As technology innovations change how we access educational resources, where students learn and study is also evolving. The traditional school model of traveling to a few central campus locations to hear lectures, use computers, and work with fellow students is following floppy disks and dial-up modems out the door.
The widespread deployment of wireless networks, and the development of powerful mobile computing devices, is breaking down education access barriers and empowering students to seek convenient and innovative learning spaces when, where, and how is most advantageous for them.
Walk into any coffee shop and you’ll probably find more than one table occupied by someone working on an online classroom presentation. Look in the faculty lounge and you might catch a colleague streaming a student’s video presentation. Peek into a library meeting room and you could see students white boarding in virtual classrooms.
Next-generation learning spaces take advantage of today’s advanced mobile technologies to bring anywhere, anytime, secure access to students, faculty and staff on smartphones, tablets, and laptops. For example, many educational institutions are converting older computer labs into creative spaces with wall-mounted flat-screen monitors, individual and group workstations, rows of power outlets, and screaming fast Wi-Fi that students and educators move in and out of at their convenience.
And IT departments benefit from these technologies as well. Virtualization solutions make application and desktop deployments more flexible and scalable. A centralized IT infrastructure is easier to manage and more secure. No more antivirus and security patch rolling deployments, no more panic attacks when someone loses a device with sensitive student data and email addresses, and no more individual Windows OS updates.
The result is student-centric learning experiences that increase education outcomes and better prepare students for life after academics, and an adaptive, modern IT dominion.
Application and desktop virtualization solutions from U2Cloud and Citrix can show you how easy is it to consolidate your campus IT infrastructure, welcome the mobile IT educational model and provide students, administrators, faculty and staff with:
Secure access anytime, anywhere, and on any device
Consolidated IT functions for deploying security updates and patches, OS updates, and new applications
Virtual Windows desktops, education and collaborative apps
Lower costs by extending the lives of legacy apps and older hardware
To learn more about all the benefits of app and desktop virtualization solutions from U2Cloud visit www.u2cloudedu.com/ where you can access a library of resources including whitepapers and videos.