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Six Ways Cloud Technology Will Impact Learning
“We have experienced great success using a hosted model approach. We also have an in-house Web delivery platform,” said Bryan Pickett, vice president, education services at Hewlett-Packard. “This has provided the balance we desired to promote efficiency and maintain learning effectiveness.”Provide autonomy to the user and learning organization. Since content and applications in the cloud are easy to tag, simple to update and instantly accessible, cloud technology can grant greater autonomy to the user and learning organization.All think tank participants agreed that it’s a challenge to get the latest, up-to-date content to users when they need it most. The cloud can link disparate content from various sources via one federated search tool.“We need to be able to effortlessly search across different applications, repositories and databases,” Kelly said. “It does us no good to have great content that cannot be located by the user.”Clancy said his team is implementing a single sign-on application to enable users to seamlessly navigate all learning-related pages and quickly access any learning content. “The cloud is a simple and cost-efficient method for us to create a highly effective search platform that enables users to establish preferences and enter specific search criteria to yield highly individualized results.”Ensure more attention and help from IT. Cloud technology also can help to improve the relationship between IT and the learning organization. Traditionally, IT custom built all learning platforms and applications, which could be a slow, labor-intensive process rife with obstacles and delays. This is why, over time, new learning jobs were often given low priority. However, the cloud can negate this demotion by reducing in-house development times and outsourcing low-priority tasks to the cloud services provider (Editor’s note: The author runs such an organization).
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