus will support learners’ unique education experiences across the full learner lifecycle.

“We’re passionate about supporting institutions in their effort to deliver modern experiences for learners—no matter where they are in their journey. Our focus on helping learners share their skills and personalized badges on any social platform is just one example of that commitment,” says Chad Rowe, vice president of product at Modern Campus, “The MyCreds™ Connector enables colleges and universities to easily issue digital credentials stored and managed externally. This will increase learner engagement, and potentially help to drive subsequent enrolments.”

Any institution’s system administrator can link MyCreds™ to Modern Campus Destiny One in minutes. Once linked, institutions will be able to search or enter IDs for, and associate, any of their existing MyCreds™ badge templates to a Destiny One (Modern Campus’s purpose-built Student Information System) course section, certificate, conference, or ISPM program. With this collaboration, institutions using Destiny One will have the ability to share badge data and load MyCreds™ badges directly to their course catalogs. This feature will be available as an add-on for institutions as they onboard to the MyCreds™ platform.

“MyCreds™ is excited to partner with Modern Campus,” says Charmaine Hack, ARUCC board director of ARUCC MyCreds™, “Establishing strong ties with key student information system providers remains a core interoperability goal of MyCreds™. With this new arrangement, schools will have needed supports between their Modern Campus Destiny One local environments and MyCreds™, which will enhance efficiency and increase the access for onboarding and sharing of data for badges in a streamlined fashion. We are looking forward to the anticipated launch of the supports in late fall 2022.”

“Humber College has been using Destiny One for our learners and their digital credentials for many years. We are looking forward to the Destiny One software connector as it will allow us to automatically send our learner credentials to MyCreds™,” says Ruth Butlin, ITS director of enterprise applications, Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, “The new functionality will improve our learner mobility as they will be able to store all their academic credentials in one digital wallet, including their micro-credentials.”

About ARUCC

The Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada (ARUCC) owns MyCreds™. ARUCC provides leadership in the post-secondary education field and service to its member institutions nationally and internationally, helping foster the advancement of registrarial practices and learner focused service delivery in Canada.

About MyCreds™

MyCreds™ is a national, shared service and platform that provides students and graduates access to a secure, online, password protected learner credential wallet. This virtual wallet allows them to view and share their verified and official transcripts, credentials, and academic documents in a digitized format on a 24/7 basis – anytime, anywhere. Secure, cryptographically signed documents can be sent conveniently and require no further verification. MyCreds™ is the first and only national bilingual system of its kind in Canada. Visit www.mycreds.ca for more details or contact ARUCC’s Executive Lead, Joanne Duklas at info@aruccnationalnetwork.ca.

About Modern Campus

Modern Campus is obsessed with empowering its 1,800+ higher education customers to thrive when radical transformation is required to respond to lower student enrollments and revenue, rising costs, crushing student debt, and administrative complexity.

The Modern Campus engagement platform powers solutions for non-traditional student management, web content management, catalog and curriculum management, student engagement and development, conversational text messaging, career pathways, and campus maps and virtual tours. The result: innovative institutions can create a learner-to-earner lifecycle that engages modern learners for life, while providing modern administrators with the tools needed to streamline workflows and drive high efficiency.

Learn how Modern Campus is leading the modern learner engagement movement at moderncampus.com and follow us on LinkedIn.

About Digitary

Digitary provides the underlying engine powering MyCreds™. Digitary was launched in Dublin, Ireland in 2005, and has grown to become a leading online platform for certifying, sharing, and verifying academic credentials. Learner-centric since the very start, Digitary enables millions of learners to share their verified academic achievements online, securely, quickly and easily. Digitary is now used by organizations in over 135 countries. For further details, visit www.digitary.net.

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Modern Campus Extends Capabilities to Address Student Concerns About Higher Ed ROI

 Modern Campus, the higher education industry’s leading modern learner engagement platform, today announced the integration of Modern Campus Career Pathways with Modern Campus Acalog, enabling colleges and universities to tie education to career outcomes and demonstrate the value of their courses and programs directly in their academic catalog.

Student debt is at an all-time high and so are the number of job applicants for high-paying job openings. With tuition costing more than ever, today’s learners make enrollment decisions based on the expected ROI of their education investment, and 64% of Americans are skeptical that additional education will help secure a job. With 58% of students enrolling in higher education primarily for career outcomes, the ability for institutions to offer students insight into the career opportunities associated with their course choices delivers exceptional value.

The integration of Acalog and Career Pathways enables higher education institutions to showcase job market data for relevant careers by displaying relevant labor market data—including salary, job postings and projected growth—on course, program or certificate pages. Career Pathways also allows students to take action at the click of a button by encouraging them to enroll or meet with an advisor.

“Making Modern Campus Career Pathways available in Acalog is critical to the success of our higher ed partners,” said Reuben Pressman, chief product officer at Modern Campus. “Building tight, thoughtful integrations between the solutions across our product family—like we have with Career Pathways and Acalog—ensures our customers are positioned to deliver the best experience possible to the learners they serve.”

The combination of Acalog and Career Pathways empowers students to learn about salaries, job postings, or career trajectories right from the college website—allowing them to quickly make informed decisions about their education. For schools, Career Pathways is easy to configure and embed on pages without the need for IT support.

“Learners today have more choices than ever about where they’re going to spend tuition dollars. To guide that decision-making, they’re looking for clear information about the impact any education investment will have on their career path,” said Peter DeVries, president and chief operations officer at Modern Campus. “At Modern Campus, we’re designing solutions that enable our customers to deliver personalized and informed student experiences. At the same time, we’re making it easier for staff—who are often stretched thin—to bring these modern experiences to life.”

Modern Campus Career Pathways also integrates with Modern Campus’ market-leading solutions Omni CMS, the purpose-built, web CMS for higher education, and Destiny One, which enables highered institutions to grow and manage the business of continuing education and workforce development. These integrations provide Career and Program Explorer, a powerful search tool for learners to research specific careers, and Persona Guides, which allow prospects to choose one of the common personas or objectives, to guide their educational or career directions.

About Modern Campus

Modern Campus is obsessed with empowering its 1,800+ higher education customers to thrive when radical transformation is required to respond to lower student enrollments and revenue, rising costs, crushing student debt, and administrative complexity.

The Modern Campus engagement platform powers solutions for non-traditional student management, web content management, catalog and curriculum management, student engagement and development, conversational text messaging, career pathways, and campus maps and virtual tours. The result: innovative institutions can create a learner-to-earner lifecycle that engages modern learners for life, while providing modern administrators with the tools needed to streamline workflows and drive high efficiency.

Learn how Modern Campus is leading the modern learner engagement movement at moderncampus.com and follow us on LinkedIn.

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Modern Campus Accelerating Growth with Chief People Officer Jessica Phinn

 Modern Campus, the leading engagement platform for higher education, today announced the appointment of Jessica Phinn as chief people officer. In this newly created role, Phinn will lead all aspects of human resources, from recruitment through onboarding, employee engagement and beyond. The announcement aligns with the wider focus of Modern Campus continuing its terrific growth, maximizing the potential of its over 400 team members to transform the higher education industry.

Phinn joins Modern Campus with a wealth of experience across more than 20 years of progressive human resources leadership at multiple large organizations, including Pepsi Bottling Group and Loblaw. Before joining Modern Campus, Phinn held the position of senior vice president, people and engagement at Nelson Education, Canada’s leading K-12 education company.

“Maintaining our rapid growth requires creativity and passion at every level of the organization,” said Brian Kibby, chief executive officer at Modern Campus. “Bringing in Jessica as Modern Campus’s Chief People Officer positions us to continue our exponential growth by harnessing the talent and engagement of every member of our team. Her leadership will enable us to create a truly welcoming environment for everyone who’s joined Modern Campus recently through acquisition, while continuing our tradition of excellence in building a workplace that rewards and nurtures leaders.”

“Modern Campus has a well-earned reputation as a beacon for top edtech talent, and because of this and the highly engaged leadership team, it is a role that I found to be extremely compatible and one that I simply couldn’t pass up,” Phinn said. “I’m a firm believer that employees are truly a company’s most valuable asset, and with this I found a perfect match in Modern Campus. I am truly excited to join the organization and engage with all my new colleagues as they continue on their growth trajectory.”

Phinn holds a Bachelor of Human Resources Management from York University and is a certified human resources leader (CHRL).

The rapid growth of Modern Campus is due in part to welcoming five new companies in the past 12 months. The company acquired interactive campus map and virtual tour provider nuCloud in early 2021, followed by academic catalog and curriculum management provider DIGARC, and student engagement and development leader Presence. In January of this year, Modern Campus announced its acquisitions of leading higher education text-messaging provider Signal Vine and Augusoft, a leader in enrollment management for continuing education and corporate education programs.

Modern Campus partnered with Partners in Publishing on this executive search.

About Modern Campus

Modern Campus is obsessed with empowering its 1,800+ higher education customers to thrive when radical transformation is required to respond to lower student enrollments and revenue, rising costs, crushing student debt, and administrative complexity.

The Modern Campus engagement platform powers solutions for non-traditional student management, web content management, catalog and curriculum management, student engagement and development, conversational text messaging, career pathways, and campus maps and virtual tours. The result: innovative institutions can create a learner-to-earner lifecycle that engages modern learners for life, while providing modern administrators with the tools needed to streamline workflows and drive high efficiency.

Learn how Modern Campus is leading the modern learner engagement movement at moderncampus.com and follow us on LinkedIn.

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Modern Campus Acquires Signal Vine, Leading Conversational Text-Messaging Platform for Higher Education

 Modern Campus, the leading learner engagement platform, today announced the acquisition of Signal Vine, the higher education industry’s most impactful conversational text-messaging platform. The addition of Signal Vine to Modern Campus will enable more institutions to drive measurable gains in enrollment and retention while collecting actionable data to further drive student success. The acquisition expands Modern Campus’s customer base to more than 1,700 colleges and universities across North America and enables each institution to serve their students with a highly personalized experience throughout the learner-to-earner journey.

Text messaging is a must-have communication solution for every school, and many struggle with delivering high-touch engagement at scale. Signal Vine solves that. Signal Vine is the only conversational text-messaging solution for higher education that allows for high-touch engagement at scale. Its Blended Messaging® approach provides colleges and universities with a personalized text messaging solution to effectively engage students with messaging that is:

· One-to-one: Personalized, conversational text messaging to students from their institution, tailored to elicit response from a specific student.

· Data-driven: Easily integrated with data from core campus systems to drive relevance and create urgency.

· Event-triggered: Enables instant communication based on a specific event or action, with no staff work needed.

· AI-optimized: Analyzes messages to identify and respond to common questions and responses, increasing staff efficiency.

“Student engagement is the number one predictor of learner success, full stop. Institutions that understand this and take steps to improve engagement at every stage of the student lifecycle, are leading the transformation of higher ed,” said Brian Kibby, chief executive officer of Modern Campus. “That’s what’s so exciting about Signal Vine – they make personalized, conversational messaging easier, and are as laser focused on driving learner outcomes as we are. It’s a perfect fit for Modern Campus.”

Signal Vine is highly complementary with the Modern Campus engagement platform. In addition to offering it as a standalone conversational text-messaging solution, Modern Campus will integrate Signal Vine across its family of products, providing customers with even deeper engagement strategies to meet the needs of modern learners.

“This is an exciting milestone for Signal Vine. We’ve rapidly grown adoption across higher ed institutions because of our commitment to their success,” said Brian Kathman, chief executive officer of Signal Vine. “And in Modern Campus, we found the perfect partner. Their commitment to customer success, student engagement, personalization – not to mention the strong cultural fit for our team – means this is equally exciting for our customers and employees.”

“Signal Vine is a match made in heaven for Modern Campus,” said Stephen Rice, principal at The Riverside Company, the equity partner for Modern Campus. “This addition further illustrates how deeply the company cares about leading the transformation facing higher ed institutions, and how deeply The Riverside Company cares about fueling that transformation. I can’t wait to see what they accomplish together.”

This transaction marks the fourth acquisition by Modern Campus in the past 12 months; the company acquired interactive campus map and virtual tour provider nuCloud in early 2021, followed by academic catalog and curriculum management provider DIGARC, and student engagement and development leader Presence.

Signal Vine employees will join Modern Campus, adding to a higher education powerhouse of exceptional industry talent. Brian Kibby will remain CEO of Modern Campus.

About Modern Campus

Modern Campus is obsessed with empowering its 1,700+ higher education customers to thrive when radical transformation is required to respond to lower student enrollments and revenue, rising costs, crushing student debt, and administrative complexity.

The Modern Campus engagement platform powers solutions for non-traditional student management, web content management, catalog and curriculum management, student engagement and development, career pathways, and campus maps and virtual tours. The result: innovative institutions can create a learner-to-earner lifecycle that engages modern learners for life, while providing modern administrators with the tools needed to streamline workflows and drive high efficiency.

Learn how Modern Campus is leading the modern learner engagement movement at moderncampus.com and follow us on LinkedIn.

About Signal Vine

Signal Vine is the leading higher education AI messaging platform transforming how higher education institutions reach, support and engage students throughout their academic life cycles. With more than 50 million student interactions, Signal Vine’s Blended Messaging® personalizes engagement using AI, workflow automation, and one-to-one messaging to keep students on the path to success. Signal Vine has been improving enrollment and retention outcomes with a proactive approach across the entire campus and student life cycle.

To learn more, visit signalvine.com or view a demo: signalvine.com/text-messaging-platform.

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SAFCOIN: A Modern Solution to an Age-old Problem

The rise of cryptocurrency to prominence has been nothing short of astounding. As cryptocurrency’s utility in the world of traditional finance remains under constant scrutiny by the trusted powers that be, this new kid on the block has emerged as something of a tool to bridge the economic gap on the African frontier, seeing increased adoption by the man on the ground as his payment method of choice.

SAFCOIN is a uniquely South African cryptocurrency firm based on the shores of Mossel Bay, with team members overseeing the firm’s finer details in multiple locations throughout the world. Having  started out as a cryptocurrency for trade in 2018, the project skyrocketed to prominence as Africa’s first Proof-of-Work scrypt algorithm cryptocurrency; the first milestone of which many others followed.

At its core, cryptocurrency is a digital currency which records and regulates online transactions using a blockchain ledger. This vastly complicated blockchain uses decentralized technology which works independently of state interception since the ledger is managed by a series of computers which record transactions. While its core use remains to trade and invest, the potential of cryptocurrency in a rapidly transitioning world is insurmountable.

From the outset of its inception by founders, Neil Ferreira, Tony Ferreira, and Michela Ferreira, SAFCOIN held the vision of accessibility at its heart; the idea that cryptocurrency could be mobilised to improve the lives of Africans and the world at large.

With this in mind, the SAFCOIN project with their dynamic team of founders, embarked on a journey to bring cryptocurrency to the people by creating the SAFCOIN Eco-system.

The eco-system boasts an extensive range of functions, all linked to the SAFCOIN Mobile Wallet. From here, users are able to facilitate a number of transactional services, given the approach applied in the engineering of the project to make all its use cases and platforms fully integrated and borderless.

One of the major advantages of cryptocurrency is that transaction fees are cheaper, faster and significantly more inclusive than your regular FIAT or state-endorsed currency.

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It is upon this premise that SAFCOIN created MobiJobs; the continent’s very first gig economy platform to include crypto payments.

To facilitate the buying and selling of local skills for local freelancers, the platform unlocks limitless opportunities for a continent ravaged by unemployment.

The gig economy is founded on the principle of freelance or otherwise contractual or project-to-project work; a dynamic to which platforms like SAFCOIN’s crypto-inclusive MobiJobs acts as the all important intermediary, enabling sellers (freelancers, online workers and even physical workers)to list their skills, and small-to-medium businesses or individuals to shop for these skills on the site accordingly. Here, users are exposed to a world of limitless working options, gaining access to international job markets while saving on international transaction costs and payment fees of up to 20%.

In a post-Covid-19 world where stable economies have turned fledgling, the gig economy is teeming with the potential to return GDP outputs to their former glory. It fosters the ideal of the self-starter where one is no longer dependent upon the powers that be to be employed, but instead undertakes to create and initiate such opportunities.

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Moreover, and while restrictions on international e-commerce supply and payments processes continue to bottleneck earning or selling internationally, SAFCOIN’s Cryptovalley multi-seller web platform coupled with their efficient crypto-to-crypto SAFPay payment gateway and mobile wallet, provides an innovative solution to making international sales accessible, easy and faster. Using the crypto-tailored payment gateway, crypto-to-crypto transactions are instant and cashouts are timeous, all while eliminating the challenge of exhorbitant transaction fees.

Cryptovalley.africa is at the forefront of crypto retailers on the African continent, offering a unique retail experience to buyers and sellers with crypto and fiat alike – but it does not end here. The e-retailer’s model is one which prioritises expansion beyond local confines, bringing local sellers and their merchandise to the world and putting convenience at users’ fingertips in an ever-changing e-commerce sphere.

SAFCOIN continues to be a beacon of light in the global effort to adapt to progressively digitised change, and they show no sign of halting. With a myriad of stints on the international stage behind them and many to follow, SAFCOIN is resolute in its feat to situate itself as a relevant and tenacious digital force to be reckoned with in Africa and beyond.