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?

Campus Technology spoke with Texas A&M University, South Arkansas Community College and telecommunications provider Verizon to get insight on how to build an IT infrastructure that supports the ever-changing landscape of 21st century learning.

Meet the Contributors

Headshot: Carol Fox Henrichs, Texas A&M University

Carol Fox Henrichs

Assistant Director, Instructional Technology Services

Texas A&M University
Headshot: Tim Kirk, South Arkansas Community College

Tim Kirk

Chief Information Officer

South Arkansas Community College
Tammy Closs,Senior Consultant, Business Development and Strategic Planning

Tammy Closs

Senior Consultant, Business Development and Strategic Planning

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The Questions

  1. Today's students don't want to be tethered—to a device or a classroom. How does virtualization and cloud computing support this demand for anytime-anywhere-from any device learning?
  2. How do you combat potential threats introduced by personal devices? What policies and technologies do campuses need to protect their network and student privacy while fostering an open, collaborative learning environment?
  3. What applications is your campus using to engage and create a social experience for virtual students?
  4. How does this trend of IT consumerization/BYOD affect campus IT budgets and planning?
  5. What's the one piece of advice you would give to a fellow technology director who is still in the beginning stages of planning for anytime-anywhere learning?

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The Contributors' Answers

About Verizon

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Verizon Enterprise Solutions creates global connections that enable sustainable growth, driving business innovation through awareness and agility, and providing critical risk management that educational institutions need to compete in today's rapidly evolving landscape.

Verizon offers a robust portfolio of leading mobility, cloud and security solutions, providing the campus community with access to school resources regardless of where they are located for learning without borders; enhanced campus services; and business resiliency, intelligence and integration.

Verizon creates solutions designed to deliver a highly adaptive and personalized education that enables learners to work in their own way, at their own pace, in collaboration with an ever-changing network of peers, mentors and educators. To achieve these outcomes, schools must be prepared to make cultural, physical and financial investments—investments in infrastructure, data management and collaboration with other educational institutions, IT service providers and data managers.

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