Mobile computing is growing faster than anyone can keep up. Historically, higher education has a mixed track record when it comes to emerging technology. On one hand, university-sponsored research can push technology to new heights. On the other hand, IT departments have struggled to meet student and faculty demand for adoption of new technology, such as mobile computing.
The amazing growth of mobile-device use among consumers is creating challenges for colleges, especially when it comes to bandwidth demand and the need for cloud computing. While the exact uses for mobile technology on college campuses are still unclear, the demand for access is growing:
Mobile computing has been described as the third digital revolution (following broadband Internet and social networking). For many, “there’s an app for that” is not just a marketing slogan but a tenet of life in the 21st century—we expect to be able to do anything on our mobile devices that we can do on any other computer. Younger generations, who never knew a world without mobile devices, have incorporated mobile technologies into the fabric of their lives and have done so on their own terms. As a result, they have high expectations for what they will be able to do with those devices on campus.
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A recent report from Cisco reveals stunning numbers on the growth of mobile computing in 2012 and offers a glimpse into the future of computing on the go. Here are a few of the most impressive statistics: