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Cloud Computing in Higher Education: Opportunities and Issues

Cloud Computing in Higher Education: Opportunities and Issues
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Author(s): P. Sasikala (Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, India)
Copyright: 2011
Volume: 1
Issue: 2
Pages: 13
Source title: International Journal of Cloud Applications and Computing (IJCAC)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: B. B. Gupta (National Institute of Technology Kurukshtra, India) and Dharma P. Agrawal (University of Cincinnati, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/ijcac.2011040101

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Abstract

Cloud Computing promises novel and valuable capabilities for computer users and is explored in all possible areas of information technology dependant fields. However, the literature suffers from hype and divergent definitions and viewpoints. Cloud powered higher education can gain significant flexibility and agility. Higher education policy makers must assume activist roles in the shift towards cloud computing. Classroom experiences show it is a better tool for teaching and collaboration. As it is an emerging service technology, there is a need for standardization of services and customized implementation. Its evolution can change the facets of rural education. It is important as a possible means of driving down the capital and total costs of IT. This paper examines and discusses the concept of Cloud Computing from the perspectives of diverse technologists, cloud standards, services available today, the status of cloud particularly in higher education, and future implications.

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