The emergence of wireless networking and advanced broadband - especially scalable technologies based on the cloud, has revolutionised how universities view education. Education has transformed - from a one off activity of taking classes, to a comprehensive ecosystem of services. Students these days rely heavily on technology and network availability to carry out the bulk of their academic activities and it is crucial for universities- where students spend maximum of their time, to be prepared: network infrastructure wise, to cope with this increasing and perennial demand. In order to reap full benefits of these emerging technologies, it is important for the leaders in education and policy makers to understand these technologies and incorporate technology as a part of their long term strategy going forward.
The ability to study where and what you want requires access to the Internet and study skills will be enhanced by using a wireless, (WiFi), connection to the Internet. Wireless network adaptors are pretty much standard equipment for laptop computers these days. Most tertiary level education establishments have wireless router broadband connections, which allow several devices to connect to the Internet at the same time. The wireless routers convert and broadcast the signals coming down the telephone wires in a specific area – such as a lecture theatre or halls of residence – and work in the same way as a cordless telephone.
WiFi plays a key role in the lives of university students. Research published by facilities management company, Sodexo, found that 79% of UK students considered WiFi to be the most important service in their university environment.
It’s undeniable that the Internet is an excellent education resource for students. Jisc’s student digital experience tracker surveys university students and their data reveals that 97% of higher education students find information online on a weekly basis during their course. All this data further emphasises the crucial role that a seamless Internet connection plays to facilitate a smooth flow of education content to the students.
We shall now further explain in detail why WiFi is crucial for Universities to ensure an innovative, technologically capable and interactive learning ecosystem.
As more and more students use mobile devices on campus to do things like, working on homework, checking their social feeds and watching YouTube, IT teams have had to rethink how to deliver and manage the growing demand for faster and more reliable campus WiFi performance. In the past few years the volume of mobile devices on college and university campuses has increased dramatically, with little to no signs of slowing down, leaving most schools scrambling to support the increased load on their campus wireless networks. For example, Midland University discovered that mobile devices accounted for over 60% of the total number of all devices connecting to their network. This is a common trend and one that is likely to only increase. To manage this increasing demand in a smooth, transient manner that is also cost effective is the top priority of IT teams at global universities. Investing in a robust, all-integrated, flexible cloud based WiFi service might prove to be the most cost effective solution to meet the rising demand for better WiFi connectivity at the university campus of the future.