As the oldest drama school in the UK, LAMDA has always had a worldwide reputation for the excellence of its conservatoire training and education. Now we are nearing completion of a £28.2m project to transform our London home, providing modern training spaces to match the quality of our teaching. We are doubling the size of our campus by creating two new theatres with full technical and wardrobe facilities, a new library, ten new teaching and rehearsal studios and a state-of-the-art screen and audio suite.
Our student population is very diverse in age, demographics, race, and gender: we have early-entry students who are 15 and returning students in their 90s. Some students need help learning how to study, others need help balancing work, family, and school. So we needed several strategies that could address all those needs.
The question used to be, “Do I need to provide phones in the residence halls?” Today, the question is, “How much longer do I need to provide cable TV?” With Amazon, Hulu, and YouTube, students can watch content on-demand from a web-based content provider—so cable TV may quickly become obsolete. Netflix, Xbox, and Pandora are now mission-critical applications for retention initiatives.
This is the last of a six-part series on the cloud. While I’ve addressed a number of topics, I think a natural conclusion would be to emphasise the idea of choice.
In my first blog, I stressed the importance of letting institutional strategy drive cloud strategy—a concept reinforced in each subsequent blog. Every institution has different goals, priorities, and resources and therefore different technology needs. Fortunately, migrating to the cloud is not a one-time, one-size-fits-all endeavor.
Take a stroll across any university or college campus today, and you’ll notice a sizeable majority of students, faculty, and staff clutching some type of device. A mobile phone. A tablet. A laptop. Something portable with the capability of connecting them to the Internet. People on your campus today are bringing their own devices, and they expect to be able to communicate with your institution with that device—and not just in the classroom, but from anywhere. This technological revolution is upon us, and institutions that don’t keep up will be left behind.
Many clients who are new to the cloud ask me which applications and data to migrate first. I tell them to identify opportunities to make the highest impact on the institution’s most important goals in the shortest amount of time.
Going to college is not the same as it was ten years ago. Or even five. Students now want to register for classes on their phones. The desktop computer has become passé. If an institution does not have an app or offer sufficient technology to support mobile learning, then students tend to look elsewhere for an education. For colleges and universities anywhere, the situation is clear: it’s time to modernise campus infrastructure. Stagnation is not an option.
In the halls, on the quad, at the conferences—everyone in higher education is talking about “campus modernisation.”
While modernisation is certainly about more than technology, it still requires a technology foundation that looks quite different than it did a decade ago. And for many colleges and universities, the cloud is a key part of that foundation.
From a business standpoint, there are three important outcomes that differentiate cloud-based technology from on-premise.