5 Tips to Keeping Your College’s BYOD Control in Check
BYOD is a common expectation of today’s college students. But what happens when students abuse it, or when a professor or administrator loses control of what students do on the network? Xirrus's Bruce Miller says that this is a common struggle in today's higher education institutions, and that colleges should consider keeping network access under control. Five major ways colleges can keep their BYOD access in check is by covering use cases, deciding how much control a class needs, bringing in a third party, getting granular with control and upping the in-class engagement.
UMass Lowell Making Learning Leaps with Lecture Capture Initiative
When students started struggling in an enhanced calculus class back in 2005, Randy Tyndall and his team wanted to install a solution to help. Their solution of choice was a lecture capture system by Echo360, which enabled professors to capture lectures and computer demonstrations on a single screen for students to view after class. Lecture capture has also upped active learning among students, encouraged flipping the classroom, deepened distance learning, increased student retention rates and made it easier for professors to archive their lectures.
Coastal Bend College “REVELs” In Learning Success with Pearson
With digital learning on the rise, Costal Bend College invested in REVEL, an immersive learning, online-based platform for students to supplement their classroom learning. Professors like Karl Clarkare using REVEL to assign videos and reading assignments to students, and have direct, digital communication with students if they are struggling with a certain topic. Students can use REVEL to complete additional assignments, and to check their understanding of course material with quizzes and simulations. REVEL is purchased on a per-class basis.
Managing the Cloud: How Colleges Can Prepare for the Big Bad Breach
Even though the Cloud is a popular storage system for colleges and universities, it also comes with big risks and potential data breaches. Cloud experts shed light on where a college’s network vulnerabilities lie, and how to prepare for a breach. The experts also reveals key tips on how to boost data protection while using the Cloud, which include making sure IT is up to speed, checking out local laws, tightening identity management, and deciding where information will be hosted.
Moravian College Modifies Its Wireless Network to Make Students Happy
After students consistently complained about Moravian College’s spotty network, Scott Hughes knew something had to be done. Moravian College and Alcatel-Lucent teamed up to revamp the network. The new network was a success, and can be accessed from any location on campus. Now, students are happier, the college’s Mac Book Pro and BYOD initiatives are supported, and the network is integrated into the college’s curriculum.
UMass Lowell Improves Students’ Academic Success with vLabs and Zero Client Devices
UMass Lowell recently installed vLabs and zero client devices to enable students to access lab assignments without actually going to the lab. vLabs is an app-based feature that enables students to access lab work through a portal; zero clients are server-based virtual devices that run like a PC, but take up less space than a computer. Combined, this solution has cut back on energy costs in UMass Lowell’s labs, and saves its commuting students time. The university’s IT team says it has also improved students’ academic success and makes the university stand out as one of the only colleges in the Northeast that has this solution.
The Battle Against BYOD: How to Mediate Students’ Relationship with Technology in the Classroom
Some professors struggle to keep students engaged in the classroom. Some professors even feel that technology is such a distraction to students that they ban technology in the classroom altogether. However, banning technology in the classroom may diminish students’ interest in a lecture, especially since today’s students expect to learn via technology. Instead of banning technology, professors should consider accepting technology in their classrooms, and include themselves in students’ relationship with technology. By encouraging a positive relationship with technology, professors will keep students engaged in the classroom and learn how to control technology usage in their classrooms.