Solutions Brief: Education
Explosion in Online Education
Rising enrollment, higher performance standards, and less funding are just several of the factors creating massive pressure for schools to do more with less, and do it better than before. Educators are turning to technology to address these challenges because of its scalability and efficiency. For example, Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC) help universities serve more students and provide more people with access to university-level classes. Adaptive learning technology boosts student performance by personalizing instruction to individual needs. And, Massively Enhanced Classes (MEC) and flipped learning use digital content to augment instruction. In all of these instances, technology increases the reach and effectiveness of education.
The government is also driving schools to adopt technology through initiatives such as ConnectED and funding programs like e-Rate and Race to the Top (RTTT). The potential benefit of technology for education has never been higher; realizing this promise depends on industrial strength network connectivity to link schools, instructors and students.
|Online Education Driver||Network Need|
|Common Core State Standards||High|
|Government initiatives and programs like ConnectED and RTTT||High|
|Big Data Analytics||High|
Lumos Solutions for Education
Lumos offers a variety of network building blocks that can be combined to create a connectivity solution that is shaped to your organization's requirements.
- Network access and transport to reach sites, students, faculty, the Internet, and cloud applications
- On net connectivity for better network performance guarantees
- Resiliency capabilities/enhancements to maximize network availability
- Data center services for geographic diversity and extended computing facilities
- Hosted network services for business operations (voice, email, and website)
A Lumos Networks solution will help you deploy a robust online environment for learning and assessments so you can take the education your institution provides to the next level.
The K12 school district is implementing online assessments for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) at its elementary schools and a launching digital curriculum for some classes at its high school. K12 needs to upgrade its network to run the applications behind these initiatives and allow more students to access the programs simultaneously. Lumos' Ethernet service provides just what K12 needs – scalable, high bandwidth for connectivity and performance. With Lumos Ethernet, K12 can easily increase their network speed and capacity as needed. By enabling K12's initiative, Lumos helps the school district support the latest standards for student success and college- and career-readiness.
Higher Ed Public State University has received less funding, but freshmen enrollment has increased 15%. The school is using adaptive learning technology to implement online versions of basic courses, so they can educate more students with existing resources and, ideally, improve student performance since online classes will be adapted in real time to suit individual student needs. Higher Ed is using Lumos Ethernet service and Dedicated Internet Access for this initiative. Ethernet provides the scalable, high-speed bandwidth necessary to operate the adaptive learning software across Higher Ed's campuses and Dedicated Internet ensures fast access to the system, with the ability to burst to more access bandwidth as needed. The Lumos solution helps enable the university to educate more students, more effectively.
Instructional Technology Provider
Online Learning Content Academy develops digital instruction material and offers online courses. The academy uses Lumos Wavelength service to move content between its development site and corporate headquarters and to back up their data on the server they house at Lumos' carrier-grade colocation facility. Online Learning also uses Lumos Dedicated Internet Access to reach the web at carrier-class speeds. With Lumos services, the academy is able to provide digital content and classes that exceed geographic boundaries and improve education outcomes.
Network Transport – for dedicated and shared, metro and wide area networks
- Private Line, Wavelengths, Ethernet
Dedicated Internet Access – for high performance connectivity to the World Wide Web
- Range of speeds with burst-ability for additional capacity on demand
Hosted Services – for cloud-based solutions to key business operations
- Hosted Voice, Conferencing, Call Center, Email, and Website services
Resiliency Capabilities -- to preserve network connectivity and enable business continuity
- Built-in resiliency with additional diversity and redundancy options
Colocation Facilities – for geographic diversity and additional computing sites with minimal impact to current resources
- Secure, carrier-grade hardened facilities with rack space and power