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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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Last Minute Mobility Tips for Cisco Live! Orlando: Get the Ent Networks App!

Cisco Ent Networks AppIf you’re at CiscoLive Orlando, and you didn’t catch the Mobility Guides Part 1 and Part 2, you’re going to want two things: have the Cisco Ent Networks app downloaded onto your smartphone or tablet an you’re going to want to find the Enterprise Networks booth. As of Cisco Live! London there has been a new module to the applet just for mobility items!

For the booth, we’re in the back, dead center.  For the Ent Networks App, use your magic QR code reader and scan the code to the right.  Should work on most Android and iDevices.

That, and don’t forget to go to Rob Soderbery’s keynote! Seriously--DO NOT MISS THIS.

Your Enterprise Network: Getting You Where You Want to Go

Is your enterprise network ready to take you where you want to go? Will it support the business applications that you are being asked to support? In this keynote, you will hear how Cisco is unifying access, building out new network services and making the network more manageable so you can meet the coming needs of your organization. We will also show you how you can support more aspects of your business using the network as a platform for the Internet of Things.
Monday, June 24, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Read More »

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A Mobility Guide to Cisco Live! Orlando Part II

We’re just a few days away from joining the record-breaking attendance at Cisco Live! in Orlando!

It’s been a busy week with the Internet of Everything and Connected Mobile Experiences project launch in Nice, the SITA Air Transport IT Summit in Brussels, and the recent news that our very own Cisco Aironet 3600 Series AP is the first publicly announced WFA 802.11ac certified commercial enterprise access point--that was a mouthful! Next week is busy too: ISTE in San Antonio, HITEC in Minneapolis, and, of course, Cisco Live! in Orlando.

This is Part 2 of the Mobility Guide to Cisco Live! Orlando:  Whether you’re in person or not, follow the whole thread on Twitter at #CLUS and follow @Cisco_Mobility for specific coverage.

In part I of the mobility guide, I gave a laundry list of some very special mobility-focused sessions in Orlando--here they are split out by days, plus some fun activities you should make sure not to miss!

Monday, 6/24
8:00 am RF Standards Update, Brian Hart

10:00 am Beyond BYOD, One Policy, One Management, One Network, Prashanth Shenoy

10:00 am AND 1:00 pm CCNA Wireless, Master the 802.11 protocols, Jerome Henry

3:30pm Solutions Keynote: Enterprise Networking presented by Rob Soderbury [editor's note: it's MONDAY not Tuesday--corrected in the last post] Read More »

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TOMORROW Starts Here. I hope you are ready for it.

Hello Cisco Live attendees!  As your host this year, I am looking forward to seeing you at Cisco Live in Orlando, running June 23rd through June 27th.  We have an incredible time planned for you and already, with record attendance, we are certain this will be the best show yet!

This year’s Cisco Live is dedicated to you – our customers – and how together we are changing the world.  As we enter an era of The Internet of Everything (#IoE), the role of the network is growing and shaping the future of the ICT industry.

While it’s my first year as your host, I’m a 14 –year Cisco veteran and a huge Cisco Live fan. I’ve been attending Cisco Livefor years, and whether its Anaheim, San Diego or Orlando, this is my favorite event of the year. I know first-hand how valuable this event is for you and for the entire Cisco team. There is no better opportunity for fellow innovators and Cisco experts to meet with and learn from each other. Read More »

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