College Planning & Management

DEC 2012

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TECHNOLOGY IN PROGRESSIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS students separate directory accounts allows IT to see who is doing what on the network. Role-based access control, which segments users via a firewall, means a professor can use her PC to log in and access the school server; a student logging in on an iPad will only get to use the Internet, keeping him off the internal servers. Device registration should be an automated process. IT does not have the time or the manpower to go to each student to register their multiple devices. Users should be able to enter in their active directory credentials and register themselves. Performance is another issue when every student has a device trying to connect to the college's network. Wegner stresses the need for capacity planning. Suddenly adding a lecture hall full of devices to a single access point that used to serve five rooms will result in terrible performance and a frustrating experience for all involved. "In higher ed, we actually, and this is from seven years of doing large-scale wireless deployments, we actually need to figure three to five wireless devices per college student. Because you've got a tablet, a PC, an iPhone, a gaming system, and something else. We've got some colleges that have 1,800 students and 400 access points," Wegner adds. Coverage for multiple devices will require an increased number of access points. Another point schools need to consider is wireless performance management — can the wireless system tell when someone is streaming media versus just surfing the web? Auto-adjusting to change power settings and channel settings is a must in order for the wireless system to work smoothly between the number of rooms in a building. Load balancing is another performance issue. "If I've got a big auditorium with 100 people in it," Wegner explains, "I might have four access points in there and the system has to be able to know if one AP is getting overwhelmed and move users to another AP." Sharing users among all of the access points prevents sluggish WiFi when all the students in a lecture hall want to connect at once. Thinking about security and performance when you're looking at students using their own devices on campus allows for a holistic, more complete solution. "You really have to build your entire solution around what you're trying to get at in the end game, and usually that's four or five products integrated into one system," Wegner concludes. Working with a goal in mind of how the process is going to work for faculty and students and walking back from that end-user experience will help ensure a secure but extremely useful wireless network. To fi nd read more about setting up a wireless network and data security, visit the SecurEdge IT Solutions Blog at www.securedgenetworks.com/secure-edge-networks-blog and check out the BYOD tag. CPM Thinking about security and performance when youÕre looking at students using their own devices on campus allows for a holistic, more complete solution. Working with a goal in mind of how the process is going to work for faculty and students and walking back from that end-user experience will help ensure a secure but extremely useful wireless network. Future-Proofing Furniture Technology will inevitably change, but does your furniture need to as well? by CHRISTINE BEITENHAUS C ollaborative and flexible spaces have been taking over in education. While some spaces on the college campus remain in traditional fi xed-seating lecture halls, informal 40 and formal learning spaces are trending towards movable, mobile furniture to support different modes of education. Walter Spellman, national sales manager at VS America, notes that while COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / DECEMBER 2012 technology is rapidly changing, furniture can't move at that pace. "It's a finished good, so you know you have to go through the designing and engineering of a particular product, then you have to go through WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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