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Building a Learner-Centered Model

Teaching and learning models that encourage learner-centered education and mass participation are redefining higher education. The mobile Internet, online learning, and other IT technologies and applications present more open, innovative approaches to higher learning.

Educators have found that learner-centered approaches to improve the efficiency of core teaching and resource-sharing services in colleges and universities are accelerated by using informatization.

Four major technology trends illustrate the benefits ICT offers to these institutions:

Mobile Availability

As the mobile Internet grows, more curriculum services and applications will be offered through smart phones and tablet computers that have been designed to suit different learning styles and teaching approaches. To succeed, WLAN networks must implement ‘seamless campuses’ that are flexible, deploy quickly, maintain low failure rates, and eliminate gaps in coverage.

Resources in the Cloud

Universities worldwide have an increasing need for new IT platforms and technologies, though high construction and O&M costs are often a constraining factor for investing in new technology, particularly in developing countries. The cost structure of cloud computing makes it possible to help every university meet new IT requirements within limited budgets.

Cloud computing provides dynamic, scalable resource allocation for IT services and is capable of charging users based on actual use. Cross-platform environments enable schools and departments to customize their information systems within a single, multi-variant framework.

Big Data for Teaching and Management

Educational institutions are improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the learning process by improving the accuracy of their Big Data measurement and analytics tools as related to the large amounts of data generated by Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), social media, and email.

Compared with traditional online courses, MOOCs provide interactive user forums to support communication between students, professors, and teaching assistants. In the U.S., a single MOOC platform includes 70 course providers. In the U.K., more than 470,000 students are registered on MOOC platforms.

Big Data analysis of data generated by MOOCs helps academic institutions direct the transformation of online teaching and learning. By analyzing course feedback, institutions can provide students with personalized and collaborative learning experiences that help reduce dropout rates and prevent students from losing money on dropped courses.

Connected Silos

A stable, efficient network with adequate bandwidth is essential for any ICT-based education model, and reference designs are expected to include campus-wide wireless networks, cloud-based resource sharing, and cross-region eClass platforms.

The Huawei Agile Network Solution is based on Software-Defined Networking (SDN) principles that include: full programmability, quality awareness, and smooth evolution. The solution enables operators to launch services on the order of four times faster than comparable alternatives. For greater productivity and information sharing, the Huawei solution also inter-connects the information silos that separate systems and departments.

By Wang Yang

Product Manager, Network Switch Solutions, Enterprise Business Group, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.