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Transforming the Student Experience with Mobility

Posted On: May 05, 2016

Topic: Multi-Cloud

blog_student.jpgUniversities have long been a hub for communication and collaboration, fostering innovation through learning and research. Students in the educational system today are digital natives, expecting to use technology to enhance their learning and are bringing their own devices to do so. More than 1 in 4 higher education students now take at least one distance-learning course according to the Babson Survey Research Group, and that number will only continue to rise.  

As connected learning and global research continues to define the next-generation of education, institutions are looking to integrate mobile technology across the entire campus to enhance the educational experience, but face the challenges of aging infrastructure and low bandwidth to meet the technical requirements of today’s connected classrooms.

Education, Mobile Devices and Collaboration

As the educational community continues on its quest to increase the speed and reach of academic learning and discussion through open communication and the free exchange of ideas on a global basis, they are turning to solutions that will advance that agenda. Mobile solutions help to break down borders, whether geographical or social, allowing collaboration and education to flourish as never before.

Just a few years ago the challenge was to get a computer into the hands of every student. Today, that challenge also includes a struggle with provisioning and managing mobile devices and delivering sufficient wireless bandwidth. Even as educational spending predictions exceeded $67 billion for 2015, effective mobile solutions have lagged behind. Gartner attributes this to the fragmented device landscape, which has impeded the development of true mobile-ready learning materials.  

According to Gartner, “The need to find people and ideas and communicate and collaborate on a global scale has always been fundamental to the higher education community.” Looking back over the history of educational institutions, open sharing of ideas across cultural and social boundaries has always been a fundamental part of the education process. Mobile solutions provide a way to facilitate collaboration for students and faculty through educational content, media and websites, creating an unprecedented interactive and engaging learning environment.

Meeting The Mobility Challenge for IT

While great for students and faculty, mobility presents a large challenge for IT. Educational institutions are tasked with developing a mobile strategy that empowers both students and faculty with anytime, anywhere mobile access to educational resources, while also ensuring student and faculty privacy and meeting tight budget constraints. The current trends are forcing a need to go beyond basic mobile device management to add services like pushing apps, managing content and building custom apps.

IT teams need to look at a mobile device management (MDM) strategy that will ultimately ease the burden of managing mobility while meeting growing demands.  With an MDM solution in place, IT teams can:

  • Deploy a broad range of personal, school or lab devices
  • Track all mobile assets deployed across campus
  • Configure consistent policies, settings and restrictions
  • Enable secure access to school networks and resources
  • Distribute and manage in-house or purchased apps
  • Secure distribution and mobile access to educational content
  • Enable shared devices with multi-user management
  • Remotely wipe school assets from compromised devices

Providing secure mobile access to educational resources, on the devices of choice for students and faculty, that ensures privacy and meets budget constraints, poses hurdles. OneNeck IT Solutions has expertise helping educational institutions find the the balance between mobile user access and keeping the network and its data secure. From wireless networking and cloud infrastructure to mobility and security, OneNeck works within your budget to identify new strategies to meet your evolving connected classroom demands.

Learn more here.