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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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Educause 2013: It’s All About Engagement

Educause 2013 brought together the country’s greatest minds in higher education to discuss the future of learning. We’ve come away from this year’s conference with a lot to think about – the role of mobile devices in the classroom, new technology implementations and turning the traditional classroom upside down. But throughout all of these different discussions, the common thread throughout the conference was engagement.

At the Cisco booth, we featured solutions that can help engage students through the use of video.  Cisco partner Vyopta demonstrated how Cisco® Lecture Vision and Vyopta vPublish, work together to manage the entire lecture-capture process, from recording content to managing media assets to streaming on demand. Read how San Jose State University is using this tool to deliver 51 next-generation learning spaces across campus.

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Day 2 of Educause 2013: Videoconferencing, Engagement and the Student Experience

October 18, 2013 at 9:06 am PST

Day 2 of Educause 2013 has been both information-filled and somewhat fascinating. During the general session this morning, author and renowned game designer, Jane McGonigal, shared some intriguing facts about the power of gaming in higher education. A few facts she shared that I found especially interesting included -- 71% of employees are not engaged (at a cost of 300 billion dollars per year), and that the longer you stay in school, the less engaged you become.

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Robot Soccer? Staying Connected at Bowdoin College

October 15, 2013 at 2:14 pm PST

As our team has prepared for Educause 2013 this week, we have been talking a lot about technology in higher education and how it’s impacting colleges, universities, students and staff. Of course, robot soccer was not the first thing that came to mind, but it’s a great example of how different technologies are changing education forever.

Bowdoin College, which you may remember from last year’s #1 Most Connected College, is one of my favorite case studies because it points out that people have to TRUST technology for it to really be effective. Trust is a big word, really – I know I’m not the only person who is a little gun shy when I think about updating my phone to a new software version. So, when a professor has a class full of students and says “let’s all stream this video right now”, it’s important that it actually works – or professors risk losing student attention, losing time and facing maximum frustration levels.

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