Teaching in the Cloud

The scholarly knowledge base--theoretical framework, previous research, or conceptual approach--upon which the practical application is based. Cloud computing uses remote servers to provide services to user; whereas, traditionally, these services are delivered via local computing resources such as the users’ hard disk. This paper examines utilizing cloud computing to support online classroom activities in a graduate level course. What has been learned from the implementation, what strengths and weaknesses have been identified? It was learned that the implementation resulted in greater student collaboration and accessibility to educational sources, lower costs, reduction in paper use, and higher student engagement and retention. Weaknesses noted include software is unavailable when the site or the Internet is down, cloud applications lack advanced capabilities, potential conflicts among different collaborators, concerns over security and privacy, and lack of branding. What are the next steps or the implications for future practice or for society One next step is using cloud computing on mobile devices to support the delivery of education content such as the lectures, assignments, and videos. Implications for future practice include the use of artificial intelligence to make learning more accessible and intuitive.

Cloud computing, Educational Technology, Online Education, Adult Education

Technologies in Learning

Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

  • Dr. Les Pang
    • Dr. Les Pang is a Program Director at the University of Maryland University College and teaches courses on database technologies, information technology foundations and homeland security. He is a former professor at the Information Resources Management College, which is part of the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. He taught military and civilian leaders in the areas of data management, enterprise applications, multimedia, simulation, the Internet, and software technologies. He received a PhD in engineering from the University of Utah and a Master in Business Administration (concentrating on Management Information Systems) from the University of Maryland College Park. He is the 2004 recipient of the Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Maryland University College.