By Chris Witeck and Nicole Nesrsta
When you talk to colleges and universities and ask them what challenges they face today, you often hear responses centered on serving more students and at the same time, ensuring better outcomes for these students.
As mobile devices and mobility solutions become more common amongst schools and with students, faculty
Citrix and other solution providers are striving to help schools bridge this gap and design a campus mobility strategy that takes advantage of the newest technology while also utilizing their legacy equipment. This type of strategy allows schools to provide an equal learning experience regardless of each student's socioeconomic status. When IT services and resources can work anywhere and on any device, it makes other critical technology initiatives—like BYOD, collaborative learning spaces, and flipped classrooms—easy to introduce and expand.
With programs like these in place, you increase learning continuity and reach students in completely new ways. If you can deliver any application, even heavy applications like AutoCAD and SPSS, to any device, whether it is a MacBook Air or inexpensive Chromebook, you level the playing field for education. In the past, if a student hoped to someday be an engineer, those dreams could easily be shattered due to the inability to afford the expensive software or device required for the classes. In addition, with
The next level of IT responsibility will be to address student engagement and success through technology solutions and services. It is no longer enough to put a tablet or laptop in every student's hand and expect them to instantly improve test scores and graduation rates. However, with the rise of the Internet of Things (
Citrix recently talked in detail to many different colleges and universities both in the United States and globally, and what we wanted to gain from these conversations is insight on how the Internet of Things (IoT) can improve how colleges and universities engage with their students. In those
These conversations revealed that this would be no simple task, as we saw many different definitions and implementations of blended/hybrid learning across the range of colleges and universities that we talked to. Some of the schools define blended learning as a way to enhance the
With that framework in mind, we started looking at how we could use IoT to help automate the classroom. Our goal is to use IoT to link together all of the classroom elements: devices, projectors, screens, cameras, microphones, lecture capture systems, learning management systems, etc….
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The goal is to do this simply, allowing IT and instructors to define in advance their classroom preferences and to then automate the rest. Further simplifying making classroom content easily accessible to students, when and where they need it.
The escalating cost of higher education is forcing greater scrutiny on the value provided to students while the advance of mobility combined with emerging technologies has the potential to disrupt the status quo. How will schools respond? By focusing even more on student outcomes; and leveraging and adapting these new technologies to make education more accessible to everyone, and more adaptable to the student's needs. Will this all make a difference? We think so, although the next few years may see disruptions to traditional learning experiences as institutions experiment with and embrace new strategies. Throughout all of these changes, Citrix is ready to provide our customers a helping hand whether that is helping to design a campus-wide mobility strategy or looking forward to the IoT enabled learning experience.
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