TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION
This year, IT spending across industries will increase by 4.5 percent, rising to $2.1 trillion, and then increase by another 4 percent in 2018. IDC, which conducted the research, indicates that cloud infrastructure and mobile devices will be the source of the upswing.
“Cloud and mobile are still the big drivers for IT spending, despite the attention devoted to new technologies like augmented reality, artificial intelligence and robotics,” says Stephen Minton, IDC vice president for customer insights and analysis, on Campus Technology.
Universities are also prioritizing cloud and mobile as they update their technology. A survey last year indicated that 81 percent of university IT leaders were planning to increase their cloud spending. In 2016, 39 percent of their applications were cloud-based, but that number is expected to rise to 62 percent by 2021.
With students bringing more connected devices to campus, mobility is also top of mind as colleges upgrade networks and security.
Most U.S. adults between say they learn more information from technology than through human interaction, with an even greater percentage of millennials reporting the same, according to a new survey — a reality which underscores both challenges and opportunities college educators face with balancing technological integration and traditional in-person instruction.
Technology is here to stay, but in-person interaction still valued
The survey released last week was conducted by Growing Leaders, a nonprofit specializing in leadership training and development, and it surveyed 2,264 adults over the age of 18 earlier this year. In the results, 58% of respondents said they learned more from technology than people, with 69% of millennials from ages 18-34 stating the same.
During the second semester of his first year as an undergraduate, Olivier Mercier was looking for the cheapest way to get the textbooks he needed for his classes.
Mercier, who’s starting his second year studying business management at City, University of London’s Cass Business School in a couple of weeks, found three of them on a new service called Perlego, a UK-based company which wants to be the Netflix of academic content. Perlego gives users access to a library of content, including digital textbooks. The physical copy of each of those books would have cost him about $50 on Amazon, far more expensive than the cost of his Perlego student subscription, about $15 a month. The service has a premium version that costs about $20 a month.
Perlego officially launched in January 2017, and raised almost $700,000 for its seed funding round last year. So far the company has won participation by major textbook publishers, including Palgrave, Wiley and Pearson. And it’s currently in the process of closing an agreement with McGraw Hill. Non-textbook publishers it works with include Atlantic Books and Greenleaf Book Group. Perlego also has a free version that gives access to more than 50,000 public domain books such as "The Great Gatsby." There are publications like major reports, white papers and case studies too. And what’s more, students can collaborate on the platform. For example, one user can tag another to check a highlighted or annotated quotation.