How Higher Ed Is Using Cloud Computing

I set up my mom’s new iPhone recently, while she sat alongside me and watched. At some point in the setup process, it asks if you want to enable Cloud backup. She looked totally confused and asked ‘what’s a cloud’? While I’m willing to bet that most of Edudemic’s readers are way ahead of my mom in understanding what the cloud is, I’m also willing to guess that most readers can’t talk about what the cloud is being used for aside from a general description of ‘data storage’. That is, in fact, correct. The handy infographic below takes it a step further – investigating today’s top cloud innovations in post-secondary education. Keep reading to learn more!

The Cloud and Higher Education

  • 55% of institutions want increased efficiency, and believe that cloud computing is the answer
  • By the end of 2014, 4 out of 5 higher education students are expected to take coursework online
  • 68% of institutions use (or will use) the cloud for conferencing and collaboration
  • 65% of institutions use (or will use) the cloud for storage
  • 65% of institutions use (or will use) the cloud for office/productivity suites
  • 62% of institutions use (or will use) the cloud for messaging
  • 59% of institutions use (or will use) the cloud for computing power
  • MIT, Berkeley, UWashington, UMichigan, Harvard and the University of San Francisco are all using the cloud
  • Many popular services and applications are cloud based, like Evernote, Amazon Web Services, and Prezi

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