June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Computers in Education
22.709.1 - 22.709.14
Faculty Usage of Cloud Computing: The Capabilities and RisksAbstractWithin the computer science arena, cloud computing has become a major topic of interest.Major computing corporations tout the advantages of such systems, including high reliability,scalability, remote availability, and other advantages. Major industries employ these types ofsystems in their daily business.In the academic arena, cloud computing usage, aside from basic e-mail and web hosting, hasbeen slower to develop. Some universities have outsourced email management and otheradministrative services. Outside of this area, the usage of cloud computing has generally beenlimited to individual faculty members using remote services. However, with the rapid escalationin cloud computing service availability, this is certain to change. This is not, however, withoutrisk, both at an institutional and individual level.This article addresses four aspects of cloud computing. First, it provides an overview of theservices. Two major types of systems will be profiled, including file synchronization systems(DropBox, Ubuntu-One, etc.) and project management systems (GForge). The article will thenaddress the impact upon an individual campus infrastructure. Beyond an IT aspect, the articlewill address the legal issues of using such a system, including the potential FERPA ramificationsto the institution and the faculty member. Lastly, a set of recommendations will be provided tofaculty members who are interested in using cloud functionality in their teaching work.
Schilling, W. W. (2011, June), Faculty Usage of Cloud Computing: The Capabilities and Risks Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17990
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