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Mobility Trends in Higher Education

October 27, 2008 - 1 Comment

Welcome to the kickoff of our new video series that will share the trends we’re seeing in vertical markets and how mobility is addressing those developments. In this video, Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, Cisco’s higher education practice lead and Chris Kozup, senior manager of mobility solutions, discuss mobility trends at higher education campuses with three groups in mind – students, faculty and administration staff. These mobility trends are topical as the EDUCAUSE conference starts this week in Orlando, Florida.Tracey opens with reporting that students, between the ages of 18 and 29, are brining an average of nine devices to campus, as well as an expectation for pervasive wireless to maintain consistent connectivity; versus hotspot coverage in only libraries, dorms and social areas. Faculty is changing their teaching formula by doing more with multimedia such as video and podcasts. For example, professors are recording their lectures, and offerings them to students for download, allowing students to review class content while mobile or remote. In addition, a recent study on dual-mode devices found that administrative staff is 35 percent more productive due largely in part to having access to information while on the move. These trends, especially with the sheer number of devices (laptops, gaming systems, cameras, dual-mode devices, etc.) lead universities to look at a network that supports rich content that is created and shared simultaneously and rapidly by both students and faculty. Stay tuned for the next episode. And until then, share with us some of the trends that you are seeing or hearing about on education campuses. What are the developing behaviors that are moving IT to change the role of the network?