Planning the Unplannable: IT Management of Anytime-Anywhere Learning

Learning and instruction are changing in higher education, owing largely to the proliferation of consumer technologies
on today’s campuses.

A growing number of institutions are moving away from the traditional instructor-focused teaching model to a new student-centric approach that favors a more personalized, collaborative, anytime-anywhere—from any device—learning experience. As these colleges and universities move forward, what technologies and policies should they have in place to support their academic needs?

Today’s students don’t want to be tethered—to a device or a classroom. How does virtualization and cloud computing support anytime-anywhere- any-device learning?

learning should be geared toward removing barriers that impede access. This statement is the same as what we said 10 years ago—
the barriers however, have changed. The explosion of mobile devices has created the latest barrier to access. Students do not want their access to be limited to a specific time, to any one device, or to a specific place. The use of cloud computing and virtualization helps to break down barriers of device and place, while time is more closely tied with course design.

Educators are deploying mobile strategies to enable students to learn on the go and when they are able. This type of dynamic learning environment requires robust support to allow students to be able to access learning apps and data from their mobile devices on-the-go.

Virtualization and cloud computing allow campuses to focus resources on core competencies and evaluate how they can enhance those competencies by sharing resources and optimizing service delivery models to ensure
their offerings align to rapidly evolving campus needs.

What policies and technologies do campuses need to have in place to protect both their network and users’ privacy in today’s open, collaborative learning environment?