Better connected education: future classroom & campus #theta2015

Better connected education – The future classroom & campus
Sue Bryant (Huawei)

Education, its role, and its delivery is changing especially with respect to ICT (as is everything else in the world). It’s starting to become more like a business. [This is my sadface: 🙁 ] Rise in number of foreign students, and increase in offshore branches [especially for Australia]. “Technology is the equaliser” [for those that have the technology].

How we learn is changing: passive learning vs proactive learning.
Learning pyramid from lower to higher retention rates: lecture, reading, av, demo, discussion, practice, teaching others.

Virtual interactive campus – need to think about pre-class preparation; in-class teaching; after-class coaching; extracurricular learning.
Collaborative learning platforms to support interactive classrooms: primary classroom but also remote classroom; learning at home; mobile technology [learning on the bus, in the waiting room, etc]
Envisaging everything cloud-based so teacher can create lesson or preview and send to class before / during. Different teaching aids. Homework / discussion forums post-class. Students can go to portal to see schedule, who’s in class, tools to manage education.

[Slides reference “ICT in education in New Zealand, agenda for the future” but I only find ICT in schools.] China has an “ICT in Education” 10-year plan.

[Vast amount of data on slides here; everyone’s frantically taking photos; I’m assuming the slides will go up somewhere sometime.]

Internet of Things may not be huge at universities, but many looking at smart cities. Hi-def video not currently developing over a network but in future could do so over 5G. Students expect to BYOD and use these so need to accommodate them as we move forward (and work out there are security mechanisms in place!) eBooks and ereaders/”ebook tablets”. Community clouds – virtual private clouds, an ‘ecosystem’ of people. Image / data management – enabling the digital library. SDN (software defined networking) – creating a network that’s application-aware – eg when there’s requirements around latency.

Back to 5G: currently we’re limited to thousands of connections per cellsite; on 5G we’re talking millions. Lagency is 50 times lower. Transfer speed 60 timex quicker.

“[technology] is the pen and paper of our time” – David Warlick

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