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openStudent replaces traditional student achievement system

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The province of British Columbia started out with a vision over 10 years ago to have "one student record, stored in one location, accessed by all authorized users." And all but four districts in the province, and many independent schools, followed this vision by adopting BCeSIS as their core student information system. Now, after eight years in production, the system will be discontinued by the vendor in 2015, which means all districts will be forced to consider alternative solutions.

From the ashes of a commercial product rises the implementation of an open source solution: openStudent. It is licensed under the Education Community Source license (modified Apache 2.0) to ensure that they have better control of the code.

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Leading by letting go

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Organizations today face unprecedented challenges. A recent IBM sponsored global survey found that the key challenges CEOs face today are rapidly accelerating pace of change and complexity. Furthermore, performance continues to decline whether measured through Return on Assets or Return on Invested Capital; U.S. firm's Return on Assets has progressively dropped 75% since 1965, as Peter Drucker pointed out in 1999, management has done much to automate work with mechanizations improvements during the 20th Century of 50/1. What remains however, is improving the effectiveness of the knowledge worker. Furthermore, data shows that only 25% of the workforce is passionate about their work, despite the plethora of techniques and resources spent on L&D and global figures for engagement show that 80% of employees are less than fully engaged at work. » Read more

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