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6 IT trends to watch on campus in 2013

Campus IT departments might be considered the vanguard of enterprise computing. Each new year brings students with more devices that need to connect to a network already supporting university administration, faculty, researchers and a heavy Netflix habit.

As CTOs look for new products, tools, applications and equipment in 2013, here are six trends to watch, according to higher-ed IT leaders interviewed by Campus Technology.

1. Big data beyond the basics. Big data will help institutions build model student profiles that can be used to target for admission those students most likely to be successful.

2. Faster course corrections. Universities will use big data to assess course feedback and quickly make curricula changes.

3. Pressure from BYOD. As students bring an ever increasing number and variety of wireless devices to campus, Wi-Fi networks, tools and support will quickly evolve to meet increased demand.

4. Platform-independent computing gains ground. IT departments will soon support all devices and platforms. Look for virtual desktop environments will allow students run any software, regardless of location or device.

5. Mobile apps are a go. Moving away from broadcast publishing, more schools will develop mobile apps that let users access only the information they need.
 
6. Growth of educational social media. Social media like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ will be integrated into the curriculum for the real-time, real-world collaboration they enable.

Posted by David Hubler on Jan 18, 2013 at 9:39 AM


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