Dynamics 365 education accelerator

Common Data Model helps customers eliminate data silos, enable powerful insights, and act on their own data. This need is nowhere more relevant than in education, where data often deals with students and their ability to navigate a complex system to reach their goals.

Microsoft is working closely with education ISVs around the world. We're working to make Common Data Model more relevant to their needs by shaping the roadmap for the education accelerator together. Microsoft is dedicated to enabling ISVs, partners, and customers to build and focus their efforts on vertical industries in a streamlined approach. The accelerator provides a uniform platform for customers who wish to connect, embed, or extend the Dynamics 365 platform and Microsoft Power Platform.

The education accelerator has the following components:

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

This section contains answers to frequently asked questions related to the Dynamics 365 education accelerator.

What is an accelerator?

Accelerators take the unified data approach of the Power Platform a step further by expediting the development of vertical solutions that use industry-specific common data models with business logic integration. This enables customers and partners to easily build and customize industry-specific applications that can use data across Dynamics 365, Microsoft 365, and Azure.   

What can I do if I am unable to install a Dynamics 365 industry accelerator?

The accelerator may be installed from GitHub or from AppSource. You may need PowerApps licenses or other licenses to use the accelerator. 

If the AppSource installation error states that You do not have permissions to install, contact the systems administrator. You administrator may also contact us.

What can I do if I am unable to access a Dynamics 365 industry accelerator test drive?

If you are unable to login to the industry accelerator test drive, try opening the test drive in an incognito or private browser window. Use the same login credentials that you provided during signup. If you are still unable to access the test drive in a private window, or have any other issues with installation, contact us. More information: What is the test drive?

How can I check for updates to a Dynamics 365 industry accelerator?

To check for updates to an industry accelerator, follow the instructions provided in the Dynamics 365 solution management docs page. The docs page also provides instructions on how to install updates. Updates are additive in nature and will only add new features to the existing features you have installed. More information: Dynamics 365 solution management and Troubleshooting failed installations

Is there an on-premises version available for the Dynamics 365 industry accelerators?

No, the Dynamics 365 industry accelerators cannot be installed on-premises.

How many times can I utilize the test drive for the Dynamics 365 industry accelerators?

The test drives are available on AppSource, and once initialized, they are available for 24 hours. This 24-hour trial period cannot be extended and it is only available once. The trial allows you to share the test drive with other users, but you must use the same credentials. If you would like to continue to use the accelerator after the 24-hour trial period, create a trial organization on the Microsoft Dynamics 365 page.

Are the Dynamics 365 industry accelerators localized?

The industry accelerators are available in American English, and they use the customary system. However, you can use a currency other than the U.S. Dollar. When you create a Dynamics 365 organization, you must define your default (base) currency. The base currency applies to all monetary values in the system. More information: Defining default currency for Dynamics 365

Can I connect Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central to the Dynamics 365 industry accelerators?

Currently, the industry accelerators do not have integration with Business Central.

Which licensing and pricing model is required to use the Dynamics 365 education accelerator?

The education accelerator is an extension of Common Data Model. While Common Data Model is free, the education accelerator has modular solutions and may require additional licenses. You can find the licenses the accelerator on its AppSource page. For pricing information, visit the Dynamics 365 pricing page.

Where can I find the latest release notes for the Dynamics 365 education accelerator?

Please visit the education accelerator docs page, or view the most recent release notes. The GitHub repository also includes engineering deliverables, changelogs, and further information about the latest releases.

Where can I find further technical information about the Dynamics 365 education accelerator?

Use the education accelerator GitHub repository to learn how to connect to, extend, build, and contribute to the accelerator. For further technical information, fill out the engagement form.

Where can I find an entity level data model for the Dynamics 365 education accelerator?

The GitHub page for Common Data Model includes information about entities for all accelerators. Navigate to the “Industry Accelerators – Higher Education” section to find the entities specific to the education accelerator.
More information: Entities for the Education Core and Higher Education components

Benefits and capabilities of the Dynamics 365 education accelerator

What are the core capabilities of the Dynamics 365 education accelerator?

The education accelerator encompasses two components: higher education and K-12 education. The higher education component provides access to a business partner dashboard, a holistic student information form, an institutional dashboard, and more. The K-12 education component includes a parent-and-student portal, a standards-based model application template, a student behavior management application, and more. More information: Higher Education component Docs page, K-12 education Docs page

What are the partner benefits of using the Dynamics 365 education accelerator?

The education accelerator helps to reduce the cost and expedite the development of education specific solutions for your customers. The accelerator helps you integrate a school's data from multiple systems to deliver holistic views of student experiences. Partners can leverage data models that are aligned to industry standards. To contribute to the education accelerator as a partner, visit the GitHub repository, and fill out the engagement form.

What are the customer benefits of utilizing the Dynamics 365 education accelerator?

The education accelerator can be used to help improve resource allocation for student success. It allows users to holistically visualize information and in turn improve decision-making. It enhances engagement for all stakeholders for parents, teachers, and students. The accelerator helps to springboard your digital transformation with better use of your data in three ways: 

  • Connecting disparate systems to a single view of student data 

  • Creating more personal and more effective engagement 

  • Teaching and learning in a hybrid environment    

Further questions?

If you have more questions or comments about the education accelerator, email us or check out our community site.