When the pandemic hit, community college leaders scrambled to find technology solutions that support remote learning. In this excerpt from a recent CDW Tech Talk webcast, learn how IT leaders and educators at Montcalm Community College found innovative ways to prevent academic disruption.
As higher education institutions have worked to address the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic — including lockdown restrictions, financial pressures and the need to deliver online instruction — many have found a silver lining of innovation. In a conversation with EdTech, three experts say the pandemic has provided a new perspective on long-time challenges and, in many cases, spurred creative solutions.
The Northeast Ohio CyberConsortium, launched in 2015 by Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic, has grown into a multimember, multi-industry information security analysis organization. In addition to sharing threat intelligence, members engage in peer-to-peer education and support and are developing a pipeline of new cybersecurity talent. The consortium also creates opportunities for members to share resources and leverage IT spending.
As higher education has shifted among remote, in-person and hybrid learning experiences this year, many leaders believe flexible learning environments are here to stay. To that end, Cisco this fall debuted Webex Classrooms, a collaboration platform that can provide learning management system functionality or integrate with an existing LMS. To facilitate on-campus learning, Cisco's DNA Spaces uses network-based location analytics to provide insight into networked devices for a variety of use cases.
On many campuses, openness and independence are among the traditional cornerstones of academic freedom. Yet in the technology-driven environments of today's colleges, particularly at research-intensive institutions, IT leaders must strive to balance that openness with the need to keep data secure. Similarly, colleges must achieve a balance between the emphasis on data-driven instruction and decision-making and the imperative to protect privacy. Automated tools are making it easier to address both aims, even as colleges dramatically scale the amount of data they process.