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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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Portland State University rolls out 802.11n and 5760 Series Controller

May 5, 2014 at 10:46 am PST

Portland State University is Oregon’s largest and most diverse public university encompassing 50 city blocks, eight schools, 226 degree programs, 29,000 students, including 1,700 international students from 91 countries, and 126,000 alumni. For the second year in a row, the US News & World Report has named Portland State University a top 10 “up-and-coming” national university in its Best College rankings, released online Sept. 10.

In 2010 Portland was one of the first schools to adopt the Cisco CleanAir capable Access Points 3502 to address the frequent sources of interferences found in a typical school environment. In this blog, I will describe how the students adopt technology to learn as well as share some details about our conversation with Tamarack Birch-Wheeles, the manager of Network Team in charge of the WLAN deployment with the 5760 Series Wireless LAN Controller.

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#HigherEdThursdays: Current Trends and Challenges in Higher Education

April 17, 2014 at 7:46 am PST

We are all seeing colleges and universities across the nation experiencing a massive disruption in how they deliver quality learning experiences to their students.  Those that continue down the path of status quo will miss this shift and become obsolete at best and out of business at best.  In his New York Times article, “Innovation Imperative: Change Everything,” Clayton Christensen says, “Like steam, online education is a disruptive innovation — one that introduces more convenient and affordable products or services that over time transform sectors.”

Changing delivery and business models have become part of the competitive landscape, but they also offer new sources of revenue and expense control for colleges and universities. Education delivery is changing in multiple ways, with increased cross registration in online courses, a growing focus on competency based models, new hybrid and online models, flipped learning, and moves to unbundling educational services, potentially increasing mobility across institutions. The rapid rise of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has also accelerated the pace of change in online delivery models over the last two years. Over the next several years, navigating this landscape will have economic impacts, both positive and negative. It will also force institutions to become more nimble in their strategic positioning. (Moody’s: 2014 Outlook US Higher Education). Read More »

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How Next Generation WLAN Optimizes RoboCup at Bowdoin College

February 19, 2014 at 6:00 am PST

Bowdoin College is a liberal arts college based in the town of Brunswick, Maine. It houses 1839 students in about 100 buildings and offers 33 different majors and 4 minors. The Bowdoin IT Team are pioneering in nature as would be expected from the state whose motto, “Dirigo”, translates to “I lead”; adopting bleeding-edge best-in-class technologies to provide the optimal connected experience for students, faculty, staff and guests. This is counter-balanced with pragmatism in phasing the roll-out of these services.

This next generation pervasive WLAN network enables students to collaborate with each other anywhere on the campus and with the teachers in the classroom. In the previous blog in 2012, we described how Bowdoin upgraded to 3602 Access Points and used the innovative CleanAir technology tie-in with Event Driven Radio Resource Monitoring to optimize WLAN coverage. They also adopted the Cisco Prime and ISE 1.2 for manageability and consistent wired-wireless Policy respectively. In this blog, we will cover more details about the recent upgrade of the Wireless LAN Controller from the previous model WiSM to the new model 5760 and describe highlights of our conversation with Jason and Trevor about the WLAN deployment itself.

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Guest Blog: Migrating High Density University Networks to 802.11ac

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Joe Rogers, Associate Director of Network Engineering for the University of South Florida (USF). Hear Joe speak about his experiences with next-generation wireless in high density environments on next Tuesday’s webinar:  “Migrating Enterprise Networks to 802.11ac” at 10am PST (Dec 17) (Register here)

Joe RogersJoe Rogers is the Associate Director of Network Engineering for the University of South Florida.  He is a graduate of USF’s Computer Science and Engineering program and has worked as a network engineer at USF for the past 20 years.  He is currently responsible for all aspects of USF’s network which provides connectivity to over 100k devices across three campuses.  He’s held a CCIE routing and switching certification since 1999.  When not working, he’s an avid mountain biker (if you can call it “mountain” biking when you live in Florida).

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Universities face some of the most complex design challenges in wireless networking.  Our user population is highly mobile, bandwidth-hungry, and often simultaneously using at least two wireless devices in rooms with hundreds of their classmates.  The wireless network isn’t simply a convenience to them.  It’s critical to their educational success as many of the students are taking tests or working on assignments across the network.

At the University of South Florida, we support over 20,000 concurrent wireless users on our network of over 4,000 access points.  We have more than 90,000 unique devices registered this semester.  Our biggest challenge is designing the wireless network for the device densities in our large classrooms and popular study areas.  In these locations, we often have a thousand devices in a few hundred square feet of space.

We heavily rely on band select to place as many devices as possible on 5Ghz where more channels are available.  Unfortunately many devices such as older tablets and smart phones simply don’t have an 802.11a/n radio.  So we must carefully RF engineer the environment with smaller cells to provide the necessary coverage density. Read More »

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