FACT2 Faculty Advisory Council on Teaching & Technology
Friday, March 16th, 2012
Fashion Institute of Technology New York, NY
John E. Reeve’s Conference Center and in the Katie Murphy Amphitheater
The Cloud is an expanding, evolving environment where centrally located software systems facilitate interactive opportunities for a virtually limitless number of users— working from any location. Cloud technology is often credited with dramatic savings in educational licensing, distribution and local network support, but the Cloud does much more than streamline and economize. It is expanding the potential for synchronous and asynchronous teaching, learning and collaboration and helping pave the way to learning environments that are innovative, as well as sustainable. Smart phones and tablet technology have contributed to the growth of the Cloud, at a fraction of the cost of traditional laptops or desktop computers. Innovation has putinto our collective hands tools that are not only affordable, but are actually, in some respects, more powerful than traditional computing—-in part the result of extraordinary access and portability. The Cloud serves every major service category in the world, seamlessly integrating data computation, storage, retrieval, creative and business applications in a virtualized environment. We know this is a new frontier worth contextualizing in a conference setting when we see how the business, design and publishing markets have already gotten on board.
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