Week 6, Activity #9

I think that Education’s adoption of cloud based services is inevitable.  As mentioned in this week’s OER: they reduce the cost for schools, IT departments, and users.  The concern that many people will continue to have is in the protection and privacy of the individual users and the intellectual property created and stored.  Once people become more comfortable with their information and ideas floating around out there cloud services will become more common place.  Others may not be willing to adopt these strategies, but as a business Education will have to see that cloud computing saves them money, creates better opportunities for communication, improves collaboration, and communities of learners are more engaged.  Open Source software and courses will likely be the next big wave in education.  It may take some time to adopt it fully throughout education circles but the tsunami is coming and decision makers should decide if they want to ride the wave or be over-powered by it.

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