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4 Questions to Ask When Implementing Your Proctoring Program

September 15, 2021 / by Examity posted in Business Products & Solutions, Higher Education

Colleges and universities have certainly seen a lot of changes since March of 2020. As doors closed and classrooms emptied, many found themselves in the unfamiliar situation of having to turn to a digital-only education model. As part of that, testing also had to move online, creating confusion among test-takers.

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Beyond the Pandemic: Crucial Athletic Facilities Hygiene Practices

September 14, 2021 / by GOJO® posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, Higher Education

Proper hygiene and disinfection have never been more crucial to maintaining a clean and safe athletics facility than they have been during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Athletic training facilities, with close quarters, closed spaces, shared equipment, varying personal hygiene practices, and high levels of contamination, face many challenges related to environmental hygiene and infection control. These conditions make athletes highly vulnerable to readily transmissible diseases, not only to COVID-19 but also to skin infections and disease.

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6 Key Learnings For Digitization Done Right

September 13, 2021 / by Iron Mountain posted in K-12 Education, Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government, Higher Education, Information Technology

The pandemic has changed the way we talk about the “digital workplace”. As organizations look to a more modernized environment, it is often difficult to navigate the complexities of a hybrid physical and digital world. Gain insight to what our supplier partner, Iron Mountain, has learn about the digital transformation process along the way.  

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How to Optimize the Acoustics in Your Space

September 7, 2021 / by Milliken posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, Furniture, K-12 Education, Local & State Government, Higher Education

Loud spaces can negatively impact concentration, memory, productivity, comprehension, and lower morale. Long-term exposure to noise can even increase heart rates and quicken breathing, leading to higher levels of stress hormones. In educational environments, common ambient noise levels decrease intelligibility significantly — in some cases by as much as half. Continue reading to discover the positive impact a quiet environment can have on your organization and a few steps to help optimize the acoustics in your space.

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Getting Real About the Digital Workplace

September 2, 2021 / by Iron Mountain posted in K-12 Education, Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government, Higher Education, Information Technology

The words “digital workplace” mean something different today than they did a year or two ago.

We’ve all learned a lot this past year about what’s really essential when it comes to getting work done, whether that’s meeting the needs of customers or virtually connecting with co-workers. So, it’s safe to say our digital workplace initiatives are much more reality-driven.

Long after the pandemic, we’ll still be processing what we’ve learned. We’re not simply picking up the pieces and going back to “business as usual.” We’re going back to a different workplace. Learn how your organization can ensure digitization done right (now available through OMNIA Partners' cooperative contract with Iron Mountain). 

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3 Ways To Protect Against Ransomware

June 9, 2021 / by Ricoh posted in K-12 Education, Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government, Higher Education, Information Technology

Cyberattacks targeting public agencies and school communities are an increasing threat each year. In 2020 alone there were nearly 1,700 reported cyber threat events spanning all 50 states in the Education field. Although a wide range of attack methods are used, the most common are breaches, hacks and phishing attacks resulting in personal data disclosure, ransomware attacks, and denial-of-service attacks. Below are three key defensive checkpoints to help protect your organization against malicious ransomware.

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4 Macro Shifts In The Learning Experience

May 28, 2021 / by Steelcase posted in Furniture, K-12 Education, Higher Education

Even before the pandemic, education was undergoing a transformation that will go on long after the virus threat subsides. The experiences students, educators and administrators have had during the pandemic has to have accelerated and amplified trends in education that were already in motion. 

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Using UV-C Disinfection to Protect Employees Returning to Work

May 14, 2021 / by OFS posted in Furniture, Local & State Government, Higher Education

As more and more people return to the office, it’s increasingly crucial to ensure that your organization has safe disinfection practices in place. When it comes to protecting desk spaces, organizations are turning to products such as disinfection task lights to effectively eliminate germs and bacteria. Our supplier partners, such as OFS, provide these solutions through their cooperative contracts with OMNIA Partners, Public Sector.

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State University Provides 9,000 Apple iPad Devices to Class of 2024

April 1, 2021 / by SHI posted in Higher Education, Information Technology

As the COVID-19 pandemic quickly established what we now know as our “new normal,” many organizations were forced to switch to a new, remote way of doing business – universities included. This state university was able to utilize the SHI OMNIA Partners contract to provide 9,000 Apple iPads to the freshman class.

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Navigating Through COVID - Thought Leadership Articles for Educational Institutions

November 16, 2020 / by School Specialty posted in Furniture, K-12 Education, Higher Education

The COVID pandemic has presented all of us with unprecedented challenges. Continuing to serve the critical needs of schools and students has called for innovative solutions and new ways of thinking.

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