Hello from EDUCAUSE 2015! I’m checking in from Indianapolis to share a little bit about what has been discussed so far. Yesterday, I heard an excellent general session from Daniel Pink, had the chance to attend multiple sessions on everything from the affordability of course materials to the personalization of the student experience, and spoke to multiple educators and IT professionals about trends they’re seeing in the education technology space.
One of the biggest things that everyone is talking about this year is online learning. EDUCAUSE named e-learning and online education one of its top 10 information technology (IT) issues, and multiple sessions discussed how to best approach the trend. One key takeaway is how e-learning will help engage a new type of student, but presenters stressed that online learning is much more than simply putting your regular course material online—it is a new way of reaching students. I also heard in one session that online education must be both scalable and well-sourced to be successful. It is this insight from technology companies and educational institutions that make EDUCAUSE such a great show!
Building off of the concept of online learning was the much-buzzed-about topic of mobile device management. Data shows that students are on their phones more than ever, and educators are trying to figure out how to best harness mobile devices for use in their classrooms and how to integrate them into the curriculum.
And the undercurrent to both of these ideas is something that we’re passionate about here at Cisco: security. When EDUCAUSE presented their top 10 IT issues for 2016, information security was number one on the list. And for good reason – while the benefits from connected classrooms and e-learning are huge, this interconnectedness also greatly increases the risk of security breaches. Hacks of information in the education world often start from phishing scams, and schools need holistic and agile solutions to help secure their networks and protect their data.
That’s just scratching the surface of what’s being talked about here at EDUCAUSE. Other sessions covered everything from women in higher education IT to envisioning the future of the CIO to how the CIO can collaborate with faculty and administrators to optimize education technology. The Cisco team and I are looking forward to another full day of learning here in Indiana, and will be sharing much more about our key takeaways in a wrap-up blog post after the event concludes. If you’re at EDUCAUSE this year, stop by booth #1302 to say hello to our Cisco team, and make sure to follow along on social media using #EDU2015 and #CiscoEDUCAUSE!
Tags: CIO, Cisco Education, digital learning, educause, elearning, higher education
As EDUCAUSE officially gets underway, I wanted to share with you some of the Cisco Education solutions for the Digital Campus and Digital Learning that we’re demonstrating at our booth. The Internet of Things is making it easier than ever for students and faculty to collaborate, improving schools’ efficiency and expanding education opportunities. We’re so excited about our portfolio of smart, network-centric solutions that are helping to transform classrooms and campuses across the country.
For example, we’ve got a whole host of tools used to create a digital campus – both in the classroom and beyond. Classrooms can use Cisco WebEx for remote or distance learning. Tools like SpeakerTrack, which is a dual-camera system used with a video solutions like Cisco TelePresence that allows participants in a video meeting to see the active speaker on the other end of a call in full view, make remote learning even more immersive and help give students the best possible educational experience. And Cisco Spark allows teams to send messages, video chat and share files all in one place, which enables instructors to work closely together and makes it even easier for students to collaborate on group projects.
Outside the classroom, Cisco has smart solutions to help campuses run efficiently, like smart lighting that helps colleges and universities save on energy costs and smart parking that helps campus parking lots run more smoothly. We also have solutions that focus on the safety and security of your campus. We’re demonstrating FireSIGHT here at EDUCAUSE, which helps identify many aspects of network visibility. This information can be used to automatically prioritize events, modify policy and block threats which save money and improve security.
Additionally, new digital solutions from Cisco partners make it easier than ever for colleges and universities to reap the benefits of collaboration in the classroom. VBrick’s Capture, Transform and Share tools allow instructors and students to maximize the benefits of video collaboration tools, allowing for on-demand viewing and easy editing and sharing. And with CirQlive, you can now easily integrate your Cisco WebEx with your learning management system to improve learning outcomes.
Other tools from our partners help improve campus security. For example, iOmnicient’s Facial Recognition solution can help keep students safe on campus and in dorms. The University of San Francisco is utilizing it right now to control access to their residence halls to keep the students who reside in them safe. Plus, the Splunk Cisco Security Suite can help security teams take full advantage of the information collected across their Cisco security devices and enables a single, comprehensive view for complete situational awareness.
All of these solutions are part of the ongoing digitization of higher education, using the Internet of Things to give administrators and instructors easy, efficient and cost-effective solutions to help them meet their goals: improving student outcomes, increasing efficiency, enhancing safety and security, and expanding research capabilities. If you’re at EDUCAUSE, make sure you stop by our booth, #1121, to see these Cisco Education solutions in action!
Tags: campus security, Cisco Education, Cisco Spark, Cisco TelePresence, Cisco WebEx, digital campus, digital learning, education, educause, elearning, smart parking
EDUCAUSE 2015 – one of the leading events in higher education – will take place starting on October 27th in Indianapolis, Indiana. The conference gives national education experts a chance to hear from industry leaders and learn about the latest technology developments in higher education.
Here at Cisco we’re excited to return to EDUCAUSE again this year as we explore the new possibilities technology and the digitization of education can bring to colleges and universities. This includes solutions that help students to Learn without Limits.
In the past, learning has been limited by time and geographic constraints. But with the Internet of Everything (IoE), new opportunities are opening up for students to move beyond the limits of traditional education. We’re looking forward to exploring how IoE, cloud, mobility, and collaboration technologies – among many others – are being used to help educators engage with students in new and exciting ways. These new environments will help students learn anytime, anyplace, and on any device.
If you’re attending EDUCAUSE 2015, come visit us at Booth 1302, where we will be showcasing some of our Cisco Education solutions. Joining me at the conference will be:
- Mary Schlegelmilch, Business Development Manager, Education
- Tony Morelli, Vice President, SLED East
- Kim Majerus, Vice President, SLED West
We’re also excited that our friends at the Universityof La Verne will be presenting a session at this year’s event on Thursday, October 29th at 8:00 AM in Meeting Room 140 titled, “The Digital Revolution at University of La Verne.” Here are the presenters: Read More »
Tags: Cisco Education, digital campus, digital learning, educause, higher ed, Internet of Everything, IoE
As we’ve observed, in today’s fast-paced digital age, enterprises must continually find new ways to reskill their workforce to remain up to date with technology, develop effective leaders, and innovate new solutions on behalf of their customers. Research from Bersin by Deloitte has found that average employee tenure has decreased from five to seven years to two to three years. As a result, roughly 75 to 90 percent of an organization’s workforce needs continuous reskilling.
Several years ago, we undertook a major initiative to reskill more than 14,000 employees in our Services organization. Our goal: to shift from a “box” culture to a consultative solutions culture. To do this, we needed a different technology platform and a new way of working with our employees.
Human Resources executives worked with Cisco Services and Learning and Development teams to develop a vision for a cloud-based platform that could equip the Services workforce with the skills needed for today and tomorrow. The goal of this internal platform, called Career Connection, was to create a continuous learning workplace culture that could take the Services organization to the next level. The platform we developed enabled Services to build new consultative selling capabilities while elevating existing skills. We also worked to improve engagement and collaboration by providing employees with the much-needed ability to network with mentors and experts and to learn informally from their peers.
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…We lived in a world where each and every child has equal access to a quality education…
…A place where all students can learn new and innovative skills, setting them up for success, even in this ever-changing world that we live in today…
With the amazing technological advancements that have happened in what seems like the blink of an eye, shouldn’t you ask yourself ‘why not’ rather than ‘what if’?
We’re now faced with an unprecedented wealth of data, and the exponential growth in the development of new knowledge is challenging institutions to rethink teaching and learning on a massive scale. The global population is booming, and there is a need to reach each student and prepare the next generation for an increasingly complex and competitive work environment.
The digital era and the Internet of Everything are already radically changing the way most of us live our lives. Technology is allowing us to take a fresh look at the challenges that we face and opening our eyes anew. Whether it’s ensuring access to education in the most remote corners of the globe or using technology to complement traditional learning in fun and creative ways, a digital classroom experience is helping to ensure that students all around the world can truly learn without limits.
Read the full article here: http://blogs.cisco.com/government/wednesdaywalkabout-series-learn-without-limits
Tags: #DigitalTransformation, #internetofeverything, #WednesdayWalkabout, Digital Education, digital government, education, government, Internet of Everything (IOE), Internet of Things (IoT), public sector, Smart Cities, Smart+Connected Communities