ICTpost Education Bureau
Education is a very fast moving market that tends to be ahead of the curve when it comes to technology adoption. Schools and universities have been at the vanguard of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and mobility trend, dealing with huge influxes of new devices onto their networks. Addressing student safeguarding concerns is a key requirement for education environments with deep levels of infrastructure visibility.
The buzz recently is all about mobility and preparing your campuses to support wirelessly connected students, faculty and staff. This has been a consuming activity for network administrators throughout academia for the last few years — as it should. But while leaders are improving access, getting greater density in coverage and hardening wireless networks from improper access, they should not forget about the real campus backbone — the wired campus network.
It relates schools’ reasons for installing computer networks, including a drive for increased authenticity in education, and mentions their options of installing wired or wireless networks. The ease of installation and flexibility in physical resource allocation and instructional design of wireless networks, along with the educational benefits they offer to students, make them a viable choice for schools.
All the heavy lifting and support on most campuses is still being done over fiber, coax and twisted pair. access to other campuses or schools, the cloud or Internet services pass through high-bandwidth pipes that must meet the highest levels of security and availability. Therefore, network resiliency and disaster recovery plans begin with a sound Wide area network (Wan) solution that is easily managed and designed to protect the network from vulnerabilities before anyone experiences a failure.
Education institutions need to authenticate all users and devices that want to access wireless services. Advanced network access control solutions automatically scan devices for threats, identify each connected device, and then provide access depending on the device and role of the user. To help identify user roles and access, many institutions are implementing identity and access management strategies.
Mobile device adoption
The increase in mobile device adoption by students, instructors and faculty should come as no surprise to anyone that has followed the education market the past five years, but this trend also shows no sign of disappearing — or even slowing — in the near future. At the same time mobile devices have made a permanent presence on K-20 campuses, the traditional classroom model has also shifted. Online learning has broken down barriers and lifted the constraints of time and location. Students can increasingly choose the learning style that best fits their individual needs.
Educators see great potential in mobile tech for transforming learning. The most commonly expected and sought-after benefits are that mobile tech is engaging for students and that the devices can be used to personalize of instruction to meet the needs of different students. Despite great interest among educators, there are significant barriers to mobile tech adoption. The lack of supportive technology infrastructure is hurdle. Also, professional development and implementation support for teachers is a challenge.