Cloud Computing for Higher Education: a Roadmap

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Proceedings of the 2012 IEEE 16th International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design

Cloud Computing for Higher Education: A Roadmap
MD. Anwar Hossain Masud
School of Computing and Mathematics Charles Sturt University Albury, NSW 2640, Australia manwarhossain@csu.edu.au

Xiaodi Huang
School of Computing and Mathematics Charles Sturt University Albury, NSW 2640, Australia xhuang@csu.edu.au

Jianming Yong
School of Information Systems University of Southern Queensland Queensland, Australia jianming.yong@usq.edu.au Abstract--Advances in technology offers new opportunities in enhancing teaching and learning. The new technologies enable individuals to personalize the environment in which they work or learn, a range of tools to meet their interests and needs. In this paper, we try to explore the salient features of the nature and educational potential of ‘cloud computing’ (CC) in order to exploit the affordance of CC in teaching and learning in a higher education context. It is evident that cloud computing has a significant place in the higher education landscape both as a ubiquitous computing tool and a powerful platform. Although, the adoption of cloud computing promises various benefits to an organization, a successful adoption of cloud computing in an organization, particularly in educational institutes requires an understanding of different dynamics and expertise in diverse domains. This paper aims at a roadmap of Cloud Computing for Higher Education (CCHE) which provides with a number of steps for adopting cloud computing. Keywords: Cloud computing, Migration, Roadmap

adopting the benefits of cloud computing through innovative research approaches. The concept of “computing in the cloud” is about the delivery of IT services that run in a web browser; the type of services ranges from adaptations of familiar tools such as email and personal finance to new offerings such as virtual worlds and social networks. Storage of digital data is an important service among these. Cloud computing is a computing platform that resides in a service provider’s large data centre[2] and is able to dynamically provide servers the ability to address a wide range of needs of clients[3]. The cloud is a metaphor for the internet. Some people call it the World Wide Computer. Technically, it is a computing paradigm in which tasks are assigned to a combination of connections, software and services accessed over a network [4]. This network of servers and connections is collectively known as the cloud. Computing at the scale [5][6] of the cloud allows users to access supercomputer-level power. Instead of operating their own data centers, firms might rent computing power and storage capacity from a service provider, paying only for what they use, as they do with electricity or water. This paradigm has also been referred to as “utility computing,” in which computing capacity is treated like any other metered utility service—one pays only for what one uses [7]. The typical uses of cloud computing to academics are: • • It can be used as a personal workspace; A convenient tool to make teaching and learning interactive- has strong potential for social interactivity; Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) used by many people as an alternative to institutionally controlled Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs)/LMS with different personalized tools to meet their own personal needs and preferences; as teachers we are always learning; Provides opportunity for ubiquitous computing;

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INTRODUCTION

Higher education (HE) landscape around the world is in a constant state of flux and evolution, mainly as a result of significant challenges arising from efforts in adopting new and emerging technologies. This is mainly as a result of a new genre of students with learning needs vastly different from their predecessors, and it is increasingly recognized that using technology effectively in higher education is essential to providing...
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