ERIC Number: EJ819593
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-31
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3 Ways that Web-Based Computing Will Change Colleges--And Challenge Them
Young, Jeffrey R.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n10 pA16 Oct 2008
Cloud computing, one of the latest technology buzzwords, is so hard to explain that Google drove a bus from campus to campus to walk students through the company's vision of it. After students sat through a demo at computers set up nearby, they boarded the bus and got free T-shirts. The bus only stopped at colleges that had already agreed to hand over their student e-mail service to Google, which offers to run it for colleges free (Microsoft has a similar service and made a similar road trip). The term "cloud computing" usually refers to programs that run over the Internet rather than locally on a user's computer. And Google officials explained that many students do not yet know about these new Web-based services. In this article, the author talks about cloud computing and how it has changed and continues to challenge higher education.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Internet, Information Technology, Electronic Mail, Client Server Architecture, Computer Software Evaluation
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