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HP in Higher Education

The Corbel Blog

By the time students enter the voluntary stages of their education, it is hoped that many of them have some kind of burgeoning career plan, or at least an emerging idea or two.

Looking back on ‘old school’ college days the notion of a hand-held computer with messaging, a camera, GPS, Scrabble and an ‘Internet of Things’ was about as absurd as a telephone in a wrist watch, or a whole record collection in your top pocket.

Now you can read all about the rise and fall of any Empire in history, dip into cutting edge particle physics, talk to relatives, friends and strangers half way across the world (or even half way across the room), go shopping, make movies and publish them instantly for an audience numbering billions… all from the comfort of wherever you happen to be.

For today’s college student, all of the above is part of everyday life – an ever-growing army of tech-savvy young adults with high expectations, bringing with them an array of smartphones, laptops and tablets.

BYOD alone opens a whole new can of worms. How do you ensure both institutional devices and personal devices consistently deliver curriculum material, communications and scheduling; or grant access to portals and intranets?

How do you keep social and academic identities separate; while delivering coursework and services in and out of classes, and inside and outside of college?

In addition to this ‘IoT’ swarm, the college will also be running a host of desktops, workstations, printers, and more sophisticated HPC devices – in addition to the backline IT for the institution itself – Admin, HR, Accounts, Facilities, Food Service and more.

With just a small handful of IT support staff providing for hundreds, sometimes thousands of students; all of the solutions and services at this level have to ‘just work’ out of the box, and to continue to do so with minimum intervention.

Requirements therefore at this level include:

  • Pervasive connectivity
  • Consistent user experience regardless of device
  • Extended and extensible features for utility and relevance over a longer life-span
  • Sandboxing allowing firewalled academic and social identities
  • Security mechanisms for theft deterrenceToday, proportionally more people than ever before are going to college, studying courses that are increasingly reliant on technology to deliver curricula, and being prepared for a world where technology is now a permanent fixture.The thought behind the technology we implement in colleges now needs to accommodate a long term view – enabling students to achieve their goals and embrace a technology-reliant future, while also ensuring the future utility of any infrastructure investment.Are you interested in learning more about HP Innovation for Schools and how we can help?

    Reference: Westcoast HP http://hpinnovationineducation.blogspot.co.uk/