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Is It Time for an Upgrade? Why institutions are making the switch to 4G 4G: By David Geer F aster than 3G and not range limited like Wi-Fi, 4G is very attractive to campus administrators and technology users alike. “Students, faculty, and staff expect quick communication wherever they go,” says David Morton, director of mobile communications at the University of Washington. Upgrading to 4G is about participating in the expansion of faster broadband mobile coverage and reaping the benefits. Early adopters and experts reveal the benefits campuses with 4G are realizing today and how they are achieving them. From a Distance: Video The range, bandwidth, and mobility of 4G enable more applications in more places, even on tablets and smartphones. “We see faculty and students increasingly using video and lecture capture,” says Morton. “Students are always on their devices, streaming music in the background while looking at captured lectures to get their assignments.” California State University, Fullerton uses 4G modems to videoconference between its campus, CSU Irvine, and the Garden Grove Learning Center, which the school has dedicated to Extended Education programs. The set-up allows an instructor and group of students at one campus to connect with students at other campuses. “All groups interact with each other in realtime using the videoconferencing technology,” explains Dennis Robinson, director of distance education and the OASIS Center for Online Learning. “Instructors get a lot of information from the facial expressions of students as to whether they understand the material,” points out Walt Magnussen, director-atlarge of ACUTA (the Association for Information Communication Technology Professionals in Higher Education). In areas with limited population growth, colleges and universities are using video-based instruction for distance education so they won’t lose enrollment, he says, adding that 4G is the most cost-effective way to get that instruction to rural areas. “With over 50-percent of the U.S. population in rural areas, 4G may be the only way schools serve 58 | June 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of University Business - June 2012

University Business - June 2012
Editor's Note
College Index
Ad Index
Behind the News
Independent Outlook
Special Section: Thinking Green
4G: Is It Time for an Upgrade?
Unified Security: All Together Now
Collaborative Workflow
Campus Finance News
3 Student Aid Myths
Deepening the Donor Pool
Keeping Tuition Within Reach
Internet Technology
End Note

University Business - June 2012