Innovation and changeDigital TransformationSix ways Internet of Things will benefit Higher Education

Six ways Internet of Things will benefit Higher Education

Find out how the innovative nature and rapid expansion of IoT brings many benefits to the Higher Education sector

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a much talked about technology. However, despite being around for a number of years now – and generating plenty of buzz – it has only gradually found its way into digital transformation strategies.

And that’s a shame, not least because IoT offers a wide variety of tools and time-saving processes that are useful to any organisation. The systemic interrelation between internet-connected devices that communicate with each other without the need of human-to-human-to-computer interaction. In a nutshell, computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones are, today, paired with smartwatches, smart appliances, cars, lightbulbs and an array of other devices that collect and transfer data.

The innovative nature and rapid expansion of IoT brings many benefits to the Higher Education sector. Here are six top ways:

  • More interconnected infrastructure to provide safer, more efficient spaces

IoT can make smoother the connection of universities’ infrastructure with the personal devices of educators, researchers and students. Each individual stakeholder has the ability to dynamically plan and make more efficient use of university spaces. This connectivity allows students to find out whether study pods are full, or help researchers determine in real time whether their most preferred spot in the lab is available.

  • Facilitates the connectivity and the immersive nature of educational spaces

IoT enables universities to build much more immersive educational spaces that incorporate mixed virtual-plus-reality environments. What this means is that students can have endless opportunities to interact more proactively with educational material. For instance, in a geography lesson, they will be able to analyse volcanoes remotely with the aid of sensors, live feeds and other live data of, for example, Mount Vesuvius (Italy), Cotopaxi (Ecuador), just to name a few.

  • Improvement of students’ success rates and experience

Due to the fact that the majority of learning happens more on PCs and tablets than on textbooks and notebooks, institutions can study habits and allow students to learn at their own pace. Wearable technology can be used to monitor student health and fitness and recognise signs of stress and fatigue. As a result of such a monitoring, students’ success rate and experience can improve drastically.

  • More personalised learning

Information collected from a student’s enrolment and during their tests can be synched to the institutions’ learning management system. This means that universities can create personalised leaning solutions for students.

  • Sustainability and cost-savings

IoT warrants remote monitoring of room utilisation and equipment, which can generate and provide valuable analytics to help higher education and research institutions converse valuable energy and save a significant amount of money.

  • Smart campuses that are beneficial for students with disabilities

IoT can provide students with disabilities with effective, timely and appropriate access to learning infrastructures and material.

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