4 Ways Institutions Can Meet Students’ Connectivity and Technology Needs
The association for IT professionals in higher education surveyed 8,392 students from 54 United States institutions about their experiences with technology in fall 2020 — their learning environments, instructors’ use of technology, problems with devices or connectivity, and more. Overall, 36 percent of respondents said they sometimes, often or always struggled to find an internet connection that met their academic needs; that share jumped up to 62 percent for students in unstable housing situations. And students in rural areas had more connectivity issues than those in suburbs, towns and cities.
Educause recommended four steps institutional leaders can take to help address students’ technology and connectivity needs:
- Provide more support for reliable internet access.
- Expand investments in device-lending initiatives.
- Encourage faculty to presume students are under-connected.
- Increase campus technology support services for device and internet connectivity.
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What Are Mesh Networks and Why Are They Making a Comeback?
In essence, a mesh network is a type of network where nodes are directly connected to one another, allowing information to be passed from node to node without requiring a centralized routing service or device, such as an internet service provider.
These nodes might be connected together in a variety of different ways, such as WiFi, Bluetooth, or radio signal, allowing for a potentially huge heterogeneous network of nodes. These nodes may be a device created for the sole purposes of operating as a node, such as a GoTenna mesh, or may be a device with node functionality, such as a smartphone or computer.
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