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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Tags: bowdoin, Cisco, cleanair, college, customer, deployment, education, higher education, IPv6 in WLAN, IT, next-generation, roll-out, rollout, services, technology, university, wi-fi, wifi, wireless
Florida Polytechnic University Vice President and CIO Tom Hull joined Cisco Vice President Pat Finn via TelePresence at the CSN Tech Connection at the College of Southern Nevada on January 15th.
As Florida Polytechnic University’s Chief Information Officer, my job is to ensure the University uses modern and emerging technologies to offer our students experiential learning opportunities. The higher education industry is undergoing a paradigm shift in which technology for teaching and learning is a part of the educational ecosystem and something that students expect. At Florida Poly, we need to use these technologies to give students the best learning experience possible.
Our Vision for the Future
Florida Poly’s vision is to be a bright star in the high-tech corridor we’re building in Central Florida, creating a Silicon Valley-like environment. We’re going to accomplish this vision by building an extremely modern campus (probably the most modern in the United States) with technologically advanced features available to students and faculty. In addition to the features our campus itself will offer, we have applied research, a bright faculty leading advanced programs and higher education partnerships with industry organizations to help us accomplish our mission and vision.
Our university’s architecture will be student-centric, and our technological foundation will be a Florida Poly cloud that includes all emerging technology in the world of higher education. This cloud will be accessible to both students and faculty and will feature a student information system that will provide an easy way for students, faculty and staff to obtain resources. This cloud will also include a virtual library environment that has access to digital databases and research repositories, essentially replacing the traditional library system. Read More »
Tags: cloud, edtech, FLPoly, FLPolyMovie, higher education, hybrid learning, mlearning, online learning, STEAM, stem
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 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).
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 »
Tags: 5Ghz, 802.11, 802.11ac, band select, bandwidth, Cisco, college, guest blog, high density, higher education, migrating, network, network engineer, next-generation wireless, rf, Smart phone, student, tablet, university, user population, webinar, wireless
It’s amazing to think about the way a traditional classroom operated only a few years ago. As Renee Patton recently pointed out in her blog post, there were rules, there were barriers, and they were all kept within the confines of an educational institution. As technology has advanced, those rules have been challenged, barriers overcome, and an entirely new era of learning has emerged.
The collaborative nature of education, educators and learners has allowed new technologies to thrive and innovation to accelerate. We’re flipping classrooms, implementing mobile learning programs and developing entirely new ways for students to connect and engage. And we’re looking with excitement toward a future that will continually change the way we teach and learn. Read More »
Tags: Cisco Unified Access, connected learning, edtech, edu13, education, educause, higher education, ICT, IT, learning, lecture capture, UCS, virtual desktop
With students and teachers heading back to school, I’ve been thinking about when attended high school and college. For me, collaboration meant getting together with study groups, phone calls for homework help and office hours with teachers. For my two children – one a college junior and one college freshman – I have seen streaming video, text messages and online sessions with educators thousands of miles away turn our kitchen table into a classroom with a simple click of a button.
Beyond convenience and the overwhelming coolness factor of being able to connect virtually with teachers and classmates, I often wonder how technology will impact education and careers in the long run. Collaboration software is pervasive on many campuses, transforming the learning process, academic research and the relationship between students and instructors. With the advent of BYOD and mobile technology, collaboration is even becoming more accessible. Will the integration of collaboration in their education translate into career skills?
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Tags: Career, distance learning, employment, flipped classroom, higher ed, higher education, Internet of Everything, internet of things, IoE, IoT, jobs, K-12, mobile collaboration, network, teaching, video, video conferencing, videoconference