Distributed Campus

Networking supports MOOC success

Where to turn for ideas and inspiration in launching and managing MOOCs

Michigan State University’s first massive open online course—Metropolitan Agriculture Value Creation—attracted 400 people from around the globe interested in learning about new ways to produce food in urban areas. Launched in March 2012, the course was built on a WordPress website and students communicated with one another via Facebook and Twitter.

Colleges and universities begin to assess the benefits of MOOCs

Higher educatioin finds that a primary benefit of MOOCs is data that can be used to improve teaching methods

When Cornell University joined the edX consortium last May, the impetus came not only from professors who wanted to offer MOOCs but also from prospective students who were asking admissions officers about whether the university provided these courses.

“They were hearing from high school students that if you are going to be a modern university, you have to participate in this,” says Joe Burns, Cornell’s dean of faculty and member of a committee that considered whether the university should affiliate with a consortium.

Device Management Across the Network

A look at the modern network’s watchful eye, powered by tools to tag, clean, and clear devices used across campus for safe network access

College and university networks present opportunities to manage devices remotely, often automatically. Automating device management via the network saves students, faculty, and staff time and allows institutions to direct resources and efforts to the core business of higher education: learning.