Digital transformation is happening on campuses across the nation--but how do you get your campus there?

5 essentials of digital transformation on campus


Digital transformation is happening on campuses across the nation--but how do you get your campus there?

Schools that digitally transform thrive. Campus leaders who embrace digital transformation to create an intelligent campus make great strides in actively engaging students and teachers to deliver personalized learning that empowers student success.

Digital transformation and successful 21st century teaching and learning is powered by student-centric services, smart campus foundations, campus resiliency, and education continuity.

Here are some components of digital transformation–and why they matter for everyone on your campus.

1. Wi-Fi 6: Wi-Fi is indispensable for many applications, including teaching and learning, as well as providing connectivity to IoT objects on campus. Secure and high-performance Wi-Fi supports smart devices, including sensors and CCTV cameras, as well as digital campus services such as mobile applications and location-based services.

2. Digital classrooms: Today’s students have never been without the internet or devices. In fact, it’s safe to bet that most of them come to campus with at least two internet-connected devices. Higher-ed institutions are undergoing a digital transformation fueled by technology. This enables more personalized and dynamic learning experiences–and it’s exactly what students want, and expect, in return for their investment in your institution.

3. Digital-age technologies: These technologies help improve efficiency, and in truth, they’re pretty essential if schools want to stay competitive. So, institutions are adopting digital-age technologies at an increasing rate, integrating the latest mobility, data analytics, cloud, and IoT digital innovations into their operations, processes, and computing systems. Digital-age networking is based on three pillars: a high-performance autonomous network, IoT, and business innovation.

4. Campus cybersecurity: Cybersecurity has long been a top priority for institutions, but cybersecurity is changing due to digital transformation. As institutions adopt smart campus strategies, more connected and mobile devices will be added to campus networks and IoT devices will increasingly access applications and data from beyond the network perimeter.

5. Campus safety: A safe campus requires more than simply reacting to an event with mass notification. Ensuring the safety of everyone on campus requires awareness of the incident, coordination with emergency response teams, dispatch of a unified message to personal and campus devices, and assessment of actions take after the incident for the purposes of improvement. The emergency platform must be supported by a secure and application-aware infrastructure.

Laura Ascione