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The Not-So-Silent Revolution: The Internet of Everything in Higher Education

September 29, 2014 at 9:13 am PST

Change has come slowly to higher education.  This is understandable given the relative success that the American university system has had in granting four-year degrees that have helped students garner higher long-term earnings.  Regardless, the traditional university system is facing crushing pressure from increasing student loan debt, rising costs, and expectations of hyper-connected students who want to learn anytime, anywhere from any device.

While the MOOC movement raised eyebrows and started people thinking differently about new delivery models, the sort of cataclysmic change some thought would happen with the advent of MOOCs didn’t.  Most institutions, while including some form of virtual learning in their course line-ups, have remained doggedly tied to the traditional, in-person lecture-hall format for the majority of their classes.  Talk about the need for a major revolution.

We believe that the Internet of Everything (IoE) is the catalyst for a revolution that we necessarily need to see in higher education. In fact, I believe that IoE will take the industry by storm.  Successful universities will quickly learn how the IoE can and is helping to create compelling, Connected Learning Experiences for faculty, staff, and students, and then they will begin leveraging this important trend to transform how they’re educating students now and in the future.

IoE is the networked connection of people, process, data, and things and represents the confluence of multiple technology trends: mobility (ubiquitous, high-speed mobile networks, smart devices, and apps); cloud computing, social networks, instant collaboration with anyone, anywhere; data analytics, and finally, an explosion in connected “things,” via inexpensive, intelligent sensors.  IoE brings these elements together with standards-based IP networks, and Cisco projects that it will generate a staggering $19T in value over the next ten years.  Of this, $258B of the IoE value-at-stake will come from solutions for Connected Learning alone.

The network, which is at the heart of IoE, must be stable, scalable, reliable, and capable of handling the increased rate of traffic from the explosion of mobile devices, the use of video, and the implementation of new applications for communications and collaboration.   It must be safe, secure, wired, and wireless, easy to manage and administer, and it must be designed to meet future growth requirements.

A number of universities have embarked on major change initiatives that take advantage of the IoE shift, and they are yielding concrete results: San Jose State University, Duke University, the 4-Virginia Universities, and others.  These institutions are providing ubiquitous wi-fi, access to a world of experts, immersive learning environments, collaborative workspaces, blended learning environments, and a sharing of courses, content, professors, and credit.  They have acknowledged that change is coming and that new technologies are accelerating change.

We are kicking off Educause today in Orlando, and we will undoubtedly be hearing a lot about IoE this week. Come by and visit the team in our booth at #Edu14, and check out this SlideShare to learn more about how IoE is transforming Higher Education.

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Connected Learning for Higher Education at #EDU14

Visit us at EDUCAUSE 2014. We’ll be in booth 1121 and ready to share the latest in Connected Learning for Higher Education.

Edu14 Join us for demonstrations and presentations by education technology experts covering a range of topics, including:

New! Campus Media Experience Come see the Dorm Room of the Future! Whether in a dorm room or on the go via a mobile device, smart and connected systems use student preference location, presence, environmental, and personalized information to deliver a better experience and improved access to services and information. This makes easy for students to:

  • Access Services, entertainment, and academic content
  • Collaborate with Friends, Faculty and Family
  • Call / Video with Campus police and Emergency Notifications
  • Advertising

New! CyberSecurity with SourceFire The 2014 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report indicated 88% of financially motivated incidents with Web App Attacks are not detected by organizations own internal processes and security measures. See how Cisco answers Security through the tight integration of SourceFire and Identity Services Engine (ISE) to be more effective, less cumbersome, and more tightly integrated across the infrastructure; while at the same time improving the end user experience. Other Things to Explore:

  • Collaboration, featuring the new MX Series, which turns any classroom or conference  room into a video collaboration hub
  • Lecture Capture/Transform/Share
  • Mobility & Wireless and BYOD Solutions
  • Data Center & Unified Compute System
  • Cloud Computing

Don’t Miss These Customer Presentations:

Collaboration at San Jose State: Enabling an Unbounded University Tuesday, 09/30/14, 11:40AM -- 12:30PM in Meeting Room W308C/D. This session is listed online at: www.educause.edu/events/e14/corp06

Wireless at Georgia Tech: Enabling a High-Density Classroom Experience Wednesday, 10/01/14, 1:30PM -- 2:20PM in Meeting Room W205A. This session is listed online at: www.educause.edu/events/e14/corp31

Data Center Refresh: Best Practices at the University of Northern Colorado Wednesday, 10/01/14, 4:30PM -- 5:20PM in Meeting Room W310A/B. This session is listed online at: www.educause.edu/events/e14/corp43

Cisco will also have a private meeting room on the show floor where you can meet with subject matter experts for 1:1 briefings. Contact your Cisco account manager for more information, or email education@cisco.com

Follow @CiscoHigherEdu for live updates during the event, and we look forward to seeing you at Educause 2014!

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Statement of Patrick S. Finn on the FCC’s Order to Modernize and Reform the E-Rate Program

“The FCC, under the leadership of Chairman Tom Wheeler, has taken a vital first step toward E-rate modernization and reform today.”

It’s critical that we modernize and reform the E-Rate program to connect all classrooms across the country to high-speed wireless broadband within five years.  Today’s order, which provides an additional $2 billion toward Wi-Fi networking in classrooms over the next two funding years, represents a significant down payment on this goal.  Importantly, the FCC is prioritizing connectivity for students and teachers in the classroom via Wi-Fi for the next two years, with the intention of continuing that funding into the future. It will also help connect rural schools, while mitigating bureaucracy and red tape that impact the ability to quickly deploy the technology schools and libraries need.

To compete and succeed in the global marketplace, our students and teachers need to have access to the world’s libraries, scientific discoveries, and innovative educational tools at their fingertips.  That’s where E-rate comes in. E-rate is the foundation for Internet access in public schools and libraries across America. Read More »

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#HigherEdThursdays – Using Technology to Create Cultural Shifts

July 3, 2014 at 7:34 am PST

Thank you for being a part of our Higher Ed Thursdays conversations.  Today concludes this series, and we’re looking forward to re-starting the discussion near the beginning of the school year.  New trends are emerging for the next phase of our discussion, including how to secure your campus environment and intellectual property, how the Internet of Everything will change higher education, and the finance of higher education.

In this current series, we’ve seen that educators share a common crisis in the delivery of higher learning. They suffer many of the same challenges, with regard to access to quality educational experiences, the need to evolve outdated teaching methodologies, and the imperative to prepare students to become part of the workforce of the future.

To address these challenges, we recommend that the community share a common approach in helping to transform its systems. It can employ an approach that uses technology to create cultural shifts, modernize teaching and learning to prepare learners for next-generation careers, and effectively scale these modifications. Read More »

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#ISTE2014 – Beyond Connectedness to the Internet of Everything

July 1, 2014 at 11:29 am PST

ISTE2014 logoISTE 2014 marks the launch of summertime for many educators as they come together to connect and share ideas about technology and innovation.  Unsurprisingly, the theme of “connectedness” continues with this year’s show in Atlanta.  The ability for schools to connect to the Internet and help make access to technology ubiquitous is changing learning in ways we probably never imagined: students can now take virtual field trips; they can access almost any information any time with the touch of a button, and traditional textbooks are going digital.  Rapid advances in technology are accelerating change.

In 2015, 25 billion devices will be connected to the Internet.  More things are connected to the Internet than there are people in the world.   By 2020, that number will double to 50 billion devices, and each person will have an average 6.58 devices.  We know that Internet of Things (IoT) connections will grow from two billion to six billion in the next five years, producing an enormous amount of information. Read More »

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