Ucroo Digital Campus at Saint Leo University

Ucroo Digital Campus at Saint Leo University


Ucroo enabled us to create not just a
portal which is a very 1990s term but to create a way for people to get from link
to link to link in a very social way it really did create a hyper-connected
world that we were after. We had a need at st. Leo where our students are quite
dispersed. We have students who are fully online, we have students who are at
various centers around the United States they had never connected before. The staff, the faculty in the same position. They had never been in a place to connect with each other.
staff the fact that the same position they had never been in a place to
connect with one another Ucroo Ucroo provided a way for online students and
on ground students to ask questions and connect with the professors and Student Affairs. Students who seem to use the tool and they accumulate
points inside of Ucroo they are actually correlating towards success and
persistence overall from term to term retention to ultimately graduation. We have a real diverse population from students all over the country and even
all over the world and a lot of students don’t always feel connected to Saint Leo.
It’s really important that we build that the rest of that network that extends
beyond that classroom with all instructors and all staff and all
students. And with this platform we’ve been able to bring a lot of those
students in and help them to feel connected. It’s easy for students to use
it’s easy for faculty to use it’s easy for our staff to use
just very intuitive. In terms of training University faculty and staff one of the
biggest hurdles is that initial fear of the new technology or the new tool. Ucroo makes it a much shallower learning curve because the faculty and staff are
already used to social network structures and social network technology. Integration is what Ucroo has really supplied us with and integrating with
our learning management system our student information system or the ERP
with Salesforce we have got a tightly knit integrated system and we have a
actually been able to take that and infuse it into our data set to start to
see if students are engaged with the university if that actually means
anything in terms of their persistence their retention even starting to get
toward enrollment increases

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