Online distance learning continues to be a critical component of higher education today. Seven out of 10 academic leaders report that online distance learning is an important part of their long-term strategy. More than five million students today are participating in online distance learning courses, and leading institutions are offering massive open online courses (MOOCs) to students around the globe. A recent survey reports that 85 percent of college students have participated in a blended course that includes both in-classroom experiences and online distance learning, and nearly 75 percent of students suggest they prefer courses that have online components.
To support online distance learning and the digital classroom, institutions must ensure that Internet for college students provides sufficient speed to accommodate bandwidth-hungry applications and collaboration tools as well as the rich media features that figure prominently in online distance learning technology. Internet connectivity must also facilitate BYOD in schools, allowing students to connect their own laptops, smart phones, tablets and other devices for educational purposes.
When seeking high-bandwidth Internet services to power online distance learning, colleges and universities can turn to offerings from Spectrum Enterprise.
Spectrum Enterprise is a national provider of fiber-based services for many of the largest institutions in the country, including businesses, governments and educational institutions. Our Fiber Internet Access solution offers high-performance dedicated connectivity for the cloud-based and data-intensive technologies involved in online distance learning. Robust service level agreements (SLAs) ensure guaranteed availability while affordable pricing enables higher education institutions to provide Internet access to college students. Our wholly-owned fiber network ensures that colleges and universities can access the bandwidth they need, scaling easily from 25 Mbps to 10 Gbps.
In addition to high-speed Internet, we offer managed WiFi services that help to provide ubiquitous access across campus while freeing college and university IT teams from the routine tasks of monitoring, troubleshooting and managing WiFi routers. We also offer high-definition school TV services that provide an exceptional viewing experience for classrooms, libraries, common areas and dorm room TV viewing.
With Spectrum Enterprise solutions, colleges and universities can enhance online distance learning with:
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