Cloud Computing: A new paradigm for E learning
International Journal of Electrical Electronics & Computer Science Engineering
The modern education is changing and so is the teaching in the classrooms due to the advent of technology. The students are expecting more and demanding more services from their institutions. Their classes do not get over with the timings but rather their learning continues 24x7 wherein they expect their educational institutions to keep pace with their "on demands". This is where the innovative role of Cloud computing comes in order to meet their requirements. According to Mircea & Andreesu
... rcea & Andreesu (2015), "Cloud computing is a next generation platform that allows institutions and organizations with a dynamic pools of resource and to reduce cost through improved utilization". Education institutions these days are facing many problems with the increasing need of IT and IT related infrastructure. In such a scenario, Cloud computing can be a reliable solution for fulfilling the need of software, storage services and infrastructure of such institutions as it is based upon existing IT technologies such as Internet, grid computing, virtualization etc (PWC report, 2014). Cloud computing has become a buzzword now days. The objective of this paper would be to explore the role of Cloud computing in Indian educational institution. How cloud computing through its various deployment & service models can help in improving the teaching, pedagogy, agility of an institution? Further it would critically evaluate the crucial risks and challenges which are faced by institutions in taking advantage of this emerging cost-effective technology which has the potential of bringing in a revolution in educational and academic sector. This paper would use the live case studies of various Indian and international educational institutions which are using this technology to meet the ever increasing pressure to deliver more for less as the data for discussion. There are very few papers which discuss the live cases of educational institutes where cloud computing is playing a crucial role and even fewer studies discuss the risks and challenges associated with this technology. Hence this study on cloud computing brings in a real perspective through cases which is of utmost importance for better understanding of this technology in education field. It would provide much clearer knowledge of implications of implementation of this technology.